Argentina is an amazing South American country covering an area of 1,073,500 square miles (2,780,400 sq km) while stretching from the southern border of Bolivia down to the southern tip of the continent. The is an abundance an diverse collection of nature experiences scattered throughout the entire country.
There are over 33 national parks and other protected areas spanning across the continents most splendid landscapes. Each of these national parks protects ecosystems and national treasures of Argentina.
Los Glaciares National Park
One of the most renowned destinations is Perito Moreno Glacier located in Los Glaciers National Park. With an area of 2,806 square miles (7,269 sq km), it is the largest national park in Argentina. The Andes ice cap field that serves as the source of the glacier is the largest in the world outside of Greenland and Antarctica.
There are over 40 additional glaciers scattered throughout the park’s borders. The trails to lookout vistas for the Perito Moreno Glacier are easily accessible and the views of the face of the glacier are striking.
Torres del Paine National Park
Do not make your way down to Los Glaciares National Park without planning to visit the neighboring Torres del Paine National Park. The highlight of the national park is the stunning picturesque landscape of Torres del Paine.
Torres del Paine includes three summits known as Torres d’agostina, Torres Central, and Torres Monzino. The highest summit reaches a peak of just over 8,200 feet (2,500 m). This is one of the most photogenic collection of mountain peaks that create one of the most unique mountain scenes.
The national park is also a great destination for the adventure traveler. There are several adventurous treks through and up the mountains. Many of the hikes are rated with greater difficulties, so they are not for everyone.
Sitting on the border of Argentina and Brazil, is one of the continent’s seven natural wonders. Iguazu Falls is a spectacular collection of 275 different waterfalls stretching across a distance of 2.7 km (1.7 miles). The waterfalls are breathtaking and they are situated in a region that is home to jaguar and other vulnerable species. Iguazu National Park protects the falls and surrounding habitat on the Argentina side of the border.
Neighboring Brazil protects the region on their side with Iguacu National Park. Dr. Phillip Imler, President of the Global Alliance of National Parks shared, “Although the majority of the falls are located on the Argentina side, it is imperative that visitors explore both sides to truly appreciate the majestic nature of this wonder.”
Iguazu Falls is appropriately one of the 7 Natural Wonders of South America. It should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.
Monte Leon National Park
Monte Leon National Park offers travelers something different. For those that love wildlife, the park is home to the 4th largest colony of penguins. Although sightings will be rare. The park is also home to cougars who have adapted their hunting efforts to include penguin.
The notorious mountain lion who is king of the mountain hunting grounds has adapted in this area to include the beach. You may be fortunate to witness the elusive predator on the prowl while stocking one of the penguin prey.
There are dozens of national parks and natural wonders found within the borders of Argentina. You can learn more about the natural wonders of Argentina and South America by visiting https://naturalwondersofsouthamerica.com/. Whether you visit a national park or a natural wonder, make your way to South America.
Take a few weeks and plan for an extended stay. Argentina has so much to offer, a week vacation will leave you craving for more. You can always come back, but why not just stay for a while and take in all the splendid nature this country has to offer.