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Touring Argentina Patagonia

Patagonia winesArgentina is the best-kept secret in South America! It’s the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world and the second-largest country in South America after Brazil. With mountains, jungles, waterfalls, and wildlife ranging from big cats to penguins, exploring Argentina with the best South American tours and tour guides guarantees an amazing adventure!

One of the most popular regions of Argentina is Patagonia. But where is Patagonia? And why do so many visitors want to tour Argentina Patagonia? Patagonia is a geographical region that encompasses the southern end of South America, in both Argentina and Chile. The region is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the east, and the Pacific Ocean in the west. Its landscape ranges from steppes to deserts to lakes, and from mountains and glaciers to fjords. Patagonia is one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the world and is the perfect place for adventurous travelers to explore.

What are Some Wildlife you can Expect to See in Patagonia?

In Patagonia, an adventurer's dreamland, you can expect to encounter an array of captivating wildlife amidst its rugged landscapes. From the graceful flight of the Andean condor overhead to the playful antics of Southern river otters frolicking in crystal-clear streams, the region is teeming with biodiversity. Patagonia is also home to the elusive puma, which prowls the vast expanses of its wilderness, alongside herds of guanacos grazing on the open plains. If you are a birdwatcher, expect to spot the vibrant plumage of Magellanic woodpeckers and the elegant wading of flamingos in the lakes. Whether hiking through lush forests or traversing windswept steppes, the opportunity to witness Patagonia's diverse wildlife in its natural habitat is sure to leave a lasting impression on any adventurer.

Planning The Perfect Trip To Patagonia

Although some people choose to travel around Patagonia alone, many experienced tour operators are standing by to help you plan the perfect Argentina trip itinerary. In fact, it is often beneficial to have help planning your trip! A professional tour operator can book your international and domestic flights, arrange lodging, and provide you with a seasoned guide to show you around the region during your trip. One of the best South American tours in Patagonia is offered by Gondwana Ecotours. This company is a one-stop shop for responsible tourism, providing unique experiences at bucket list destinations for those who are searching for adventure and travel experiences that are off the beaten path.

Gondwana’s Argentina trip itinerary includes a trip through the Argentina wine country of Mendoza, as well as stops in Glacier National Park and at Fitz Roy Mountain. You’ll even be able to walk on a glacier during this fantastic 10-day ecotour! Enjoy beautiful scenery as you follow the Andes Mountains from the northern part of the country down through the southern part of the country – to the literal end of the earth, or El Fin de Mundo.

Your Gondwana tour will include:

  • 10 adventure-packed days filled with exciting activities!
  • 9 nights in comfortable local lodges, where you can sample local cuisine and explore the local culture.
  • A 24/7 guide to answer your questions and make your trip unforgettable.
  • Transportation around the region.
  • All entrance fees to national parks.
  • Visits to local vineyards in wine country, as well as wine samples of local wines.
Mt Fitz Roy

 What Else Can I See On A Trip To Patagonia?

By booking a 10-day tour of Argentina Patagonia, you will be sure to have enough time to see many of the region’s different locations. Some of the most popular, don’t-want-to-miss attractions include the following:

Stop #1: Buenos Aires

The first stop on your Argentina trip itinerary should be Buenos Aires! This romantic and vibrant city is the birthplace of the tango, but it’s also the cultural mecca of the country. Explore the city’s culture, architecture, and wonderful cuisine during your stay. This stop will surely be one of the most exciting on your tour of Argentina.

Stop #2: The Mendoza Province

No Argentina trip itinerary is complete without a visit to the Mendoza Province. Nestled at the foot of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza is famous for its incredible, world-class wines. This region of Patagonia covers 57,462 square miles and sits in the heart of Argentina’s wine country. The most famous wines from this region are red wines such as Malbecs and Cabernets. Mendoza is also home to many restaurants, where you can sample the local cuisine. In Mendoza, Asado is a local specialty. This BBQ is an Argentinian tradition – the meat is slow-roasted over an open coal grill. This delicacy pairs perfectly with a glass of local red wine for a quintessential Argentinian meal!

Stop #3: Los Glaciares National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers 1,600 square miles and is home to 47 major glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno glacier. This glacier contains the world’s third-largest reserve of fresh water and stands approximately 196 feet above the waters of Lake Argentina. Many of the best South American tours include a trip to this glacier, where you can trek across the ice.

Stop #4: El Chalten

This mountain village sits beside the Rio De las Vueltas, in Los Glaciares National Park. The name means “Smoking Mountain,” which refers to the clouds that envelop the nearby Mount Fitz Roy mountain range and look like smoke. El Chalten is a great spot for activities like rock climbing or hiking the 11-mile loop around Mount Fitz Roy.

Stop #5: Fin del Mundo

The southernmost tip of Patagonia is called Fin del Mundo – or, the End of the World. Located in the city of Ushuaia, which sits on an island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, it is also the gateway to Antarctica. Ushuaia is a great place to hiking, skiing, penguin-spotting, and taking in breathtaking views of the nearby mountains. But it’s also the place to snap a photo to prove you were at the End of the World – right next to the sign in the center of town.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Tour to Argentina Patagonia

Whether you crave the excitement of Buenos Aires or prefer the more relaxing pace of wine country, Argentina has something for everyone! From opossums to penguins, Argentina is a great place to spot wildlife or go hiking, but it’s also a good place to take in the region’s amazing and unique culture. If you want to get the most out of your trip, contact a professional tour operator like Gondwana Ecotours to help you plan your Argentina trip itinerary for a vacation you will never forget!

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