Argentina

ARGENTINA

Argentina has many peculiarities that have traveled the world by word of mouth with the people who have visited the country. The outgoing personality of its people, who are friendly, fun and effusive; the typical cuisine which includes asado, mate, regional dishes, and dulce de leche treats; the traditional dances like tango, or folklore, with different choreographic forms, according to each area; the passion for football, and the fanaticism for the major players and clubs, Boca Juniors and River Plate being the most popular ones, and the ones that fill their stadiums and cause proliferating displays of excitement every time they play, or horse riding games in the outskirts of the city which reveal the powerful Spanish influence and the persistence of old traditions; and, of course, the personality that each special region knows how to maintain and strengthen as time goes by. 

Vibrant colourful and incredibly diverse Argentina bursts with life from the colourful streets of vibrant Buenos Aires to the remote wilderness of Patagonia.

Beaches, waterfalls mountains, glaciers and mighty waterfalls – Argentina has the lot.

Argentina’s vibrant capital Buenos Aires is a sophisticated introduction to the country boasting a thriving café culture, fine dining, & sophisticated nightlife. 

"Poor old Niagara" Eleanor Roosevelt commented when she first beheld the iguazu falls and once you’ve experienced the thunderous power of the 275 falls that throw a curtain of mist up 150 metres into the air you may well agree

To the south lie the vast wilderness of Patagonia with its jaw-dropping views of the vast Perito Moreno Glacier, remote lodges & estancias and fabulous trekking amongst the forests, lakes & glaciers. 

Right on the southern tip of the continent lies Ushuaia, gateway to the wild Tierra del Fuego National Park and port of embarkation for expedition cruises to the Antarctic 

Away from the poster boy attractions Argentina still has so much to offer, taste world famous Malbecs in the vineyards around Mendoza, explore the amazing desert landscapes around Purmamarca and Cachi or ride the spectacular Train to the clouds from the charming colonial city of Salta.

ATTRACTIONS

With its diverse geography, Argentina has more than 2.5 million sq. km. to explore and discover. Below, we present you with a selection of the most interesting and famous places to visit in Argentina that no tourist should miss.

 

BY TOURIST AREA

NORTHWEST

Tucumán

Talampaya National Park

Salta

Calchaquíes Valleys

Humahuaca Gorge

Los Cardones National Park

Baritú National Park

CUYO

Cuyo

Aconcagua Provincial Park

Las Leñas Ski Center

CHACO AND MESOPOTAMIA

Iguazu Falls

Iberá National Reserve

El Palmar National Park

Iguazú National Park

LA PAMPA

Buenos Aires

Mar del Plata

Rosario

ANDEAN PATAGONIA

Bariloche

El Calafate

Glaciers National Park

Los Alerces National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park

Lanín National Park

Cerro Catedral Ski Center

Chapelco Ski Center

San Martín de los Andes

Map of Argentina

Map of Destinations in Argentina

 

ATLANTIC PATAGONIA

Valdés Peninsula

Ushuaia

Tierra del Fuego National Park

 

BY TYPE OF ATTRACTION

Parks and Natural Attractions

Aconcagua Provincial Park

Baritu National Park

Calchaquies Valleys

Cuyo

El Palmar National Park

Humahuaca Gorge

Ibera Natural Reserve

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu National Park

Lanin National Park

Los Alerce National Park

Los Cardones National Park

Los Glaciares National Park

Nahuel Huapi National Park

Talampaya National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Valdes Peninsula

Ski Center

Cerro Catedral Ski Center

Chapelco Ski Center

Las Leñas Ski Center

Cities and Towns

Bariloche

Buenos Aires

El Calafate

Mar del Plata

Rosario

Salta

San Martín de los Andes

Tucumán

Ushuaia

 

Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Argentina

Argentina is a very large and diverse country and there are many places that you may like to visit.  Of course we cannot put all the top tourist destinations on the list because there are more than ten.  We have put the most popular .  We also have made our own list of favourite places, off the tourist track.  These are places where local tourists go, some known and some not so well knowm.   The following are in alphabetical order and not order of merit.  As Buenos Aires is the point of entry to Argentina we have not put it on our list, it is of course a top destination in itself.

 

Bariloche and Villa La Angostura  the famous lake area of Argentina

El Calafate  home to Perito Moreno Glaciar and Lago Argentino

El Chalten  Patagonia the beautiful mountains for hikers and photographers

Esteros del Ibera the amazing Wetlands of Argentina

Iguazu Falls  Province of Misiones one of the natural wonders of the world

Mendoza Province the wine region of Argentina

Peninsula Valdes the natural habitat for orcas, elephant seals, and penguins

Purmamarca and Tilcara in the great Quebrada de Humawaca Jujuy Province.

The Salta Circuit  Salta City and the Calchaqui Valleys

Ushuaia in the Province of Tierra del Fuego


Geography of Peru

PERU - SOUTH AMERICA

Peru is situated in the western part of South America. On the north it is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil and Bolivia, and on the south by Chile. The entire west side of Peru is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. Peru's size is 1,285,215 sq. km (496,095 sq. miles). To compare: that is roughly France, Italy and Sweden together. Or the US-states of Texas, New York, California and Maine together.

