For all travelers who love nature and adventure, Patagonia Argentina will represent a unique and unforgettable destination.
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Possessor of an inhospitable and overwhelming beauty, this region of the planet is characterized by presenting incredible natural landscapes taken from stories, such as untamed forests, snowy mountains and huge and majestic masses of ice. Then we leave you 10 must see places in Patagonia Argentina.
Located between extensive mountain ranges and numerous lakes, San Carlos de Bariloche is a must stop. This city located in the Province of Río Negro, is the most visited destination in Patagonia Argentina, receiving nearly 100 thousand foreign tourists each year. Among its main natural attractions, is Nahuel Huapi Lake, where you can perform various nautical activities and boat rides. On the other hand, if you are a lover of winter sports, Bariloche is your place. Just 20 kilometers from the city, is Cerro Catedral, one of the largest ski centers in South America. Here, in addition to skiing, snowboarding and climbing activities, you will find various service areas such as restaurants and hotels to stay. Another alternative is Cerro Otto, where you can cross-country or cross-country skiing, as well as sport climbing. Also, its many trails will allow you to mountain biking and mountaineering.
In the urban area, you have to visit the Civic Center. This set of buildings declared a national historic monument, is composed of the Municipality, the Patagonia Museum, the Municipal Library and the buildings of the police, the mail and the Municipal Council. Its buildings are made of stones extracted from the area, which, together with other materials such as larch and cypress wood used in doors, balconies and roofs, give this building a warm, homelike and mountain touch.
Now, if you're a chocolate fan, you're in the right place. Here you have several alternatives in the heart of the city, such as the Chocolatería Del Turista, Chocolatería Rapa Nui and Chocolatería Mamuschka. The three stores will offer you a wide variety of exquisite products, such as chocolates and handmade alfajores, preserves and homemade jams, varieties of infusions, and liqueurs of different flavors. As an extra piece of information, you do not need a bag of money to visit Bariloche. Everything that is food and lodging is relatively affordable for your pocket.
Photo: Bariloche Tourism/LANA
2. El Bolsón
Like Bariloche, this small and quiet town of no more than 20 thousand inhabitants, and marked by extensive vegetation, mountains, rivers and crystalline lakes, is also located in the beautiful Province of Río Negro. For those tourists looking for some peace and disconnect from the urban hustle and bustle, El Bolsón is undoubtedly the right place. On this site you can perform various recreational activities, such as walks, horseback riding, hiking and fishing, as well as enjoy the typical cuisine of the area, such as chocolates and handmade alfajores, liqueurs, beers, fine fruits and exquisite cheeses made in this place.
Now, if you like adventure sport, you have different options. For example, if you travel in summer or fall, you can go rafting on the mighty Rio Azul, or you can go paragliding from Cerro Piltriquitrón, which is one of the most recommended destinations in South America by lovers of this extreme sport.
In the city, you will have varied accommodation offers, since there are hotels and cabins of great quality, as well as restaurants and service areas.
Esquel is a city located in the Province of Chubut, which, like the previous towns, stands out for its tourist activity. Among its main attractions is the Los Alerces National Park, which with an extensive vegetation filled by these majestic and millenary specimens, give life to these green and deep forests of this region.
If you travel in winter, another unmissable point in this town is the La Hoya ski center, located just 13 kilometers from the city. Here you will have 24 tracks for skiing and snowboarding, both for beginners and seasoned.
Now, what is a great attraction for tourists who visit this area, is the famous train "Old Patagonian Express" or better known as "La Trochita". This old locomotive built in 1922, and that toured much of Patagonia Argentina since the 40s, currently still makes trips from Esquel to the small village of Nahuel Pan, located on the slopes of the volcano of the same name.
Neuquén is a city located north of the Argentine Patagonia. Unlike the previous towns, this city has sustained an accelerated urban growth in recent times, proof of this are the two shopping centers that it has, and where tourists can find various entertainment and services. It also has a busy nightlife, therefore you will find a wide range of restaurants, bars and pubs that will be open every day until the wee hours of the morning.
Neuquén is a much more urban than bucolic area, but no less interesting, in fact the panoramas are the order of the day. The center of the city is loaded with history and culture, which is reflected in the buildings that surround the Central Park, the largest green area of ??this town. Also, in the city there are different tourist areas, such as the Balcón del Valle or the Plaza de las Banderas, two perfect scenarios for lovers of photography. On the other hand, here you can also visit beautiful museums, cultural centers, craft fairs and even an astronomical observatory.
Among its natural charms, there is the Limay River, whose riverbank you can cover as it includes an extensive and illuminated pedestrian zone. In addition, in this province you can find the Laguna Blanca National Park, where you can see the beauty of the black-necked swans and other waterfowl.
