Discovering Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls: From Urban Wonders to Natural Splendor

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Laura Vaughn

  • Buenos Aires

  • Active Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Nature Escapes

  • Argentina

  • Bucket List-Worthy

  • Local culture

  • Local food

  • Sightseeing

Argentina, where Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls can be found, is a diverse South American nation encompassing stunning landscapes, tango rhythms, and a fusion of European and indigenous cultures.
Curator’s statement

Embark on a personal odyssey to uncover Argentina's dual marvels: the vivacious rhythm of Buenos Aires and the breathtaking spectacle of Iguazu Falls. As I explored Buenos Aires, I found myself immersed in the mosaic of its neighborhoods, each offering a distinct flavor of culture and a symphony of flavors that tantalized my taste buds. The sultry notes of tango in the air seemed to resonate with the city's passionate soul. Then, standing before the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls, I felt the sheer power of nature coursing through me as the cascades plunged dramatically amid the lush embrace of the surrounding rainforest. This journey, a blend of urban vitality and natural grandeur, invites you to embrace Argentina's essence in ways that will resonate long after you've returned home.

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Things to do in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls is nature's awe-inspiring masterpiece, a UNESCO-listed wonder where the Iguazu River cascades dramatically between Argentina and Brazil in a breathtaking display of water and mist.

Buenos Aires, the dynamic heart of Argentina, has left an indelible mark on me. The intertwining of European sophistication and Latin American flair creates an irresistible energy that pulses through the city's streets. From the lively tango rhythms of San Telmo to the modern allure of Puerto Madero's waterfront, every neighborhood holds a unique charm. The ornate beauty of Teatro Colón and the luxury shopping on Avenida Alvear reflect the city's diverse character. As I wandered through La Boca's colorful alleys and stood in awe at Plaza de Mayo, I felt the pulse of Buenos Aires' history and vibrancy all around me. I spent a few days in Buenos Aires exploring the city, then flew to Iguazu Falls for two nights, returning to Buenos Aires before embarking on a cruise to Uruguay and Brazil. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Buenos Aires.

Museum Exploration

Immerse yourself in Buenos Aires' rich cultural scene by visiting renowned museums such as the MALBA for contemporary Latin American art, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes for classic works and the Museo Evita to learn about the iconic Eva Perón.

Tango Revelry

Dive into the passion of tango by attending an authentic milonga, where locals dance their hearts out. You can also catch a mesmerizing tango show in venues like Café Tortoni or experience the sultry dance for yourself with a lesson in San Telmo.

Cemetery and Architectural Wonders

Explore the intriguing Recoleta Cemetery, where grandiose mausoleums house the remains of Argentina's historical figures. Stroll down Avenida de Mayo to witness impressive architectural landmarks like Casa Rosada and the Palacio Barolo, each telling a story of the city's history.

Shopping Extravaganza

Indulge in retail therapy along the chic Avenida Alvear, a haven for luxury shopping featuring high-end boutiques and designer brands. For a more local experience, explore the boutiques and artisan markets in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.

Neighborhood Adventures

Discover the distinct character of Buenos Aires' neighborhoods. In La Boca, explore the lively Caminito street and its vibrant colors. Palermo offers trendy boutiques and bustling nightlife, while San Telmo charms with its antique markets and cobblestone streets.


Iguazu Falls, a natural wonder nestled amid the lush rainforests of Argentina, is a sight to behold. The sheer power and majesty of the cascading waterfalls create an awe-inspiring spectacle that leaves a lasting impression. To reach Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires, you can take a short flight from one of the city's airports, such as Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP) or Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), to Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport (IGR) located near the falls. The flight takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes, making it a convenient way to transition from the vibrant urban atmosphere of Buenos Aires to the untamed beauty of Iguazu Falls. Once you arrive, prepare to be immersed in the natural splendor of the falls and the surrounding rainforest, making your journey a seamless blend of urban exploration and breathtaking nature.

Nestled at the gateway to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, the town of Iguazu offers a charming blend of natural beauty and local hospitality. With its laid-back atmosphere, the town provides a welcoming base for exploring the nearby wonders. Beyond the falls, visitors can immerse themselves in the culture of Puerto Iguazú, sampling traditional cuisine, discovering local markets, and even venturing to the Triple Frontier where three countries meet. The lush rainforest surroundings and the diverse activities available make Iguazu a destination that seamlessly intertwines natural splendor with cultural exploration.

