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Arrive Quito, Ecuador
On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.
During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.
Quito to Baltra Embarkation - Baltra - Daphne Island
You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region's main airport.
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. This island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches’ population, one of the most important studies in the field that supports Charles Darwin’s Theory.
Puerto Egas Port, Santiago Island - Rabida Island
With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, andblue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful tasteof the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, andGalapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.
A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds.
Elizabeth Bay - Caleta Tagus, Isabela Island
Elizabeth Bay is one of the westernmost points in theGalapagos. A scenic zodiac ride within this shelteredinlet offers viewing of a wide variety of wildlife and awonderful mangrove ecosystem.
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.
Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island - Bartolome Island
During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of early morning for awalk to view strange twisting hardened lava flows, collapse craters, and everyone’s favorite, the hornitos orlava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape.
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.
Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island - North Seymour Island
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.
North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island - Punta Pitt, San Cristobal Island
Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.
Pitt Point is located on the northeastern tip of San Cristobal Island. After disembarking onto the small greensand beach, you'll hike up to a plateau, where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is well worth the effort. A steep gully leads up the cliff to a breeding ground for all three varieties of boobies: red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. It’s one of the few places in the Galapagos where you can see all three species nesting together.
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Baltra Disembarkation - Quito
You will be transferred to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.
Quito, Ecuador Departure
Your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast is included.
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Before You Go
It is the longest and thinnest country in the world, which extends between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to sharing borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Chile also has territory in Polynesia and Antarctica, becoming a tricontinental nation. Chile invites you to live adventures in the middle of the driest desert in the world, in front of millenary glaciers waiting to be discovered or under the watchful eye of the Andes Mountains in the midst of the movement of its capital. These contrasts have marked the identity of the country and its people.
Chile is the longest and thinnest nation on the planet. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia and Argentina to the east, the Polo to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its relief is rugged and mountainous. The country is usually considered as tricontinental because in addition to its territory in the American continent, it is also present in Antarctica and Easter Island. In Chilean territory you can find all kinds of manifestations of nature: millennial glaciers, salt flats that shine like snow, the driest desert on the planet, forests, lakes, jungles and volcanoes.
Due to the extension of the Chilean territory its temperatures are varied, although, in general, the country presents a high degree of humidity and rainfall, particularly in autumn and winter. Different types of climates can be identified according to the region in the Republic of Chile:
- North: This is the most arid region of the country, where rainfall is scarce. The average rainfall in the Chilean region of Antofagasta is only 1 mm of rain per year. Antofagasta has the temperature in summer with a maximum of 24°C and minimum of 17°C, while in winter are the maximums of 17°C and minimum of 11°C.
- Centre: The climate in this region is of a temperate Mediterranean type, characterized by well-differentiated seasons: winters are full of clouds, cold and humidity. The beautiful spring weather predominates and temperatures start to increase, although sometimes rain is possible. In summer the temperature reaches its maximum value, and it rarely rains. In autumn, good weather prevails. The rainy season in this part of the country is between May and August. The Santiago area has an average summer temperature of 19°C, with maximums of 29°C and minimums of 12°C, while in winter the average is 7°C, with maximums of 14°C and minimums of 3°C.
- South: This region is characterized by an oceanic, humid and windy climate with low temperatures. The rainfall is especially intense from April to September; the rainiest month of all is June with 550 mm of rain, while the annual average is 2700 mm.
- Southern Region: In the northern zone of Southern Chile, rain is abundant and falls throughout the year. Average temperatures in summer are around 14°C, while in winter they are around 4°C. The southern extreme of the country is drier and colder, here rainfall is less than 500 mm per year.
Since 1975 the monetary unit of Chile is the Chilean peso. There are coins that are equivalent to 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos, and also 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 peso bills.
VOLTAGE, FREQUENCY AND PLUG/OUTLET TYPE IN URUGUAY
The electrical voltage is 220 volts. Therefore, those appliances designed for 110V should use a transformer. Traveling appliances and laptops usually come with an auto-voltage transformer (110V-240V) that adapts to Chilean electricity.
Chile's official time is composed of three time zones, according to the Universal Time Coordinated or UTC, because this country has presence in America, Antarctica and Oceania. Since 2017 Chile has 3 time zones which are applied in the following territories: Easter Island, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica and the rest of Continental Chile.
In this way, we can identify the following time zones:
- Continental Chile: UTC-3 in summer and UTC-4 in winter.
- Easter Island: UTC-5 in summer and UTC-6 in winter This time zone has 2 hours of difference with Continental Chile and is changed on the same dates.
- Magellan and Chilean Antarctica: UTC-3. Summer time all year round. This time zone has been in use since 2017.
Winter time is applied for five months starting on the first Saturday of April and ends on the same day, but in September.
The official language is Spanish. There are also languages of the original peoples that are still used today, such as Mapudungún (Mapuche), Quechua, and Rapa Nui.
Chile has the most developed economy in Latin America. It leads the region in several rankings of human development, competitiveness, per capita income, low perception of corruption, monetary and multidimensional poverty, etc. Its economy can be divided into three, according to the activities that are developed: in primary, secondary and tertiary.
