Argentina has a remarkable array of outdoor activities for all. Regardless of fitness levels, any outdoor enthusiast is guaranteed to find something they love to do in amazing Argentina. Trekking, hiking, climbing, ice climbing, horse riding, bird watching, fishing, white water rafting and skiing are just a few of the great outdoor activities that lie in store in Argentina. Dramatic scenery and interesting nature make spending time in the outdoors a really appealing option when in this fabulous South American country of contrasts and rich diversity.
A wide selection of national parks to choose between, not to mention lovely local parks and gardens, make for great opportunities to view wildlife as nature intended. With varied environments, there are a range of ecosystems and fascinating biodiversity across the different areas of the country. Some of the best places to really feel at one with nature are at the Valdes Peninsula, Iguazu and Esteros de Ibera. A little more off the beaten track, with some careful advance planning keen enthusiasts are bound to enjoy San Guillermo, Perito Moreno and Baritu.
The Valdes Peninsula is mainly barren and wild land, with a few salt lakes and sheep ranches. The coastline is home to a large number of marine creatures, including some who choose this area to give birth. There are over 180 bird species living in the area, at different times of the year.
As well as being home to one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, the surrounding sub-tropical rainforests are home to a dazzling selection of flora and fauna.
The swamplands and bogs of Esteros de Ibera are the second largest wetlands in the world. Over 350 bird species live in the area, and well as other wildlife.
Many different bird species call Argentina home. Armadillos, bats, jaguars, monkeys, cougars, seals, tapirs, whales, lamas, dolphins, fish, bears, raccoons, foxes, rats, mice, alligators, squirrels, guinea pigs, sheep, sloths, chinchillas, ocelots, otters and wolves are amongst some of the creatures living on Argentinean land and in Argentinean waters.
Trekking and Hiking
Most of the best trekking spots are in the national parks. Argentina can be so remote that it is possible to find places where one can trek for several days without encountering another person. Popular places include the towering and imposing granite rocks in the Fitz Roy region, The Nahuel Huapi National Park, Salta Province and Jujuy Province. In Torres del Paine National Park one can trek in incomparable scenery. At the tip of Argentina, before disappearing into the icy ocean, one can see dramatic mountains, expansive lakes, thick forests and stunning glaciers. Guides are available to help trekkers to make the most of their time in Argentina. Cloud forests, dense jungles, lakes, glaciers and mountains all form great trekking adventure opportunities.
It is allowed to camp in many national parks, although facilities may vary greatly.
The mighty Andes provide some of the world’s best climbing. There are routes suitable for most levels of climbing ability. South America’s highest peak, Aconcagua provides for a challenging route for very experienced climbers. The volcano of Lanin is a famous climb. It is important for all people to acclimatize fully before embarking on any climbs.
Those wishing to ice-climb need to have the relevant technical skills, ability and experience.
The Patagonia area attracts keen fishermen from far and wide because of its great fly-fishing. Trout and salmon are fished for. Rio Grande, Rio Gallegos, Rio Santa Cruz and Rio Pico are all good spots for fly-fishing. Permits can be bought at national park offices, tourist offices and some fishing stores. The trout-fishing season is between mid-November and Easter.
Horse riding through the Patagonian Lake District has been described as one of the most thrilling, exciting and memorable activities one could do in life. A beautiful region however explored, nothing can beat the sound of the horses’ hooves on the ground below and the feel of the wind as one discovers this dramatic area for oneself.
White water rafting is possible, with grades between II and V. There is a requirement that participants can swim, but no prior rafting experience is needed. People can enjoy exhilarating rafting on stunning blue waters whilst passing through some of the country’s awesome landscapes.
Whilst the ski resorts attract mainly national visitors, there are some decent slopes and facilities for skiers are constantly being upgraded. Las Lenas and Chapelco are popular ski destinations, with Chapelco offering downhill and cross country options and Las Lenas offering a good variety of non-ski activities. Cerro Otto and Cerro Catedral are also good for skiing.
For those who want a more peaceful time outdoors, Buenas Aires has some of the best outdoor and open air cafes, bars and restaurants where people can sit back and watch the world go by.