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Buenos Aires and
Train to the
Esteros del Ibera
Valle de la Luna
(Moon Valley) and Talampaya
The Route of
Beagle Canal and
Buenos Aires and its Roundabouts
The city of Buenos Aires, one of the most important
ones in Latin America, is a great cosmopolitan and
many-sided metropolis. With its evident universal
influence, this city astonishes the tourist.
It is the capital of the Argentine Republic and the
vital bond of the nation.
As long as European arquitecture is concerned, many
streets recall those of Paris.
Its numberless museums, exposition and conference
centers, art galleries, cinemas and theatres with
high level national and international spectacles are
witnesses of its important cultural life.
The Colon Theatre, one of the most important lyrical
theatres in the world, is seat, together with some
other sceneries, of an intense musical activity that
comprises all genres including, of course, the
famous and typical Tango; besides, the city is
frequently visited by orchestras, groups and
soloists from all over the world.
Financial, stock-exchange and economical seat of the
country, Buenos Aires is the principal port of the
nation. It has an intense commercial activity,
reflected in numberless shops of the main
world-famous branches, shop centers and commercial
Its nightlife is quite varied and extends up to the
ealy hours. Discos, restaurants, cafeterias and many
other attractions for all tastes are spread all
around the city offering the tourist a large number
Its accommodation capacity ranges from luxurious 5
stars hotels belonging to international chains up to
modest lodgings, including all economic levels.
Train to the Clouds
It is one of the three highest trains in the world.
It travels through the vertiginous mountains of the
Andes Mountain Range and moves along astonishing
It leaves from the city of Salta, moves along the
Valle de Lerma (Lerma valley), gets into Quebrada
del Toro (Bull's Gorge) and reaches the Puna.
The final point of the trip is the kilometre 1350
where you will find La Polvorilla viaduct which is
224 metres long and 63 metres high. It is the
highest cowboy line, at 4200 m.a.s.l. and one of the
most important ones in the world due to its
The whole trip takes almost 15 hours, crossing 29
bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 "curls" and 2
zig-zags. Due to the height at which the train
moves, it is quite common to see clouds under its
bridges or at the mountainsides, hence the choice of
The train offers several services such as:
restaurant car, panoramic car, folk spectacles,
consulting room, audio, video and bilingual guides.
Declared "World Natural Patrimony of the Humanity"
by the UNESCO, the Iguazu Falls are a sublime
They are located within a wild uncultivated setting
sorrounded by subtropical vegetation. Its 275 falls,
some of them with more than 70 metres of height,
make up a world of cascades that fall with such a
strength that give birth to clouds of little
atomized drops, in which the sun light decomposes in
Among the main falls we can mention the Mitre,
Belgrano, Rivadavia, Three Musketeers, San Martín,
Bozzetti, Two Sisters and the famous Devil's Gorge,
one of the most impressive falls due to its size and
The Iguazu National Park, which lodges the famous
falls, contains more than 400 species of birds,
around 2 000 vegetal species and an immeasurable
world of insects making of this bioma one of the
richest natural environments of the country. They
are near the locality of Puerto Iguazú.
Esteros del Ibera (Swampy Lands)
The swampy lands and ponds of Iberá and the
ecosystems that make them up are, without any doubt,
one of the richest biological areas of Argentina.
Approximately between the 20 and el 30 % of the
Provincial Reservation of Esteros del Ibera is
formed by ponds.There are more than sixty ponds that
joined to swampy lands and marshes, make up an
environment of extreme humidity giving birth to a
remarkable diversity of animal and vegetal species.
Among the vegetal species we can find: Ombues,
American Timber trees, Jacarandaes, Silk-cotton
trees, Willows, Espinillos, Yatay Palm trees; and
water plants such as Royal Water Lily, Water
Hyacinth, the little cabbage and the Lesser
Among the fauna species we find great reptiles such
as Alligator, rodents such as The Coypou and the
Capybara (the biggest rodent in the world), The
Swampy Deer, The Howling Monkey or Carayá, The small
Grey Fox, The Wildcat, The Black Armadillo or Tatú,
appart from Ferrets, Hares, Weasels, Vizcachas,
Boas, Rattlesnakes, Pit vipers, etc.
Appart from these species, there are hundreds of
bird species and an infinity of insects, among which
we can find varied beatiful butterflies.
It is near the locality of Mercedes ( 125 km.) and
the small village of Colonia Carlos Pellegrini
(within the reservation), both located in Corrientes
and comprising infrastructure for the tourist .
El Palmar National Park
The final aim of this Park and National Reservation
close to the locality of Colón in Entre Ríos, is to
preserve a representative sector of the large Palm
trees area that extended over the zone up to the end
of the last century.
These palm trees, of almost 12 metres of height,
posses leaves of about 2 metres of length with
trunks of 40 cm of diameter. Many of these specimen
are about 200 years old.
In this captivating park, rich in flora and fauna,
we find a special contrast, that is the contrast
between the palm trees and the forest in galleries
situated on the coastlines of rivers and streams.
