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Argentinian Travel Information
When you think about Argentina you might imagine a couple dancing tango sensuously or an euphoric crowd screaming in a football match between Boca and River. Or you might expect a "Gaucho", making a barbecue in a ranch accompanied by the melodic pointing of a guitar. If you have the fortune of reaching as far south you may be surprised to enjoy what imagined and much more. This country of immigrants surprises both for its cultural diversity as its length and breadth of climates and views. It offers stunning beaches and resorts, adventures in the snow, fishing in major rivers such as the Parana or in streams and lakes of the south, proposals for health tourism in distinguished baths, trekking in the Andes and much more.
For its extension it is the second country in South America and the eighth in the world. You'll find different regions, each with its uniqueness and natural wealth. Argentina has several climatic regions and landscaping: northwest, litoral, center, cuyo, patagonia and Buenos Aires.
Regions of Argentina
In the north-western you´re going to find traces of pre-columbian cultures, aboriginal fortresses in ruins and villages where intermingle aboriginal cultures with the spanish and constructions of the conquest and colonization. This region allows the encounter with a landscape full of contrasts, from the high peaks until the plain, with salt and subtropical forests, and especially with the roots of the latin american culture.
One of the most surprising places that you can visit is the highlands of the Puna, a land furrowed with hills, gorges and ravines, where you'll find with small towns of the Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca Gorge) in the province of Jujuy , as Purmamarca, Tilcara, Yaví, Humahuaca, Cachi e Iruya, among others, that are surrounded by hills that are sometimes colorful, sometimes monochrome and with slopes of large cactus. You can see and buy handicrafts to the region, and dine with typical dishes such as the locro, empanadas, humita, tamales, etc.
In the northwestern region you can also visit the Calchaquí valleys, the Cuesta del Portezuelo in Catamarca , and the Thermal Waters of Rio de Hondo in Santiago del Estero, recognized by its curative powers.
The Provincial Park Talampaya in the province of La Rioja is noted for its awesome landscapes, and is shaped by forms rocky the wind eroded and cut for centuries.
In the National Park El Rey (The King) and Baritu in Salta Province the large number of flora and fauna allow you to make expeditions for birds and butterflies watching. Picturesque medieval villages, indigenous ruins, aboriginal culture, thermal waters, hills and ravines, national parks integrate the proposal in this region, rich in history and traditions. There you can enjoy their colorful festivals, their exquisite wines and foods and acquire weaves made with fine llama wool.
The Tren a las Nubes (Train to the clouds) in Salta province, which reaches 4,200 meters beyond San Antonio de los Cobres (163 Km of Salta) is a very good proposal that you have for visiting these picturesque roads. You can make historical and cultural tourism, go to thermal baths, sport fishing, paragliding, horseback riding, flora and fauna watching, mountain sports, trekking, rafting, nautical activities and enjoy all the friendliness and warmth of the people.
Las Cataratas de Iguazu and Ruinas de San Ignacion are located in the Argentinian Northeast, very close to Brazil and Paraguay. There you can visit the Iguazu falls, wich in indigenous language means great Waters, an area of exuberant beauty. It is located in the region of the great rivers, the humid tropics, of red earth and virgin jungle covered with giant trees, with stunning flora and fauna. Here the nature overflows in one of the wonders of the world. You´ll be able to walk in the jungle and make tours of catwalks where you can have a very broad and close view to the various waterfalls that make up the Falls. One of the most famous is the Devil´s Throat.
In the way to the Falls you´ll find the Jesuit missionaries Ruins who were declared Cultural Heritage of Mankind, by UNESCO; they are a testimony to the fruitful work that the Company of Jesus, conducted in this region of America.
The landscape is fit to make safaris in 4 X 4, that will show you the flora and fauna in the region of Iguazu National Park. Its environment jungle houses around 2000 plant species, 400 species of birds, variety of mammals and a large amount of insects, which makes this ecosystem one of the richest natural environments of the country; you also have the opportunity to practice rafting in the Iguazú River. Close to this place you will discover and stay in ranchs, from which can make tours on foot, in canoe or on horseback.
In the center of the country you´ll find Córdoba. Cultural and tourist, traditional and modern, industrial and handicraft, Cordoba is one of the most important economic centers in the country. You can enjoy a relief of hills and a benign climate to spend your vacation in any of the four seasons. This province in the center of Argentina captive all ages and meets all the preferences as alternates natural landscapes and colonial architectural monuments. Villages, historical relics and cave paintings, are combined in a kind landscape of valleys, high pampas and ravines.
