Top Natural Wonders to See in Argentina
The immense South American nation of Argentina spans across most of the continent’s southern tip. As a result, its natural landscape varies from the rich Pampas grassland where its famed beef cattle traditionally grazes, to the majestic Andes mountains and the glaciers and ice fields in the Andean-Patagonian region. To experience South America’s natural and famously gorgeous landscape, check out our Argentina & Chile Multisport Tour – an immersive and exhausting tour that can satisfy even the most hardcore and experienced traveller. Here, then, are just some of the natural wonders that make Argentina a must-visit destination for any adventurer.
Los Glaciares National Park
This national park near the Chilean border is perhaps the best place to appreciate the raw power of Argentina’s natural beauty. Planetware reports that this is where you’ll find the Perito Moreno Glacier, the world’s third largest freshwater reserve, frozen in time as a 30-kilometer ice formation that’s open to visits via tour groups. If you’re inclined to do some adventuring, you can join the guided ice trekking tours that range from one to five hours, exploring the majestic glacier. Don’t forget to look up and towards the horizon to appreciate the 3359-metre presence of the Monte Fitz Roy.
Spanning 2.7 kilometers and featuring 275 individual waterfalls, Iguazu Falls is the single largest waterfall formation on the planet. Several cat walks constructed in the area provide visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with many of these waterfalls or cataracts. Its reportedly more than one million visitors per year can attest to the fact that nothing can compare to seeing these waterfalls with your own eyes, all while surrounded by beautiful Argentine-Brazilian rain forests.
Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, this historic neighbourhood is home to several beautiful, natural parks, including the iconic Parque de los Patricios from which the area derives its name. The parks make this area one of the most important green lungs of the city. On the neighbourhood’s south border, designated as a protected heritage site since 2007, stands the Tomás A. Ducó Stadium. Having seen its fair share of legendary soccer players, back in May of this year, the Albiceleste practiced here for the World Cup to a crowd of 30,000. Of course, most of this huge crowd might’ve just been there to see Lionel Messi, who Coral claims is the best soccer player in the world. If you’re lucky, you might just catch him or his equally hardworking teammates practicing on the historic grounds.
In the province of Chubut lies 360,000 hectares of natural, protected coastal landscape known as the Peninsula Valdes. Designated as a World UNESCO Heritage Site, the peninsula features around 400 kilometers of shoreline and spans 100 kilometers into the South Atlantic Ocean. It’s also the natural home of the Southern Right Whale, the Southern Elephant Seal, the Orca, the Southern Sea Lion, the Magellanic Penguin, and many other marine and land animals, including 181 recorded bird species. The government as well as private tours offered in this part of Argentina double as an educational foray into preserving Patagonia’s natural diversity.
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