The Top 10 Sights of Argentina

Travel to Argentina completely without tourist traps! Here you will find a list of the top 10 attractions of Argentina! What are the highlights and attractions you can't miss when vacationing in Argentina?

Argentina stretches across the South American continent to Cape Horn, the starting point of many an Antarctic expedition. This fascinating country of contrasts is home to the highest and lowest points of South America, boasts metropolises bursting with culture and history, and its vast plains, the pampas, make you forget time and civilization.

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Iguaçu Waterfalls

The Iguaçu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina are the widest in the world at 2,700 meters - © Eduardo Rivero / Fotolia
© Eduardo Rivero / Fotolia

The Iguaçu Falls live up to their name "Great Water". With an extension of 3 kilometers, they form the widest waterfall in the world. More than 250 individual waterfalls plunge up to 700 meters into the depths on the border with Brazil. The national park around the thundering masses of water has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Ruta de los Siete Lagos (7 Lakes Route)

The Ruta de Los Siete Lagos in southern Argentina connects some of Argentina's most beautiful natural sights - © kovgabor / Shutterstock
© kovgabor / Shutterstock

Nature lovers can't miss Argentina's famous 7 Lakes Route! The magnificent panoramic road in the south of the country connects some of the most beautiful places in Argentina. Apart from tranquil lakes, it also features snow-capped volcanoes, pristine virgin forests and the breathtaking Lanín and Nahuel Huapi National Parks.

The latter is home to the popular vacation destination of San Carlos de Bariloche. The pretty resort is called "The Switzerland of Argentina" thanks to mountains, lakes and chocolate.

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Rosario

The massive flag monument Monumento a la Bandera on the banks of the Paraná River is one of the most famous and visited sights in Rosario, Argentina - © Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock
© Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock

Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina after the capital Buenos Aires and Cordoba and is still considered a real insider tip. Long less well known than its two big sisters, the metropolis on the idyllic banks of the Rio Paraná has just as much to offer in terms of sights, culture and nightlife.

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Colonial city of Salta

The four-story bell tower of the Basilica of San Francisco in Salta, Argentina, is the tallest in all of South America - © Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock
© Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock

Salta is also competing for the title of Argentina's most beautiful city. Thanks to its picturesque old town, the pastel-colored colonial city in the northwest of the country is nicknamed "La Linda", "the Beautiful", and is also known as the "City of Eternal Spring" due to its mild climate.

Do you need more reasons to visit Salta? One more: The Tren a las Nubes also starts here. The "train to the clouds" ascends to a gigantic 4188 meters above sea level.

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Missionary Station San Ignacio Míní

Ruins of the missionary station San Ignacio Míní from the period of Spanish colonial rule, Argentina - © diegorayaces / Shutterstock
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It is not for nothing that the province of Misiones in northeastern Argentina has its name. At the time of Spanish colonization, there were 30 missionary stations here, which were intended to convert the "savages" of South America to the Christian faith. San Ignacio Míní is the best preserved to this day and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its bright red walls in the middle of the jungle still bear witness to the masterful architecture of the Jesuits.

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Ischigualasto Nature Park and Talampaya National Park

The rock formation "The Submarine" in the Ischigualasto National Park in Argent - © Marc Venema / Shutterstock
© Marc Venema / Shutterstock

The desert-like regions of Ischigualasto and Talampaya have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are a paradise for paleontologists and geologists. Some of the bizarrely shaped rock layers are an incredible 200 million years old and have already revealed some of the world's most important fossil finds. Fossil flora, footprints and bones even older than the dinosaurs are among the highlights no longer hidden.

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Los Glaciares National Park

Laguna de Los Tres in front of spectacular Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina - © Pichugin Dmitry / Shutterstock
© Pichugin Dmitry / Shutterstock

Geological wonders can also be discovered in Los Glaciares National Park, but for the most part under a meter-thick layer of ice. The mighty glaciers in southern Argentina are part of the Patagonian Ice Field, which is the largest ice field in the world outside Greenland and Antarctica. The peaks, lakes and nearly 50 glaciers attract with wild beauty and spectacular climbing routes in the second largest and most visited national park in Argentina.

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Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is the most important summer party and beach resort in Argentina - © Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock
© Anibal Trejo / Shutterstock

From the Eternal Ice to a beach vacation in Argentina, this is also possible! Best in Mar del Plata, the most popular summer party and bathing resort of the country. At the 20km long Atlantic sandy beach the temperatures are between 15 and 25°C from December to March.

If the sea is too cool at around 20°C, you can head for the Aquasol water park with the largest wave pools in South America - or supplement your vacation budget in Argentina's largest casino.

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Valdes Peninsula

One of the most beautiful and unspoiled natural paradises in the world, the Valdes Peninsula in Patagonia, Argentina - © pablo h. caridad / Fotolia
© pablo h. caridad / Fotolia

The Valdes Peninsula has been protected for almost 100 years and is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. With its salt lakes, the almost bare peninsula is a natural paradise for millions of animals, many of which are endangered species. Above all, sea lions, penguins, walruses, elephant seals and fur seals cavort in the surf, in which the fountain of a rare southern kappa or orca appears now and then.

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Quebrada de Humahuaca

The 150 km long mountain gorge Quebrada de Humahuaca is located in the province of Jujuy in the northwest of Argentina - © NICOLAS LARENTO / Fotolia
© NICOLAS LARENTO / Fotolia

The Quebrada de Humahuaca is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but not because of its wildlife. The 150km long gorge in northwestern Argentina was already inhabited 10,000 years ago and impresses with its steep walls that shimmer in all colors of the rainbow. The highlight is at the "mountain of 7 colors", which actually has yellow, turquoise, white, red, blue, orange and purple shades.

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