The Cordoba sierras reach up to 2,790 meters in height in the cerro Champaqui. Its fertile river valleys, deserts and salt lakes attach to set a special attraction. If you follow the path to the north you´ll be able to enjoy chapels and the jesuit estancias of Jesus Maria, Caroya, Santa Catalina, La Candelaria and Alta Gracia, built in the XVll and XVlll centuries. You can go through 250 Km of picturesque highland roads, where you can find local handicrafts. The jesuit estancias of Cordoba are a sample of unique productive organization of the religious of the Company of Jesus in the country, which has come to our days through an architecture carefully preserved. In Alta Gracia, you can visit the house where revolutionary Che Guevara lived his childhood.
Another very interesting journey to carry out is the Calamuchita Valley, the Punilla Valley, and Traslasierra, all of them fraught with history. In Carlos Paz, located on the shores of Lake San Roque you can find places for taste very good meals and enjoy a very rich nightlife. On your way to Traslasierra can see condors overflying the hills.
In the City of Cordoba there are many paths that you can carry out. You can start with the visit to the jesuitic block that includes the Church of the Company of Jesus, the Domestic Chapel, the residence of the Jesuits, the principalship of the National University of Cordoba and National College of Montserrat. The Jesuit Estancias next to the jesuitic block, historical national monuments, were all declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity, in 2000.
There are many activities that gives to you this beautiful province. Adventure tourism, rural tourism, sport fishing in the various lakes as Los Molinos Lake and Lake San Roque, without forgetting a pulsating urban life and nightlife. You cannot fail to take into account this place in your visit to Argentina.
This is an area of contrasts because it combines an arid mountainous region with rivers from the Andes. In this region you can observe how the hand of man has amended the aridity of the earth in a prosperous region and very suitable for the development of the vines and the manufacture of wines of very high quality that are being recognized throughout the world. A circuit marks the travel by wineries and vineyards, through which you may discover the evolution of the mechanisms and processes, uncover the hidden secrets of the production of quality, and taste the excellent and varied wines. It is a promenade that you cannot miss when the go to the province of Mendoza. Adventure tourism offers multiple alternatives, such as the rafting, climbing (mainly in the Cerro Aconcagua, the highest in the western hemisphere), trekking and many others.
In the road to the Andes mountain range to reach the Paso de la Cumbre, which goes to Chile from Mendoza, you will admire great cliffs, and the high peaks with their snowcapped peaks in addition to beautiful places such as Potrerillos, and important historical sites such as the Puente del Inca.
In San Juan, the imposing Ischigualasto National Park, also called Moon Valley for its landscape, owns fossil remains of dinosaurs, geological forms, footprints, and rocks of curious forms eroded by the wind .To reach it you will have to browse about 300 kilometers from the city of San Juan.
The Atuel Canyon, with a colorful and unique beauty, is the result of the erosion that rivers have done to their channels to overcome the mountains. Winter sports are present in several ski resorts, among which emphasizes that the Valley of the Leñas. Hot springs completes the tourist offer in the region.
You can enjoy adventure tourism, skiing in the international center of Valle de las Leñas, and other minors centers as Los Molles, Penitentes and Vallecitos in the province of Mendoza, rafting in the rivers Mendoza, Tunuyán, Diamond, Atuel and Grande and navigating in kayak or canoeing in varied rivers, streams and reservoirs in the provinces of San Juan and Mendoza, the slip into carts to sailing (carrovelismo) in the Pampa of Leoncito, in San Juan, and visiting his important astronomical observatory
You will have the opportunity to visit the Plains of San Guillermo with the most extensive wildlife preserve of vicuñas of the hemisphere, in San Juan.
Very close to the end of the world is Patagonia in Argentina, in the south of the country. This area, which dazzles with its variety of natural beauties and their unique touristic proposal, holds all scenarios required to make your visit an indelible memory, because in this region, the Cordillera de los Andes shows all its greatness. Mountains, andean forests, lakes, plateaus, beaches and rugged coasts combine to form the fascinating panorama of the Patagonia in attractive and different landscapes. You can enjoy landscaping excursions, fishing days and sport hunting, horseback riding on the edge of the crystal thaw waters, whales watching, skiing and snowboarding.
