Our Spanish Gurus are happy to share their own guide to Argentina. Known for the tango, this country is a cultural powerhouse totally deserving of your visit. It's also home to some of the world's most incredible Natural wonders - don't be afraid to explore them!
Buenos Aires is the most visited city by tourists in South America and an important cultural center. Fun fact? It has the highest concentration of theaters in the world, with over 300. The most famous one is probably the opera house Teatro Colón. But theaters are so popular in Buenos Aires that you can even find a bookstore in what used to be one. El Ateneo is often regarded as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world.
To understand the different faces that come together to create the character of Buenos Aires, a first-time traveler should focus on three or four of its neighborhoods.
Monserrat is Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhood and Argentina’s administrative center. The origin of its name is not Spanish, but Catalan, which is spoken in the Catalonia region in Spain. The area has numerous Spanish restaurants and has been associated with the Spanish community for a long time.
Your tour should start at Plaza de Mayo (May Plaza), Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) and Casa Rosada (The Pink House, the office of the President of Argentina). At the Plaza, pay attention to the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which is one of Buenos Aires' oldest monuments. It celebrates the May Revolution, which eventually led to Argentinian Independence. Then, you should visit the Jesuit Saint Ignatius Church, the oldest existing church in the city. This Jesuit church was once a school with a fine library, laboratories and even a pharmacy. For this reason, this part of the neighborhood became known as the “Illuminated Block”.
The Illuminated Block extends to neighboring San Telmo. It’s by far the most bohemian part of Buenos Aires and any guide to Argentina will inform you about its cafés, tango parlors, antique shops, street performers and galleries.
Definitely, you should follow the sound of tango till La Boca, a neighborhood highly influenced by Italian immigrants from Genoa. Here you’ll reach the Caminito with bright colored houses and local artists. Are you ready to dance?
Salta is probably the most Spanish city in Argentina. Some say it resembles Spanish cities in Andalusía, and its architecture clearly demonstrates its colonial past. However, the Inca heritage is also present in Salta - much more than in the southernmost cities of Argentina. The archeological museum, for example, preserves the mummies of children sacrificed by the Incas to the gods. To know an Argentina not entirely European, this is the city you’re looking for.
Argentina is rich in natural beauty, and our guide to Argentina could not be complete without mentioning the incredible Iguazu Falls. They’re one of the biggest waterfalls in the world and one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
Taking its name from the nearby city of Humahuaca, this valley has been inhabited for 10 000 years. It was a caravan road for the Inca Empire and one of the main stages during the Spanish War of Independence. While there, don’t forget to visit the ruins of the pre-Inca fortification, Pucará de Tilcara.
Anyone passionate about sea birds and nature should travel to the tip of South America to explore Patagonia. Besides the incredible landscape, you should also check out the Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands). Famous for its paintings of hands and wild animals made 13 000 - 9000 years ago, this is the oldest art in the Americas.