Argentinian Glimpses

Have you heard of these 4 incredible Argentinian destinations?

Ushuaia, Salta, Mendoza, Perito Moreno, Argentian, South America

To share a few snippets of incredible countries, the glimpses series started with Chile in South America. Then I decided to continue with Burmese glimpses, Italian Glimpses, English Glimpses, Bolivian Glimpses, and of course, Calabrian Glimpses.

These short, sharp travel posts are designed to provide a morsel, just a small taste of a country or destination that you may not have visited. Have you been to any of the countries that I’ve shared so far? Let me know and share your comment below.

1. Ushuaia

Ushuaia is a destination that isn’t easy to get to unless you fly and fly we didn’t. Instead, from Buenos Aires, the journey took 52 hours on 3 buses but decided to break this up with an overnight in a hotel. I’m not that much of a masochist.

Arguably, the southernmost city in the world and often missed due to its location, it is definitely worth waiting a while in Ushuaia, Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego region and adventure hub.

Ushuaia, Argentina, South America

Take a sailboat through the Beagle Channel and imagine Charles Darwin first reaching the channel in January 1833 on his expedition. Or, venture to the stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park for captivating vistas.

2. Salta

A jump point to the Atacama Desert, which I missed after waiting for 10 days, Salta also offers the incredible Tren a las Nubes (Train in the clouds) train journey.

Tren a las Nubes, Salta, Argentina, South America
Tren a las Nubes

Founded by the Spanish in 1582 and lying in the Lerma Valley at around 1,152 metres (3,780 feet) above sea level, this region is famous for wine production and the uncommon Torrontés grape. Salta is one of Argentina’s oldest cities and you’re assured to see traditional Gauchos in one of the many street parades.

3. Mendoza

One of the most scenic drives in the world but also dangerous takes you across the soaring Andes from Chile’s Santiago to Mendoza in Argentina.

Mendoza, Argentina. South America
Mendoza streetscape

A great producer of Argentine wine and olive oil, Mendoza is also famed as a stop-over for a plethora of adventure activities. Including hiking, mountaineering, snow skiing, traditional Goucho horse rides, day trips to thermal springs, and rafting. Many visitors arrive here also to climb one of the highest mountains in the Southern and Western Hemispheres: Aconcagua.

4. Perito Moreno

As the bus nears the first viewpoint, taken aback, you will not believe your eyes at the sheer expanse of Perito Moreno, one of the last advancing glaciers on earth.

Perito Moreno, Argentina, South America
Perito Moreno

Covering 250 square kilometres, measuring 30 kilometres in length, and 5 kilometres wide, an average of 60 metres in height of which 130 metres is below water, this spectacular glacier is bigger than Buenos Aires.

Where in Argentina?

map of Ushuaia, Salta, Mendoza, Perito Moreno, Argentian, South America
Map: Google

Want to see more photos of Argentina or read more following a couple of months of overland travel through this wonderful country? Check out these Argentinian posts.

Enough detail about each destination in this series? Enough photos? Enjoyed this post?

What country or destination would you like to visit with me next? If I’ve been there, I’ll publish a post just for you, so leave me a comment.

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26 responses to “Argentinian Glimpses”

  1. equinoxio21 Avatar

    My wife is bugging me to go to Argentina. Daughter #2 is going there for 3 weeks in a fortnight… (Only been there for three days of meetings. Only went out on the street 20 minutes to take a break…LOL)

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Do it, you won’t be disappointed! Such a spectacular country and so much to see but you’ll need more than a fortnight. 😉

  2. Toonsarah Avatar

    I haven’t seen much of Argentina (yet!) but I have been to Ushuaia, as it was the jumping-off point for our Antarctic cruise. Perito Moreno looks awesome!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      The snow season started early and cut off the Antarctic boats a couple of days earlier – we were gutted as this was one of the reasons to head down to Ushuaia. But, loved it so much that we stayed for almost 2 weeks.
      Perito Moreno is unreal!

    2. Toonsarah Avatar

      A shame about the Antarctic but you seem to have made the best of the situation 🙂

      1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Of course! Things always change and when you’re not on a tour with a group of people, you can be more fluid and change plans quite quickly. I much prefer independent travel. 😉

  3. Debbie Myer Avatar
    Debbie Myer

    I have been to Argentina on many occasions, but I haven’t heard of the amazing wonder of some of these places. Thanks for opening my eyes. You have piqued my interest enough to research them.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Debbie
      Happy that I’ve shared some new destinations. If you check the links in this post or “Destinations” on this site menu, I’ve published separate posts (or more than one) about each place.

  4. Monkey's Tale Avatar

    Love that picture in Mendoza. I feel like I’ve walked down that street 😊 Maggie

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you, Maggie and Richard.
      You probably have walked down the street as although I can’t remember its name, it was one of the main streets. Are you guys still in Brazil? I’m impressed with the number of posts you write Maggie and the great photos that Richard takes – you’re both machines!

      1. Monkey's Tale Avatar

        We’re home now but still have a few posts left to do. We keep posting because we loved everywhere we went in Brazil 😊

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Ah, more time to write and collate photos.
        Do you find it hard to write posts when you’re travelling or prefer to do it all when back home?
        I’m on the road again and finding that I just don’t have the time as too busy exploring! 😉
        Where is your next trip? Can’t remember how long you said you were in Brazil for?

      3. Monkey's Tale Avatar

        We find it very difficult to post when traveling. I’m not as regular with them, and don’t spend as much time trying to make everything perfect. I also find if very difficult to keep up with WP blogs. We were in Brazil for almost 4 months and leave for Uzbekistan, Pakistan and a few others this spring. Where are you now??

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Totally agree, it’s tough and wifi isn’t always ideal. Guess that’s why Vlogging has taken off and is so popular now – less time to publish.
        Your blogs are great and very informative. You have a huge following so great work and you’re doing something right!
        Wow, your upcoming trip sounds fantastic. Will you be gone long? I’m currently in Japan and the next stop is Sweden at the end of the month. Only 7 weeks in Japan.

  5. Rebecca Cuningham Avatar

    I believe I walked that street in Mendoza. It’s a great town.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Loved Mendoza. Do you remember the name of the street Rebecca? (I don’t.)

      1. Rebecca Cuningham Avatar

        I don’t. We were lucky enough to see the glacier as well! The ice blue is unforgettable.

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        It’s such an incredible experience. What year were you there?

      3. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Not long ago then! I’d love to return to South America and explore the remaining countries. 😉

      4. Rebecca Cuningham Avatar

        Yes, each one is a gem. I’ve visited four.

      5. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Agree. Each country has so much to offer and is so diverse, let alone across the continent.

      6. Rebecca Cuningham Avatar

        Nope, make that 2002!

      7. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Ha, ha, just commenting on your 2022. Right, it’s probably changed a bit since 2002. I was there in 2011.

  6. Yetismith Avatar

    Particularly like your black and white pic of Mendoza. South America never seems to feature much in the news here. To me, it’s almost as if they are another planet. Maybe it’s because they were not active in WW2? I am curious how other people feel. It’s not a negative feeling, at all. The few bits I saw were wonderful and I liked the people a lot. The blues in that glacier are stunning.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you, Carolyn!
      That’s a very good point as it’s the same in Australia but I do see some news on the BBC as it comes up. South America is an amazing continent and I’d love to return (think I mentioned that before).
      Not sure if you read my post on the glacier? It’s such in incredibly surreal place to experience.

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