With worldwide renowned natural beauty landscapes and sceneries, tourism in Argentina is booming. In the last two years, this country has been the main destination in South America, according to the information provided by the World Tourism Organization, and is receiving more tourists like never before.
Its world famous attractions lure travelers from all over the world, who come to dance tango in the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, have a traditional asado or experience the passion for soccer. Tourists are welcome to explore the immensity of Perito Moreno Glacier; the legendary forests and lakes in the south; to taste its renowned wines with a view to the Andes in Mendoza; to see the unexplored landscapes of the Puna and its charming small villages; or to fill up with the energy of the impressive Iguazú Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
You can experiment four climates throughout its more than 5 thousand km, and see the immensity of the mountains and its landscapes, visit big cities, feel nature in its national parks and taste its delicious gastronomy, all of that accompanied by the warmth of the hosts.
Moreover, all this diversity of attractions is now accompanied by the new government policy to open up to the world, which is facilitating the arrival of more tourists.
A country more connected with the world: coming to Argentina has never been so easy
One of the main policies for achieving the growth of tourism was to improve the connectivity, so that it became easier to come to Argentina.
As a result, there are many new routes. For instance, new flights come from the United States and Europe, such as the recently inaugurated flight, which connects Madrid-Puerto Iguazú in only 9 hours. The offer of international flights seats has also increased: in 2018, it reached record figures and increased 29% with respect to 2015. Moreover, in the last 3 years, new airlines landed in Argentina such as Air Europa, Azul Linhas Aéreas, Edelweiss, Norwegian UK and Ethiopian Airlines, among others.
In addition, travelling and moving around the country is simpler and more accessible. Whereas tourists needed stop in Buenos Aires in order to connect with different destinations in Argentina in the past, nowadays there are more options to fly in without stopping by the capital city, and there are more direct international flights to cities in the interior of the country. For instance, the new Córdoba hub allows shortening distances and time, and reduces costs, thus generating new travel itineraries.
All this, together with a favorable exchange rate, means new and broader opportunities that have strongly driven the arrival of tourists, as well as a series of measures that met the main needs of travelers. One of them was the VAT refund in accommodation throughout the country.
In addition, in the last few years, the reciprocity rates were eliminated with countries such as the United States, Canada and Australia, and we made progress in the acceleration of visa proceedings in order to simplify travelling to Argentina. For instance, travelers from China can now enter the country by completing only the Travel Electronic Authorization (AVE - Autorización de Viaje Electrónica), if they already have a valid visa to enter the United States or countries of the European Union. The same was implemented for more than 70 nationalities, which needed a visa in the past.
Opportunities multiply in Argentina and nature is the core
The millions of pesos (currency of Argentina) invested in infrastructure, the improvements made in different airports throughout the country, the development of new proposals and destinations, all of these are promoting new private investments, which come along with growth. In fact, in the last three years, more than 200 hotels were opened.
With Buenos Aires as the main MICE destination in the Americas, a growing gastronomy that competes with the best culinary destinations in the region, and the diversity of landscapes and attractions throughout its territory, opportunities multiply and cover all aspects.
Specially, taking into account that tourists will require nature and outdoor activities more and more – Argentina has it all to offer. Landscapes that seem to be from a different planet, 5 Natural World Heritage Sites and the creation of new protected natural areas are accompanied by investment and infrastructure with a clear goal – to make eco-tourism its main product, so that the world thinks of Argentina when they think about nature.
The country is as ready as it has never been to receive more and more tourists, and the figures evidence this. In the first semester of 2019, we broke the historical record, with 3.7 million travelers who came to enjoy all that it has to offer.
Those are tourists who find that there is still more to discover, apart from tango, asado and the renowned wines - from new destinations, such as Esteros del Iberá (wetlands), to the charm of small villages in the North of Argentina, such as Cachi. For all of them, travelling is now easier. From north to south, opportunities grow at the same pace as tourism in Argentina.
