As one of the world’s top 10 largest countries, the diversity of landscapes in Argentina is vast and whilst the big cities and urban regions relay the country’s rhythmic culture, the true beauty of the country lies within its many natural wonders. Below we guide you through some of our favourite Argentinian natural wonders.
It would simply be impossible to not include Iguazu Falls on this list. The sheer force of water thundering over the basalt cliffs to the backdrop of jungle terrain is a true assault of the senses, and undeniably one of Argentina’s most spectacular sights. Whilst the falls straddle both Brazil and Argentinian borders, the Argentinian side affords a closer experience of the aptly named ‘Devil’s Throat’, best observed from elevated aluminium walkways.
There are few places on earth that can demonstrate the fragility and the constant movement of our natural world more so than the poignant Perito Moreno Glacier. In the Parque Nacional Los Glaciers in Patagonia, the Perito Moreno is unusual in the fact that it is one of the only glaciers worldwide that is still advancing. From the various viewing platforms or from boats at a safe distance, it is not uncommon to see enormous chunks of ice being naturally carved away from the glaciers face and crashing into the Lago Argentino below.
Remotely located in Argentina’s north-western corner, the Quebrada de Humahuaca is a vivid phenomenon that has been naturally carved into a narrow mountain valley. It should not be considered presumptuous to suggest that you will not have seen rock formations like this anywhere else before and the mineral-rich and thus multi-hued canyons give the natural wonder a magical ambience. Scenic hikes through the gorge should be combined with visits to traditional and indigenous settlements, of which there are many.
The beauty of Argentina’s Lake District is no secret which is why you will often find the region suggested in our Truly Individual Holidays. Part of Patagonia and most usually reached by flights into Bariloche, the district remains by and large, pristine, despite being one of Argentina’s most popular tourist destinations. Time here should not be rushed and days can be lost hiking in the sizeable forests, boating on the glacial-fed lakes or bathing in the nearby natural lagoons and hot springs, all with the picturesque backdrop of the majestic Andes.
Easily combined with a visit to Quebrada de Humahuaca (above), Salinas Grandes is Argentina’s largest Salt Flats. When the light is right, which is often, the effect on the glistening expansive surface is mesmerizing as the bright blue-sky blends seamlessly into the crusty and cracked horizon. For the best effect, and for unrivalled photo opportunities, we recommend getting there about an hour before sunset, when over a short period of time, the changing light showcases a full rainbow spectrum of colours.
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