Argentina is one of the most popular destinations in South America, and it isn't hard to see why.
Home to lively cities and tranquil wildernesses, majestic waterfalls and soaring mountains, not to mention wildlife-filled wetlands, glorious architecture, rich culture and renowned steakhouses, it's the whole South American package.
But Argentina is a big country, measuring 3800 km (2360 miles) from end to end, so there's some serious ground to cover.
For those unsure where to start, we can help you narrow it down with this list of our favorite 12 places that shouldn’t be missed, from national parks carved by glaciers to vineyards in the shadow of the Andes.
Best for eating out
Sultry tango clubs and cacophonous football matches, beautiful barrios (neighborhoods) and historic cemeteries, world-class museums and raucous nightlife – Buenos Aires has everything you need for an immersive, big city experience.
Above all, the Argentine capital is a fantastic place to eat out. Its parrillas (steakhouses) – such as Don Julio, named the best restaurant in Latin America by the World's 50 Best Restaurants – serve what could be the finest beef on the planet.
You'll also find a multitude of international joints, serving everything from Armenian to Peruvian cuisine, plus an ice cream parlor on virtually every block.
Planning tip: Buenos Aires is a big city, so it pays to base yourself close to the areas you want to explore. The neighborhoods of Recoleta, Retiro, Palermo and San Telmo offer a great mix of sights, places to eat, and local character.
Best for experiencing cowboy life
The flat, fertile grasslands that cover much of central Argentina are known as the Pampas, a place dominated by the cattle industry and synonymous with gaucho (cowboy) culture.
For an introduction to rural life, head to the town of San Antonio de Areco, whose museum and annual Dia de la Tradición festival showcase all things gaucho.
Planning tip: To get the best from a trip to the Pampas, stay a few nights at one of the many estancias (ranches) scattered across the region, which offer horseback riding, polo lessons and traditional asados (barbecues).
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Best for beaches
Argentina isn’t well known for its beaches, but the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires is dotted with appealing seaside resorts.
Although big, brash Mar del Plata draws the largest crowds, there are several smaller, quieter and more appealing stretches of sand. They include the forest-fringed beaches of Cariló, Mar de las Pampas and Mar Azul, great spots for sunbathers and novice surfers alike.
Planning tip: Although you can explore the beaches of Buenos Aires province by bus, hiring a car makes things a lot easier.
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