Intro to Argentina
As the eighth-largest country in the world, it’s no surprise that Argentina has a little bit of everything for every traveler. It just might take you weeks/months to see it all because of the size of the country!
The capital city of Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of South America” for its heavy European influence and big city feel. Mendoza, one of the Great Wine Capitals, is home to wine country and is the largest wine-producing region in Latin America. Ushuaia is your gateway to walking with penguins and taking a train through the (former) penal colony at the “end of the world”. El Calafate and El Chaltén are your basecamps for all things hiking/outdoorsy/Patagonia.
You see, Argentina really does have a little bit of something for everyone…and these are just some of the highlights of this massive and culturally-diverse country!
Language – Spanish
Currency – Argentine Peso
Capital – Buenos Aires
Drinking Age – 18
Adapter Info – Plug C outlets
Fun Trivia – Argentina is the 8th largest physical country in the world covering an area of 1,073,500 square miles (2,780,400 kilometers squared), and is the 5th largest producer of wine!
Adventures in Argentina
When mapping out an itinerary for Argentina, there are several things to take into account, including the time you have and what activities you’d like to do. If Patagonia and penguins watching are on the top of your list, then we have the perfect itinerary for you.
When you have limited time in Buenos Aires, you have to prioritize what you’d like to accomplish and we chose to drink through the Recoleta Neighborhood. Click below to see where we drank!
Ushuaia, Argentina is the southern most point of the world, before you hit Antarctica. Check out where to stay, what we did, and where we drank at the End of the World!
If you’re visiting El Calafate in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina, you’re probably either passing through to go to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina’s Glacier National Park where the Perito Moreno Glacier is, or bussing up to El Chaltén to hike Fitz Roy or Cerro Torre.
Can you say that you’ve strapped on a pair of ice crampons and hiked on a glacier that is 97 square miles in total size and 19 miles in length? No? Well, believe it or not, in Argentina’s Patagonia region, this is actually possible. Check out our glacier hiking adventure!
Trekking or Hiking Capital of Argentina and Basecamp to hiking in Patagonia. Here is our ultimate guide on where to stay, trail heads, rental equipment in El Chalten and much more!
Monte Fitz Roy is arguably one of the most heavenly and beautiful hikes in Patagonia, Argentina. See how full guide with Km breakdown, what to expect and more.
Cerro Torre is the tallest of a 4-mountain chain located in the Patagonia region of Argentina and is a great day hike from El Chaltén. Check out our detailed guide on the trail and what to expect.