For many travellers, Argentina is the starting point of an adventurous trip around South America. It's a country that is easy and relatively cheap to travel around, and a journey that will take you from one of the world's greatest natural wonders in the north, the Iguazu Waterfalls, to the impressive Patagonia in the south. Book your trip to Argentina with KILROY!
Argentina offers all manner of fantastic experiences and loads of different regions each with it's own characteristics. Even though the country is huge, it is really easy to travel around. Busses are good, reliable and comfortable, and the road network is excellent. One tip: upgrade your bus ticket to comfort class where for just a few extra Euro you'll get the benefit of travelling round Argentina with more space and in greater comfort.
It's a really good idea to learn Spanish before you get to Argentina, or at least before you start travelling around the country. If you unable to speak the language you'll really miss out on some of the best experiences that don't lie on the main tourist routes. Being able to communicate with the locals is one of the best parts of travelling around. You'll be met with warm smiles and great tips and advice from the incredibly friendly Argentineans who'll do everything they can to help you. Experience for yourself how open and friendly they are - you'll love them!
An elegant and sensual city of over a million people, Buenos Aires is the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina and without a doubt one of South America's loveliest cities. It's also a good place to start a trip to South America and acclimatise oneself to the Latin lifestyle. The city is divided into "barrios" or quarters that each have their own character and atmosphere. Buenos Aires is not so much a city full of concrete tower blocks, but more a city where one can absorb the life and atmosphere, meet the locals, enjoy one of the best steaks in the world and of course the ubiquitous and seductive tango. It is such a sensuous city that it is almost impossible not to fall too quickly in love with it.
In the most northern part of Argentina, on the borders of Brazil and Paraguay, is the worlds most extensive waterfall system, the incomparable Iguazu Waterfalls. This natural wonder is an absolute must see, even though the area itself is packed with tourists every single day. Your jaw will literally drop in awe and amazement over the sheer volume of foaming water that flows over the falls. It would be an understatement to call them impressive and no trip to Argentina would be complete without paying them a visit.
Why not take a trip west to the province of Salta in the Andes Mountains. The area should be particularly attractive to people that love to hike and raft. It is also home to some of Argentina's best-preserved colonial architecture. One should not miss the regions most popular tourist attraction - "El tren de las nubes" (the Cloud Train) which zigzags its way through some of the most incredible landscape in this arid and mountainous region via a system of bridges, tunnels and viaducts.
The town of Mendoza is the gateway to the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains and at the same time lies close to the Chilean border. Many of Argentina's most famous wines come from this region and it's a really good idea to take in some wine tasting whilst you're here.
Bariloche lies south of Mendoza in the northern part of Patagonia and offers one amazing, turquoise coloured mountain lake after another in the centre of a huge pine forest. The sky is often a deep blue colour that suits the landscape perfectly. It is an incredibly beautiful area with a peaceful, relaxed ambience that makes it feel like the area has taken a break from the rest of the world's manic tempo. So enjoy the seriously fresh air, the breathtaking scenery, and throw yourself into the great outdoor activities this area of countryside has to offer. Even though Bariloche is fairly remote, it is only a one-hour flight from Buenos Aires, so is ideally placed for a quick break from the pulsing capital.
East of Bariloche, where Argentina meets the Atlantic Ocean, lies the Valdes Peninsula a nature reserve where only that of the Galapagos Islands beats the variety of wildlife.
The Peninsula is a hang out for thousands of sea lions, penguins, elephant seals, and huge whales. These impressive creatures come here each year to mate and nurture their offspring, particularly during the months October and November when one is almost guaranteed a spectacle that will not be easy to forget.
Snow-capped peaks, rugged mountains, fantastic glaciers, and an endless merciless landscape - such is southern Patagonia. The cosy little town of El Calafate is the starting point for trips to the regions glaciers and lakes. Highly recommended is the Perito Moreno that is exceptionally beautiful and intense, especially close up where one can watch gigantic blocks of ice breaking away at regular intervals. It is awe-inspiring and an absolute must see. The area is packed with similar experiences not least the national parks, which offer some great hiking and impressive views. Travelling further south you reach what feels like the end of the earth. The town of Ushuaia is commonly known as the world's most southerly town. From here one can access the Tierra del Fuego (the Land of Fire) and or take a to the Antarctic (if your budget permits) on one of the expedition ships that sail from here between the months of November and March.
If you reach here your trip to Argentina is now well and truly complete!
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