On the other hand, if you are a lover of good food, in Neuquén you will find various products from the area. You can rejoice with a good roast lamb or goat, or take advantage of seafood and try a good salmon or trout. Craft beers, pastries, liquors, are just some of the products you can enjoy. Personally, I recommend visiting Saurus Restaurant, Casa Tinta and La Toscana. If you are a good sybarite, you will know how to delight with its great gastronomic offer.
5. San Martín de los Andes
Located in the middle of the Andes mountain range, San Martín represents a very important tourist destination of the Province of Neuquén. Among its main attractions is the Lanín National Park, where you can see the conical and snowy volcano of the same name, or visit the beautiful Huechulafquen and Lácar lakes.
If you travel to this area in summer and are a regular adventure sports, you can practice various disciplines, such as trekking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding, canoeing, paragliding, etc., as the city presents ideal scenarios for that you can develop your favorite activities without difficulty.
If you enjoy white sports, 19 kilometers from the city you will find Cerro Chapelco, which is home to the most important ski and snowboard center in this area. Its main feature is the great natural beauty as it is located in the middle of a lenga forest, and from the top you can see an extraordinary panoramic view of the Lanín National Park, the Lanín Volcano and the city. Also, here you will also have varied accommodation and restaurant options.
6. Villa La Angostura
Villa La Angostura is a small town located south of the Province of Neuquén in the Argentine Patagonia. With no more than 12 thousand inhabitants, and surrounded by lakes, mountains and deep forests, this place is ideal for practicing sports both in winter and summer. If you travel in winter, you can ski, snowboard and climb, while in summer you can practice all kinds of water sports in the lakes and rivers of the area.
Among its main tourist attractions is the Los Arrayanes National Park and the Calafate Lagoon. Likewise, as in the rest of the other Patagonian localities, the gastronomic offer is wide. In the restaurants of the city, you can delight yourself with exquisite dishes, such as wild boar, venison and lamb meat, or enjoy products such as salmon or trout from the area. As a recommendation, here I highlight the restaurants Lobo Grill Bar, Alba Parrilla Resto and El Mirador.
7. Villa Traful
It is a small tourist village located south of the Province of Neuquén in the Argentine Patagonia, within the Nahuel Huapi National Park. With about a thousand inhabitants, it is an ideal place to rest and get away from the city.
Among its main natural attractions, are large and snowy mountains, crystal clear lakes and thick coniferous and fagaceous forests. Also, on the river and Lake Traful, you can practice sport fishing, diving and other water sports. On the other hand, here you can enjoy a rich typical German cuisine, such as kuchenes, strudels and handmade chocolates.
This town of the Province of Santa Cruz, is the gateway to one of the greatest attractions of Patagonia Argentina, as is the Glacier National Park, where the famous Perito Moreno Glacier is located, just 80 kilometers from the city. This great mass of ice is visited by thousands of tourists every year, becoming one of the main attractions of the south of the world. In this same park, you can also find the Upsala Glacier and the imposing Fitz Roy Hill.
Due -mainly- to these incredible and beautiful landscapes, Calafate has a wide range of accommodation, to welcome all tourists who arrive especially in high season. To get to this place, travelers can do it by air arriving at Comandante Armando Tola International Airport in Calafate, or through land by Provincial Route 11 in Argentina, which is the only land access to this town.
Photo: Calafate Tourism Secretary/LANA
9. El Chaltén
At the southern tip of Patagonia Argentina, is this small tourist village founded in the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park. The wild beauty of this place, took it to 2014 to get the second place in the ranking of the "best cities in the world to know" of the famous Lonely Planet travel guide.
The vast majority of visitors who come to El Chaltén, do it to practice mountain sports. Trekking, mountaineering, rafting, horseback riding and excursions through its beautiful trails, rocky hills and hills, are just some of the panoramas that extreme lovers have in this area. On the other hand, among the main attractions that you can visit, is Cerro Chaltén, Cerro Torre, Viedma Glacier, Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the majestic Laguna del Desierto.
World known as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, in the Province of Tierra del Fuego. Every year, it receives thousands of travelers, especially foreigners who arrive on cruise ships, to visit the main tourist attractions offered by this extraordinary place.
In this captivating port city, you can perform countless adventures, such as exploring splendid glaciers, going deep into forests, walking snowy mountains, islands, channels and fjords. Boat trips, mountaineering, snow sports, ecotourism, trekking and a varied commercial and cultural offer this town offers you at the end of the world.
Among its main attractions is the Tierra del Fuego National Park, one of the most beautiful on the planet, where you will find impressive glaciers, valleys, snowy Andean peaks, Patagonian forests and spectacular marine coasts.
Other places you can not miss are the Martial Glacier, Cerro Castor, one of the largest centers for skiing, the Estancia Harberton National Monument and Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the planet.