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Argentina highlights and essential sightseeing

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1. Posted by sol5 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Hello,

I hope to spend about 3weeks in argentina in august and as I won't be there for very long, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what are the best things to do, that shouldn't be missed (e.g. igazuru falls), as I am not very familiar with the country.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by pranavc (Respected Member 316 posts) 7y

top attractions:

1) Perito Moreno Glacier
2) El Chalten - heart of Patagonia
3) Ushuaia/Tierra Del Fuego
4) Buenos Aires
5) Iguazu Falls

this is a start.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

In August, I wouldn't go to Patagonia. Best skip it altogether: it's wonderful, but that is just the wrong season. As for Perito Moreno: that's a major tourist trap. It's just a large glacier; nothing else to see and do, and you get a better view watching Discovery.

Go to the northwest instead. It's culturally more interesting, less touristy in the bad sense of the term, the weather will be much more agreeable, nature is absolutely stunning, and it's cheap. Bearing in mind that you have just three weeks, a nice itinerary would be:

BsAs - Cordoba - Mendoza - San Juan - La Rioja - Catamarca - Tucuman - Salta - Iguazu - BsAs

The journey between Salta and Iguazu kind of sucks; however much I'm opposed to it, it may be quickest and easiest to take a plane (which will take you via BsAs).

4. Posted by JP_DARA (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

hi! i just wanted to say to bentivogli that perito moreno is not a major tourism trap, as you can walk over the glacier, climb it in different areas and do plenty of activities, and you wont see in discovery channel how you feel to be inside that massive ice natural sculpture... around the glacier, you could also see great nature and make beautiful walks or bike rides, you can rent a ship or get in one and see the glacier from the bottom, i think is an unmissable spot, happy travels!

JP_DA