National Parks

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world and hosts some of the most diverse national parks imaginable. It offers vibrant wildlife, packed wetlands, sprawling pampas, turquoise lakes, mammoth mountains, dramatic glaciers and other magnificent attractions in its parks that attract millions. Here are ten of the most impressive national parks and some of the best places to visit in Argentina.

-Los Glaciares National Park

The name says it all; this park is home to more glaciers than any other region in Argentina. Spanning a massive 726,927 hectares, it is the second largest national park in the country. The spectacular beauty of the glaciers and the diversity of the flora and fauna made UNESCO to declare it as a world heritage site in 1981.

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 -Tierra Del Fuego National Park

Created in 1960 with a surface area of 63,000 hectares, the park hosts species such as the red fox and the Canadian beaver. It also contains two major forest types: those of Lenga and Guindo trees and a variety of glacial originated lakes that embellish the scenery.

-Perito Moreno National Park

With 115 hectares of land, the park is the oldest in the country and was established in 1937 in honor of Francesco Moreno, an explorer. In spite of  harsh weather and minimal infrastructure, the park is a true natural territory almost untouched by man. Only the east side is accessible. The rest is closed.

-Los Alerces National Park

 

Comprising over 263,000 hectares, the park was established to protect the larch tree of the Andean-Patagonian flora. The park contains charming landscapes surrounded by cypress carpeted hills as well as lakes and rivers that form a beautiful lacustrine system.

-Lago Puelo National Park

Stretching over 27,600 hectares, this park is like a genetic lab filled with unique animal and plant specimens. It also holds a variety of mountain lakes which are formed as a result of rocks breaking by the large tongues of ice that previously existed.

-Nahuel Huapi National Park

Spanning over 705,000 hectares, it is the largest park in the south of Patagonia, Argentina. Established in 1934, it contains many magnificent lakes, rare flora and fauna and an ecological nucleus that is incredible valuable.

-Los Arrayanes National Park (The Centennial  Arrayanes)

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Established in 1971, the park was set aside from the Huapi national park to preserve the Arrayanes wood that is unique in the world hence its name. It spans over 1,753 hectares.

-Lanin National Park

Covering 379 hectares in area, the park was created in 1937 to protect the rare exotic trees in the region. The third largest park in the country, it is full of glacial lakes, rivers and mountains that offer wonderful landscapes.

-Talampaya National Park

Home to the some of the world’s oldest known dinosaur fossils; the park is a mysterious and beautiful red desert that spans over 215,000 hectares. It hosts the grey fox and the Talampaya cannon among other exciting attractions.

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-Iguazu National Park

The park is home to Argentina’s star natural attraction comprising of 275 individual waterfalls and cascades. It has well maintained sets of catwalks allowing visitors to get close to the vast sprays of water. This makes it one of the best places to visit in Argentina.