From Buenos Aires to Patagonia, Argentina is full of beautiful scenery and excitement. Here are some must-see spots for business travelers.
Next time you’re scheduled for a business trip to Argentina, do yourself a favor and build some time into your trip to see the sights. Whether your intended destination is Buenos Aires or the stunning Patagonia region approximately 1,000 miles south, the views are breathtaking, and the options are limitless.
Due to its rich European heritage, soaring architecture, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and quaint sidewalk cafes, Buenos Aires is often referred to as the “Paris of South America.” As the cultural hub of Argentina, the city is home to a thriving theater scene and the famous Teatro Colon opera house. The list of potential sites to see is extensive, but a few hot spots deserve special consideration:
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
First opened on Christmas Day in 1895, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes offers more than 49,000 square feet of exhibit space. The 24 exhibit halls on the ground floor display paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, while the upper floors display exhibitions of photographs and sculptures. The museum boasts one of the best collections of art in Latin America and the largest collection in Argentina.
Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar
Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Pilar was built by Recoleto friars in 1732 and is considered a national treasure. It includes six German baroque-style altars, one overlaid with Peruvian engraved silver, and another sent by Spain’s King Carlos III, which contains relics. When visiting, make it a point to see the ceramic tiled artwork in the courtyard that depicts Buenos Aires as it looked in 1794.
Museo Del Mate
If you’re short on time but want to visit a fun and quirky place, take a stroll through the Museo Del Mate. Mate is a highly-caffeinated tea drink loved by the South American people and traditionally served in a hollowed-out gourd. With more than 2,000 items on display dedicated to the national drink, the museum offers tours that begin with a short film explaining the history of mate and end with a collection of more gourds than you ever imagined seeing in one place.
Patagonia is at the base of South America, spanning the lower region of Argentina and spreading into Chile. It begins in the province of Rio Negro and flows all the way to Tierra del Fuego. Covering more than 300,000 square miles just in Argentina, it accounts for about one-third of the country. With exotic sites and a low-density population of about two million people in Argentina and Chile combined, Patagonia feels a little like entering uncharted territory.
El Doradillo Beach in Puerto Madryn
Located along the northern coast of Patagonia, El Doradillo Beach in Puerto Madryn is one of the few places where you can watch southern right whales from shore. Be sure to visit between June and November when females give birth and breast feed. Because whale calves do not develop enough fat to float until they are between 30 and 40 days old, their mothers carry them around on their fins, frequently coming to rest on pebble beds near shore. For the best chance to see the whales, wait until the tide starts to rise.
Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio
This stunning natural history museum features life-sized dinosaur exhibits as well as more than 1,700 fossil remains. Exhibits take you on a journey into the past, where you can learn about everything from early paleo-man to the Big Bang. Be sure to take the three-hour guided tour down a nature trail with exposed fossils that date back 40 million years.
Cueva de las Manos
In an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape lies a 79-foot deep, 49-foot wide cave called Cueva de las Manos, or the Cave of the Hands. As the name implies, the interior of the cave is covered with imprints of human hands. Some 9,000 years ago, indigenous inhabitants created the incredible panel of rock art and added other depictions, including humans, guanacos (a type of camelid that stands up to four feet in height), flightless rheas, and a collection of other animals and geometric shapes. Due to the similar size (approximately that of a 13-year-old boy) and nature (all of the left hand) of the handprints, the popular theory is that the artwork may have been left as part of an initiation ceremony.
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