7 Instagrams to Follow Before Visiting Argentina

Courtesy of @visitargentina
Courtesy of @visitargentina
Photo of Sorcha O'Higgins
20 January 2018

Instagram is everybody’s favourite app, and it’s a great way to do some visual homework about a destination before you go there. We round up the best accounts on Instagram to get your head round Argentine culture, celebrity and nature ahead of your trip to South America.

Lionel Messi @leomessi

Football prodigy and local hero Leo Messi should surely be top of the Argentine Instagram list. His account seems to give a fairly accurate portrayal of his life; from photos of Messi kicking balls on the pitch to reading bedtime stories to his son, Leo seems like an all round regular guy – except for his golden boot of course. Typical Argentine activities that Leo engages in are cooking asados, hanging out with his family at Christmas and hanging out with his hot girlfriend by the pool. You’ll also be treated to a glimpse of his very terrible tattoos. Enjoy!

The one and only Lionel Messi | Courtesy of @leomessi

Sergio Aguero @10aguerosergiokun

Argentina’s second hottest football sensation is Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero. The Argentine international/Manchester City player can be seen on and off the pitch, sometimes beside incredibly tacky Christmas trees, other times looking pensive after a fresh haircut. Overall Aguero looks like a pretty happy dude, albeit with occasionally dodgy facial hair – though he’s a footballer, so it’s allowed.

Francis Mallmann @francismallmann

Anyone who watched the first season of Chef’s Table will no doubt be familiar with local culinary giant Francis Mallmann. Mallmann’s exuberant personality really came through on the Netflix show, and his Instagram is no less beguiling. Full of shots of idyllic getaways in Patagonia or Uruguay, Mallmann’s account also delivers food photography that will have you salivating at the mouth. Basically, you end up just kind of wanting his life.

Vicky Martinez @m.vicky.m

Buenos Aires photographer Vicky Martinez has the happy knack of being able to capture the spirit of the Argentine capital through her thoughtful lens. From quirky architecture to snapshots of local life, Martinez’s account will make you fall in love with Buenos Aires at first sight. Each photo is tinged with nostalgia, from the sepia tones to the simple yet enchanting composition.

Photography by Vicky Martinez | Courtesy of @m.vicky.m

Marcelo Tinelli @marcelotinelli

Flaunting Argentina’s celebrity side is Marcelo Tinelli, TV personality and all round greaseball. Tinelli looks great for his 57 years, as evidenced by his many selfies, which, on closer inspection, reveal countless plastic surgeries. Tinelli often graces the pages of Hola! magazine, a celebrity rag in which he is often featured with his partner, fellow Argentine celeb Guillermina Valdes.

Cristina Kirchner @cristinafkirchner

Former president Cristina Kirchner has no intention of disappearing, ever since her reign as the country’s head ended two years ago. Self-described on her account as a “militant Peronist”, Kirchner is still a hugely popular figure with many in Argentina, and her Instagram stands as a testament to that. Pictured delivering speeches to adoring crowds, taking selfies with children and embracing the elderly, Kirchner’s Insta is a lesson in social media politics.

Cristina Kirchner in full swing | Courtesy of @cristinafkirchner

Visit Argentina @visitargentina

If you need a gentle nudge in the right direction while deciding whether or not to visit Argentina, this Instagram will leave you with no doubt as to the proper course of action. This travel account shows Argentina in all its glory, from the spectacular colours of the rock formations in Salta to the pounding waters of the Iguazu Falls. Visit Argentina is overflowing with visual inspiration, so get booking those flights ASAP!

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