Seven Patagonian lakes – their sparkling waters emerald, ultramarine, cobalt, turquoise, cerulean, sapphire and indigo – linked by a rugged mountain road: a magical route best explored in a 4WD.
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- #01 Ruta de los Siete Lagos
- #02 Carnival in the Litoral
- #03 Glaciar Perito Moreno
- #04 Birdlife at the Esteros del Iberá
- #05 San Telmo, Buenos Aires
- #06 Cueva de las Manos Pintadas
- #07 Climbing Aconcagua
- #08 Estancias
- #09 Tigre and the Paraná Delta
- #10 Dinosaur fossils in Neuquén
- #11 Andean camelids
- #12 Quebrada de Humahuaca
- #13 Ushuaia
- #14 Football, Buenos Aires
- #15 Wines of Mendoza
- #16 Asados
- #17 Trekking in the Andes
- #18 Iguazú Falls
- #19 Elephant seals at Valdés
- #20 Winter sports
- #21 Talampaya
- #22 La Recoleta Cemetery
- #23 The Pampas
- #24 Volcán Lanín
- #25 Traditional handicrafts
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#02 Carnival in the Litoral
Like their neighbours across the river in Uruguay and Brazil, the people of the Northeast do know how to party, not least in Gualeguaychú in the lead-up to Lent.
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A visit to one of the world’s last advancing glaciers is a treat for the eyes and the ears; count impossible shades of blue as you listen to a chorus of cracks, thuds and whines.
The shimmering lagoons of these vital wetlands attract myriad birds, from tiny hummingbirds to majestic herons.
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Take a stroll down the cobbled streets of this bohemian neighbourhood full of tango bars and antique shops, talented street performers and decaying grandeur.
A prehistoric mural, an early finger-printing exercise or ancient graffiti? Whatever it is, this delicate tableau of many hands is one of the continent’s most enchanting archeological sites.
#07 Climbing Aconcagua
Despite frigid temperatures and extreme altitude – 6959m – the highest peak outside the Himalayas can be climbed with the right preparation and a knowledgeable guide, making for a world-class mountaineering experience.
Try your hand at cattle-herding or sheep-shearing at a working estancia – one of the great Argentine institutions – and get an authentic taste of the gaucho way of life.
#09 Tigre and the Paraná Delta
Take a boat or paddle a kayak around the swampy islets and muddy creeks of Tigre – a subtropical Venice right on the capital’s doorstep.
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The world’s biggest dinosaurs once roamed Neuquén Province – nothing will convey their immensity more than standing underneath their skeletons or seeing their giant footprints in the rock.
#11 Andean camelids
Shaggy llamas and silky-fleeced alpacas, imposing guanacos and delicate vicuñas – all four distant relatives of the camel can be spotted along Argentina’s cordillera.
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Whitewashed settlements nestled against polychrome mountains, dazzling salt-flats, lush valleys and cactus forests, windswept steppe and deep gorges – some of the planet’s most incredible scenery.
Once Argentina’s most feared penal colony, now vaunted as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia sits proudly on the Beagle Channel, backed by serrated peaks and a bijou glacier.
#14 Football, Buenos Aires
It is no exaggeration to say that nothing else holds the same grip on Argentine society as football – some say no trip to the country is complete without attending a match, especially at either River Plate or Boca Juniors in the capital.
#15 Wines of Mendoza
What better to accompany a juicy grilled bife de chorizo than one of the province’s award-winning malbecs or syrahs?
The local answer to the barbecue, and inseparable from Argentinidad (the national identity), these meat-roasting rituals are prepared with the utmost pride and devoured in carnivorous bliss.
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#17 Trekking in the Andes
South America’s great mountain range offers world-class trekking, not least in the Fitz Roy sector of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
#18 Iguazú Falls
Known simply as the Cataratas, the world’s most awe-inspiring set of waterfalls is set among dense jungle, home to brightly coloured birds and butterflies.
Península Valdés is a natural wonder and home to a staggering array of wildlife – but for many the giant blubbery elephant seals steal the show.
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#20 Winter sports
Las Leñas for the jet-set après-ski, Cerro Catedral for traditional pistes and Tierra del Fuego for the world’s most southerly resorts – winter sports in Argentina combine great snow with a lot of showing off.
The undisputed highlight of La Rioja Province is a World Heritage Site dominated by giant cliffs of deep pink sandstone – once home to dinosaurs, now the protected habitat of condors, guanacos and foxes.
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The prestigious resting place of Argentina’s great and good – even Evita sneaked in – this cemetery is one of the world’s most exclusive patches of real estate.
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#23 The Pampas
Rugged gauchos, nodding pampas grass and herds of contented cattle are the famous inhabitants of Argentina’s most archetypal landscape.
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#24 Volcán Lanín
Despite the unappealing meaning of its native name – “he who choked himself to death” – this perfect symmetrical cone of a volcano is both a beauty to behold and a treat to climb.
#25 Traditional handicrafts
Argentina’s looms, kilns and workshops produce fine ponchos, pots and silverware, as well as world-class leatherware, jewellery and, great for souvenirs, mate paraphernalia.