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Argentina in One Week
Given the size of Argentina, it is difficult to for travelers to explore all the terrain that the country has in just one week. Travelers may not be able to see all of the numerous national parks that Argentina has to offer, but they can still visit the urban and natural capitals of the country. The sites left unseen on this trip will only provide motivation to return to Argentina once again in the future!
Days 1-3, Buenos Aires: Travelers can begin their trip through Argentina in its the national capital of Buenos Aires. As its name is indicative of, the city is not only known for its temperate weather but also its many colorful neighborhoods. The national capitol building, known as “La Casa Rosada,” is no exception, as it is entirely pink.
Travelers are encouraged to take a tour of the building where Argentinian laws are created, as the history and architecture of it are just as important as the political body it stands for. Similarly, travelers can spend their night(s) learning how to tango in “La Boca,” the neighborhood where tango shows are always showing and classes are waiting to be taken.
If travelers find themselves in Buenos Aires on the right day, they can attend an authentic futból (soccer) game at La Bombonera stadium or see a show at the historic Teatro Colón. As travelers will soon discover, the nightlife of the city is one of its own and helped give Buenos Aires the nickname, “Paris of the South.”
Days 4-6, Puerto Iguazú: A short flight from Buenos Aires takes travelers to Puerto Iguazú. While this city is not large, it is the gateway to one of the newest “Seven Natural Wonders of the World,” or, Iguazú Falls. With 275 different cascades that span both Brazil and Argentina, Iguazú Falls is impossible for travelers to fully explore in one day.
Fortunately, catwalks on both lower and upper parts of the falls allow for closer examination of the thundering cascades that attract travelers to both countries that it calls home, all year long. Since the national park is 210 square miles, there are also countless footpaths that wind along, through, and above the falls that allow for views from the Brazilian and Argentine side.
More specifically, travelers in Argentina who wish to charter a boat may also stop at the island of San Martin, or opt to view the famous “Devil’s Throat” cascade from the water.
Day 7: Return to Buenos Aires for the return flight out of the same airport. Luckily, should travelers wish to continue traveling, they have access to many of the southern national parks of Argentina, including Punto Tambo (with all of its penguins and whales) and “Las Pampas” lowlands.
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Argentina in Two Weeks
Travelers who have two weeks to explore Argentina have a great opportunity to see the majority of the most popular (and beautiful) sites that the country has to offer. Although two weeks is a long period of time, Argentina is still a large country.
Therefore, the constraints of travel time between locations may cause travelers to consider extending their visit by a few extra days to make up for the lost time. Even still, this itinerary is just a step towards fully understanding what makes Argentina so unique and attractive to international travelers.
Days 1-3, Buenos Aires: Begin in Buenos Aires, the national capital that is not only known for its stunning architecture but also its rich gastronomic and art scene. Take a tour through “La Casa Rosada” to see where Argentinian law is generated and why the views of the city from the numerous balconies that line it are so famous.
Or, tour the Recoleta Cemetery and see how the current state of Argentina was impacted by those who directed its history before finally being laid to rest. The MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) is also a popular way for travelers to spend a day examining art in all forms from artists across Latin America.
Should travelers find themselves in the city on a match day, the roar of fans in La Bombonera stadium from “La Boca” neighborhood may be heard very clearly. Travelers may even opt to be a part of it! If travelers do not find themselves too exhausted at the end of one of their days, they can choose to take a tango class. If they prefer to view the dance rather than partake, tango-shows with dinner are also popular with travelers in La Boca.
Days 4-6,Patagonia: Travel to El Calafate by airplane in order to enter Southern Patagonia. This region of Argentina is famous not only for its biodiversity but also its glaciers and deserts. El Calafate is a town that borders the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, specifically Lago Argentino.
While the lake itself is impressive for being the largest in Argentina, it is near one of the country’s most famous glaciers. Known as a world-wide phenomenon for being one of the only glaciers in the modern world to still grow, the Perito Moreno Glacier is accessible via footpaths and catwalks.
As a short day-trip from Los Glaciares National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many guided tours available that can be arranged in advance, as the Perito Moreno Glacier is very popular during the cold seasons. Most of these tours come with boat-trips that can bring travelers as close to the glacier as is safely possible, allowing for great photo opportunities.
Days 7-9, Patagonia: After arranging transportation to El Chalten, travelers are able to visit the small city that is snowed in most parts of the year, but is also the way to famous mountain and lake hiking trails.
Situated at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, travelers can decide to venture to either of their summits or one of the various glaciers that sit in the surrounding lakes.
Not only is the elevation diverse but also the surrounding bird species that populate the area. All trails are self-guided, but park rangers can be contacted as needed. While most trails are somewhat short, they are still very difficult, a fact which may need to be considered for travelers requiring special accommodations.
Days 10-12, Chilean Patagonia: Although a passport is necessary, visiting Chile to see Torres del Paine National Park is a crucial part of touring Argentina’s natural landscapes. As a part of Patagonia, Torres del Paine is not only known for the three, massive slabs of granite that its name refers to but also gleaming glaciers and lowland marshes.
Travelers can spend time trekking through footpaths that lead up the surrounding foothills, dip into French Valley, or view the (surprisingly) blue Grey Glacier from afar. Wildlife is abundant in this highly protected national treasure, which includes but is not limited to condors, deer, and owl species. Travelers who are lucky may even glimpse the rare guanacos that dot the lowland marsh region of the area.
Day 13-14, Ushuaia: Traveling further south will allow travelers to not only view but actual cross the Strait of Magellan in order to reach the “City at the End of the World.” Ushuaia is a small city that is the largest and most famous part of the Tierra del Fuego Island. A railroad runs through it that allows travelers to see both the entire city and one edge of the world.
Should travelers charter a boat, day-trips to Antarctica may be arranged with guided tours that examine the shifts in glacier sizes and biodiversity of one of the most unique continents on the planet.
After an intense two weeks of traveling, a flight out of Buenos Aires will conclude the journey through Argentina.
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