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Argentine Provinces and the Main Attraction of Each One

Simon Staedeli

Undoubtedly before you finalize your trip to Argentina, you’ll be thinking about all the different locations to take that weekend getaway. Argentina has a huge territorial span with climate, culture and gastronomic difference between the north, south, east and west.

Instead of ‘Counties’, like we use for Great Britain, or ‘States’, for the United States, in Argentina they are called ‘Provinces’ (Provincias in Spanish). There are 23 Argentine provinces & each has it’s own flag:

  • Buenos Aires City – Also known as “Capital Federal”. This is not so much a province but an autonomous city. Here you will find: Congress, Tango Shows, festivals, restaurants, theaters, universities, and parks.
  • Buenos Aires – The province of Buenos Aires has a completely different vibe than the capital. Come here to find traditional Asado (Argentine style BBQ), countryside activities and cities with beaches such as Mar Del Plata and Pinamar.
  • Catamarca – Great open spaces, unique views, the Shincal Ruins and artisanal produce.
  • Chaco – Great variety of wildlife to see, ecotourism and national parks.
  • Chubut – Sealife; penguins and whales in Puerto Madryn, national parks, and fishing.
  • Córdoba Old German colonial villages, camping, rivers, and in the city you can find Universities, churches, and other attractions.
  • Corrientes – Carnivals, fishing, and boating.
  • Entre Rios – National parks, carnivals, and architecture. Here it is also very popular to drink ‘Mate‘.
  • Formosa – National parks and fishing.
  • Jujuy – Mountains, national parks, just generally great views.

The famous Hornocal in Jujuy Province

  • La Pampa – Literal translation is “the prairie”. Hiking, horseback riding, a vast stretch of land. All different types of wildlife.
  • Mendoza – Stretching from north to south, famous for grapes, wine, and the Andes mountains. Go here to visit various wineries, bodegas, and vineyards. Here you can also stand at the border of Chile and Argentina on the andes mountains.
  • Misiones – Iguazu waterfalls
  • Neuquen – Skiing
  • Rio Negro – Bariloche and Wineries.
  • Salta – Wineries, water rafting, “El Tren de las Nubes” (Train to the clouds) connecting Argentina and Chile through the Andes mountains.
  • San Juan – Wine, water springs, a great place to relax.
  • San Luis –  Mountains and terrain of great biodiversity. Full of cultural relics.
  • Santa Cruz – Glaciers, outdoor activities, rural tourism.

    Mount Fitz Roy in Santa Cruz Province, used for the Patagonia clothing logo

  • Santa Fe – Rosario is another big port city with a lot of history. Go to the city of Rosario to see the monument ‘de la Bandera‘ (of the flag).  Oh and Messi’s birthplace, no big deal.
  • Santiago Del Estero – Get to know one of the oldest cities, national parks, and fishing.
  • Tierra Del Fuego – Ushuaia, Rio Grande, Tolhuin. Mountains, snow and rural tourism way down in the south.
  • Tucuman – Historic buildings, relaxing and warm climate.

So, where will you be headed to next? Will you stay in Buenos Aires or travel around this amazing country?

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