The Best Things to do Outside in Argentina
Updated: Mar 7
One of the most beautiful countries in South America is Argentina. As it is an outdoor lovers paradise, your time in Argentina is best spent outside. The number of activities is truly endless from hiking, to skiing to glacier viewing. This week we are going to explore some of the top outdoor activities on your next trip to Argentina.
One of the most amazing views you can take in is frozen in time, in Southern Argentina. Glacier viewing is one of the highlights of a trip to Patagonia, and one of the best places to see glaciers is at Los Glaciares National Park. Here, you can see the glaciers on foot, from the air, or by boat. There are 47 glaciers in the national park that feed into the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruze River. The most popular one to explore is the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is the largest in area and is a sight to take in, with the glacier averaging 240ft in height. If you decide to hike on the glacier, the national park recommends crampons to add additional traction.
Fly fishing is a great activity to unwind and experience nature in a new way. The rivers are fed from the high Andes mountains and are full of trout. Just a few hours outside of Mendoza is the best fly fishing in the area. You can even plan a trip with a local that will take you to the best fishing spots and show you the ropes if you’ve never been fishing. You’ll have a beautiful view of the mountains and a great time trying your hand at fishing.
White Water Rafting
If you want to get your heart pumping after fishing for trout, I recommend taking a white water rafting trip. Six rivers are well known for their rapids and stunning views. If you head out between November and April, the snowmelt feeds the river. It makes the rapids anywhere between a Class III to V. The rapids in the Patagonia region offer tranquil and nice rides, and for a more heart-pounding ride, the rivers in Mendoza fit the bill. These rapids provide beautiful scenery, a wild ride, and a fun way to get wet. Most of these rivers have folklore attached to their creation, paths, and scenery.
Another great way to explore the country is through hiking. There are so many treks in Argentina that there is no way to experience them all. One of the best and most popular is in Patagonia, Mount Fitz Roy. It can be made in just over 8 hours and leads to stunning views along the way. If this is a little bit too much of a hike, several others around the area offer similarly breathtaking views without taking your breath away. Another great place to hike is near Mendoza in the Cordon de Plata mountain range. Here, you’ll find lakes, a waterfall, high peaks, and stunning views. Any hike you decide to take in Argentina is not going to be one you regret.
From June through September, skiing is a must-do when visiting Argentina. There are many ski resorts for all skill levels. One of the most well-known is Cerro Catedral near Bariloche. Over 600 hectares of skiable land will take you past beautiful lakes and ends at a resort villa nestled at the bottom. If you are looking for an inclusive resort for everyone of all abilities, the Cerro Bayo Skiing Resort is your answer. There are so many different types of skiing, from downhill racing, snowboard, ski rally, and torch descent. One unique aspect of this resort is that it offers instruction and gear for all mental or physical abilities.
If you are ready to step outside and take in all Argentina offers, we can schedule a consultation to plan a trip that meets your needs. At Enchanted Wanderings, we are here to ensure that you have the best experience possible on your journey.