There are several paths to meet the park, some of
them can be gone through by car and others just on
Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) and Talampaya
The Provincial Park Ischigualasto (Valle de la Luna)
in San Juan and the National Park Tampalaya in La
Rioja, are next to each other, and both of them are
paleontologic and archaeological deposits of utmost
Fossils of vertebrates, footprints and rests of
dinosaurs, ferns and petrified Araucaria trunks
imprints, are just some examples that show its
They also posses geological formations that were
wind-eroded resulting in curious shapes; natural
sculptures very similar to real elements forms
The fauna of this region consists of guanacos,
Patagonic hares or maras, foxes, ferrets and sierra
squirrels, among others.
Finally, in Tampalaya we can see several petroglyphs
and ceramics belonging to the inhabitants that
occupied the land before the arrival of the
colonization,and which are still object of numerous
studies of scientists and investigators from all
over the world.
Both parks offer the tourist specialized guides and
in Tampalaya there is a vehicles private service
that is in charge of taking the visitors into the
The city of La Rioja and the locality of San Agustín
del Valle Fértil (in San Juan) are the nearest
points to reach both parks.
Also called the "Roof of América", is the highest
peak in the American continent. It is located in the
province of Mendoza, and its summit rises up to the
6.959 metres above the sea level.
It is the goal of mountain climbers from all over
the world. Reaching its summit is a hard challenge
that requires very good training and careful
It is located within the Aconcagua Provincial Park
and those who do not practise mountaineering can
find many other activities in the zone, generally
related to adventure tourism.
Excursion to the Aconcagua Provincial Park can be
made from the province of Mendoza, among many other
possibilities that this province offers.
This geographical accident, one hour far from the
city of Puerto Madryn, is the principal centre of
sea fauna in Argentina, due to its diversity and
Here you can watch: southern franca whales, orcas,
sea woolves and elephants, penguins and a great
variety of sea birds.
The zone of Península Valdés and its roundabouts
are, moreover, suitable for the practice of nautical
activities and, especially, for scuba diving.
Its long beaches with transparent waters and
imposing cliffs offer the tourist a landscape of
The Route of Seven Lakes
Leaving from San Martín de los Andes and arriving at
Villa La Angostura or San Carlos de Bariloche (and
viceversa), this singular mountain road of the
Argentine Patagonia encounters, all along its track,
several lakes of singular beauty. Their waters are
transparent and of different tones ranging from blue
to emerald green.
In these lakes it is likely to find a great variety
of trouts, and there are some points of the road
that are considered excellent for sporting fihing.
San Carlos de Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes and
Villa La Angostura are beautiful tourist mountain
villages with an excellent service infrastructure
for the tourist. They offer a large quantity of
excursions and activities to do both within their
cities or in their roundabouts.
Perito Moreno Glacier
It is located within The Glaciers National Park and
was declared "World Natural Patrimony of the
Humanity". Its front covers 5 kilómetres and it has
almost 80 metres of hight above sea level. Ice
blocks of different sizes are constantly coming off
the glacier and falling into the waters of the
Argentine lake causing astounding sounds and
impressive waves over the surface, turning this
moment into an unforgettable spectacle.
This glacier is one of the few ones in the world
that is in constant development.
Several lacustrine and terrestrial excursions can be
done, and even it is posible to walk on its surface
being in close contac with the glacier ice, meeting
its inner peaks and ponds. Within the park, located
at 80 km. from the locality of El Calafate, the
tourist can visit other nearby glaciers and take
part in varied activities.
Beagle Canal and Antártida
Right from Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the
world, the tourist can join in excursions to sail
the waters of the Beagle Canal.
Its bays and islets bathed by transparent waters and
its variety of birds including cormorants, penguins,
sea gulls, swallows and mammals turn the visit to
the Beagle Canal into an unforgettable experience.
There are daily excursions in different kinds of
boats that go to Cape Horn, los Estados Island,
Bridge Islands, The Woolves, The Birds and Les
Another misterious and fascinating possibility is
visiting the Antartida. There exists several
itineraries that take from 8 days to 2 weeks, where
you can accede (going ashore by means of rubber
boats) to scenaries especially chosen due to the
beauty of their landscapes or the richness of their
The boats posses all the facilities and comfort
necessary for this type of trips.
Argentina has several winter centres for the
practice of ski and snowboard.
Las Leñas Valley in Mendoza , Mount Cathedral in San
Carlos de Bariloche, Chapelco in San Martín de los
Andes, La Hoya in Esquel, Mount Bayo in Villa La
Angostura and Mount Castor in Ushuaia are the most
important centres of the country. However, there are
several smaller centres such as Vallecitos and
Penitentes in Mendoza, Caviahue in Neuquén and some
others that are apt just for the cross-country style
The skiing season starts in June and finishes in
October, depending on the snowfall volume registered
in the year. However, the best months for the
practice of this sport are July and August.
Refer to our section Ski Centres to know the
technical cards and ski runs maps of the main
centres for the practice of this sport.
Capilla del Monte
Las Leñas / Los Molles
Mar del Plata
S. F. del V. de Catamarca
San Carlos de Bariloche
San Martín de los Andes
San Miguel de Tucumán
San Salvador de Jujuy
SGO. DEL ESTERO
Sierra de la Ventana
Termas de Río Hondo
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Villa Carlos Paz
Villa General Belgrano
Villa La Angostura