Argentina is a destination that’s growing in popularity, not only for tourists but increasingly for students on gap years. It’s the second largest country (by area) in South America, and it features a wide range of landscapes, from beautiful waterfalls and cosmopolitan cities through to unspoilt forests and laid back beaches.
If you want to backpack through Argentina as part of your gap year, here are seven of Argentina’s “must see” sights:
- Iguazu Falls:
A stunning natural feat that many feel is more beautiful and spectacular than the better known Niagara Falls. Yet whatever you think, there’s no doubt that these waterfalls are an impressive site, and if you visit the Argentine side of the Iguazu falls you can walk all the way up to the “Devil’s Throat” at the heart of the falls. If you’re a nature lover, this is a must see sight.
- Mendoza Wine Tours:
Mendoza is located in the Napa Valley of Argentina. There are a lot of things to see and do in the area. If you’re the adventurous type you could go white water rafting or paragliding. History lovers could pay a visit to the Inca Bridge. Everyone should take a wine tour, though – even if you don’t like wine; it’s a great chance to see a bit of the region, try some new tastes, and learn a little about the place you’re visiting.
- Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires was once known as the “Paris of the South”. While it might not be so glamorous today, it’s a great stopping off point for student backpackers that no trip to Argentina would be complete without. The city is a true melting pot of cultures, and features some great night life, amazing restaurants, and a friendly culture. If you’re not a fan of traditional night clubs, you may still enjoy paying a visit to one of the many tango clubs in the city.
- The Andes Mountains
Not only are the Andes Mountains a breath-taking site, but they’re great fun for anyone who enjoys climbing or hiking. There are lots of guided tours on offer, with routes to suit all fitness levels. Take a camera; the views of the mountains and the glaciers are amazing.
Head to the coast and you’ll get to walk amongst the penguins and play with the sea lions. Large parts of the coast are relatively untouched, so if you’re going for a long walk be sure to bring plenty to drink – getting dehydrated miles from the nearest store is not a pleasant experience!
- Recoleta Cemetary
For a spooky (and free) experience, head to the Recoleta Cemetary, where each corpse is housed in an elaborate neo-classical mausoleum. There are several famous citizens to look at, including cultural icon Eva Peron.
- Eat Like a Gaucho
Pay a visit to La Cholita in Buenos Aires and enjoy a true gaucho style meal which includes steak, ribs, chicken, sausage, and more. If you’re a vegetarian, you can find meat free Empanadas at La Gauchita. Eating out is surprisingly inexpensive in Argentina.
Jon Platy works for Principal Homebuyers who offers services including assistance in the selling of your home if you decide to relocate or move abroad.