If the bustle of Buenos Aires is too much for your taste, Mendoza and Salta are an excellent choice. The countryside in general is a most pleasant part of Argentina; laid-back and with a taste for life close to nature. In Northern provinces feature traces of pre-Columbian cultures, mingled with ruins of natives’ villages, as well as forts and constructions dating back to the time of the Conquest and Colonization. Salta is also the starting point for the Train to the Clouds, a heritage railway that seems to be running solely to provide some unforgettable panoramas for visitors.
Ushuaia (map), the southernmost city in the world, in Tierra del Fuego, typical destination of the south of the country, attracts visitors with a very important tourist with excursions and gastronomy.
*Sierras de Córdoba (map), a mountain range of mild climate and landscapes ranging from the bucolic and wild, there are the main tourist centers: *Villa General Belgrano (map) and La Cumbrecita (map), touristic towns with large central European influence in the Sierras de Córdoba. The *City of Córdoba (map) also has a great tourist attraction, especially in its valuable building of colonial period or in its urban landscapes.
Ischigualasto (map), also known as The Moon Valley. This provincial park, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is located at the northern end of the province of San Juan. It is also a major *paleontological center became famous because it is the only place where it can be seen completely exposed and perfectly differentiated the whole Triassic period as complete and orderly, where the oldest fossils in the world were found.
The *Quebrada de Humahuaca, the *Calchaquí Valleys, the *Puna de Atacama (including cono de Arita, the Laguna de Pozuelos, the Campo de Piedra Pómez etc.), Ischigualasto, Talampaya, the Aconcagua, Caviahue and Copahue; Andean Patagonic national parks, etc. constitute the tourist corridor called the Andean Footprint (Huella Andina) which is largely covered by *National Route 40.
Mar del Plata (map) is a tourist city with huge beaches on the Atlantic. San Rafael (map) heart of Mendoza, where the best wines in Argentina are made, with its imposing Atuel Canyon (map), the valleys of Barreal (map) of Iglesia, in San Juan highlighting the adventure tourism.
Many ruins of the ancient Jesuit missions – some of which have been covered by the jungle – are located near *Posadas (map). The most well-known ruins are in *San Ignacio Miní, 56 km away from the province’s capital. The ones in Candelaria, Loreto, Santa Ana and Santa María are also very interesting. These Jesuit reductions were declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.