- Primary activities: Chile's agriculture is as diverse as its territories. Some of Chile's agricultural products are grapes, apples, pears, onions, corn, peaches, garlic, beef, wool, fish, wood and hemp. This activity is highly developed in comparison to other countries in the region, and it also has several competitive advantages in the world market. On the one hand, it has a great variety of climates and terrains that allows it to produce diverse products. On the other hand, being located in the southern hemisphere has different harvest months to those of the northern hemisphere which allows their products are ready when they are more demanded. Mining is one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy. The main mining products of Chile are copper, gold, silver, molybdenum, iron and lithium.
- Secondary economic activities: Secondary activities or the industrial sector are the second most important activities in the Chilean economy. The main industrial complexes are located in the areas of Santiago, Valparaíso and Concepción because they have a good disposition of labor, energy sources, transportation routes and raw materials. These activities depend largely on mining extractions, especially copper.
- Tertiary economic activities: here we can find tourism. This sector has become one of Chile's main economic resources since the 1990s. Another very important sector in the tertiary activities is the financial one. In relation to its population, Chile's banking sector is the largest and most developed in South America. In addition, according to several external investigations it is the most sophisticated in the region and one of the most efficient in the world.
Finally, Chile is also recognized for its retail sector. It is common for people from other countries to come to the country to make purchases.
Travel tips and suggestions
1. Best Time to Travel
Chile is a country that extends for thousands of kilometers from north to south, so each region has a different climate and a different time period in which it is best to visit. In the north, the best time to visit is from May to September. In the center, the best time to travel is summer, between November and March. In the south, the best months are during the summer, between December and February.
2. What to wear
To visit Chile is to enjoy its nature and spend time outdoors. At any of the extremes of the country, it is advisable to wear dark glasses and a sun block. The south and the high places are windy. Depending on the time of year and the places you visit, you will need to be equipped against the cold or rain. In the temperate zones, a light raincoat that protects from a shower, that also acts as a windcheater and that can always be carried in your backpack. Some warm clothes of the type of polar lining or some fiber of less weight and less volume can also be convenient. In the north, the Atacama Desert has a harsh climate and will force you to protect yourself from the heat. A breathable dress and light pants. At nightfall, a little coat may be necessary. Of course, if you intend to walk in open spaces, we recommend you to wear trekking style shoes or a pair of sandals for walking; the same as folding sticks for longer or harder tours.
3. What to do
The beautiful city of Punta Arenas is the starting point of the tour towards places of special beauty and interest, such as the Torres del Paine, Fort Bulnes and the Antarctic continent.
In the central area, a very good option is to go on the Wine Route, visit winter resorts highlighted by their ski fields, and of course, practice mountain climbing.
In the North, you can visit archaeological and astronomical sites.
In the coast, the beaches and the national parks where you can practice ecotourism activities.
4. Other facts and tips
In the many cities of the country, it is relatively easy to find automated teller machines (ATMs) that allow you to withdraw money in the local currency. At the same time, most of the established shops allow you to pay with international bank cards.
Although some shops accept dollars or euros, it is convenient to make the change to Chilean pesos, always in established shops, this way the difference in conversion will be less.
When traveling around the country, be careful with your bags and suitcases to avoid petty theft and live your experience in Chile safely.
In different parts of the country you can find spaces dedicated to providing information and guidance to those who are visiting the country.
Crossing the Atacama Desert
Cross the dunes of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, with its salt flats, hot springs and geysers, by four-wheel drive vehicle.
Contemplate the cosmopolitan life of Santiago de Chile
Santiago is a box of surprises. There is much to discover in its streets and neighborhoods, where modernity coexists with the most deeply rooted local traditions. You'll find everything from small cafés, designer shops, good bookshops and fine craft shops to large shopping centers and long blocks of luxury brand shops.
Skiing on the hillsides of the Andes
When Santiago is covered in white, skiers and lovers of this sport know that it is time to climb the mountains in Farellones, El Colorado, La Parva, Valle Nevado and Portillo, among others. Each one has different characteristics and has different approaches according to the needs of the visitor and his or her level or skill in skiing.
Traditional gastronomy of the region
Chilean gastronomy has become one of the most acclaimed in all of Latin America. The mix between indigenous tradition and Spanish colonial contribution has created a rich culinary culture, with traces of the best European cuisines, such as German, Italian and French. These elements have shaped what is known today as "Chilean Creole cuisine," which stands out for its flavor, ingredients, and the color of its dishes, as well as a great regional variety, which make up a rich and internationally acclaimed cuisine. Chile's geographical diversity has led to the emergence of different types of cuisine, with very varied recipes. In all varieties, the dishes have been influenced by indigenous cultures, mixing poultry, meat, seafood and fish with different seasonings typical of each region.
Some of the typical dishes of the country are:
A typical sweet from northern Chile, made from butter, flour and layers of fruit honeys, such as lemon or mango.
is a small piece of bread filled with chorizo paste and melted cheese. The traditional thing is to eat it with a glass of milk with banana.
