Still wondering if you should visit Patagonia Argentina? I’m sure you’ve heard of it before and were amazed by its natural beauty. Patagonia is a region in southern Argentina which is actually shared with Chile, the neighbour country. The region is compounded by the provinces of Río Negro, Chubut, Neuquén, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. Patagonia Argentina is home to a magnifique abundance of natural resources, great mountain peaks, national parks, wildlife and the most stunning landscapes of the country.
The majority of the land has been barely civilised, therefore the nature of the region is preserved. There are ten national parks located in Patagonia Argentina. It is one on the most visited regions in the country and you certainly shouldn’t leave Argentina without visiting it. Here are 20 photos that will make you want to visit Patagonia Argentina right now.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno is one of the 47 glaciers located in Los Glaciares National Park. This glacier is constantly moving and it measures 30 km long, 5km wide and 60m high. The greatest (and scariest) thing is you can actually hike over it! Most circuits towards the glaciers start in the beautiful city of El Calafate. There are some great tours which include El Calafate, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park.
No matter which place of Patagonia Argentina you choose to visit, you’ll always find stunning glacial lakes. Furthermore, you can go on a road trip known as the Seven Lakes Route which goes from San Martín de los Andes to Villa La Angostura. You will se 7 lakes along the road where you can stop in panoramic points. If you visit Patagonia Argentina in summer you can even take a swim in the lakes and rivers!
The region is home to incredibly beautiful and diverse wildlife. Puerto Madyn is one of the best spots in the world for whale-watching, as well as penguin spotting in Valdes Peninsula. Also elephant seals, sea lions, condors, guanacos, foxes can regularly be seen. Want to see more? Read this.
There are hundreds of kilometres of blue sea to explore when you visit Patagonia Argentina: from the colder waters in Ushuaia to the beaches in Puerto Madryn and Las Grutas.
If you like hiking then you’ll love Patagonia. El Chaltén is a village in Santa Cruz known as Argentina’s Trekking Capital, used as a base for hiking numerous trails such as Fitz Roy. Although the famous Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chile, you can also access to this beautiful site from El Calafate (Argentina). If you don’t visit this southern regions, you can still find amazing sites for trekking in almost every other site you visit. Lanín volcano, located in Neuquén province, is one of the highest peaks in the area. So if you’re a hiker and visit Patagonia, don’t forget to pack yourhiking shoes.
In case you still haven’t noticed, Patagonia Argentina is the perfect place for adventurers. You can practice a wide variety of outdoor sports and in winter you can also enjoy sports in one of the various ski resorts. Patagonia is for Argentines as Aspen is for americans.
The Old Patagonian Express, better known as La Trochita, is a steam train built in 1922. Nowadays it is still running and you can take a tour which begins at Esquel and ends in Nahuel Pan (Chubut). A cultural and historic gem.
The end of the world – Ushuaia
In addition to all the previous photos and sites I presented, you can also get to the end of the world when visiting Patagonia Argentina. Ushuaia, also known as “The end of the world” is the southernmost city in the world. A beautiful picturesque town and also the site from where the cruises to Antarctica depart.