15. Learn how to be a cowboy (or girl)Ranch holidays in Argentina are incredibly popular. Fancy saddling up? Some of the best ranch resorts in Argentina can be found in Salta. One of our favourites is Estancia El Bordo de las Lanzas, a 400-year-old ranch where you can sign up for horseback explorations with local gauchos and celebrate your return with a traditional Argentinian barbecue. Estancia Dos Lunas in Córdoba is another popular Argentinian ranch resort – a beautiful property nestled in the Ongamira valley. It’s a rather luxurious affair, with a beautiful pool and a well-stocked wine cellar. 13. Go whale spottingWhen it comes to whale watching in Argentina, there’s only place to go – the Peninsular Valdez, regarded as one of the world’s best places for whale watching. Most travelers base themselves in the town of Puerto Madryn. A huge number of companies offer whale watching excursions, but if you’re lucky, you won’t even need to leave land – whales, especially female ones with calves in tow, can often be spotted from the shoreline. As for when to go whale watching in Argentina? Between June and December are the best times. During the earlier months, they’re most likely to be seen near the southern end of the Peninsular. 7. Dance the tangoTango is a religion in Argentina, and there are several different types of the dance, which dates back to the 1900s. In Buenos Aires, home to Argentina’s best tango clubs, a rhythmic style known as tango Canyengue in incredibly popular, while in more rural areas, you’re more likely to see tango Orillero, a style associated with larger venues and more space. As for the best places to watch the experts strut their stuff? In the Buenos Aires barrio of San Telmo, locals flock to the Plaza Dorrego to practise their dance moves every Sunday. If you’re serious about learning Argentina’s most important dance, consider signing up for a short course at the city’s Mente Argentina Tango School – in addition to your lessons, you’ll visit some of Buenos Aires’ best tango clubs. 2. Explore BarilocheFirst things first. Where is Bariloche? It’s a city tucked inside Nahuel Huapí National Park, perched on the shore of the lake the park is named after. It’s another huge destination for adventure seekers – the mountains which encircle the city attract some of the world’s top skiers (Cerro Catedral is one of Argentina’s most popular ski resorts) and in the summer, the trails are filled with hikers, cyclists and horse riders. And if you’re keen to chow down on some Argentinian cuisine, you’re in luck. Bariloche has some fantastic restaurants and is also known as Argentina’s chocolate capital, so expect plenty of the sweet stuff. 5. Take part in CarnivalIn Argentina, Carnival is an annual festival held on the days before Ash Wednesday. It’s celebrated across the country, although some of the liveliest events take place in Buenos Aires. However there are additional, smaller events held earlier in the year. For example, Los Carnavales de Corrientes takes place in Corrientes in January and February, and in Salta, Los Carnavales de Salta is celebrated from from mid-January until early February. Whichever carnival celebration you attend, expect wonderfully colourful, noisy parades, beautiful costumes and dancing ’til dawn.![Buenos Aires Carnival is held in February](https://content.skyscnr.com/bfb1bd77a3b0f7de50ad13632d3a829d/carnival.jpg “Buenos Aires Carnival”)6. Check out Iguazu FallsThe world’s largest waterfall is actually a three-kilometre-long chain of waterfalls, straddling the Brazil/Argentina border and surrounded by wildlife-packed rainforest – there are 2,000 species of plant in the area around the falls. The forests are also home to the opossum, the only marsupial outside Australia. And if you can’t bear to drag yourself away? There are plenty of hotels near Iguazu Falls, including the five-star Sheraton Internacional Iguazu Resort and the slightly cheaper Cataratas Hotel Iguazu Falls, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views over the water. 8. See a show at the Teatro ColónBuenos Aires’ Teatro Colón is one of the world’s finest opera houses. It’s said to have the best acoustics in the world – even the fabric used to cover the seats was checked to ensure it wouldn’t affect the acoustics, and Luciano Pavarotti was just one of the many world-renowned singers to have performed here. During the regular guided tours, you’ll hear all about its fascinating history and the theatre’s extravagant design. Keep an eye out for the enormous chandeliers (one of which weighs five tonnes) and the beautifully painted dome ceiling. 3. See the Iglesia San Francisco, SaltaThis beautiful church can be found in Salta, a city in mountainous northwestern Argentina. It’s a National Historic Monument which dates back to 1625, and it’s home to South America’s highest bell tower. The structure offers various nods to Italian architecture styles, and inside are several pieces of priceless artwork, including a sculpture by Alonso Cano, a seventeenth-century Spanish painter. Clamber to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views. And if you’ve got any energy left? Head to nearby San Bernardo Hill (and its 1,000 steps) to gaze over the valleys to the east of the city centre. 