WALKING IN ARGENTINA

It is not just the food and wine that should attract you to Argentina but also its endless possibilities for walking. The Andean Mountain range runs the border with Chile offering some real off the beaten track walking, whether it is through the high wind swept peaks of the south, the central foothills with their clear blue lakes or the deep dry canyons to the north. It is a land to discover.

Fitzroy national park often gets overlooked for the more popular Torres del Paine in Chile and this is a good thing as it means it receives fewer visitors and remains a hidden gem. There are some long testing walks in the park but all with reward as the park contains some of the most severe and jagged peaks we have seen anywhere.

Argentinas Lake District, containing deep blue lakes, is watched over by towering mountains and is a great place to have flatter walks if you wish but with the same rewarding scenery. The far north has a montage of vineyards, colonial towns and multi coloured canyons allowing you to combine your interests.

BEST PLACES FOR WALKING IN ARGENTINA

With the vast majority of the Andes running the length of Argentina, there are numerous walking opportunities in the country. One of the best places is the Fitzroy National Park near the town of El Chalten. This is an area for experienced walkers as the treks are long and arduous, but also some of the most rewarding.

There is also the chance to visit lesser known regions of the Andes, such as Salta and the north west of Argentina, whilst Bariloche is also a very popular place for walking with trails of various lengths.

Bariloche

Bariloche is situated on the foothills of the Andes and on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi making it one of the most picturesque places in Argentina.  The nearby national park of Nahuel Huapi is the oldest in the country and has some of the most diverse biospheres in the area as well an abundance of wildlife.

El Calafate

Quite possibly the most stunning part of Argentina, if not the continent.  The town of El Calafate itself is nothing special, but the surrounding areas have the most majestic glaciers in the world which you can sail around and walk on.  These are lifetime experiences.

El Chalten

The town of El Chalten is the gateway to the Fitzroy national park which has some of the best walking possibilities in the world.  The town contains homely log cabins or ‘estancias’ as they are known and is less visited than Torres del Paine national park in Chile which can also be incorporated into a Patagonian itinerary.

Mendoza

Mendoza lies in the foothills of the Andes and its gentle slopes are covered in vineyards.  This is where some of Argentina’s best wines are produced and although the town, with its 5 plazas is worth a short visit it is staying in one of the surrounding vineyards that allows for a taste of the real country. 

Salta & the north west

The northwest is a relatively unknown region of Argentina and Salta is the centre from which to explore this spectacularly varied region. The multi-coloured valleys and canyons of Calchaques twist and turn down to Cafayate from where you can visit the ancient pre-Inca ruins of Quilmes, or walk through narrow canyons to hidden waterfalls, or, sample wine from the many vineyards in the area.

Ushuaia

At the far south of Argentina and where the road ends, is Ushuaia, the southern most town of its size in the world. Situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego it is a unique place containing multi-coloured wooden houses with a backdrop of snow-capped Andean peaks.

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