Argentina is a little piece of paradise for those who want to experience real adventure in a country full of possibilities. From vibrant waterfalls to sandy deserts, you may not even realize the possibilities of your adventures in Argentina, but one thing is certain: each day will be completely different from the next. If you really dare to take a walk on the wild side and experience Argentina, try a tour through the dangerous Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, explore the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, Iguazú Falls, or live surrounded by monkeys in the deep Misionera rainforest. Overcome your own boundaries through adventure travel in Argentina!
Every single person who travels to Argentina will feel truly fascinated by Argentina’s architecture, nature, and culture. Travelers will simply fall in love with the immense color they’ll instantly be immersed in at first glance, no matter where they choose to travel to. However, the following are some of the most popular adventure destinations in Argentina:
Getting lost in Bariloche is something that everybody has to experience at least once in their life. Those who love all things water can get immersed in some kind of perfect dream sailing through the crystal-clear water of Rio Manso, located in a wild but accessible rainforest surrounded by snowy mountains. Maybe you’d prefer to discover what this wonderland has to offer by participating in the world famous trekking routes of the pristine and untouched Nahuel Huapi National Park, while discovering indigenous plant species. Why not explore the region by air? You can try experiencing the canopy through the aerial bridges between platforms built in trees, or even parapenting for those adrenaline lovers!
If you’ve ever thought about rescuing monkeys in the middle of a rainforest, or making an expedition through a volcano, adventures in Cordoba are waiting for you. Champaquí and Los Gigantes are the highest mountains in the province, made for those trainee climbers who want to exceed their own goals. If you want to keep close to nature’s heart, you can explore within the Sierras Chicas and the adjacent Punilla Valley, or admire the majestic condors and eagles that habit in the Sierras Grandes. Cordoba is known by many as La Docta, because of its many universities, but it is also one of the youngest and liveliest cities in South America. No matter how long you spend in Cordoba, once you’re there you’ll never want to leave!
Maybe you would like to sail through the wild sea while discovering unique worldwide Argentinian landscapes, such as Mar del Plata. You can camp near Laguna de los Padres lake, and expect your days to be full of numerous possible activities, including bird watching, fishing, water sports, biking, hiking, and rock climbing. Don’t leave this enchanting region before exploring its wilderness, from dunes to towering cliffs!
Do you dare to hike the tallest mountain in the Western hemisphere? Located in Mendoza, Aconcagua mountain is challenging for any adventure seeker, standing 6962 metres tall. An outdoor lover's paradise, travelers in Mendoza can enjoy the gorgeous views of the Andes or see stunning natural sights, such as the Puente del Inca, a rock bridge over the Vacas River. World renown for its wineries, travelers also have the privilege of drinking la créme de la créme of wines while learning everything about it from the best masters.
Adventure Travel in Argentina
If you look up into the bright blue sky in Argentina, you can see snow mountains, glaciers, lakes, rainforests, and waterfalls all together in the same landscape, which then lead to a wide range of possibilities and limitless adventures. Argentina is the epitome of an adventure paradise, surrounded by colorful, vibrant, and charming towns dressed in gold at sunset.
From nature tours through wild waterfalls to mountaineering through snow-capped mountain peaks and glaciers, adventure in Argentina doesn’t end. Because of the astonishing beauty of its mountains, hiking and trekking are the most popular and thrilling adventure activities in Argentina. The ideal trekking season is from December to March, because most of the mountain refuges are open between November and April. During the early months, it usually snows on the highest peaks, so travelers should come prepared with the appropriate equipment. Experiencing the natural beauty of Argentina is a good choice during the whole year, but is better to avoid in the winter unless you’re planning an adventure in Argentina that includes snow and low temperatures.
For water lovers, the majestic feel of Argentinian rivers, waterfalls, and lakes fits like a glove. One day you can be canoeing through a calm lake in Bariloche, and the next you could be in Patagonia kayaking and fighting against the brave water of a river, which is born in a roaring waterfall and dies in the Atlantic Ocean.
Costs & Affordability
Argentina is commonly hailed as an extremely cheap destination. A two liter bottle of Coke could cost around 30 pesos, and a burger, just 90 pesos. In addition, an Argentinian empanada sells for around 8 to 15 pesos, so it is a compulsory meal for those who are planning to taste real, affordable Argentinian food. Of course, it would be a crime if it wasn’t accompanied by some elegant local wine, which can be bought starting at 30 pesos, and will always exceed your expectations.
Cheap meals can be found in every city in Argentina, and you don’t have to win the lottery to taste one of their worldwide famous parrilladas. They are sold in cheap neighborhoods where you can try them for less than what you would pay for a burger in the States, so don’t leave Argentina without spending a leisurely afternoon beside the warmth of a grill or open fire!
Surprisingly, the most popular transport for long distance travels in Argentina is bus, even though this way of transport could be slower than rail or air travel. The main reason is because of the quality and comfort of Argentinian buses. Making a long distance trip by bus could be a real pleasure, and there are plenty of possibilities for you to choose from. You can choose a “near-bed” service, which allows the passenger a full night’s sleep, and saves money for the accommodation in the destination. In addition, this is the cheapest way of transport, because there aren’t too many low-cost airlines in Argentina and the train infrastructure is a bit limited.
Accommodation & Visas
Friendship, hospitality, and loyalty are highly regarded Argentinian values; they care for foreigners as if they were part of their family, offering them the best quality accommodation possible for an affordable rate
All kinds of prices and types of accommodations can be found in Argentina. Hotel prices have crept up because of inflation in recent years, but there is still a high standard of accommodation available for decent prices. However, the ideal, and very affordable, way to experience the natural beauty of Argentina is by backpacking, staying in a homestay, or staying at a rural lodge at the top of a majestic mountain.
For those planning to travel in Argentina for more than 90 days, you can enter the country on a tourist visa, which you can get at the airport (depending on where you come from, this could be necessary or not). If you want to stay longer (you will), you will need to invest in a student or work visa. Check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory to research more specifics of your visa requirements.
Benefits & Challenges
The best part of adventure travel in Argentina is that adventure seekers could easily live each day as a new, completely different adventure. One day you could be climbing the most beautiful mountain you could ever imagine, and the next you could be sailing through a waterfall surrounded by penguins.
A possible challenge you will have to face during your adventure in Argentina is the appealing yet unique Argentinian accent. For those who don’t know the language very well, it can be a bit challenging to get used to, but nothing impossible and you will eventually fall in love with its melody!
Do you dare to live the Argentinian dream? As Argentinians say, they are the way they want to be, and don’t need anything else, Se Gardel! Do whatever you have been dreaming about. Argentina is definitely a piece of heaven on Earth for adventure seekers, so summon your inner strength and stamina, and look for unique adventures in Argentina.
Have you ever met someone who has walked alongside penguins or contemplated the beauty of the Iguazu Falls from an helicopter? Probably not, but how cool would it be if that person was you? Throw away all your fears and get ready to live the best adventure of your life in Argentina!