1. Raft, walk or cycle through the Rio NegroPart of Patagonia, the province of Rio Negro is hugely popular with adrenaline junkies. The western half is home to the forested valleys of the Andes and the beautiful Nahuel Huapí National Park, a veritable paradise when it comes to hiking in Argentina. The Negro River is one of Patagonia’s best white water rafting destinations, although there’s also plenty for those who like the finer things in life. Head to the region’s capital, Viedma, to relax in its riverfront cafés, or to Carmen de Patagones to admire the colonial buildings and pound the town’s cobbled streets. 10. Go for a hike in Tafí del VallePerched 2,000 metres above sea level, this beautiful hill town was traditionally a summer retreat for locals keen to avoid the searing heat of the warmer months. It’s one of Argentina’s most popular destinations for hiking. The landscape in incredibly varied; highlights include the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra del Aconquija and vast tracts of dense subtropical forest. There’s a range of accommodation options for all budgets, and the wide selection of guided tours covers everything from nearby wildlife hot-spots to archaeological sites. Craving some adventure? 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You’ll find everything here, from luxury five-star hotels to budget hotels and cheap hostels (San Telmo or Palermo are the areas most popular with backpackers). 14 million people live here, although it’s wonderfully easy to escape the crowds. Simply head to one of the city’s parrot-filled parks (Parque Tres de Febrero is Buenos Aires’ largest green space) or to the elegant cafés of Avenida Corrientes. There are 48 neighbourhoods (or barrios) in total – San Nicolás and Monserrat, which make up the city centre, are two of the busiest. The latter two neighbourhoods are where you’ll find some of Buenos Aires’ best nightclubs, including La Trastienda, a Monserrat club where you can rock out to everything from rock and reggae to tango and hip hop. 14. Admire Argentina’s beautiful churchesArgentina has some of the world’s most beautiful churches and cathedrals. In Buenos Aires, we recommend stopping by the nineteenth-century Metropolitan Cathedral, famous for its grand neo-classical facade, while the pale pink Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in nearby La Plata, is one of the largest churches in Latin America. Buenos Aires is also where you’ll find what many regard as the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. Large white pillars mark the entrance to the hilltop La Recoleta, which is laid out like a miniature city, complete with city blocks, stone streets, alleys and tiny plazas. There are over 6,000 tombs, including enormous mausoleums and vaults topped with cathedral-like domes. It’s the resting place for countless Argentinian A-listers, including Eva Peron. There are free guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 9. Ride the Southern Fuegian RailwayOriginally built to transport timber to Ushuaia, the world’s southern-most city, this spectacular railways is now one of southern Argentina’s biggest tourist attractions. Sign up for one of the half-day train journeys and you’ll board the train on the outskirts of Ushuaia, before travelling through Pico Valley and Toro gorge, finishing in the wildlife-filled Tierra del Fuego national park. 11. Walk on a glacierFancy walking on Argentina’s famous glaciers? You’ll need to start by heading to Patagonia, in the south. The city of El Calafate makes an ideal base – it’s on the shores of Lake Argentino and is close to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The park is also where you’ll find Viedma Glacier. Sign up for a glacier hike (complete with crampons) and you’ll walk across the ice and through frozen tunnels. You’ll learn how this stunning geological marvel formed and will even get the opportunity to toast Argentina with a local tipple, complete with ice scraped from the glacier itself. Cheers! 12. Smell the salt on Salinas GrandesThis remote, high altitude 3,200-square-mile salt plain can be found in the Salta province. If you’re going it alone, getting to Salinas Grandes can be tricky, although there’s a regular bus service from the nearby village of Purmamarca, and several local companies offer guided tours. And we guarantee it’s worth the visit – when the sun’s out (and it usually is) the contrast between the bright blue sky and the endless expanse of white salt is breathtaking. If you’re on the hunt for a souvenir, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up some stone carvings from the roadside vendors, although don’t forget to haggle.