Outdoor Wilderness Adventures in Argentina
This is a guest post by Jon Hurley from The Outdoor Vibe
If you’ve not already travelled to Argentina, you’re missing out. Argentina is a country that’s as diverse as it is huge. There aren't many places in the world that can offer deserts, rainforests, mountain ranges, glaciers and wide open grasslands such as you can witness as you travel across this amazing country. With all of this open space there’s a plethora of things you can discover outdoors and your only question should be how long you should take to see it all. Buenos Aires, the capital city, is always a good place to start any trip. Known as the “Paris of South America”, here you can take in the culture and arts of a vibrant Latin American city. From Tango evenings to getting swept up in the atmosphere of an Argentine Football (Soccer) game, shopping till you drop at the many boutiques to enjoying a show at the world famous Colon Opera House, there’s plenty to keep you occupied before you’ve even left the city.
Once you’ve had your cultural fill it’s time to head out into the campo, the Argentine countryside. Each region is known to have its own specialities. Mendoza in the west is the country’s wine region and you can relax and enjoy a few days sampling the delights of Argentine wine whilst cycling between the vineyards. Mendoza is also a perfect destination for one of our “wilderness adventure” hiking & rafting expeditions, hiking into the foothills of the Andes for a few days whilst camping out amongst the stars. This is ideal for those who enjoy getting away from everything and getting back to basics whilst not exerting themselves too heavily. The climate in Mendoza is reasonably mild in the winter and still reaches 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer so it’s perfect for year round adventures.
Further North from Mendoza is the region of Catamarca and Salta, famous for the highest range of volcanoes in the world and its salt flats respectively. Both regions offer incredible scenery to lose yourself in whilst hiking or 4x4 driving. These regions are very remote and so the accommodations are simple and clean if you choose to stay in a hotel but our preference is always to camp out under the stars so you can fully appreciate the uninterrupted night skies.
The region of Patagonia in the South of Argentina is a personal favourite of mine as it reminds me so much of Europe. With warm summers and great snowfalls in the winter months, it’s perfect year round for outdoor fun and adventure. Alpine lakes, surging whitewater rivers, forests and mountains to explore, there’s something for everyone to enjoy no matter your favourite activity. From Trout fishing and rafting in the rivers close to Bariloche to trekking and climbing near El Bolson, El Calafate & El Chalten further South, including the Marconi Glacier, Patagonia lives and breathes outdoor adventure.