You may not miss a visit to San Carlos de Bariloche, a city surrounded by lakes and snowcapped peaks that is a reminder to the swiss Alps. In addition to its delicious chocolate, this city offers countless proposals of fisheries and ski resorts, and has a large hotel infrastructure. From there you can travel to the Cerro Catedral, Los Alerces National Park, Villa La Angostura, and San Martin de los Andes for getting dazzled with its landscapes of forests, lakes and snowy hills.
Further south, in the summits of the mountains, the nature overflows in peaks of granite and glaciers which shed their tongues in lakes of unparalleled beauty. The Hills Torre and Fitz Roy are close to the people of the Chaltén and within the Glaciers National Park, both pose a challenge to the climbers and lovers of trekking. In the same park you cannot fail to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the wonders of nature, with its awesome ice that spread over 5 km from the front and 60 meters in height. At any time of year its constant landslides surprises with ice towers that become fragmented in multiple icebergs. It comes from El Calafate, where you can also make a lake excursion toward the Upsala glacier 50 km in length.
Awesome mammals and seabirds live some seasons in the rugged Patagonian coast where they gather part of its life cycle. Colonies of sea lions play in islets. The southern elephant seals have in Valdes Peninsula the most important continental settlement of the world, a magical place to which also come punctually the Southern Right Whale to procreate. Maras, ñandúes and guanacos run by steppes and in Punta Tombo nests the largest colony of magellanic penguins of the planet. The astonished gaze of the visitor provides this cadence that repeats itself since immemorial time.
And further South in Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, an open door toward the immense and mysterious Antarctica. It is located on the Beagle Channel, another of the attractions that you will discover. It is possible to recruit very interesting tours in the most diverse boats that allow you to enjoy the magnificent scenery.
In the city of Ushuaia you can find original museums inviting you to discover the history of these lands. Also elegant shopping centers and nightlife. At only 4 kilometers, in the Martial Glacier, you´ll be able to access to ski and snowboard trails in winter, and unimaginable trekking itineraries and climbing in the warmer season.
In winter the Cerro Castor, a young and vibrant ski center, offers a magical sensation for the tourist most inexperienced in the discipline, as well as Cerro Alvear and many winter complexes where you can practice skiing, ski resorts of decline, walking in snowcat tours, in sledges thrown by dogs and horseback riding.
The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important in Latin America, capital of the country, is a great cosmopolitan and multifaceted metropolis. Financial Headquarters, stock market and economic of the country, is the main port of the nation. Its commercial activity is very intense and what you will see reflected in numerous premises of the major global brands, galleries and shopping malls trade can appreciate it as an obvious influence universalist that distinguishes it from other latin american capitals. Its architecture is european and has a very important cultural life that you will appreciate in its many museums, exhibition halls and conferences, art galleries, theaters, cinemas and theaters with entertainment national and international first level. The Colon, one of the most important lyric theaters of the world, is the headquarters, next to various scenarios, of an intense musical activity which covers all genres including, of course the typical and famous Tango; and the city is frequently visited by orchestras, groups and soloists from around the globe.
You will discover its extremely varied nightlife that extends until the late hours in the morning. Discos, restaurants, bars and many other attractions for all tastes are spread throughout the city providing a broad offer for tourists. Buenos Aires nightlife is spread in pubs, bars and establishments where you can hear tango, jazz, rock and blues live, or appreciate one person or group shows.
Discos open currently after midnight, and there are music sites with Latin rhythm, carioca and pop. They are attractive complex of restaurants and disks located in the neighborhoods of Puerto Madero, Palermo and the area of Costanera Norte. Its hotel capacity ranges from luxury 5-star hotels of international chains up modest accommodations, including all economic levels.
The Obelisk, the beautiful varieties of trees that are appreciated the Parks and lakes in Palermo, the picturesque Boca neighborhood with its multicolored houses and Caminito street where you can get amazed by couples dancing very high level tango, the elegant Puerto Madero, are some of the places that gives you this beautiful city.
The surrounding area of the city of Buenos Aires provide multiple possibilities to make miniturism. From the Rio de la Plata with its fabulous delta in the areas of Tigre and Escobar; passing through the stately homes and the coast of the river in San Isidro; or the sunsets and fishing in the gaps in Chascomús and Lobos; up to the history and culture in La Plata, Luján and the island Martin Garcia.