Located in the far south of Argentina is the region of Patagonia, which includes the provinces of Santa Cruz, Rio Negro, Neuquén, Chubut, and Tierra del Fuego. This area, which also includes portions of Chile, is known for its severe climate, dramatic landscape of the Andes Mountains and the glaciers, but it is mostly composed of plains and plateaus.Visitors come to Patagonia to explore the landscape and enjoy the recreational opportunities. The area offers ski resorts, climbing and hiking opportunities, as well as rafting and cycling to name some of the top sports.
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
San Carlos de Bariloche, known usually just as Bariloche is a place for the adventurous. The town is probably best known for nearby Cerro Catedral a very popular winter ski resort that draws visitors from all over. However, Bariloche has also grown into a popular base from which to do whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, and more. As a result the town attracts a lot of youth and is quite lively.
Nahuel Huapi National Park
Nahuel Huapi National Park is a large park with many lakes and has come to be known as Argentina's lake district. Visiting the park is best done from the town of Bariloche lies within the park. Here visitors can either take a tour or rent a car and tour the park on their own. The park is a wonderful natural area with volcanoes, waterfalls, and glaciers, offering opportunities for camping, hiking, cycling, rafting, and climbing.
El Calafate, Argentina
El Calafate near Lake Aregentino draws tourists who come here to see Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. This town is the main hub for the area and offers accommodation and other amenities for visitors. Excursions to the park and glacier tours can be arranged from El Calafate.
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia is a dramatic area with glaciers, mountains, and lakes. The park attracts visitors who come here mainly to see the glaciers, including the well known Perito Moreno in the south and Monte Fitz Roy in the north. Access points are through El Calafate and El Chaltén.
Punta Tombo is a lonely, barren looking area that offers an incredible opportunity to see Megellanic penguins. The penguins nest here and during the summer months they can be found along the coast here in large numbers.The area, located along Golfo San Jorge, has recently been designated a marine park and is now a protected.
Lanin National Park and Volcano
Lanin National Park is home to Lanin Volcano and popular trekking area. The volcano rises to over 3700 m / 12,000 ft and offers fabulous views from the hiking trails. The main access point is from the town of San Martín de los Andes.
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