The Best Places to Live in Argentina

If you’re considering moving to Argentina, then I’m here to tell you that you’re making a great decision!

I’ve been living here for nearly 12 years and I still love it!

It’s a wonderful place to call home.

Argentina is a welcoming country for expats.

It is so diverse that it’s possible for everyone to find a place to fit in whether you want a secluded mountain home or an apartment in a bustling metropolitan city!

Here’s a list of the best places to live in Argentina.

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The Best Places to Live in Argentina

After nearly 12 years in Buenos Aires my feet are getting a bit itchy. I’m tiring of the city life and the restless spirit that brought me here in 2010 is ready for a new place to call home.

But I love Argentina and am not ready to leave it anytime soon. I find myself daydreaming of regular weekend winery lunches in Mendoza or daily hikes in Patagonia.

Wondering where to live in Argentina?

This is the post for you!

Because believe me, I spend plenty of time thinking about it myself…

1. Buenos Aires

First and foremost, let’s start with the obvious. The most common and popular place to live in Argentina is its main city: Buenos Aires.

It’s the best place to live in Argentina for both locals and foreigners alike: nearly a third of the entire country live in or around Buenos Aires!

If you want to be where the action is, this is where you want to be.

People cross the street in San Telmo in front of taxis and buses
Buenos Aires is one of the most popular and best places to live in Argentina

Buenos Aires has the most job opportunities (which is what brings most Argentines here). It’s also where the “culture” is (theater, the ballet, restaurants, nightlife) and where you will find the most fellow expats to connect with.

There is a huge network of expats and digital nomads in Buenos Aires. While it can be hard to make friends with locals in a new country, you’ll have no shortage of friends here. Facebook groups like the BA Expat Hub are excellent places to connect with fellow newcomers.

Now, where to live within Buenos Aires?

Palermo is the trendiest neighborhood with boutiques, bars, and cafes. Most expats live here and it’s a great place to try out when you arrive. Other neighborhoods include grungy, colonial San Telmo, residential Belgrano, and posh Recoleta.

Read More of My Buenos Aires Resources

Dark clouds hang over snowy mountains and lakes in Argentina's lake district
Living in Bariloche will give you the most beautiful mountains and lakes at your doorstep.

2. Bariloche & Northern Patagonia

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Argentina is Patagonia so it should be no surprise that it’s also one of the best places to live.

Northern Patagonia in particular is a great place to relocate to. Bariloche is the largest city here and the most popular among expats.

This is a great area to raise children (and has particularly caught my eye recently after having our first child in Argentina!). You’ll be blessed with four proper seasons. Imagine yourself going on hikes in the summer and enjoying Argentina’s best ski resort in winter!

Other towns nearby that you could consider for a more secluded life are El Bolson (to the south) or San Martin de los Andes (to the north). Both are very popular among tourists but are much smaller than Bariloche.

A man on horseback ascends a mountain
Living in Mendoza is more than just wineries, there are outdoor activities galore in the Andes!

3. Mendoza

There’s more to Mendoza than just wine but really, does one need another reason to live there?

Kidding. (Mostly).

Mendoza is great place to live in Argentina. The city is large and has a lot to offer as far as schools, medical care, and an international airport.

The surrounding countryside is what tempts me most about the idea of living in Mendoza.

Mendoza’s best wineries ensure you’ll have plenty of entertainment and cultural options despite living outside of Argentina’s culture hub, Buenos Aires.

There is a lot to do for outdoors lovers as well with hikes in the mountains, white water rafting, and multi-day horseback excursions into the Andes.

Living in Mendoza has a lot to offer for those looking for a good blend of city/traditional Argentine campo life.

Another great option for is San Rafael, a smaller city three hours south of Mendoza. It has a lot of stunning outdoors activities in the Atuel Canyon area and its own beautiful wine region.

Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city

4. Cordoba

Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city. It is a university town with the lively nightlife that comes with that. In Cordoba you’ll have great restaurants, cultural offerings, and museums.

It is the ideal option for the expat who wants to live in a city but still feel like they went off the beaten path (the beaten path that is Buenos Aires).

The province of Cordoba is gorgeous. There are mountains and small villages galore to spend your weekends.

This region of Argentina was heavily settled by German immigrants so you’ll find some of the country’s best beer and enjoy tradicional German fare along with your asados.

Villa General Belgrano is home to one of the world’s biggest Oktoberfests outside of Germany and in tiny village La Cumbrecita you’d be forgiven for thinking you woke up in Germany.

Living in Cordoba allows you to spend plenty of free time swimming in crystal clear rivers and hiking in the mountains.

Related: The Most Beautiful Places in Uruguay

A bright blue glacier sits in front of a gray mountain on a cloudy day
Southern Patagonia is a wild frontier

5. El Calafate & El Chalten

El Calafate is a great place to relocate if you LOVE the outdoors.

Jobs here will be limited to tourism unless you arrive with your own job and work remotely. With harsh winters, you can expect to be here seasonally, traveling to warmer climates from around June-August.

