Argentina‘s beauty is simply unmatched. Endless valleys of dessert, stunning Patagonian mountainscapes and ancient glaciers are just a few things to look forward to when visiting South America’s second-largest nation. Because of its size and unique location, Argentina’s landscapes and wildlife are as diverse as they are gorgeous. Here are seven of the most beautiful national parks and reserves in Argentina.
Most Beautiful National Parks And Reserves In Argentina
1. Tierra del Fuego National Park – Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego or ‘end of the world’ is located in southern Argentina. Its where towering peaks, ancient glaciers and jaw-dropping coastline all come together to create Tierra del Fuego National Park. In addition to gorgeous landscapes and abundant wildlife, Tierra del Fuego is the last stop before Antarctica bringing a whole new meaning to ‘end of the world.’
2. Nahuel Huapi National Park – Bariloche
Spawling across more than 8,000 square kilometres, Nahuel Huapi National Park is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Endless mountain streams, looming snowy peaks and charming alpine villages are just a few things to look forward to at Nahuel Huapi. Undoubtedly the most beautiful area is the main lake, Lago Nauel Huapi.
3. Iguazu National Park – Iguazu
This massive national park has one foot in Argentina and one foot in Brazil. Iguazu is home to loads of breathtaking trails and diverse wildlife, but the waterfalls are the star of the show. With more than 275 falls, you will never run out of majestic beauty to explore. Be sure to check out the most popular series of falls – Devil’s Throat.
4. Ischigualasto Provincial Park – San Juan
Colloquially known as ‘Valley of the Moon’, Ischigualasto is a desert dream. Seemingly endless barren valleys and moon-like rock formations give the area an otherworldly beauty that just can’t be matched. In addition to gorgeous scenery, the area is home to a plethora of archaeology finds such as dinosaur fossils and other Triassic period finds.
5. Los Glaciares – El Calafate
The title for Argentinas second-largest park goes to Los Glaciares. Can you guess what it’s famous for? The park is comprised of a whopping 47 glaciers, and if that weren’t enough, they are all fed by the largest icecap outside Antarctica. Additionally, this natural masterpieces is home to 1,000 different species of birds and is in the heart of Patagonia.
6. Los Cardones National Park – Salta
Way up north in the province of Salta – you’ll find one of Argentina’s most beautiful natural areas – Los Cardones National Park. The area is bursting at the seams with spectacular landscapes like cactus woodlands, colourful mountain ranges and dramatic cliffsides. Additionally, the area is covered in fossil remains and tons of other archaeological treasures.
7. Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve – Punta Tombo
Finally, this one is for all the animal lovers out there. Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve is not only home to picturesque coastal landscapes – it also boasts the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside Antarctica. Every fall, thousands of adorable penguins arrive at Punta Tombo after a long journey from Brazil where they will camp out until March. Along with the cute and friendly penguins that call Punta Tombo home, there is also an abundance of other animals such as foxes, whales and dolphins.