Backpacking through Argentina

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I backpacked through Argentina and loved this amazing country. Here are picks of top things to do in Argentina:

1. Bariloche Ski Resort

Trondaor Bariloche Argentina Suzanne Easton

Trondaor Bariloche, Argentina

Bariloche is a sleepy ski resort town in the summer months. Sitting on the edge of Nahuel Huapi Lake it is the starting point for a trek to Monte Tronador. This four day trek takes you through a number of valleys before spending a night at Otto Meilling Refugio which sits on a plateau at the base of the mountain.

At 2000 m this little hostel makes you feel as if you are on top of the world. Either side of the plateau are glaciers which can be heard roaring through the night as ice slips from the edge of the mountain into the valley below.

The trek starts with an easy trek but once you leave Refugio Otto Meilling the final two days become more complex. First of all you need to traverse Glacier Alercé. This glacier starts from the door of the hostel and the final descent involves a short abseil over the edge. The route then takes you over the stunning Paso de las Nubes with condors flying high above you.

Finally on the final day the trek takes you through a wooded forest to Lago Frías and the beautiful Peurto Blest where a cruise along Nahuel Huapi Lake takes you back to reality in Bariloche. This really is a bucket list adventure!

By: Suzanne from suzanneeaston.com

2.  The train to the clouds

Starting Off! Train To The Clouds, Day Trip From Salta, Argentina

Starting Off! Train To The Clouds, Day Trip From Salta, Argentina

The Train to the Clouds is the 5th highest railway in the world and a ride is a must-add to any Salta itinerary. At the end of the 19th century plans were made to build a railroad from Salta to Antofagasta passing the high Andes mountains. After several decades of construction, the first trains made the journey in 1948. Today, 21 kilometers of track are preserved and a Train to the Clouds day trip can be made from Salta.

Buses will take you early morning from Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres. The bus stops at the old C-14 railroad, an old steam locomotive, small town for breakfast and at the Del Toro viaduct. At the San Antonio de los Cobres station boarding is smooth after which the train takes you to 4220 meters altitude at the La Polvorilla viaduct.

Train To The Clouds, Day Trip From Salta, Argentina

Train To The Clouds, Day Trip From Salta, Argentina

There is time to buy crafts from the local indigenous people. It’s the same way back to San Antonio de los Cobres for lunch. A llama steak is highly recommended. Buses will arrive back in Salta around 6-7PM but will make one final stop in Santa Rosa de Tastil where there is a small museum.

The Train to the Clouds (or in Spanish: Tren a las Nubes) is a must-do day trip from Salta. It’s a unique experience in combination with spectacular Andes nature.

By: Chris W. from christravelblog.com

3. El Chalten the Hiking Capital of Argentina

Glacier Piedras Blancas Hiking At El Chalten, Argentina

Glacier Piedras Blancas Hiking At El Chalten, Argentina

If you love hiking El Chalten definitely deserves a headlining spot on your bucket list. The beautiful village is located in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park in the Santa Cruz province and is known as Argentina’s hiking capital with good reason.

A network of trails starting in town spread out to surround the famous peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy, The colourful town fringing the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, today only exist for tourism and serves as base camp for thousands of hiking enthusiasts in season. The town boasts with a variety of very nice campsites, hostels and hotels catering for travellers on every budget.

Most people are here to hike and the vibe is really lively and fun with visitors telling stories and exchanging hiking tips. In the park itself there are a couple of campsites, but the majority of people hiking here do one day routes returning to town every night. In the park there are several trails leading from town to the main viewpoints, each taking between four and eleven hours to hike.

The most popular one-day hikes are named after the viewpoint where the respective trails end. Maps are available all over town and the trails are well marked and easy to follow. The best time to visit the national park for hiking is during summer; between late December and late February. El Chalten is really a hiking paradise for enthusiasts of all fitness and experience levels.

By Alya from stingynomads.com

4. Hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

When visiting the Argentinian Patagonia, a must thing to do is going to see the Perito Moreno Glacier, a true natural wonder. You can admire its 70 metre high electric blue face of ice from the purpose-built wooden platform and watch chunks of glacier crash into the water as it creaks and calves.

But the best way to experience the Perito Moreno Glacier is by getting up close and personal with it. Being one of the safest and most easily accessible glaciers in the world, you can go on a short hike Perito Moreno Glacier as well. You don’t need to have experience in glacier hiking, you just need to be reasonably fit, as walking on the ice is harder than on regular ground. You will be given crampons and you will straight away feel the ice crunching under your feet.

Perito Moreno is the world’s fastest growing and fastest moving glacier. While you are on top of it, you will see the lakes and hear the rivers that run through the ice, which help the glacier glide as it moves forward. You will actually hear it creaking as the ice moves. The glacier is like a living creature that changes every day, so if you are lucky you will also come across ice caves that you can go into. It really is an unforgettable experience!

By Teresa from broganabroad.com

5. The End of the World

The End Of The World, Ushuaia, Argentina

The End Of The World, Ushuaia, Argentina

Welcome to the End of the World, or to be more precise the most southern city in the World!

Ushuaia should definitely be in your South America bucket list because of its amazing landscapes. This little port town, located in the Beagle channel and surrounded by snow-capped peaks has something to offer for every type of travelers.

Whether you are seeking adventures or a more peaceful holiday, you will find what you want in Ushuaia. You could go scuba diving in the Beagle Channel, kayaking in Tierra del Fuego, hiking in the Martial Glacier or even taking part of an Antarctica expedition (if you do have a spare 8 000 dollars).

But you can also take a boat trip and admire the “Les Eclaireurs” lighthouse, listen to the noisy penguins and wave at the sea lions.
Don’t’ forget to wander in the city, take a picture of the El fin del Mundo sign and get an Ushuaia stamp on your passport.

If you are wondering how to get there, a plane might be the easiest option. But if your budget doesn’t allow it, you can look into the different bus rides, but have books, movies and games nearby as the trip from Punta Arenas takes 12 hours! An experience of Ushuaia wouldn’t be complete without a try of their famous king crab, freshly fished and cooked! You will be amazed!

By Rim, curiousandgeeks.com


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