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Side Trips from Buenos Aires Travel Guide

Plan Your Side Trips from Buenos Aires Vacation

To hear porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) talk of their city, you'd think Argentina stops where Buenos Aires ends. Not far beyond it, however, the skies open up and the pampas—Argentina's huge flat grasslands—begin. Pampean traditions are alive and well in farming communities that still dot the plains that make up Buenos Aires Province.

Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Wall of Water Nothing can prepare you for the roaring, thunderous Cataratas del Iguazú (Iguazú Falls). We think you'll agree.
  2. Cowboy Culture No visit to the pampas (grasslands) is complete without a stay at an estancia, a stately ranch house, like those around San Antonio de Areco. Sleep in an old-fashioned bedroom and share meals with the owners for a true taste of the lifestyle.
  3. Wetland Wonders The Esteros del Iberá, an immense wetland reserve in Corrientes Province, is home to a bewildering variety of plants and animals, including howler monkeys and capybaras (a quirky supersize rodent).
  4. Delta Dreaming Speeding through the Paraná River delta's thousands of kilometers of rivers and streams, we'll forgive you for humming "Ride of the Valkyries"—it does feel very Mekong.
  5. Colonial Days Gorgeous 18th- and 19th-century stone buildings line Colonia del Sacramento's cobbled streets. Many now contain the stylish bed-and-breakfasts favored by porteños looking to escape the big city.

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When to Go

Temperatures in Buenos Aires Province rarely reach extremes. Note that some hotels and restaurants here only open on weekends outside of p...

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