When you think of Argentina, what comes to mind? For many people, the answer might be wine. It might be the seemingly-European streets of Buenos Aires, or it might even be the country’s financial struggles that seem to arise every decade or so! One thing it almost certainly isn’t, though, is adventure tourism—but maybe it’s time for that to change.
The region of Patagonia is located at the country’s southernmost reaches, where the continent-long Andes Mountains come to an end amidst deserts and grasslands that seem to spread infinitely, as far as the eye can see. This is one of the world’s most striking landscapes, and what makes it all the more powerful is the fact that it remains in a relatively natural state. If you’re dreaming of a wilderness adventure to a destination that is somehow both beautifully familiar and strikingly alien, Argentina’s Patagonia might be your place.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of many located in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, and almost certainly the park’s most famous. Hiking the glacier can be physically taxing, but is an incredible experience. Trekking across the full glacier can take up to five hours, but it’s the best way to grasp the true immensity of Perito Moreno, one of South America’s last still-growing glaciers.
For those who want to take their adventure to the next level, hiking the W Circuit might be the way to go. This trip, which generally lasts between four and five full days, will bring you across glaciers, around lakes, and through forests. This hike will take you past Los Cuernos (“The Horns”), granite mountain peaks whose appearance is true to their name, as well as Nordenskjöld Lake, a picturesque water body of nearly iridescent blue-green that is sure to take your breath away.
Perhaps the most magical part of any Patagonian adventure is not the scenery itself, but rather the fact that the only people you’ll meet here are looking for the same thing you are. Patagonia attracts true adventurers from all over the world, and here a kindred spirit you are sure to find.
Before You Go…
Pick up our Argentina map. This GPS map will give you turn by turn directions to your destination using a point of interest (POI), city point, and/or latitude and longitude, with the ability to preplan driving destinations before getting into your car.
The easy to follow instructions allow you to download and install the map into Garmin BaseCamp desktop software and transfer it to your Garmin GPS in minutes. This installable map is compatible with ALL Garmin GPS units .
It’s like having your own personal travel guide with you on your trip!