A Gap Year in Argentina

Why go backpacking in Argentina?

Backpacking in Argentina is growing in popularity, with lots of travellers waking up to the amazingness of South America as a backpacking destination.

Argentina is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the region, and represents a ridiculous variety of things to do. Buenos Aires is a vibrant, dynamic city, and outside of cities you’ll find some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the world – you won’t quite believe that Patagonia is a real place. The wildlife here also makes it a great place for volunteering with animals and working on conservation projects.

Whatever you choose to do while backpacking in Argentina, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Things to do in Argentina

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South America Coast to Coast via Patagonia

from £1895

51 days

Argentina, Brazil, Chile

Join our expedition truck through some of South America's most spectacular National Parks, the vast wilderness of Patagonia, Iguazu Falls...

Monkey Rescue & Rehabilitation

from £1200

7 - 30 days

Argentina

Rescue, rehabilitate and eventually release the monkeys back into the wild, so that they are self-sufficient. You'll assist in helping...

The Southern Explorer

from £3405

From 30 days

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Peru, ...

Visit mysterious Easter Island, idyllic Tahiti, explore South America, experience the wonderfully different world that is Japan before finishing up...

Kingdoms & Carnivals

from £3545

84 - 105 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

An adventure for anyone yearning for an awesome road trip around South America’s most famous sites and undiscovered corners, from...

Veterinary Experience | Buenos Aires

from £1395

2 - 12 days

Argentina

Our Veterinary Placement is located in the heart of Buenos Aires and is perfect for a passionate animal lover looking...

Southern Trans Oceanic Quito to Rio via Buenos Aires

from £2475

69 days

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Explore the Amazon Jungle, Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, view the stunning Iguazu Falls and spend time...

In-Class TEFL Course in Buenos Aires

from £1400

20 days

Argentina

Join our 4-week TEFL in-class course in Buenos Aires and become a TEFL/TESOL certified teacher of English as a foreign...

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The cities

Argentina is a little like someone dropped a country from Europe into another continent; its capital Buenos Aires is a hot blur of sizzling steak, steamy tango and slick bars and nightclubs, all beefed up with some sexy Latin American flair. What it lacks in famous landmarks it makes up for in unique, thrilling atmosphere.

There’s also Cordoba, which doesn’t skimp on the nightlife but is also home to beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. The focal point is Plaza San Martin and the neo-Baroque Cordoba Cathedral. You could also head far south to Ushuaia, which calls itself the end of the world, or high above sea level to Salta for a quieter visit to quaint cafes and superb museums.

The scenery

Outside the cool urban sprawl, Argentina is home to the iconic Iguazu Falls, which make a racket that will ring in your ears for years to come, the working farms of practicing gauchos (cowboys), the vast lake district surrounding Bariloche where you can wonder for days, the tasty winelands near Mendoza, the epic expanse of Patagonia and the nature hotspot of Peninsula Valdes where you can see humpback whales getting romantic with each other.

The highlight is Glacier National Park in the south near the border with Chile, which, as the name suggests, has a really big glacier. The entire area is an amazing place to explore, but you’re really unlikely to forget trekking across a glacier.

Backpacking in Argentina is a brilliant idea with a diverse range of stuff to do, and the buses and hostels tend to be pretty comfortable too. All-in-all this is a top gap year destination, so start planning your adventure!

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