Planning a solo trip around South America? Here are some must-see places and essential activities you should add to your list in amazing Argentina. Buen viaje!
Set off on your Argentinian adventure
Cities, deserts, rainforests, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers: Argentina has it all. With such a rich variety of natural wonders within its ecosystem, it's no wonder Argentina is referred to as a 'megadiverse' country. As a solo traveller, you could spend your life just exploring Argentina and its incredible landscape, so we've helped to narrow it down to the top five things to do and see while you're there.
1. Puertas cerradas in Buenos Aires
Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, is known for its love of food. However, one of its best kept foodie secrets is the puertas cerradas (closed doors) concept. This involves groups of people booking to eat in the homes or private venues of professional chefs. Although it may sound daunting, it's really the perfect thing to do when travelling solo. You'll meet people from all over the world who are embarking on the same adventure as you, whilst enjoying incredible food, often of a much higher quality and value than found in regular restaurants.
2. Wine tasting in Mendoza
Ease the nerves of travelling alone by attending a wine tasting tour in the Mendoza province of western Argentina. Grown in the foothills of the Andes, the grapes produce a fine range of mostly red wines, of which Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignons are the most popular. You can enjoy many of these varieties in a wine tasting session, and there are lots to choose from. Get to know the wines and their origins as well as locals and other travellers.
3. Salta and the Salinas Grandes
Up in the northwest of the country is the city of Salta. Not only is this city known for its colonial Spanish architecture and its great regional cuisine, but it's most famous for its location near the Salinas Grandes, the world's third largest salt flats. If you're travelling through Argentina on a road trip, visit the Salinas Grandes for the day from Salta, and head back via the city of Jujuy. And don't forget to snap a forced perspective illusion picture while you're at the flats!
4. Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls are located on the Brazillian border with Argentina in the northeast. The cascades make up the largest waterfall system in the world, as well as one of the most powerful, with the sixth highest flow rate. They can be viewed from the Argentinian or Brazilian side of the Iguazu River, and on the Argentinian side, there is a an ecological non-polluting train that takes passengers up to the Devil's Throat, the point at which the most water flows over the falls.