When it comes to geography and types of landscapes, climate and terrain Argentina is about as diverse at it gets. From dry desert to arctic mountains, tropical forest to Pacific sea, Argentina’s got it all. Argentina is an adventure full of natural beauty just waiting to be explored. Rugged backpackers and family vacationers, honeymooners and soul-searchers– no matter who you are, these three Argentina attractions will give you serious wanderlust.
At the point where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet, and the border between Brazil and Argentina, you’ll find the mighty Iguazu Falls. Iguazu is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Not a bad meeting point for the countries. As you might imagine, this is not your average waterfall. It’s unlike any other on Earth, making it one of the most spectacularly breathtaking sights on this planet. But which side to view the falls from, Argentina or Brazil? The long-lasting rivalry between the two neighbors makes for competition over who is home to the better view.
Well, we say Argentina for one huge reason—the view at Devil’s Throat. This vantage point from the Argentinean side is undoubtedly the best in the entire park. It’s also the closest view you can get of the falls, without actually being enveloped by the mighty waters. However, you will definitely get sprayed and soaked by waterfall mist so watch out! If this natural wonder of the world wasn’t on your bucket list, it should be now. After seeing the majestic Iguazu, the bar will be set high for all other waterfalls. Sorry, Niagra, South America goes bigger.
The glaciers (Viedma and Perito Moreno)
Ice, ice baby! Head south to Patagonia and you’ll find two of the most famous Argentina attractions, the Perito Moreno and Viedma glaciers. Uniquely, the Perito Moreno Glacier is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the entire world. And it’s one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is not retreating–thank goodness. In fact, it’s growing! Out in the pure Patagonian abyss, the only sound you’ll hear are epic booming chunks of ice as they break off, fall and crash into the icy cold glacier lakes below. In the spring, delicate wildflowers in the area contrast the sharp and jagged icy peaks. But honestly, pictures, videos and descriptions using gushing superlatives don’t do these guys justice–check them out for yourself.
Cerro de Siete Colores (7 Colored Mountain)
On the opposite end of the country, the Northeast arid desert of Jujuy is home to one of the most special natural Argentina attractions. Maybe not as well-known as Iguazu or the glaciers, the Cerro de Siete Colores, or Seven-Colored Hill, is just as magnificent. Just as the name states, it’s a mountain formation with layers of brightly colored rock. With vivid shades of red, purple, green, yellow and blue, you’ll think you’re looking at a famous painting. It’s nature’s work of art, and Argentina gets to call it theirs. Try to catch it at sunrise; the way the light plays with the colors will be an image you’ll never forget.
Written by Chloe Moore