These popular cities in Argentina attract business and leisure travelers for their variety of attractions, sports activities, fabulous scenery, and charm. Seeking fine wines and culture? Head to Mendoza. If you're interested in 17th-century architecture, visit Cordoba in the country's center. For picturesque views and outdoor activities, Bariloche has what you're looking for. And for a bustling big city, Buenos Aires is the place to go. Here's a rundown of some of the highlights of Argentina's biggest cities.
Big, sprawling Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is called the Paris of the South. It's cosmopolitan and yet retains a neighborhood feel in the barrios. Sightseeing and nightlife—including the sensual tango dance—is a must in this sophisticated city.
The most pleasant weather in Buenos Aires is in the fall, which is between March and May. The busiest tourist season is between December and February, which is summer in the southern hemisphere. If you want to catch a glimpse of the beautiful jacaranda trees of Buenos Aires, plan your visit in October or November.
San Carlos de Bariloche, commonly known as Bariloche, is a prime, all-season destination in Argentina's Patagonia. Summer sailing on Lake Nahuel Huapi on the Argentina-Chile border and skiing around European-style mountain chalets make Bariloche a favorite vacation spot.
The lakes in Bariloche offer plenty of opportunity for boating and kayaking, as well as cycling. And be sure to check out the dozens of chocolatiers in Bariloche, known as the chocolate capital of Argentina.
Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata is Argentina's premier beach resort, offering 10 miles of beaches, such as Playa Grande, known for its surfing and Punta Mogotes. There are several notable museums in Mar del Plata, including the Roberto T. Barili History Museum.
For those seeking outdoor activities, Mar del Plata has plenty to offer, including sports fishing, parks, and gardens. It also has colonial architecture, a university, zoo, casino, and lively nightlife.
The center of Argentina's wine industry, Mendoza is an all-seasons destination for climbers, hikers, skiers, rafters, bikers, paragliders, naturalists, trekkers, and oenophiles.
Mendoza is world-renowned for its red wines, particularly Malbecs, and there are many local wineries that offer tastings and tours. It's also home to the underground Municipal Museum of Art (Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno).
Called the Heartland of Argentina, Cordoba retains its colonial history and blends it with a modern tourism industry and a hefty assortment of recreational activities.
Cordoba is home to many of Argentina's monuments, some of which date back to the time of Spanish colonialism. Its Jesuit Block dates to the 17th century and includes the Colegio Nacional de Monserrat campus.
On Beagle Channel, surrounded by water, sky, and mountains, Ushuaia calls itself the End of the World. Cruise ships dock here for a quick onshore visit. Summer is ideal for trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, sporting fishing, and the most astounding tours along the Beagle Canal, Cape Horn, and even the Argentine Antártida.