Wide open spaces, wildlife, the charm and elegance of tango, high summits, adventure, freedom … to travel in Argentina means entering a vast territory with landscapes of great diversity.
Between the Andean Cordillera, Patagonia and the Pampas, here are six good reasons to visit Argentina.
Five times the size of France, Argentina presents a variety of climates and landscapes: fertile plains of the Pampas in the center, flat steppes of Patagonia in the south, dry plains of Gran Chaco in the north and peaks of the Cordillera des Andes culminating nearly 7,000 meters to the west, along the border with Chile.
At the climatic level, the center of the country experiences a temperate climate with four seasons. While the north is humid subtropical while the arid / subantarctic Southeast!
Discovered and colonized by the Spaniards in the 16th century, Argentina was built from cities founded on the coast, including the capital Buenos Aires, and in the Northeast.
Its population comes from significant immigrants from Latin America and Europe. Numerous archaeological sites showcase the remains of the Andean civilizations that lived in the Argentine Northwest around 10,000 years ago. To visit Argentina, it is best to plan an extended trip or consider returning several times. Here is already an overview of the magnificent assets of this destination.
AN INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE.
Argentinian landscapes and ecosystems are home to original biodiversity and rich wildlife. Iguazu National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Puerto Madryn, it is possible to observe the reproduction of whales from July to December. As well as penguins, sea lions, toninas (kinds of small dolphins) and many sea birds.
In the province of Corrientes, the Ibera Ecological Reserve is known to be the most important in Latin America in terms of biodiversity and area. The splendor of the site is revealed between marshes and ponds. Its tropical and subtropical climate is suitable for observing extraordinary wildlife. These include howler monkeys, marsh deer, caimans, capybaras, toucans, herons… A magical place for all lovers of flora and fauna.
Finally, in the pampas, in addition to the llamas, there is still a pre-Columbian fauna, represented in particular by the nine-banded armadillo. Photo safari enthusiasts are generally satisfied!
MAKE YOUR TRACKS ON ROUTE 40.
From north to south, Route 40 crosses Argentina from the border with Bolivia at La Quiaca to the Strait of Magellan for nearly 5,000 km. By following this route, we pass from the desert and colorful mountains of Salta and La Rioja, to the green landscapes of San Carlos de Bariloche before joining the great steppes of Patagonia.
The population is also changing: Indian and traditional in the timeless villages around Salta to the north, it is rich, white and of Western descent to the south. By taking route 40, a real cinemascope takes place in front of you.
HOSPITALITY AND TRADITIONS.
Argentinian hospitality is genuine. For an authentic trip rich in encounters, stay with the locals or in an estancia, agricultural farm. See you in particular in the region of Salta or in Patagonia. Visiting Argentina is also discovering its culture and its national drink: mate.
Social life is punctuated by the tasting of this bitter infusion, a symbol of conviviality. Before leaving, you will have to taste the local meat during an asado, the convivial meal par excellence.
UNUSUAL PLACES AND REFINED SERVICES.
For a touch of romance or a desire for comfort, many charming and luxury accommodations also exist in Argentine tourist spots. The art of living of each region is generally very well showcased there, through a variety of activities and refined gastronomy. Some establishments are emblematic because they are historic, others more recent attract by the experience they give you. So access a lodge after a boat trip north of El Chalten, ride a horse on the shore of Lake Viedma, treat yourself to a few days of relaxation in a luxurious spa in Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego.
BUENOS AIRES AND COLONIAL HISTORY.
A new capital with very mixed influences, Buenos Aires deserves to linger to take the pulse of the city. The mere mention of his name ignites the imagination of the traveler. In Buenos Aires, the rhythmic steps of the tango click on the cobblestones. Dancing is easiest in the San Telmo district, especially in one of the many milongas.
Notable cafes such as “Federal”, “Tortoni” or “Poesia” are also part of the city’s heritage. We go back in time to live in the days when great authors like Borges or Cortázar gathered there to write. As for football fans, they will not miss “La Bombonera”, the stadium of the legendary Maradona!
DISCOVERING THE HIGH SUMMITS.
The Andes Cordillera is a destination of choice for all climbers. Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Southern Hemisphere, is found in Argentina in the province of Mendoza.
With its eternal snows and glaciers, it rises to more than 6,900 m. In Patagonia, the village of El Chalten is the starting point for many hikes that lead to the famous Fitz Roy, a mountain on the Chilean border. From San Carlos de Bariloche, also called “Argentine Switzerland”, other treks will then take you to the top of Cerro Campanario or Cerro Tronador … something to delight the most mountain people among you!