Exploring Argentina Independently

%d0%b1%d0%b5%d0%b7-%d0%bd%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%b2%d0%b0%d0%bd%d0%b8%d1%8fArgentina has plenty to offer those who want to explore the country by car. Major attractions include: the spectacular peaks of the Andes in the northwest; the beaches and pampas in the center of the country; and the breathtaking natural beauty of the ice national parks of the south.

If you’re here in the summer and are looking for some beach life, head east of Buenos Aires to the northern Atlantic coast, namely Mar del Plata, where the stunning beaches sprawl for miles. There are plenty of enchanting places to stay right on the edge of the sand. A replica of the grotto of Lourdes is a kitsch paradise.

Iguaçu Falls, situated in Parque Nacional Iguaçu, which can be found at the point where Argentina meets Brazil, is one of the enchanting natural wonders of South America, plunging 70 meters into the abyss below. No matter what time of year you visit, this is sure to be an impressive sight that will never be forgotten. Above the falls, the waters are suitable for canoeing, kayaking and other water sports. The area is also rich in historic ruins; San Ignacio Miní, built in a style of architecture known as Guaraní Baroque, is especially popular.

The huge Andes dominate the northwest and are home to South America’s tallest mountain, Aconcagua, standing at a heady 6,959 meters above sea level. The two parallel mountain ranges are the Salto-Jujeña, cut by magnificent multicolored canyons known as quebradas, and can be visited from the historic towns of Salta and Jujuy.

Argentina’s Lake District extends from Junín de los Andes south to Esquel – an Alpine-like region of snowy mountains, waterfalls, lush forest and glacial-fed lakes. San Martín de los Andes, Bariloche and Villa La Angostura are the chief destinations from where you can start a driving tour, go boating or hit the ski slopes.