ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Trekking in Argentine Patagonia - National Parks

Updated on December 19, 2018
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park

Argentina's chunk of Patagonia is every bit as stunning as Chilean Patagonia, with matching pampas, peaks and glaciers in the south and, further north, forests of giant Alerce trees, snow-clad volcanoes and Argentina's very own Lake District.

Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz

Los Glaciares National Park is probably best known for its massive exploding glacier, Perito Moreno, but hikers tend to head for El Chalten and the Fitzroy Sector in the north of the Park, where treks rival those of the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia Chile.

Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park

Perito Moreno National Park, Santa Cruz

Perito Moreno is one of Patagonia's wildest and windiest national parks. Even the park's pampas is 900m above sea level, and that is crisscrossed with snow-capped mountain chains, rising to 2,770m, interspersed with glacial lakes, sub-antarctic forests and fjords - in all some 115,000 hectares.

Trekking can be challenging, but the day trek to Cerro León (1,434m) is worthwhile.

Average summer temperatures are 15C and wind speeds can rise to 100km/hour.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) makes the wilderness of Torres del Paine in Chile seem tame. At the end of the world's southernmost highway are 63 square kilometers of pristine forests, awe-inspiring glaciers and translucent lakes.

Tierro del Fuego National Park is on the archipelago's largest island, Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Los Alerces National Park, Chubut

Patagonia's giant sequoia-like trees, Alerces (Fitzroya cupressoides), can grow up to 70m and live for 4000 years. The Forest of the Alerces (El Bosque de los Alerces) is Los Alerce National Park's main attraction. A combined trekking and boat trip from Limonao Port will take you there, and also on to the Torrecillas Glacier.

Lago Puelo National Park, Chubut

Lago Puelo is a glassy turquoise lake linking Argentina and Chile. All around are balmy Valdivian rainforests, High Andean Steppe and and snow-tipped mountains - nearly 28,000 hectares of them.

This is Patagonia's warmest national park, with summer temperatures reaching 32C, and Lago Puelo's small sandy beach is popular with bathers. For trekkers, there are lakeshore campsites and hikes ranging from half a half-hour stroll in the Forest of the Shadows (Bosque de las Sombras) to a spectacular six-day trek to the Pacific via Chile.

Los Arrayanes National Park, Neuquén

Myrtle or Arrayánes trees (Luma apiculata) have beautifully contorted rust-colored barks, small glossy evergreen leaves, snow-white flowers and purple fruits. Arrayanes National Park is the only place to see them en masse, and the effect is quite something. Add dappled sunlight and it's easy to believe local claims that this golden woodland inspired Walt Disney's Bambi.

Get there by trekking from the park entrance 12km (7.5miles) or by boat via Nahuel Huapi lake.

Lanín National Park
Lanín National Park

Lanín National Park, Neuquén

For some reason Lanin National Park is one of the least visited in Northern Patagonia. The reason can't be the scenery, which is spectacular and diverse, with 35 lakes, endless forests, rocky peaks, lush valleys, and an extinct volcano crammed into 1,600 square miles.

Treks don't disappoint either, with mountain-framed lakes, Argentina's largest colony of monkey puzzle trees, secret thermal pools, Mapuche villages, and one rare plant or another at every turn.

Laguna Blanca National Park, Neuquén

A birdwatchers' paradise, Laguna Blanca National Park was first created to created black-necked swans. Head to the laguna to see them, and also sandpipers, flamingoes, coots and waterfowl. Higher up, look out for peregrine falcons and other birds of prey.

Nahuel Huapi National Park
Nahuel Huapi National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park, Rio Negro and Neuquén

Argentine Patagonia's biggest National Park is a massive 7050 km2. Within its borders is Argentina's largest Lake, Nahuel Huapi (210 sq miles), snowy peaks up to 3491m, rain forests, and two largish towns, one of them - San Carlos de Bariloche - the chocolate capital of Argentina.

The trekking is spectacular, diverse and well serviced, with ten refugios and 16 campsites as well as a host of hotels.

Lihué Calel National Park, La Pampa

The Sierra de la Vida (Lihué Calel in Mapuche) is a short but dramatic mountain range rising from flat pampas to just 590 metres.

Treks tend to be short too, with spectacular mountain-top panoramas, cave paintings and abundant wildlife among the highlights.

Monte León National Park, Santa Cruz

Argentine Patagonia's newest national park is one of only two coastal National Parks in the country. Some 62,000 hectares includes 30km of shoreline, with rocky headlands, sandy beaches, caves and 60,000 penguins, the fourth largest colony in the world.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)