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Argentina’s Top 5 jaw-dropping natural wonders

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From the arid northwest of Argentina down to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, the country encompasses a huge area that equates to nearly half the length of South America. This means there is immense diversity when it comes to landscape and there is no shortage of places to visit and things to see.

Read the guide below to my favourite natural wonders in Argentina. Why not use it as a starting point for your own holiday checklist and visit this astounding country?

Devil's Throat, Iguazu Falls

While there is much debate about whether the best views of Iguazu Falls can be acquired from the Brazilian or Argentinean side of this natural attraction, there is no doubt that nothing quite compares to standing atop the Devil's Throat.

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You may get a better idea of the overall picture of the falls from Brazil, but in Argentina you can get up close to thousands of tons of gushing water. A walkway has been constructed that takes you right to the top of the 80-metre high cascade and the power of it is palpable.

Cerro de los Siete Colores, Purmamarca

Somewhat less well known than Iguazu Falls is the Cerro de los Siete Colores, or Hill of the Seven Colours, which can also be found in northern Argentina.

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This incredible masterpiece has been created by nature out of a number of elements, including red clay, white lime rock, violet lead, green copper oxide and yellow sulphur. These colours appear in lines on the hill and have to be seen to be believed.

Although Cerro de los Siete Colores is arguably the most impressive example of the phenomenon in the area, it does not stand alone. The whole of the ravine known as the Quebrada de Humahuaca is painted in these stunning shades of red, orange and pink.

Cerro Fitz Roy, El Chalten

You have to be prepared to make the journey to the tiny village of El Chalten on untarmacked roads, but the pay-off is incredible. It is a haven for those wishing to go hiking and climbing in spectacular scenery.

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If you want a stunning view, then get up early in the morning before the sun rises and see the first rays of the day light up the impressive mountain range looming over the village. Many people come to see the impressive Fitz Roy peak, but few see it in all the pink-hued glory of the beginning of the day.  A truly special experience.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park

The truth is there are lots of glaciers in this part of Argentina, but most of them get much less attention than Perito Moreno. That is mainly due to the inaccessibility of the others and the infrastructure that has been put in place to allow visitors to enjoy this stunning field of ice.

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It is possible to take a boat ride that goes closer to the 97-square mile glacier, highlighting its extreme size, but the walkways also provide you with stunning views. From here you can see so many different shades of blue glinting in the sun it will take your breath away.

The finishing touch is seeing a piece of ice calving away from the whole and into the water. There is little warning of when this will happen, so be aware and listen for the crunching sound as the two pieces of ice rub against each other and the smaller one falls into the water creating a splash.

Esteros del Ibera

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This remote protected area of marshlands and wetlands which supports a wonderful array of birdlife and unique mammals and is the second largest wetland in the world. Located in north-east Argentina in the Corrientes province, this beautiful area is often overlooked in favour of the nearby Iguazu National Park, but it is well worth a visit.

For the most amazing views, take to the air to see the marshlands stretch for miles, or float on the wetlands by boat to see capybara and large caiman on the shores, as well as hundreds of bird species.


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Posted by: Louise Mumford

Posted on: 2nd August 2016

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