You can apply for jobs at local hostels or a ranch to spend a season in Patagonia’s most beautiful and wild region in the Parque Nacional de los Glaciares.

El Calafate is famous for its glaciers and El Chalten is best known for being the hiking capital of Argentina.

If you want to live somewhere secluded and still wild, this is it.

Tip: Don’t forget that seasons are flipped here in the southern hemisphere. Warmer months are from September through March.

Read Next: The Pros & Cons to Living in Argentina

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Salta is one of the most beautiful places to live in Argentina (and my personal favorite destination!)

6. Salta

Salta in Argentina’s rugged northwest is one of the most beautiful areas in the country. In fact, it’s nickname is exactly that: Salta La Linda.

Choosing to live here will take you far off the beaten expat path.

Along with the natural beauty, it’s a very affordable place to live if you arrive with savings in dollars or euros. If you need a job here look for something in tourism, a major industry in Salta.

With stunning canyons, Argentina’s second largest wine region, and charming historic towns there is no shortage of things to do in Salta.

Where to base yourself in Salta?

The main city of Salta will have the most opportunities with a large number of tour operators based here. It’s a small city with gorgeous colonial architecture.

For smaller towns take a look at Cafayate, home to some of the countries most stunning high altitude wineries, or Cachi, one of the best maintained historic towns in the country.

11 thoughts on “The Best Places to Live in Argentina”

  1. I love the article, great info and point of view. Ive been living in Quito, Ecuador for the last 8 months but originally wanted to move to Buenos Aires but couldn’t do to the country being closed for Covid. Ive read other articles and blogs about the growing inflation in Argentina. Some people say its an isssue some dont think it is. I’m curios your opinion on the inflation in Argentina and how it has affected your cost of living?

  2. Hi Michael! Inflation is definitely an ever present problem here, this year in particular it is extremely high. As an expat, I’ve always made sure to work online/remote jobs where I can earn in dollars and so local inflation has never really impacted my cost of living. Whether you find a job in pesos locally or remotely in dollars will decide how comfortably you live here so I’d keep that in mind.

  3. Do you have any thoughts about living in La Rioja? We’ve been impressed with the local large organic wine cooperative (La Riojana). We’re seeking a medium-small city. We’re a retired couple with an independent income currently residing in California. Thanks in advance!

  4. I don’t know much about La Rioja as a city, to be honest! But they’re doing a lot of work as a province to promote tourism and their wine is fantastic. It could be a unique place to get off the beaten path here, worth giving a try at least without a major commitment to start.

  5. I bring money with me every time I come home from the US, I send some via Western Union, and then sometimes I send some via financieras/cuevas here that have accounts abroad and give me the pesos or dollars here (with a fee of course)

  6. My wife and I are retired. We make a little over $50,000 USD per year. I am interested in Mendoza but Buenas Aires would illuminate the need for a car. Should we just sell everything and move there or should we get a retirement visa? We speak some Spanish but not a lot. What city would we be happiest in? I hate heat combined with humidity. What online sites could I look at for help? We would need a one bedroom apartment and have to buy everything again. The USA has turned into bad news on many fronts. Please help!

  7. I had planned to go to Argentina and stay for anywhere between 3-12 months depending on how things went but I have read about some people being mugged in Palermo, which is where I had thought I would likely go because I had read it was safe. Truth be told though, I am not a city person. I would love to find a nice apartment in a safe area but maybe not necessarily Buenos Aires. I don’t speak a lot of Spanish; I am learning on Duolingo. I was thinking about trying to stay in one of the small coastal towns. But, to get permission to stay in Argentina longer than 90 days, I would need to be in Buenos Aires. I am a single woman, traveling alone. Safety is the most important factor for me. Is there a town that you would recommend? Or should I just consider a different country?

  8. I would always advise a trial stay before selling all of your belongings and committing to a place. Argentina has its own set of challenges that can be hard to adjust to, I’d rent your home for a year and try a year here before making any drastic changes (if it were me).

  9. Regarding ‘best places to live in Patagonia’, with emphasis on the word ‘live’ rather than visit, I would personally discount Bariloche and El Calafate / El Chaltén. Bariloche, because it is very touristy and suffers from noisy school leavers who visit the town as a rite of passage and make life unbearable for the residents. El Calafate and El Chaltén because a life there all year round can get very quiet, especially when the weather is inclement, and because life’s amenities (ATMs, Banks, Internet, etc.) can often be problematic.

    These are of course personal opinions but based on personal experience, none of it especially recent. I was faced with this choice when I chose to live in Patagonia some twelve years ago (after thirty years living and working in BA), and I chose San Martín de los Andes, a quiet comfortable place with a lot going on. I could have chosen Trevelín, which I visit quite often, but there is less happening there.

    Congratulations, Erin, on all you do. I find your blogs and FB posts useful and interesting, and post occasionally if I have anything useful to add.

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