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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.

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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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