Geographic regions

Geographically the country is divided into three main parts:

  • La Costa, the long, narrow coastal region, facing the Pacific
  • La Sierra, the mountainous Andes region
  • La Selva, the rainforest region of the Amazon basin.

Geography of Peru

 

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Chachapoyas Peru

AMAZONAS PERU

Amazonas Peru Overview:

* Location: North of the country
* Area: 39 249 km2
* Capital: Chachapoyas (2334 masl)
* Altitude
Minimum: 230 masl (Santa María de Nieva)
Maximum: 3952 masl (Chuquimbamba)

The department of Amazonas, named after the Amazon River, provides an extraordinary view of endless leafy forest for those flying over the region. Here and there one can spot villages and towns, even large cities built with great effort in the middle of the jungle. One of these cities is Chachapoyas, capital of the department of Amazonas.

Chachapoyas - Amazonas Peru

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Chachapoyas:

The cradle of the ancient Chachapoya civilization, the city was overrun by the Incas in the fifteenth century, and decades later, after the Spanish Conquest, was founded once more by the Spaniards with the name of Chachapoyas. The main square and the narrow pebbled streets that have been preserved until today date back to these times.

Some 70 km west lies the fortress of Kuélap, the bastion of the Chachapoya tribe, a citadel whose access is through narrow walled passages like sloping funnels which helped to keep out invaders. Those same passageways today host tours led by experienced local guides.

Other attractions include Laguna de las Momias (a region where archaeologists discovered more than 280 mummies), or the Karajía burial tombs, which stand 2 meters high and are made of hardened clay. Wedged into a mountain cliff, the sarcophagi appear to guard over their ancestral grounds.

Amazonas is known for its joyful dances and colorful festivals. The town of Jalca, which is held to be the capital of jungle folklore, holds a series of celebrations all year-long, blending the rituals of local tribes with Christianity. Tasty local dishes worth sampling include the Purtumute, Tacacho and Cecina.

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Access Routes

By land:

* Lima-Chiclayo-Chachapoyas: 1409 km / 876 miles (21 hours by car)
* Lima-Trujillo-Cajamarca-Chachapoyas: 1716 km / 1066 miles (30 hours by car)
* Tarapoto-Moyobamba-Chachapoyas: 361 km / 224 miles (7 to 8 hours by car)

By air:

* At the moment, there are no flights available to Chachapoyas.

* Daily flights to Chiclayo from: Lima (1:25 hour).

* Daily flights to Trujillo from: Lima (1:10 hour).

* Daily flights to Tarapoto from: Lima (1:20 hour).

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Ica Nazca and Paracas Peru

TRAVEL TO ICA - PERU

Ica, Paracas and Nazca: In this desert area of Peru we can find traces of the Paracas (700 - 200. BC) and Nazca (200. BC - 700 AD) cultures, Inca ruins and Spanish architecture as well as the desolate beauty of the desert running into the sea.

Ica Nazca Parcas  - Ica Peru

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Ica Peru Overview:

    * Location: Central Coast.
    * Area: 21 305 km2.
    * Capital: Ica (406 masl)
    * Altitude
      Minimum: 2 masl (Paracas)
      Maximum: 3796 masl (San Pedro de Huacarpana)

IIca:

Ica is known as an area of sand, sea, oases and valleys, the cradle of Peru's Creole culture, saints and medicine men, where the best pisco brandy is distilled and where religious fervor is strong in the worship of the Señor de Luren or the Yauca shrine. The sandy wastes of this area gave rise to major pre-Colombian civilizations, leaving traces that have survived the ravages of time and wind erosion.

Founded in 1563 by Luis Jerónimo de Cabrera, the city of Ica, capital of the department of Ica, still features superb colonial constructions such as the Cathedral and centuries-old mansions.

The road to Ica provides the traveler with a variety of attractions. First stop along the way is Chincha, a balmy valley that combines festivals and tradition and which is the heart of a culture forged by the descendants of African slaves brought to work the cotton plantations. A few kilometers further on lies the Paracas National Reserve, the only protected area in Peru that includes a marine eco-system. From the pier at Paracas one can take boatrides out to the Ballestas islands, where one can spot sea lions, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and sea birds.

South of the city of Ica lies the Huacachina Oasis, and a few kilometers ahead, the Nazca Lines, an extraordinary legacy bequeathed by the ancient people of the Nazca culture. The Lines, an enormous network of lines and drawings of plants and animals that cover an area of some 350 square km, provide an unforgettable experience for those who fly over them.

Ica celebrates three major events: the Wine Festival (Ica is home to many vineyards which produce excellent wines and pisco) and the festivals of the Señor de Luren and the Virgen del Carmen of Chincha. This is a good time to try typical Ica dishes and sweets, as well as to visit the town of Cachiche, famous for its folk healers who are said to be able to cure all kinds of ills.

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Access Routes

By land:

     *      Lima – Ica: 303 km / 188 miles on the Pan-American Highway South (4 hours by car)

By air:

    *      There are no regular flights. Air taxi service from Lima is available.

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