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Argentina is rightly called ‘6 continents’. Its borders hold cold deserts, gargantuan salt plains, grassy pampas and glacial sculpted coasts. Its sheer size, unique history, incontestable natural beauty and the intensity of its people, puts Argentina among our top picks!
Salinas Grandes Drive, Salta – Drive through seemingly infinite salt pans to see the Cerro de los siete Colores (7 Colour hills) at Purmamarca, and the towns of Humahuaca and Tilcara for their traditional ‘pueblos’, ‘penas’ (folk venues) and crafts.
Glacier Breaking at El Calafate, Patagonia – At the Los Glaciares National Park, head to Glaciare Moreno to watch mammoth blocks of ice chip away and fall into the dark blue waters. Sail to see the Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers up close.
Southern Cruises, Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego – Sail into the Beagle Channel, with its intriguing marine life. Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park for tundra, windswept plains and jagged mountains. Learn the tragic history of the indigenous Selk’nam, Yamana and Kaweskar people. Spot any of five species of penguin: Kings, Gentoos, Magellanic, Rockhoppers and Macaronis.
Wildlife Trails at Esteros del Iberá, Corrientes – The second largest freshwater wetland on the planet, plants and trees grow on water hyacinth beds here. Remote and less visited, the locals or baqueanos are the guides. The abundant wildlife includes Capybara, Caiman, Giant Anteaters, Howlers, Anaconda, Maned Wolf, Otters and Jaguars. The Greater Rhea, different types of Herons, the Maguari Stork, various species of Eagles and indigenous birds are also found here. Walking, boat and horse trails are available.
Beep, Beep at Condor Valley, Salta – In this unique 70,000-acre conservation ranch, Andean Condors soar high above, while Black and Red Legged Seriemas (Road Runners) flee as you approach. Night Jars, Crested Jays, Rufous Woodcreeper, Southern Crested Caracaras, Chachalacas, Hummingbirds and Spot Backed Puffbirds will be your fellow guests.
Whale Watching, Puerto Madryn – Get the best show of the South Atlantic from July to September. Southern Right Whales can be spotted July through September, while Orcas, Elephant Seals and Sea Lions are regular features all year around.
Penguin Spotting, Punta Tombo & Peurto Deseado – The largest colony of Magellanic Penguins is further south of Puerto Madryn at Punta Tombo, where the birds can be seen September to March. Go down the coast to Puerto Deseado to see Rockhopper Penguins, five types of Cormorants, Dolphins and Seals.
Paragliding, Mendoza – Mendoza is an all-seasons destination for climbers, hikers, skiers, rafters, bikers, naturalists and trekkers. In summer, the thermals and easterly winds make this destination ideal for paragliding. Ride up the Cerro Arco, choose tandem or solo and corre, corre (run) off the mountain edge.
Outdoor & adventure, Patagonia
– Starting with Alpine style Bariloche, Patagonia is a haven for every type of outdoor activity. Think great empty spaces, Welsh themed settlements and spectacular scenery. The towns of Junín de los Andes, San Martín de los Andes and Villa La Angostura are bases for camping, hiking, horse riding and quad biking.
Seven Lakes route – This 110 km stretch takes you past lakes surrounded by Andean peaks, dusted with myrtle forests, red notros and yellow michay flowers.
Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands) – Overhanging caves with 9,000-year-old handprints, the caves are a UNESCO listed site and not to be missed when in this part of the world.
Torres del Paine National park, Chile – It’s right in the neighbourhood. Hit this legendary national park where Patagonian Steppes meet sub-polar forests. It is home to glaciers, rivers, lakes, Condors, Pumas, Guanacos and the endangered Chilean Huemul.