When you are travelling through a country as large and diverse as Argentina, it can be hard to get a shot-list that encompasses everything there is to see. You may not have enough time to hit all of these incredible spots in Argentina, but if you can cross a few off your bucket list you will come away with stunning photographs and unbeatable memories of the natural and cultural wonders in Argentina.
People from all over the world flock to this incredible natural attraction. The mighty Iguazu Falls are comprised of close to 275 individual waterfalls and cascades that tumble over and downward day in and day out. The national park in which they are located have well-organized and maintained walkways and catwalks that allow any visitor to get up-close and personal with the waterfalls—as well as a personal encounter with the sprays of water that inevitably will drench you. There are about 1 million visitors to Iguazu Falls each year and it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
Another natural wonder, the Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Southern Patagonia where yet another national park has provided an extensive and well-maintained network of catwalks that allow you to get very close to this incredible river of ice. The chunk of ice you’ll be looking at is 250km2 and is just one of 48 glaciers that are fed by the Southern Patagonia Ice Field in the Andes—also known for holding the world’ third largest store of fresh water. It will take about a half a day to walk around the ice and get different angles but it’s an easy way to while the afternoon away. If you are passionate about glaciers, try taking a short boat trip out into the lake for an even closer view of it all.
Built back in 1985, El Chalten was created as a way to help secure a disputed border with Chile. Hikers, climbers and mountaineers all make their way to El Chalten as it’s located on the northern end of Glaciers National Park near the Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains. The scenery is out of this world so be sure to bring your walking boots in addition to your camera gear and get ready to be blown away by the unusual and remarkable landscapes that will unfold before you.
The very sunny, very dry Mendoza region in Argentina is perfectly situated for wine cultivation, especially since the Rio Mendoza provides all the water necessary for proper irrigation. While here, you’ll have your pick of top-notch wineries to tour and taste. There are organised bus tours but if you are able to, try hiring a private car to get a personalised itinerary and a knowledgeable driver to take you around the region. Malbec is the most famous varietal, but the Mendoza Province also produces Torrontes, Semillon, Syrah and Tempranillo wines.
If you are looking for some snow in your photos of Argentina then head to Bariloche, or more formally San Carlos de Bariloche, to find a beautiful Argentine town with Swiss and German influences. Head to Catedral Alta Patagonia for a superb ski resort with over 40 lifts and 100km of trails for your skiing holiday. If you are in Bariloche during a season other than winter, don’t fret: you can try rafting, camping, climbing, hiking, sailing, swimming and more.
Head off the tourist’s path for a destination a little more obscure but equally interesting as Iguazu Falls or Bariloche. The Quebrada de Humahuaca, or The Humahuaca Ravine, is located in the far Northwest of Argentina in the Jujuy Province. Here, near the Bolivan border is a spectacular show of rock formations and multi-coloured hills which you truly have to see to believe. Head to the Cerro de los Siete Colores, or Hill of Seven Colours, which serves as the background of a tiny village called Purmamaraca. See if you can spy all seven colours in the hills: light orange, white, brown, purple, red, green and yellow.
Yet another spot in Patagonia has made the list of must-see spots for photography. Here, you can whale watch (best in September and October), see the Magellanic penguins and head onto the Peninsula Valdes to visit a wildlife sanctuary for birds and marine species. Originally settled by Welsh colonists, there are still some Welsh cultural influences in the town. There isn’t much to do here beyond the wildlife activities but wandering the “Welsh town” section of Puerto Madryn showcases the unique architecture and traditions of the Welsh settlers.
There is more to Argentina than just Buenos Aires and with the list above you can get outside the city centre and see everything this great country has to offer. Pack your camera equipment and get ready for landscapes and natural environments you’ve never seen before. Protect your gear and your memories and adjust your travel insurance plan from Cover-More to create a policy that fits your specific needs.
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