National parks in Patagonia are incredible destinations often shared between Argentina and Chile. When planning your trip to Patagonia it can be hard to know exactly what national park is where and which ones you must visit, so, we broke down three of our favorite national parks found on the Argentine side of Patagonia.
1. Los Glaciares
In the South of Argentina, you can find Los Glaciares National Park. This park has been considered the eighth wonder of the world, and with good reason, it offers trekkers so many pure sights. It’s located in the southern half of Argentina and borders Chile. Its location makes it a quick visit away from Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Los Glaciers National Park has the largest ice cap after Antarctica and Greenland and holds one of the most unique natural formations in the world: glaciers.
To visit Los Glaciares National Park, you will need to get into Calafate or Chaltén, the two cities within proximity of the park. El Calafate is a quaint village that has exploded in recent years as people use it as an access point to the national park which holds the Perito Moreno Glacier.
In this national park in Patagonia, you can find 47 great glaciers and more than 200 smaller ones, which has led to the national park being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Nahuel Huapi National Park
Nearby the popular destination of Bariloche is Nahuel Huapi National Park. This national park shows the country’s incredible lake district. The incredible sights you can find here make this truly a ca n’t-miss destination in Argentina from the challenging hikes of varying abilities to the tranquil and reflective lakes. The national park has fun for everyone from the mountain bike trails that lead you to beautiful beaches or kayaking the lakes enveloped by the impressive Andes Mountains, Nahuel Huapi National Park offers something for every kind of adventurer.
This national park in Patagonia is one of the largest in the region and is home to Seven Lakes Road. If you’re especially captivated by the lakes found in this national park, you can float through the network of lakes by boat.
3. Tierra del Fuego National Park
At the very bottom of Argentina is the city of Ushuaia. This city is known for being “the end of the world,” but it is also home to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Tierra del Fuego National Park is actually a national park in both Chile and Argentina. It is an incredible destination filled with diverse plants and wildlife. The glacial drift and unique geography of the area, not to mention, the history of the area leave it to be a fascinating destination for national park lovers and not alike.
Although the extreme climate has provoked a shortage of wildlife, you won’t leave the park without seeing guanacos, foxes, rabbits, and beavers. Apart from having the possibility of walking through the paths, climbing its mountains, jumping on the end-of-the-world train, or simply laying on the bays and forests, in its limits, you can find the Beagle Channel, where penguins, seals, and one of the best-known lighthouses of the world are waiting to be seen.
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