Argentina is a diverse country with plenty to see and do, even for
the most jaded of seen it all travellers.
Beaches, giant water falls in tropical rainforests, skiing in the
Andes, horse riding on the Pampas, or watching whales and penguins off the tip of Patagonia.
All you need in Argentina is time.
The area extends on both sides of the River Iguazu and its water
falls between Brazil and Argentina.
Derived from a Guarana word for great water, the name is Iguacu in
The falls are the centrepiece of the parks. Over 60 m high, the series
of falls and cascades stretch for 4 km in the wet season.
Visitors can view the base of the falls in Argentina, and the lip in Brazil.
The Great Waters Rain Forest
This is the region of the great rivers, of the humid tropics, of the
red earth and the magnificent jungle. A virgin jungle full of gigantic trees, and
extraordinary flora and fauna. Great Waters, in the Guarana language Iguazu, which
overflow with a roar in one of the wonders of the world, the Falls of Iguazu.
The name Pampas comes from a Quechua Native American term for flat
land or plain.
La Pampa - Land of the Gaucho
La Pampa is a sea of green grass that occupies a quarter of the
country. Home of the legendary gaucho, all the romantic fantasies about Argentina are
The Pamas are the vast treeless plains of central Argentina that
stretches from the Atlantic coast to the Andes Mountains.
The humid Pampa, eastern portion, is one of the most fertile regions
in the country.
The dry Pampa is the area towards the Andes, a less populated region
famous for its horses, and sheep.
The great mountain range of the Andes forms the spine of South
Running almost parallel with the Pacific coast, the Andes stretch for
more than 7,000 km - that's four and a half thousand miles - from Panama down towards Cape
Horn. The highest mountain in the western hemisphere is in the Andes; Argentina's
South America Touches the Sky
The North-western and the Cuyo are regions of high peaks - here is the
Aconcagua, stone sentinel - snow-capped volcanoes, plateaux, ravines and deserts. Under a
clear blue sky, small villages let the seasons pass by quietly, only interrupted by the
carnivals, Indian markets and the worship of 'Pachamama' or Mother Earth who provides
maize and the pastures where the llamas and guanacos graze.
Mount Aconcagua, in the province of Mendoza, is the highest mountain in the Americas.
The passes through the Andes are at their highest, steepest, and
narrowest in Peru.
Arequipa to Puno (4,468 m); Lima to Tarma and Cerro de Pasco (4,804
Between Mendoza, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile,
the Uspallata Pass, still reaches a staggering 3,900 m.
Between Puerto Montt and Bariloche
Crossing the lakes and lower mountain passes of the southern Andes,
with a condor flying overhead, beats looking up at hang-gliders in the Alps.
The major cities in Argentina.
Patagonia was formerly the name for the southernmost portion of the South American
continent, including what is now the southern parts of both Argentina and Chile.
Adventure travellers have a lot to choose from in Argentina that a tour might help you
focus on what to do.
Skiing in Argentina:
The main ski resorts in Argentina.
South America Index -
South America Tourism -
South America Websites.
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