Argentina is as diverse as it is big. It’s a mecca for outdoorsy types who descend upon this Latin American country each summer to hike along the spectacular trails, from the towering snow-capped granite peaks of Patagonia to the dry deserts in the north. With such a choice, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s our handy guide to the 8 best treks in the country.
Mount Fitz Roy
Mount Fitz Roy is Argentina’s answer to the Torres del Paine National Park. If you’re going to do just one trek, make it one of the trails which departs from El Chalten and winds around the Los Glaciers National Park. There’s something for all abilities here, with trips ranging from easy half day hikes to more challenging five-day camping adventures. There are few places in the world where you can walk in such awe-inspiring scenery. Think large granite peaks punctuated by turquoise mountain lakes.
This one’s a toughie. The 45-mile takes at least 4 days and you’ll need to bring your own GPS and camping equipment, as well as harnesses to get across several river crossings. It’s well worth the effort though to see the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. If you’re looking for a relaxed trek, this isn’t for you. If you want to push yourself and experience some of the most spectacular scenery in Latin America, lace up your boots.
Paso de las Nubes
Literally translating to ‘Path Through the Clouds’, this spectacular trek traverses a 14-mile route from the town of Pampa Linda through the forests and over Mount Tranador on the border with Chile. It’s a challenging trek which takes two days, so you’ll need to overnight in a refugio or bring camping equipment with you. One the second day, you’ll descend to the beautiful Laguna Frias where you can take a return boat journey.
There’s a reason why Iguazu Falls is part of Argentina’s well-trodden tourist path. The falls are truly awe-inspiring and there’s no better way to experience them than walking along the wooden boardwalks, getting so close you can feel the spray on your face. The upper and lower circuits are distinctly different, so try to do both if you have the time and be sure to visit the Devil’s Throat which brings you nearest to this natural wonder.
Refugio Frey Hike
The Frey Hike is popular throughout the summer due to the ski gondolas which takes hikers to the top of the mountain. Departing from here, you can either take a tough but shorter route which will see you clambering over boulders or a longer but easier walk through a landscape of forests. Along the way, you can overnight at the Refugio Frey which has comfortable beds and facilities or pitch your own tent. For reasons unknown, this trek is not as popular as the others, but those who take it on enjoy gorgeous scenery and uncrowded trails.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Short but sweet, to complete the Perito Moreno Glacier trek you’ll need to don crampons and cross over the lake by boat. From here, your guide will take you over the top of one of Latin America’s most beautiful glaciers. The trek lasts around an hour or two and at the end, you can enjoy a well-deserved glass of whisky served with ice carved off the glacier.
While most travelers stick to Bariloche, those in the know head to the charming little town of El Bolsón. Here, you’ll find 13 mountain refuges dotting the wild landscape and linking a series of paths that work there way across valleys, around lakes and through lush forests. You can choose from a short overnighter or a long hike that could last more than a week. With challenging hikes to shorter walks, everyone can enjoy the hiking around El Bolsón.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
The desert northern region of Argentina is home to some of the country’s most colourful natural wonders. Be sure to visit The Hill of Seven Colours just a short distance from Purmamarca. There are plenty of hikes through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, best explored with the help of a local guide. The scenery, friendly locals and year-round good weather in Northern Argentina make it one of the most popular places to hike.
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