With more than a million square miles of land, Argentina is a perfect place to plan a long journey through breathtaking scenery for your next vacation. Stretching from the Andes in the West to the Atlantic Ocean in the East, travelers can see everything from lush greenery to high desert.
If you’re looking to escape the city in search of a nature tour or hiking adventure, the Argentine backcountry has plenty of options.
Patagonia could be a list unto itself. The massive region in southern Argentina has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the entire world. Hiking trails criss-cross the area, providing amazing views of skyscraping peaks and beautiful lakes. Then there’s the Punta Tombo penguin colony in Puerto Madryn, the Cave of Hands (Las Cuevas de las Manos) in Perito Moreno and the glaciers in El Calafate.
The stunning Los Glaciares National Park is within Patagonia’s borders, too. The area is fed by snows from the Andes mountains, creating 47 large glaciers – 30% of the park is covered by ice. There is two main part surrounding the huge lakes within the park. Lake Argentino, to the south, is the largest in the country and considered an excellent fishing spot. Lake Viedma, to the north, is more popular among hikers and trekkers, as nearby Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre provide stunning views and challenging climbs.
The Argentinean Monte is a wide desert grassland perfect for biking and trekking. The area has been damaged quite a bit by human expansion and the government is attempting to protect more land in national parks, but it is still a wonderful place to see some of the world’s rarest flying species.?
Up in the northwest corner of the country lies Talampaya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sprawling park is filled with rock formations that stretch almost 500 feet high in some spots. The climate can be volatile, with scorching heat during the day and cold at night, as well as high winds in Spring and downpours in summer. Despite this, visitors flock there every year to look at the dinosaur fossils and ancient settlements like at Puerta del Cañón.
Iguazu Falls is a collection of 270 small waterfalls located in northeastern Argentina, on the border with Brazil. Another UNESCO World Heritage site, the Devil’s Throat is said to be the best viewpoint. It is simple to cross between both the Brazilian and Argentine sides, as a bus line links them together. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are several hiking trails into the surrounding jungle for visitors to see the falls from a different angle.
Ever wanted to see the End of the World? Then head to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the entire planet. Nestled between mountains on the west and a bay to the east, this picturesque town has been a destination for ships since the HMS Beagle arrived in early 1833. Tourists trek or ride horses up into the nearby Martial Mountain range in Summer or head out into Beagle Channel to see the famous lighthouse and nearby prison. Some even choose to brave the cold waters for sport fishing!