Jewel-blue streams, cascading waterfalls, dazzling glaciers and spectacular wildlife. Welcome to Patagonia. Easily one of the most awe-inspiring geological spectacles on earth, it is home to some of the most staggeringly beautiful protected areas of wildlife in the world. Located at the southern end of South America, between Chile and Argentina, this sparsely populated region is not far from being the 8th wonder of the world. As a result, it is no surprise that many bucket lists include trekking through the fjords and glacier-filled sceneries of Patagonia. Attracting travellers from all around the globe, the top highlights and tourist hotspots are the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, and Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.
Argentina is very rich in animal species, with diverse landscapes and climates varying dramatically from the North to the South. It has dry deserts in the North, the Andes mountains to the West, the Atlantic Ocean to the East, dense rainforest and wetlands in the North East, pampas grasslands in the center, and frozen Patagonia in the South. It’s safe to say that there is bound to be a great array of different animals spread over the county. Here is a list of the Top 10 Animals you must see during your trip to Argentina. Continue reading
Travelling between two of South America’s most visited countries can be an amazing adventure. You’ve already checked what you need to pack for Chile, so your luggage is prepared. Here are some tips for travelling between Argentina and Chile, what to expect along the way, and how to enjoy the similarities and differences of the two countries.
Routes to take.
If you are getting to Chile from Argentina by road-which is recommended to experience the magical landscape of both countries, here are different border locations that are often safer and more efficient. The most common route is the Paso Los Libertadores, a well-maintained road between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile. Often people take this popular road via bus, but if you want to enjoy the winding road with your pedal to the metal, all the better. If you do go for a bus ride, buy your tickets well in advance. If you want to tap into your inner Spanish explorer, you may also venture on a ten-day horseback ride via San Martin de los Andes to the Chilean Lake District. If you do not plan to cross in the mountains, southern passageways have no shortage of scenery, but expect a bumpier ride as roads are not as well maintained. Consider Paso Cardenal Antonio Samoré between Bariloche and Osorno or Paso Pino Hachado between Neuquén and Temuco. Should you like to keep it simple and fly, LATAM airlines currently offers the best prices between Argentina and Chile. Taxis are also an option. Just be sure to set an agreed price before getting in the back seat. Continue reading
Getting ready to set off to Argentina? Here is a helpful list of tips and must-knows compiled from the recommendations of expert travelers who’ve made the trip before you, so that you may have just as incredible of a journey, or maybe one even better!
Having just gotten home after my first ever class of Argentine tango, I thought I should pen down a few impressions and tips I learnt for you while they are still fresh.
What makes Bariloche so attractive?
San Carlos de Bariloche, a small city with a very European style to it in the midst of the impressively green National Park Nahuel Huapi and by the shoreline with the same name has become one of Argentina’s top tourist destinations. Combining the incredible views of stunning nature with a town full of character, it attracts thousands of tourists every year who come to enjoy both summer and winter activities in the Lake Districts.
There is a reason why Tierra del Fuego is also known as the end of the world. Ushuaia is one of the southernmost cities of the world, located a mere 1000 km away from Antarctica.
It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places to go to in Latin America, and it attracts visitors from everywhere despite its incredibly remote location, 3085 km from Buenos Aires.
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Ushuaia’s charm is incomparable due to its infinite wide view over the sea, accompanied by an incredible mountain range skyline. Additionally, you can enjoy the richness of the extensive ecosystem and biodiversity of the Tierra del Fuego National Park and discover the species on 63.000 hectares of sub-Antarctic forest. At the bay you might even find several remains of the original Yámanas tribe. A great way to appreciate this beautiful landscape is to take a ride on the steam locomotive known as the End of the World Train.
In the city of Ushuaia you will find Avenida Maipú, which will take you along the bay where you will find the port and ships departing to the icy South that look like they are straight out of a picture book. The boutiques, restaurants, and oldest houses of the city give it a calm and peaceful atmosphere that lets you forget about all the stress of Northern metropolitan cities.
It is humbling to recognize that the plethora of little islands in this far corner of the earth were home to multiple aboriginal tribes such as the Onas, Haush, Yámanas, and Alakalufs, who were living their lives in such isolation and extreme conditions even earlier than 10,000 years ago. In 1520 the Portuguese explorer Magellan gave his name to the Strait of Magellan and gave Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) its name in accordance with the lighting of the tribes’ bonfires.
The 20th Century brought with it the development of the city of Ushuaia and immigrants from Spain, Italy, Croatia and Lebanon in an area that was made duty-free in the 1970’s so as to attract the settlement of companies on the island. Nowadays the primary markets of Ushuaia are tourism, fishing, and forest logging.
There are many museums worth checking out in Ushuaia, including the Maritime Museum, the Prison Museum, the Museum of the End of the World, and the Yámana Museum, which all help give insight into the complexity of the history of the island.
You can also book several cruises to explore the fjords all the way up to Punta Arenas, or go watch the seals and birds along the bay. There are also many estancias (farms) which you can visit to learn about farming life on the island.
Tierra del Fuego is a truly exceptional and wondrous part of the world that is absolutely worth visiting if you are willing to venture to the edge of the world to discover all it has to offer. Ushuaia is the point from which the truly winter-inclined folk launch themselves on boat tours to visit the penguins and other marvels of Antarctica, yet the Tierra del Fuego is famous and worth seeing in its own right even if the call to the earth’s southernmost continent is not one that appeals to you.
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If you’ve watched any movie with a sultry, passionate, dimly lit dance scene in it, the chances are high that it was an Argentine tango. Argentine tango has inspired dancers and audiences for over a century, and its history is riddled with myth and a range of theories as to its origins that make the dance all the more enticingly mysterious.
Argentina is trending. Last year, Buzzfeed listed out 20 reasons to hop on a plane to Argentina. And its capital city, is not only known as the city of love but it is also the new hit place to visit in Latin America. Insider also just released an article listing 21 reasons you should book a trip to specifically Buenos Aires.
I can go on forever adding onto these lists of why you should visit Buenos Aires and Argentina in general this year. But I don’t think that would be necessary because by now, you should already be convinced. Instead, I’m going to dedicate this article to the five amazing top spots in Buenos Aires that you must go to if you are visiting! These five places include: the top wine bar, the top beer bar, the top area for touring, the top place to dance and the top place to eat.
Top Wine Bar
If you are a wine lover, I highly recommend visiting Anuva Wines. It’s a wine tasting bar where you can drink some of the finest wine in Argentina, as well as enjoy the most exquisite snacks and food that pair perfected with them. Furthermore, what makes this place super unique and special is its ambience. Many of those who have been to this bar have complimented that the atmosphere is so uplifting that everyone socializes with each other and strangers become friends. There is never a dull night when you visit Anuva Wines!