Argentina is the eighth largest country on earth and still underpopulated. Most Argentines live within a few hours of Buenos Aires. Ushuaia is closer to Antarctica than the capital, and Salta’s 800 miles northwest in the foothills of the Andes mountains. It’s no wonder that most visitors, especially from North America, spend time at only two destinations, Buenos Aires and Iquazu Falls.
To visit one of the great cosmopolitan capitals and a natural wonder of the world during a one week trip to Argentina is a fine accomplishment. Yet the drama of Tierra del Fuego, the formidable Andes, the profound natural wonders of Patagonia, the Parana Delta, millenniums of archeological splendors in Salta, the energy and soulfulness of the tango and ancient Andean music, the agricultural wealth of the pampas, mile high vineyards and the creativity of their cuisine can’t be experienced in only two locations.
With a little more time, and not much more money, it’s easy to experience the diversity of this spectacular country. These five destinations cover the length of Argentina and a good slice of its cultures. Spend three to four days in any of the cities.
Distances are long, but Argentina has an excellent road and air system. All five cities are served by direct flights from Buenos Aires. An alternative is travel by bus. Argentina’s luxury bus companies provide safe, comfortable and reasonably priced service that prides itself on sticking to schedule. Long distance travel on overnight buses with seats that recline 180º (cama suite) are available on major routes from Buenos Aires. Blankets, pillows and meals are included.