Be adventurous in Argentina – six of the best regions to explore

When it comes to appreciating the great outdoors, there are a multitude of destinations around the world which fit the bill, however, nowhere does it in quite as much style as Argentina. There’s a huge amount to see in this vast country, from waterfalls to wildlife, city streets to gaucho ranches, wine estates to stunning beaches. Here’s a low-down on the very best places for adventure in Argentina.

Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina Photo: Matito of Flickr

Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina


For some adventurous souls, Argentina’s southern state of Patagonia is the jumping off point for cruises to Antarctica. But there’s a lot more to this beautiful wilderness. Try heading down to the Los Glaciares National Park – filled with lakes, mountains and quaint local townships – for great treks and ice-walking. Crampon your way up the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno glacier and watch as huge blocks of ice falls away into the ocean as the glacier slowly advances into the water.

The Valdes Peninsula in Argentina Photo: Berlotti of Flickr

The Valdes Peninsula in Argentina

The Valdes Peninsula

It’s all about the wildlife in the Valdes Peninsula. Go offshore for some staggering whale-watching and feel the thrill as a humpback whale swims beneath your boat. A tour will also introduce you to some of the other residents of the area: orcas, dolphins, penguins, elephant seals and sea lions.

Street Cafes in Mendoza, Argentina Photo: betta design of Flickr

Street Cafes in Mendoza, Argentina


The kind of adventure on offer in Argentina is more of a gastronomic kind. Indulge in tours of the various wineries and dine at the indulgent in-house cafes and restaurants. Back in town, you can wander through the colonial plazas and leafy streets for a relaxing few days of fun.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina Photo: Malingering of Flickr

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

The Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is a sight to behold. From the Argentinian side of the falls you can thread your way above, below and through the waters and surrounding jungle on brilliantly designed wooden walkways. Because of this, it is sometimes said that ‘from the Brazilian side you see the falls, and from the Argentinian side you live them’. For a real taste of adventure, take a motorboat up to the very edge of the falling water – be deafened and drenched by the longest stretch of cascading water in the world!

Riding in the hills near Cordoba, Argentina Photo: longhorndave of Flickr

Riding in the hills near Cordoba, Argentina


If you’re a huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ kinda gal or guy, you might want to try your hand at dove shooting. Cordoba – Argentina’s second largest city – is one of the best places in the world for this sport. Stay on a ranch for the ultimate experiences and trek, cycle or horse-ride up into the surrounding hills for magnificent views and a lungful of fresh air.

San Carlos de Bariloche Photo: Miradas.com.br of Flickr

San Carlos de Bariloche

The Lake District

From the city of Bariloche travelers can explore the snow-capped Andes and lakes of this stunning part of the country. There’s plenty of hiking, fishing, golf and horse riding on offer in the area, as well as some glorious spas and luxury hotels. Particularly adventurous types might want to attempt the lake crossing from Bariloche across into Chile – but only if you don’t mind leaving Argentina behind!

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Photo credits: Perito Moreno by Matito, Peninsula Valdes by Berlotti, Peatonal by betta design, Iguazu Falls by Malingering, Dos Lunas Estancia by longhorndave, and San Carlos de Bariloche by Miradas.com.br.

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  • Reply
    Nicole @ Suitcase Stories
    April 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Great post heather. Ive only been to Buenos Aires but I know there is so much more to Argentina that that so Im really keen to go back and explore some more! Patagonia looks amazing! Thats definitely on the list!
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      Heather Cowper
      April 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      @Nicole Yes, Argentine seems to be one country that has a tremendous amount to offer if you enjoy adventure

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      April 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      @Nicole Yes, Argentina seems to be one country that has a tremendous amount to offer if you enjoy adventure

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    Virgil S.
    April 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I have been to the Iguazu Falls, they are spectacular. Can’t wait to try some of the other places, great pics by the way.

    • Reply
      Heather Cowper
      April 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      @Virgil Thanks, Argentina seems to have so much to offer for those who love a bit of outdoor adventure

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    April 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I waited thirty years to go to S. America and ended up taking tour groups to Chile, Argentina and Brazil. The continent surpassed all my expectations, wonderful places, wonderful food, wonderful music, and best of all, the people. Buenos Aires such fun. Iguazu fabulous. But totally magical the crossing from Puerto Varas, Chile, to Bariloche, Argentina, crossing three lakes and the Andean watershed (easily organized by a local company). Wait for the current volcanic erruption to subside and do go!

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      Heather Cowper
      May 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      @Kathryn Thanks for your comment, your trip to South America sounds amazing!

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