Experience Local Cuisine

Delight your taste buds with authentic Argentine cuisine. Savor succulent cuts of grilled meat, known as "asado," and indulge in traditional dishes like empanadas and locro. Local restaurants offer a genuine taste of the region's flavors and culinary heritage.

Visit the Triple Frontier

Explore the Triple Frontier, where the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. Enjoy panoramic views of the junction point and learn about the unique cultural influences that shape this intersection of nations.

Explore Puerto Iguazú

Wander through the town of Puerto Iguazú, soaking in its relaxed ambiance. Browse local markets for handicrafts and souvenirs, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along its streets, dotted with charming cafes and shops.

Rafain Churrascaria Show

Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture by attending the Rafain Churrascaria Show. Feast on a buffet of Brazilian and international cuisine while enjoying a lively show featuring music, dance and performances from various Latin American countries.

Güira Oga Wildlife Refuge

Discover the Güira Oga Wildlife Refuge, a rehabilitation center dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured or trafficked animals. Take a guided tour to learn about the conservation efforts and see rescued animals up close, making it a rewarding and educational experience.

Things to do in Iguazu Falls

Visit the Devil's Throat: Witness the mesmerizing Devil's Throat, the largest and most impressive waterfall in the Iguazu Falls complex. Stand at the edge of a sheer precipice, feeling the thunderous power of the water as it plunges dramatically into the abyss, surrounded by mist and rainbows.

Explore the Upper and Lower Circuits

Immerse yourself in the heart of the falls by exploring the upper and lower circuits. Walk along well-maintained trails that lead you to various viewpoints, offering different perspectives of the falls and allowing you to feel the mist on your skin as you get up close to the cascades.

Take a Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour to experience the falls from a whole new angle. Feel the exhilaration as you get drenched by the spray while sailing through the tumultuous waters beneath the falls. It's an adventurous way to truly feel the force of nature.

Discover the Rainforest

Venture into the lush rainforest that surrounds the falls. Guided eco-trails provide the opportunity to encounter diverse wildlife, from colorful butterflies to exotic birds. The jungle's symphony of sounds and vibrant flora create an immersive experience.

Explore the Itaipu Dam

While not part of the falls themselves, the Itaipu Dam is a remarkable engineering marvel nearby. Take a tour to learn about its construction and significance, as well as its role in generating hydroelectric power for both Brazil and Paraguay.

Places to eat & drink in Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls

Enjoying some drinks while tiring out from the travel.


Café Tortoni: A historic and iconic café, Café Tortoni is renowned for its traditional Argentine breakfast offerings. Enjoy freshly baked pastries, medialunas (croissants) and strong coffee in a charming and nostalgic atmosphere.

Pain et Vin: This delightful bakery-café offers a French-inspired breakfast experience with a range of delectable pastries, bread and quiches. The cozy ambiance and high-quality baked goods make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Oui Oui: A charming neighborhood bakery-café, Oui Oui is loved for its artisanal bread, pastries and breakfast options. Its inviting setting and cozy atmosphere make it an ideal spot to start the day.


Hierbabuena: Hierbabuena offers a refreshing take on Argentine cuisine with its focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Their lunch menu features creative and healthy options in a welcoming setting.

El Preferido de Palermo: This classic Argentine bodegón serves up hearty lunchtime meals, showcasing the country's culinary heritage. It's a favorite among locals for its nostalgic ambiance and comforting dishes.

Melvon: Enjoy a delightful lunch at Melvon, offering a mix of delicious sandwiches, salads, and pastries in a charming garden setting. It's known for its relaxed atmosphere and fresh, homemade ingredients.


Don Julio: This renowned parrilla (steakhouse) offers a quintessential Argentine dining experience. Known for its superb steaks and warm ambiance, Don Julio is a beloved choice for those seeking traditional flavors.

Fervor: This Michelin-starred restaurant presents an upscale Argentine dining experience with a focus on prime cuts of meat and exceptional service. The elegant ambiance adds to the allure of this culinary gem.

Alvear Palace Hotel Rooftop Restaurant: For a luxurious dining experience with a view, the rooftop restaurant at Alvear Palace Hotel offers elegant cuisine paired with panoramic city vistas. It's a perfect spot for a romantic evening.

La Cabrera: This renowned parrilla not only offers an exquisite lunch experience but also a fantastic dinner. Known for its top-quality steaks, La Cabrera provides a cozy atmosphere and attentive service, making it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

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