Side Trips from Buenos Aires: Places to Explore


  • The Atlantic Coast

    Southern Buenos Aires Province is synonymous with one thing—la playa (the beach). Every summer Argentines flock to resort towns along the coast, many of which were originally large estates. Now...

  • Buenos Aires Province

    Plains fan out where the city of Buenos Aires ends: this is the beginning of the pampas, which derive their name from the native Quechua word for "flat field." All over this fertile earth are...

  • Colonia del Sacramento

    The peaceful cobbled streets of Colonia are just over the Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires, but they seem a world away. Founded in 1680, the city was subject to a long series of wars and pacts...

  • Iguazú Falls

    Iguazú consists of some 275 separate waterfalls—in the rainy season there are as many as 350—that plunge more than 200 feet onto the rocks below. They cascade in a deafening roar at a bend in...

  • Los Esteros del Iberá

    Few places in Argentina are more peaceful, or more magical, than this vast wetland reserve, which stretches over 13,000 square km (5,000 square mi)—an area almost the size of Connecticut—of...


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