Beautiful National Parks in Argentina
Argentina is a country in South America that is loaded with great natural beauty and the country preserves its natural wonders with an extensive national park system that is very popular with natives and tourists alike for vacations and adventure. Presented here are nine of the most beautiful national parks in Argentina.
Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park contains Iguazu Falls which is arguably the greatest waterfall on planet earth. Iguazu Falls stretches over 1 1/2 miles along the Iguazu River as it drops over 275 separate falls with heights up to 270 feet. It is just a spectacular waterfall and tremendous tourist attraction that lies along the Argentina border with Brazil right where both countries also border with Paraguay in northeastern Argentina. Iguazu Falls is so popular that an airport and hotels have been built near the falls so travelers and tourists can fly in and stay overnight right at the falls. Though this magnificent scenic wonder is shared by Brazil and Argentina the majority of Iguazu Falls is located on the Argentinean side.
Talampaya National Park
Talampaya National Park is located in western Argentina in the La Rioja Province. Consisting mainly of Talampaya Gorge with massive rock formations and canyon walls that reach heights of 500 feet above the desert floor Talampaya National Park is full of great beauty. The massive rock formations and walls are the result of the desert climate with wind and water erosion combined with the large range of hot and cold temperatures found daily in a desert carving out the canyon walls and rock formations. Talampaya National Park also contains dinosaur bones and fossils as well as ancient human cave paintings and petroglyphs that date back to 600 BC. This national park is popular with campers and hikers who stay in the park as hotels, restaurants and other accommodations are not close by.
Lanin National Park
Lanin National Park is located in western Argentina in the Neuquen Province. The park is named for the famous Lanin Volcano that looks like an ice cream cone with its cone shape and snowy top. Also in Lanin Park are beautiful mountainlakes like Lacar, Alumine and Huechulafquen. On the shores of Lake Lacar is the tourist resort city of San Martin de los Andes where most visitors stay while visiting the park. Popular activities in Lanin National Park include kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, rafting, camping, skiing, golfing and horseback riding. Many guests like to stay in the alpine style cabins and hotels located in the area.
Image Source (Lake Huechulafquen in Argentina)
Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia
Located in the Argentine Patagonia area in Santa Cruz Province in southwestern Argentina is the spectacular Los Glaciares National Park. Created in 1937 Los Glaciares National Park contains the largest ice cap outside of Greenland and Antarctica complete with icebergs and over 30% of the parks area is covered by ice. Tourism is the main industry in this area as tourists from all over the world flock to Los Glaciares National Park to see the incredible beauty of icebergs, water, glaciers and mountains mixed together in the park. Located in the park is magical Lake Argentina and along its shores is the tourist city of El Calafate which is growing rapidly with hotels and lodges to accommodate the growing tourist trade in the park.
Lago Puelo National Park
Lago Puelo National Park is located in southwestern Argentina in the northwestern part of Chubut Province. The main attraction in the park is the beautiful scenic Lake Puelo which receives over 20,000 visitors per year. Most of the tourists come in the summer for vacations to fish for trout and salmon as well as to hike, camp and take horseback rides around the lake.
Los Cardones National Park
Los Cardones National Park is located in northwestern Argentina in the Salta Province. The park is named for the giant Cardones cactus found in the park which has climate zones very similar to Saguaro National Park and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument both located in Arizona in the United States. The mountains and hills surrounding the desert landscape full of the giant cacti creates a beautiful scene for hikers, campers and travelers to Los Cardones National Park.
Nahuel Huapi National Park
The oldest national park in Argentina the Nahuel Huapi National Park is located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in western Argentina in the southwestern part of Neuquen Province and the northwestern part of Rio Negro Province. The park consists mainly of beautiful of mountains and lakes and contains a wide range of biotopes ranging from rain forest to steppes. Located along the Nahuel Huapi Lake is the beautiful resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche where most tourists to the park stay. Also in the park is Cerro Catedral a mountain with one of the most popular ski resorts in South America and 11,435 foot high Cerro Tronador which is popular with mountain climbers.
Ischigualasto National Park
Ischigualasto National Park is located in northwestern Argentina in the province of San Juan. The park consists of the Ischigualasto geological formation and arid badlands known as the Valley of the Moon along with a painted desert. Ischigualasto National Park has a desert climate and is a popular park with tourists and a great natural wonder in Argentina.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park is located in the very southern part of Argentina on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego in southern Patagonia in Tierra del Fuego Province. The park is well known among tourists for its fantastic scenery including many icebergs, waterfalls, mountains, forests and of course glaciers. Visitors and vacationers to Tierra del Fuego National Park usually fly into and stay at the hotels in the resort town of Ushuaia. Many cruise ships stop at Ushuaia too so passengers can visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. The End of the World train runs from Ushuaia into Tierra del Fuego park and is a popular way for tourists to see this magnificent park.
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