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Argentina: Sights

Updated on January 13, 2012

Argentina: Tourist Sigths

Picking sights from Argentina is always a difficult task, because there are so many natural and tourist attractions to discover that the visitor is almost overwhelmed by them. The major part of tourists coming to Argentina has to do painful decisions, leaving many worthwhile places without visiting them. Only a few lucky ones can spend enough time for getting to know all that Argentina has to offer. So for the people that only have a limited time to travel in Argentina, I wrote this list of Argentine sights. In this list you will find some great tourist sites to visit during your travel to Argentina. Is it a complete list? Or, are these the best and most famous tourist attractions of Argentina? Of course not! But I think that this list presents a balance mix of Argentina tourist attractions to fully enjoy a vacation in Argentina.

Cerro Torre at Sunrise

Argentina: Sights. Excellent cloudless view of the Cerro Torre.
Argentina: Sights. Excellent cloudless view of the Cerro Torre.

Patagonia

Cerro Torre:

The windy little town of El Chalten is the base for trekkers and climbers that aspire to enjoy the granite vertical ranges of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. From the Albergue Los Ñires arise a path that follows more or less the northern side of the Fitz Roy River up to reach Campamento Bridwell, a free camping area without facilities below Cerro Solo. Here the route heads northwest through a moraine, passes Refugio Maestri to finally climbs to Mirador Maestri (Cerro Torre Lookout) where if there were a pocked of good weather, something extremely uncommon, lucky trekkers could be rewarded with superb views of Cerro Torre and Cordon Adela.

Argentina: Sights. Perito Moreno Glacier Starts a Rupture

Perito Moreno Glacier: always into the top Argentina must see sights

Located 60km west of El Calafate, the Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important natural tourist attractions of Argentina. Sights of its fractures gather thousand of captivated tourist from all over the world. Every few years the advance of the glacier’s tongue blocks off a major branch of Lago Argentino building a natural dam. When the level of water increase and the dam can not stand anymore the formidable pressure, the ice wall breaks in a spectacular demonstration of the power of nature.

Garganta del Diablo

Argentina: Sight of La Garganta del Diablo
Argentina: Sight of La Garganta del Diablo

Iguazú Falls: one of the most popular sights of Argentina

Situated in the northeast corner of the country where the Argentine, Brazilian and Paraguayan frontier meet. The Iguazu Falls are other impressive Landmark of Argentina. Tourist sights of the falls can be done from four different circuits: Inferior, Superior, The Garganta del Diablo, and the San Martin Island. The Garganta del Diablo is at the heart of a half moon of 80 meters high with a diameter of 2700 meters. This semicircle is formed for 275 individual waterfalls that convert the Iguazu Falls in one of the most spectacular of the world. The Iguazú National Park was created in 1934. It encompasses the falls and the exuberant jungle surrounding them, and was declared a UNESCO world heritage area.

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Argentina: Tourist Sights

Whale watching in Argentina. Sights could be funny too

Valdes Peninsula:

The marine natural spectacle in Valdes Peninsula is simply wonderful. Whales, orcas, penguins, seabirds, sea lions, and other species of seals arrived in the spring from the sea to give birth to the next generation of their offspring. Witnessing this fantastic gathering of several different sea animals is a must see tourist attraction of Argentina. Sights are best from mid September to early December, when the whales arrive at the coast and star all the shows.

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Cerro de los Siete Colores

Argentina: Sight of the Cerro de los Siete Colores and Purmamarca
Argentina: Sight of the Cerro de los Siete Colores and Purmamarca

Jujuy

Purmamarca and Cerro de los Siete Colores:

In Quichua the town’s name, Purmamarca, gives the traveler and idea of the landscape he will find. Purma means infertile or not inhabit and marca means town. So, it is the land there: arid almost without plants, but the multicolor shapes of the mountains surrounding the town make up for this insignificant lack. The most remarkable is the Cerro de los Siete Colores (seven colors hill) that stands near the town dominating it with its awesome beauty.

Ushuaia

Sights in Argentina: lighthouse near Ushuaia
Sights in Argentina: lighthouse near Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego

Ushuaia:

Bays, capes, promontories and inlets shape the tortuous shoreline of the Beagle channel around the southern part of Ushuaia, where the storms lash continually the cost. Toward the north the city meets what remains of the Andes. The snow-capped ranges here average 1500 meters high and their slopes are covered with a luxuriant forest of lengas, ñires and coihues.

Cordoba

National Folklore Festival in Cosquin:

The town of Cosquin is located 62km from the city of Cordoba, the provincial capital. Every January in the town takes place the National Folklore Festival, the major folkloric music event in the country. The festival, which has taken place since 1964, runs along 9 nights (known as the nine moons of Cosquin) and all the most popular folkloric musicians and singers from the country want to perform there. This celebration is an outstanding example of the traditional Argentina.

Cosquin 2008 A Don Ata. Soledad y Natalia

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Photos are courtesy of:

Cerro Torre: SN#1, Cerro Siete Colores: Tokyo Tanenhaus, Ushuaia: kafeole, Iguazu Falls: numberjuan

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    Vardero Hotels 

    8 years ago

    I like you hub Great Info - Check out this Hub for Fantastic Hotel Rates in Varadero and everywhere else!

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    estranged911 

    8 years ago from India!

    Yes Patagonia is breathtakingly beautiful, Chile is strangely dry and beautiful.

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    Pierre 

    9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this informative selection of sights in Argentinia - its been a pleasureable, interesting read!

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    Wanderlust 

    10 years ago from New York City

    Patagonia and Buenos Aires are two place I would love to go one day, preferably soon when it is still cheap there....

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