There’s just something about Argentina. It’s one of those countries that has achieved an almost mythical status in the minds of tourists from around the world. It typifies everything amazing about traveling to South America.
Naturally, cities like Buenos Aires and Córdoba are high up the destination lists, and rightfully so. They are incredible experiences. But Argentina has several outstanding cities that are more than worth putting in the time and effort to visit.
Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Often referred to simply as Comodoro, this city serves an incredibly important purpose in southern Argentina. At almost 200,000 people, it’s the largest city that far south, and is a key economic center for the entire region.
There are a few interesting museums to check out around town, not to mention several excellent restaurants and cafes. But being right on the Atlantic Ocean and buried in Patagonia makes for some unique opportunities just outside of the city, too.
On the other hand, Mendoza is about as far away from the Atlantic Ocean as you can get in Argentina. The funny part is that it’s quite close to the country’s border with Chile. It’s a quicker trip to the Pacific coast through another country than it is to the Atlantic through Argentina.
As one of the largest cities in Argentina, Mendoza has no shortage of things to do. This is a city obsessed with wine, so take one of several wine tours or hit up the Museo Nacional del Vino. The Cachueta Thermal Baths are an excellent place to relax after a hard day of exploring vineyards.
Santa Fe, Argentina
There are a lot of cities named Santa Fe in the world, and the one in Argentina does not disappoint. It’s near the point that the Paraná and Salado rivers meet, and is a relatively short drive northwest from Buenos Aires.
Stopping by the waterfront to check out the city’s famous suspension bridge is an absolute must. There are a lot of historical neighborhoods and museums to visit, including the Rosa Galisteo de Rodriguez Fine Arts Museum.
Mar del Plata, Argentina
South of Buenos Aires and right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Mar del Plata is an absolutely stunning place. The name translates to “Sea of Silver” and that is definitely accurate to say the least. It is a place filled with incomparable beauty.
The beaches are the top spot here, which probably isn’t a surprise. This is also the place to eat some of the best seafood in the country, not to mention the outstanding nightlife. But Mar del Plata also has an exceptional aquarium that demands to be explored.
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Buried deep in northwestern Argentina is San Miguel de Tucumán. This landlocked city might not have the appeal of an oceanside community but it does rest on the slopes of the Aconquija mountains, which are the definition of picturesque.
The city is filled with amazing, historic buildings and architecture covering a variety of eras. The Parque Sierra de San Javier is wonderful green space to explore, particularly if you’re a birder. And the short hike to Rio Noque Waterfall is always worth taking.