The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires is undoubtfully one of the most cosmopolitan cities in these days. Its financial center, its architecture, its fancy neighborhoods and its contemporaneous atmosphere in constant movement, are some of the characteristics that contribute to outline the essence of being “porteño” (from the city of Buenos Aires). This huge capital is recognized by its wide cultural and recreational offers, day and night the 365 days of the year: the Colon Theatre and small experimental theatres (most of them located on the Corrientes Avenue), old bookstores and new cultural centers, more than 100 museums and art galleries; big handicraft fairs and modern shopping centers; historical coffee houses; bars featuring tango and milonga shows; discos and pubs with international music; restaurants of different kinds, styles and cuisines; casinos and the most passionate football (soccer) games. Visitors may tour around the city visiting the most traditional neighborhoods like San Telmo, La Boca, Congreso or Abasto, the most sophisticated ones like Recoleta or Belgrano, or the most modern ones: Puerto Madero or Palermo, birthplace of the vanguard design. Tourists are invited to take thematic walks, following the steps of emblematic characters of either tango or Argentine culture, like Gardel, Evita or Borges. For those who enjoy sailing, the Río de la Plata offers many options; while the city streets challenge free-spirits to wander around, moved by the curiosity to discover the endless attractions of this beautiful city.
Surrounded by jungle, there are 275 incredible waterfalls to feel how the water energy recharges the body energy. A unique place, where the birds and the roar of nature sing the beauty of the landscape. The Falls are located within the Iguazú National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site and are one of the most visited destinations in Argentina.
Why are they one of the Wonders of the World? There are many ways to discover it. Trails that cut through the jungle, and reach the most striking waterfalls, dominated by the roar of water and the dew drops that splash the travelers. Boat rides that take you to the foot of the waterfalls to get soaked up with the mood-lifting magic of the Falls. An ecological train, trekking excursions and one of the most innovative proposals: enjoy the scenery by the light of a silvery full moon.
In the southeast of the province of Santa Cruz, in the heart of southern Patagonia, El Calafate has gained remarkable touristic dimensions thanks to the memorable Los Glaciares National Park. Apart from the chance to see from up close the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, you can go on amazing tours there and take photographs of other emblematic glaciers, such as Upsala or Spegazzini.
El Calafate is the utmost destination from all viewpoints. With suitable hotel offer, delicious gastronomy, the Patagonic lamb as a referent, and a destination that has left its town behind to become a city that does not stop growing.
The City of the End of the World. The Capital City of the province of Tierra del Fuego, Antartica and Isles of the South Atlantic is located three thousand kilometers away from Buenos Aires in the southernmost area of the planet and it is the only trans-Andean city in Argentina.
When you arrive in Ushuaia, you will literally feel you reached the End of the World. Indeed, the feeling of distance gives a special framework and great adventure to the Fuegian capital city. This city has the privilege to be located between the Beagle Channel and the Andes Mountain Range, which grants sole territory features in the country. The high season is in summer with temperatures between 9.6 and 18 degrees. In winter, the city is covered in white. Skiing and snowboard are some of the activities to do in the snow. Autumn and spring are the best seasons of the year to enjoy the wonderful range of colors in Tierra del Fuego.
San Carlos de Bariloche is a classic destination for those who look for and enjoy nature and fresh air on the shore of crystal-clear lakes and rivers, the energy of its impressive peaks, the freshness of its forests and the magnificence of its steppe. Every season plays with a unique landscape and offers attractions to satisfy the pleasure and experience of every traveler, thus making this place one of the most selected in the Argentine Patagonia.
It is the “national capital of adventure tourism”, and as such, offers all kinds of excursions: trekking, canopy, rafting, hiking, climbing or rappel, horse-riding or biking, and sailing lakes and rivers on a kayak, fishing or scuba-diving. And there is a lot more to combine adventure and nature, such as paragliding and 4x4 journeys.
Bariloche is prepared with all the services to go shopping, enjoy an evening tea or chocolate, a meal in emblematic hotels and restaurants at the foot of the mountain, or taste the best flavors of craft beer and regional gastronomy. Hence, it is also known as the national capital of chocolate or craft beer.
Mendoza is the main winemaking province in Argentina and, since July 2005, one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World. In this land, Malbec’s birthplace, more than 1,200 wineries produce the 70% of total Argentine wine production. Mendoza attracts travelers for many reasons. Its hotel infrastructure and tourist services are the most complete: five stars hotels, medium-level urban accommodation, exclusive boutique hotels, country houses; international hotels, author cuisine; picturesque cities and important museums; regular tours to learn about winemaking and sensorial personalized tours that include exquisite pairing with regional cuisine flavors. Natural scenarios, with the imposing frame of the Andean Range, are destinations specially suitable for combining enotourism with adventure tourism: snow, rivers, mountains, lagoons, caves, deserts, flora and fauna reservations offer countless proposals. In Mendoza, the great concentration of winemaking facilities open to tourism offers a really integrating experience that includes local winemaking history: many wineries have their own museums exhibiting the rich heritage that witnessed the effort of wine pioneers that converted this territory into a blessed land for the elaboration of the “national beverage”.