With nearly 3,000 miles of coastline that features historic cities, resort towns, inviting sand dunes and imposing cliffs, Argentina provides memorable cruise scenery. Argentinean ports are often included in cruises of South America’s beautiful Atlantic coastline, along with stops in Brazil and Uruguay. Some cruises continue around the continent’s southern tip, Cape Horn, to call on the Andes-backed ports of Chile. Others depart from Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, to venture to the Falkland Islands or the spectacular, icy world of Antarctica.
The Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires has a European heritage, evident in many of its homes and other buildings. It’s often called the "Paris of the South,” and you’ll see Parisian-style boulevards, parks and cafes mixed with Tango clubs. Take a tour of La Recoleta Cemetery to see the extremely grand tombs and crypts, one of which is the resting place of Eva Perón. The recently refurbished Teatro Colón is considered to be one of the world’s finest opera houses. The pink-colored Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentinean government, has many gorgeously decorated rooms and a presidential museum. If you have the opportunity while in Buenos Aires, treat yourself to some delicious barbecued Argentinean beef.
Located between the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the southernmost major city in the world, with a population of about 70,000. There are lots of opportunities to hike, bike, horseback ride or fish in Tierra del Fuego National Park and other scenic spots. Or, take a wildlife tour to view sea lions, penguins and other unusual birds. Take a ride on the Tren al Fin del Mundo – the End of the World Train – or visit the Maritime Museum in what was formerly a prison for dangerous criminals and political prisoners.
Some cruises to Argentina will you let you to spend extra time on land tours of the Pampas or Patagonia. The Pampas are grass-covered lowlands covered that provide food for the country’s famous beef cattle and support some unique wildlife, such as the ostrich-like rhea. The Pampas also has some fine wineries. Patagonia is a windswept region of steppe-like terraces, dotted with lakes, which rise toward the majestic, glacier-draped Andes Mountains.
To learn more about your options for visiting Argentina via cruise ship, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert. Keep in mind that wintertime in the northern hemisphere is summertime there, and a fine time to cruise Argentina.