Argentina is famous for its diversity of geological formations, landscapes, and weather, which offers a variety of outdoor activities that attract adventure lovers from all over the world. Argentina is also one of the most famous gateways to South America due to its tranquil wildernesses and bustling cities. Its wetlands are home to unique wildlife while its rich culture leaves every visitor awestruck.
Argentina is also the kind of place where outdoor nature lovers keen on various types of adventures will find something they wish to do. They offer a country-wide network of 17 different natural routes which connect the country’s most stunning natural attractions and historic sites.
Whether they want to hike one of Argentina’s iconic mountains, explore icy conditions, or roam into the wetlands, each site offers magnificent views which makes it hard not to include on your itinerary. With so much to offer, a customized holiday to Argentina with the right level of adventure is sure to leave lasting memories.
Hike To The Base Of Mount Fitz Roy
Mount Fitz Roy is situated at the border between Chile and Argentina. The mountain is set between the panoramas of glaciers that meet lagoons. It is the most popular hike in Patagonia and is also the tallest mountain in the region. The jagged peaks of the mountains are always covered with clouds which makes it seem like the peaks are smoking. This is where Mount Fitz gets its original name ‘Cerro Chaltén’ which means the ‘smoking mountain’.
In order to reach the base of the mountain, you can either hike all the way through the terrain or they can trek through the Andes on horseback. What makes Mount Fitz Roy special is the fact that the path itself to the mountain offers a lot of beauty. On your way, you will be able to marvel at Argentina’s beauty manifested through its valleys, lakes, and glaciers. As you are hiking on the trek, discover and explore the turquoise, icy lakes that have hidden swimming holes.
Fitz Roy is part of the Los Glaciares National Park and is within walking distance from El Chaltén, a local village. El Chaltén is also considered the gateway to the mountain as many hikers begin their journey from this place. So many visitors flock to this village for its rock climbing and hiking spot, that at one point, it was dubbed ‘Argentina’s trekking capital.
Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
You rarely find a place to visit that is worth the money and the hype. The Perito Moreno Glacier is also one of those! Located at the edge of Lago Argentino, Perito Moreno Glacier is one of 47 glaciers in the country. One of the amazing things about this glacier is that you can get incredibly close to the calving snout of this ice giant, which is not something you get to experience every day. There is a glacial trekking tour that offers a closer look at the glacier. For people who don’t want to go on the tour, there are a number of broad walks through which you can closely observe this nature’s marvel.
Perito Moreno Glacier is not only the third largest glacier in Argentina, but it is also one of the few glaciers in the world that are still growing. Another interesting fact about Perito Moreno is that it is constantly on the move. As you explore this giant ice sheet, you will be able to hear the cracks as the glacier’s chunks break off and create a spectacle.
Explore The Gateway To Patagonia
Patagonia is considered heaven for hikers because of the infinite hiking opportunities it offers. Spanning over both Argentina and Chile, this is a popular tourist destination for adventure enthusiasts. Patagonia is one of the wettest and windiest places on earth because of its massive ice sheet that has the third largest amount of freshwater ice. With its colorful lakes, forests, and mythical landscapes on one side and the desert on the other, you will have an experience unlike any other! While summers in Patagonia are famous for hiking, kayaking, and biking, winter months offer a chance to participate in world-class skiing.
Explore The Northern Catamarca Province
The Catamarca region in Argentina consists of dry plains, mountains, and stunning rock structures. Due to its vast mountain range, the region was cut off from the rest of Argentina until the 19th century. While Catamarca is generally extremely hot in summer, its temperatures also vary according to the elevation. The province is also famous for its intense and unpredictable dry weather in the west and humid conditions in the east.
A striking feature that you will notice in northern Catamarca province is its colonial architecture. It is also a pilgrimage site for people visiting the Church of the Virgin of the Valley. El Shincal de Quimivil, which is located near the town of Belén, provides a unique opportunity to learn about the rare Inca archaeological sites. If you want to explore the valleys, you can drive for miles through Catamarca’s hills and valleys.
See The Fauna At Iberá Wetlands
Iberá Wetlands are known as the second-largest wetland in the world due to the large reservoir of water. The wetlands are also popular for their diversity of flora and fauna which attract thousands of tourists every year. The environment of these wetlands is conducive to amphibians’ development, and therefore, you will find a significant number of species here. From the common toad (the gardener toad) to the meowing or weeping frog, you will find a diverse fauna thriving at Iberá Wetlands.
Experience Outdoor Adventure On Your Holiday To Argentina
If you travel to South America, you should definitely add Argentina to your list of must-visit places. With its plethora of outdoor activities and several hiking trails, Argentina is the perfect travel destination if you are interested in nature or outdoor activities. What is even better is that you can have your own tailor-made travel experience where the activities and destinations will suit your interests!