Argentina and Chile, two long-stretched countries sharing the Andes mountains as a border. This makes it two of the most diverse travel destinations in the world. From snow-capped mountains to desert landscapes and Patagonia, one of the must rugged and pristine environments in the world, here is a summary of reasons why you should book your ticket to Argentina and Chile now.
Reason 1: Glaciers
Perito Moreno Glacier. Argentina and Chile share a territory that is rugged and covered by mountains and glaciers: Patagonia. One of the most impressive glaciers is the Perito Moreno Glacier, the world’s largest active glacier. It is one of the reasons why it is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage natural wonder. While views on it are simply breathtaking, it is possible to hike the glacier as well with a guide.
Grey Glacier. Another well-visited glacier is the Grey Glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, just west of the Cordillera del Paine. Most travelers see it while hiking the W-trek in the Torres del Paine National Park. Most glaciers are part of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, a national park on the southwestern Argentine side, with over 300 glaciers extending along the Andes mountain range.
Reason 2: Mountains
Aconcagua. Both countries share the Andes mountain range as their border. Aconcagua near Mendoza measures 6962 meters of altitude and is the highest mountain peak on the American continent and in the western hemisphere. Being part of the Seven Summits quest and the lack of technical difficulty, the climb is a popular one amongst mountaineers, though the altitude makes it a challenging one.
Fitz Roy. Fitz Roy is another peak that has the attention of several climbers worldwide. Though not as impressive heightwise, this peak is quite challenging and only tackled by experienced climbers. It is located on the border of both nations in Patagonia, near the village El Chalten.
Reason 3: Waterfalls
Iguazu Falls. Listed as a natural wonder of the world, there is no doubt the Iguazu Falls should be on your Argentina itinerary. These falls are spectaculair to say the least. They are located on the border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and are a collection of 275 waterfalls, spread out over a distance of 3 kilometers, falling 80 meters down. The Iguazu Falls can be admired from several viewpoints reached via pathways or by boat. However, these tend to be extremely crowded, so the best way to admire this spectacle is by going on a helicopter tour.
Mocona Falls. The Mocona Falls, on the other hand, are not as popular nor high as the Iguazu Falls, but equally impressive in their own way. Better known as the Yucuma Falls, they are about 3 kilometers wide and are located on the border with Brazil.
Torres del Paine Cascades. Even Torres del Paine National Park has its share of waterfalls. The Torres del Paine Cascades is an impressive sight, but not one to admire without the effort. The hiking trail leading towards it takes about 8-10 hours. Salto Chico and Salto Grande are two notable alternatives within the park boundaries.
Reason 4: Wildlife
Andean Flamingo. With so much nature to be admired, there is little surprise that there is a lot of wildlife in both countries. One of the most impressive ones to see – partially because it’s so rare – is the Andean Flamingo. It has three toes and yellow legs and is native to Bolivia, Chile, Peru and the northwest of Argentina.
Guanaco – Or the llama as it might sound more familiar to you is a type of camel that lives in South America, especially at the tip of Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. They can survive in the harshest conditions, including the Atacama desert.
Penguins. Magellanic penguins are migratory and commonly found in Patagonia, on Isla Magdelena in particular. Here you can find huge colonies, saving you the trip to Antarctica.
Andean Condor. Impressive to see as it is the largest flying bird in the wold. They reach an extensive wingspan of 3,3 meters and are often spotted in the Andes mountain range. National symbol of Chile.
The coastline near Caleta Valdès is the place to go if you want to see one of the most impressive animal in its own habitat: the whale. Several whale watching tours leave on a daily base from Puerto Madryn.
Reason 5: Cities
Buenos Aires. The Argentinean capital is more than likely the starting point of your journey. Top attractions are the colourful neighbourhood La Bocca, Plaza de Mayo and Cemeterio de la Recoleta, the burial ground of Eva Peron and other famous Argentinian people. This cemetery is the most visited place in the capital.
Mendoza. Wine lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to visit Mendoza. Located near the Andes mountains, Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina. Several wine tours depart from here and even if you don’t like a glass of Malbec or Chardonnay, the views of the large vineyards with the Andes in the background are simply impressive.
Ushuaia. This is the southernmost city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica. A little closer you will find the Tierra del Fuego National park, a great destination for hiking. Another option is a boat ride through the Beagle canal. Maybe you even spot a penguin or flamingo.
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