What is the Best Way to Visit Argentina – Land or Sea?
Argentina is one of the largest countries in south America, so we ask the question – should you visit it on a land-based holiday or from a cruise?
The Argentina currency is the Peso, The Argentina language is Spanish (with English only spoken in the tourist spots). The Argentina weather can be found here: https://www.climatestotravel.com/climate/argentina
The Argentina population was 44.27 million (2017)
The restaurants in Argentina are first class with the Argentina food being amongst the best in the world, especially the Argentinian beef and lamb.
Firstly, lets look at the highlights of Argentina.
The Argentina capital Buenos Arias is probably the best city in south America. It does not have a particular standout attraction, like Rio de Janeiro, but the combination of food, opera, dance, culture and safety make it a special place.
We recommend that you stay in the classy residential and commercial district of Recoleta where you will find French-style buildings and art nouveau constructions. La Recoleta Cemetery is where First Lady Eva Peron was laid to rest and is well worth a visit.
From Recoleta, it is an easy, if rather long walk, to Microcentro where you can walk down Florida Street and Avenida de Mayo as well as trying to cross the wide avenue in the world – Avenida 9 de Julio.
A complete guide to Buenos Arias can be found here.
If you visit Argentina (or Brazil), the one place that you must visit is the Iguazú Falls.
Iguazú Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. Together, they make up the largest waterfall system in the world.
The only waterfalls in the world that can be compared to Iguazú are the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, but the Iguazú Falls are much more accessible, and it is possible to cross over into Brazil to view the Argentinian side of the falls.
You can even pop int Paraguay and visit the chaotic Ciudad del Este, affectionately known as ‘the Supermarket of South America.
You can read a full guide on the Iguazú Falls here.
Mendoza is located on the eastern part of Argentina, near the border with Chile. In fact, it is probably easier to visit Mendoza as part of a holiday to Chile, as it can be easily reached by a long (but spectacular) drive over the Andes or by a short flight from Santiago.
The Argentinian Malbec wine is produced in the wine yards south of Mendoza is the most famous Argentinian wine, but is also a very nice city with several large squares, good hotels and excellent restaurants.
We recommend hiring a car in Mendoza and drive south to visit the three closest wine regions.
You can read about our guide to Mendoza here.
Ushuaia is a very long way from Buenos Arias – 37 hours (3,104.1 km) if you care to drive the majestic RN-40 highway – but it is well worth a visit as it is one of the most unique places on Earth.
Ushuaia is located on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the southernmost tip of South America, nicknamed the “End of the World.” The windswept town, perched on a steep hill, is surrounded by the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel.
When you visit Ushuaia, take care not to miss The Southern Fuegian Railway or the ‘Train of the End of the World’. It was originally built as a freight line to serve the prison of Ushuaia, specifically to transport timber.
It is probably best to visit Ushuaia on a cruise. Several cruise lines visit Ushuaia, but we recommend SilverSea, as they are the best cruise company for expeditions. Another option is to fly down to Ushuaia and take a cruise to Antarctic – if you are not worried about the very rough seas.
Patagonia is a region encompassing the vast southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Andes Mountains as its dividing line.
Argentinian Patagonia is much larger than Chilean Patagonia. As there is no rail network, you either have the choice of car hire, taking the long-distance buses or flying from destination to destination,
Places to visit in Patagonia include Perito Moreno glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Whale watching in Puerto Madryn, Bariloche, and the Seven Lakes
Ushuaia is strictly in Patagonia, but we thought that it deserved its own section due to its geographical importance.
So How Best to Visit Argentina?
For your Argentina holiday itinerary, we would recommend taking a cruise to/from Buenos Aries to Santiago (makes sure that it stops off at The Falkland Islands). The cruise will visit Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn and Buenos Arias and you can take a short flight to the Iguazú Falls from Buenas Aires.
In our opinion, a visit to Mendoza is best combined with a holiday in Chile where you can compare Argentinian and Chilean wine.