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25 ultimate things to do in Argentina

By Amanda Barnes
May 29, 2019, 10:41:42 AM EDT

Argentina is the land of giants—giant mountains, giant glaciers, giants steaks. Stretching from the Andean altiplano down to the icy lakes of Patagonia, with jungle, wetlands, Pampa, and cosmopolitan cities in-between, Argentina is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Art lovers will delight in discovering the museums, street art, and architecture of Buenos Aires. There are myriad things to do in the mountains of Argentina, from wine tasting in Mendoza to trekking in Patagonia. There’s no lack of natural wonders and cultural experiences to add to your bucket list, but here are 25 you just can’t miss while you are in Argentina.

1. Listen to Glaciar Perito Moreno Crackle

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(Ohoto:Larissa Chilanti/shutterstock)

This creeping glacier is one of the world’s most accessible and exciting to visit. You feel within arm’s reach from the viewing platforms as this advancing glacier groans and crackles, audibly moving forward with large chunks of ice intermittently breaking off and plunging to the milky blue waters below. For the ultimate up-close-and-personal experience, you can go trekking with crampons over the ice.

2. Get Soaked by Iguazu Falls

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(Photo: R.M. Nunes/shutterstock)

These tremendous waterfalls, which separate Argentina from Brazil and Paraguay, make the world’s most spectacular border crossing. You can view the largest waterfall system in the world from all three countries, however, the experience from Argentina’s turf is certainly the wildest and wettest. Here, you can walk over wooden platforms to the Garganta del Diablo, the “devil’s throat”, and peer into this enormous cascade, which effectively feels like an open-air shower. Not wet enough? Get on one of the speedboat rides, which take you on a tour from the much wetter perspective at the bottom of the falls.

3. Watch a Football Match in La Boca

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Football (soccer) is no small deal in Argentina. The very mention of the beautiful game is enough to bring tears of joy to a victorious fan or rile a defeated fan into fits of rage. There is no greater football rivalry than between two teams of Buenos Aires: La Boca and River Plate. Seeing any football match is a right of passage in Argentina, but if you manage to see La Boca and River Plate in the sanctuary grounds of La Bombonerain the football-mad neighborhood of La Boca, you’ve reached the holy grail.

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