Wow. Very rarely have I ever visited a country and been so astounded by the variety of incredible landscapes on show. Argentina simply has it all!
One of my regrets of my travels in South America is that I didn’t spend enough time in Argentina. This is simply a country where I would spend AT LEAST one month and never get bored. The cultural capital of Buenos Aires is where I – and I suspect most other tourists – first experience the Argentine hospitality and wherever I went after that it was simply one hidden gem to another. Quite possibly, Argentina is the most beautiful place on the continent (sorry to my Brazilian readers!), and with that in mind, here are 5 “hidden gems” (in no particular order) that all tourists should try to seek out when they come to this beautiful country:
The Salinas Grandes is a large salt flat in central-northern Argentina, spanning the borders of four provinces (Córdoba, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero), at an average altitude of 170 metres above sea level, at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range. It covers an area of 6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi). Undoubtedly, it is one of Argentina’s most spectacular terrains.
Cerro de los Siete Colores (AKA The Hill of Seven Colours) is one of the hills bordering the Quebrada de Purmamarca mountain range in Jujuy Province, Argentina. Its unique colour range is the product of a complex geological history including marine sediments, lake and river movements elevated with the movement of the tectonic plates. This breathtaking sight is composed of 7 different colours, each of which is said to have formed during different time periods, dating back to 90 million years ago.
Ushuaia has long been described as the southernmost city in the world. While there are settlements farther south, the only one of any notable size is Puerto Williams, a Chilean settlement of some 2,000 residents. Tourist attractions in Ushuaia include the Tierra del Fuego National Park and Lapataia Bay. The park can be reached by highway, or via the End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo) from downtown.
Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of Asia, and the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in the Andes mountain range, and lies 112km northwest of the city of Mendoza. The summit is easily reachable, and it is not known as an arduous or dangerous climb, which makes it a firm favourite among travellers to the area.
Teyu Cuare National Park is one of Argentina’s most beautiful spots, yet not many visitors to the country know of its existence. The park was newsworthy in recent years as excavations revealed potential Nazi settlements from the aftermath of World War 2. However, for the regular tourist who is lucky enough to visit here, you will find plenty of nature and wildlife and hiking trails aplenty!