Writers and adventurers have attempted to account for its beauty; Argentina, in its immensity, fascinates! Argentina is a huge country stretching from the 21st to the 55th south parallel, and has an incredible variety of ecosystems. Let’s discover together the country, from north to south, by climatic region.
First stop, Argentinian Mesopotamia. Wetland, with its marshes, tropical forests, and the famous Iguazu Falls. Do you know why it’s called like that? The region is located between two rivers and contains lush vegetation, which makes it comparable to Mesopotamia, the region that is now Iraq … Surprising is not it? What is really incredible is the variety of flora and fauna that you can cross: capibara, toucan, anteater, caiman, coati or snake. To live this complete experience, you can relax in an eco-friendly luxury accommodation: the Yacutinga Lodge. Located in the province of Misiones, it is well located to enjoy the attractions of the area!
The Gran Chaco, further west, is drier and hotter. We discover a vegetation that is close to the savannah during the summer season. This neighboring region is the Argentinean Noroeste, border region with Chile and Bolivia.
The Noroeste is very popular with local and international tourists, because of the geological curiosities that tell a lot about the history of Argentina: the Cerro de los Siete Colores, the canyons of Quebrada de Humahuaca, the salt desert of Salinas Grandes or the Cono de Arita. You can also benefit from more rural accommodation among the inhabitants of the region (for example at Familia Tinte or at San Javier), a great way to create relationships and to discover more.
Cuyo is the obligatory stop for lovers of good wines. It is a vineyard region, where Malbec, Torrontès and Syrah grow, at the foot of the Aconcagua. Ideal for relaxing a few days, Posada La Gertrudis is ideal for a gourmet stop in this rich region.
Finally, the last region, and not the least, since it covers nearly 25% of the territory; Patagonia, land of adventurers. From Bariloche (Argentinian Switzerland, mountain and chocolate included) to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world where the Pacific meets the Atlantic; the beauty of the region has been portrayed in many films and novels. The penguins of Tierra del Fuego, the pumas in the mountains, the turquoise waters of the glaciers (like the Perito Moreno, on the first picture!), the sharp needles of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz-Roy: there is so much to see and to discover that one trip would not be enough. It is also the land of Gauchos (guardians of herds on horseback), who will be happy to explain their way of life around a good maté, for example in Campo El Arbolito.
A trip to Argentina would not be complete without a stop in its capital, Buenos Aires, to experience the urban life of European charm (Argentina is a land of immigration). History and culture make sense, with many museums and monuments. Not to mention all its intangible heritage: music, dance (the famous tango) and food (hello empanadas, hello asado (huge Argentinian barbecue), hello alfajores al dulce de leche …)
Finally, in numbers; Argentina counts 35 national parks, the highest peak of the Americas (the Aconcagua is 6960m high), the longest land border (nearly 5150 km with Chile), nearly 2000 species of animals of all kinds … I could go on with the statistics, but I finally decided to change tactics: I’m going to visit the country!
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