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The 11 best National Parks in Argentina

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Argentina has an amazing 33 national parks that have been designated throughout its vast territory. From the epic Patagonian mountain ranges to the low-lying swamps, there is an abundance of nature to behold throughout the country.

Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park is located in the south of Argentina, effectively at the end of the world, considering that it is the last starting point before Antarctica. Covering an area of 630 square kilometers (243 square miles), it contains numerous majestic peaks, forests, waterfalls, and a spectacular coastline that capture the unique scenery of this special part of the world.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Iguazú National Park

Iguazú National Park occupies 672 square kilometers (259 square miles) in northeastern Argentina. It straddles the borders with Paraguay and Brazil and is home to one of the most visited tourist destinations in Argentina, the Iguazú Falls. Surrounded by subtropical jungle, the falls are one of the most impressive sights in the country, and visitors will be captivated by the collection of more than 250 waterfalls and the picturesque contrast of the deep red earth with the dense green vegetation.

Los Glaciares National Park

This is the largest national park in Argentina, with a total area covering an incredible 7,270 square kilometers (2,807 square miles) in southern Patagonia. Home to an ice cap that feeds 47 different glaciers, Los Glaciares National Park is also home to the world famous Perito Moreno. Many visitors to Argentina will settle in El Calafate before making the short trip to see Perito Moreno and explore the national park at the same time.

Nahuel Huapi National Park

This Patagonian park is the oldest designated national park in Argentina, having been established as a place of extreme beauty and national heritage in 1934. It spans the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro, and many visitors pass through the Nahuel Huapi National Park when they are in Bariloche, as the city is surrounded by the park. It is also home to the Circuit of the Lakes, due to the many picturesque lakes found within the park.

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Nahuel Huapi National Park

Lanin National Park

Located north of the Nahuel Huapi and Bariloche National Park is the Lanín National Park. Many people will end up visiting these two areas of incredible natural beauty during their stay in this alpine region of Patagonia, and Lanín National Park can be enjoyed in the summer, with many trails for walking and biking and glacial lakes for swimming, or in winter, when visitors can enjoy the Chapelco ski resort.

Talampaya National Park

This lesser visited national park is definitely a must-see for anyone looking to get off the beaten track. Located in the eastern province of La Rioja, the park is an important archaeological and paleontological site, where dinosaur remains and fossils are constantly being discovered. Visitors can also visit the Talampaya Gorge with its incredible rock formations.

Los Arrayanes National Park

This tiny national park covers a tiny area of just 17.5 square kilometers (seven square miles), but it certainly packs a punch in terms of its unique offerings. Los Arrayanes National Park is located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, near the town of Villa la Angostura, and is home to a compact but beautiful arrayan forest.

Iberá

The incredible swamps and wetlands of the Esteros del Iberá are not often visited by locals, let alone tourists, which is why they remain one of the most incredible virgin territories in Argentina. Home to an abundance of wildlife and native vegetation, the wetlands provide an unusual and romantic getaway for those looking to immerse themselves in unspoiled nature.

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Iberá

Peninsula Valdes

This nature reserve is located in the eastern Patagonian province of Chubut and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It is a popular destination for wildlife lovers who come to hike with a large colony of Magellanic penguins or take a boat ride. go whale watching; The Valdés Peninsula is teeming with amazing animals and marine life.

Sierra de las Quijadas National Park

Located in the province of San Luis, in the center of Argentina, but towards the border with Chile and the Andes, the Sierra de las Quijadas National Park is a hotbed of important geology, archeology and paleontology. This arid area is typical of the Chaco steppe and has an important microclimate typical of the region.

Los Cardones National Park

This national park in the northeastern region of Salta is becoming increasingly popular as visitors venture north to experience another side of Argentina. This dry region is full of desert life such as cacti and lizards, as well as fossils, dinosaur tracks and impressive geological formations.

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