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  Argentina    - Destination  guide

When running from the law, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid came to Argentina and loved it. NAZI criminals followed suit some years later, but you don’t have to be lawless and on the run to visit Argentina, just be ready to eat the biggest steaks you have ever seen and learn a few Tango dance steps.

Perito Moreno Glacier

If you visit only one place in Argentina, visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. Seven hundred metres high and 30 kilometres long, there may not be a more photogenic glacier to see in the world. The glacier is still advancing so it’s worth waiting and watching from afar to witness huge chunks of ice break apart and crash to the water. Trekking options are also available and well worth the effort but book ahead.

Iguazu falls

Argentina’s visual definition of awesome is the Iguazu falls, and depending on the water level you may enjoy as many as 150 to 300 separate waterfalls, it’s truly epic. After your visit, be sure to cross the border to see the falls from the Brazilian side the following day, and, if possible, return to the Argentinian side again at night.

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

If visiting Buenos Aires, pay a visit to El Ateneo Grand Splendid, originally a fantastic theatre, once an amazing cinema, now a chain bookstore, but a rather good looking one.

Villa Epecuen

Explore the remains of Argentina’s modern-day Atlantis, Villa Epecuen, a town that was devoured in 1985 by a standing wave lasting nearly 25 years. When the water dried up in 2009, it revealed the discarded ruins of some 230 buildings and dead trees.   

Campanopolis

Visit the custom made enchanting medieval village of Campanopolis. Built by a millionaire with a vision, this funky village has a Dutch windmill, a church, an artificial lake and secret passages to explore. It’s only open on Saturdays so plan your trip. 

Cerro Fitz Roy

Hike the windy trails at sunrise to a scenic vista of a pink coloured Cerro Fitz Roy - Los Glaciares National Park. 

Valley of the Moon

Walk Argentina’s Valley of the Moon, home to some of the world’s oldest dinosaur remains and moon- like geological formations.

Las Cueva de las Manos (cave of hands)

Find out what right-handed prehistoric artists did in their spare time and see 10,000-year-old human hand tracing on the walls of a desert cave. Las Cueva de las Manos (cave of hands) Patagonia.

Palacio Barolo

Step inside one of Buenos Aires tallest and most amazing buildings, Palacio Barolo. Modelled after Dantre Allighieri’s Divine Comedy, visitors climb to the top passing an array of amusing and esoteric symbols and messages before reaching the observation deck where they will stand next to the Bat Signal. 

La Boca

Stroll down Argentina’s most iconic alley and embrace the tango outside the colourful buildings of Caminito, La Boca, Buenos Aires.

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Here are a few suggestions of things to see and do in my favourite places in South America.    

Take heed, my lists are not intended as essential bucket lists and nor are they written in any particular order. To protect our sanity, I’ve limited each country to only ten suggestions. While there may be more worthy sights to see first, you don’t need to worry because you’ll hear all about those as soon as you arrive.

 

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