Traditional indigenous preparation typical of Chiloé The original one is called "curanto en hoyo", since it has a very particular cooking method: a hole is dug, stones are introduced and a fire is made until they are red-hot. Then the ingredients are introduced, which are usually potatoes, sausages, pork, beef, clams and mussels. Then it is covered with nalca leaves and a layer of earth, and it is left to cook.v
Some say that this dish has its origin in Valparaiso, others in the Peruvian port of Chorrillos. The truth is that the only place to eat it is in Chile, and it is already a national emblem. Its ingredients are simple: a good source of chips, fried onion, sausage, chopped beef and fried eggs on top. This dish is obviously too much for one person, so it is always shared among friends, usually with a cold lager beer. The best places to try it, which have even won prizes, are the restaurants El Pimentón and Bar Victoria, both located in Valparaíso.
Pastel de Jaiba:
Prepared from the meat of the legs of crabs caught off the coast of Chile, this dish is the emblem of many restaurants on the coast, which compete to have the best cake in the area. In addition to crab, the preparation includes bread, milk, garlic, onion and cheese. This delicacy will bring all the flavor of the sea to your mouth.
Very popular and widespread preparation from north to south. It is very common to eat them when it rains, and these fried doughs are made of wheat flour, butter, and cooked pumpkin. In southern Chile, Sopaipillas are a little different, as they don't contain pumpkin and are more like fried bread.
Argentina is a land of contrasts, from the vast plains of the east to the Andes in the West where Aconcagua, the highest peak of the Western Hemisphere at 6,959 m, towers above the other mountains. The variety of landscape ranges from the high plateau of the Northwest –with its deserts, valleys, gorges and brightly colored hills- to the lakes, forests, glaciers, steppe, mountains and cliffs of Patagonia. From the wetlands, lagoons, waterfalls and subtropical rainforest of the Northeast, to the expanse of flat Pampas in Buenos Aires Province and the rolling hills of Cordoba.
Argentina is the second largest country in South America, forth in the American continent and eighth in the world. Its continental territory occupies most part of the south part of the continent and limits to the north with Bolivia and Paraguay; to the northeast with Brazil; to the west and south with Chile and to the east with Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Argentine territory has a varied landscape, in which coexist ice fields and desert zones, one can find mountains and plains, river courses, lakes and the Ocean, without leaving aside forests and rainforests.
There are four main kinds of climates in Argentina: warm, mild, arid and cold. They vary quite noticeably because of the extension of the territory and the different geographic reliefs.
The Argentine peso.
You will find coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 Argentine pesos, and coins of 25 and 50 cents. On the reverse of the coins appear important trees or monuments of Argentina.
The bills are 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos, and carry important monuments, natural landscapes and wildlife of the country.
VOLTAGE, FREQUENCY AND PLUG/OUTLET TYPE
The current in Argentina is 220V alternating and 50 cycles per second. If you travel to this country with a device that does not allow 220V and 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
The electrical outlets used in Argentina are of the C / I type.
Spanish is the official language. The Argentine Spanish has been somewhat modified by the Italians who migrated in large numbers to both countries.
There are also several languages corresponding to the different natives (Guaraní, Quechua, Aymara, Mapuche) among others.
Thanks to the fresh water richness, this country of green meadows offers, together with the mild climate, the ideal conditions for agriculture, livestock and afforestation. In this way, the prairies are mostly used for cattle and sheep breeding, while in the fields is grown corn, soy and sunflower, as well as vines. More than 80% of the country's surface is suitable for agriculture.
It is also worth mentioning the wine industry that promises to have a great future, since here you find the ideal climatic conditions: heat, sun light and rain. The leader in Uruguay is the Tannat variety.
Tourism is, together with the agricultural sector, the most important sector of economic activity.
Travel tips and suggestions
1. Best Time to Travel
Given the size of Argentina, each zone has its best time to visit throughout the year. If you visit the country during spring, from September to November, the weather is perfect in almost every region, although in Patagonia, the icy winds could be around as well.
The Argentine summer is between December and February, and it is the only time to climb the highest peaks of the Andes, such as the Aconcagua. On the contrary, Buenos Aires is likely to be very hot in December and January, and the north should be avoided since temperatures can be very high and roads can be flooded by heavy storms.
The Argentine autumn, March and April, is a good time to visit Mendoza and San Juan to go to the wine harvests, as well as Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
The winter months (June, July and August) represent the ideal time to go to the ski resorts, but blizzards can block the cities of Patagonia and many places between May and August, so it is not a good time to go the southern region. Temperatures in the north of the country are usually pleasant at this time of year.
As a last point to keep in mind: Argentinean's vacations are in January, February and July, as in other countries in Latin America, so booking transportation and accommodation can be a bit difficult task due to the high demand.
2. What to wear
A trip to Argentina means, in most cases, enjoying the outdoors and getting close to nature. Thus, binoculars will help to see wildlife more closely, or the detail of the ice of a glacier.
If you take a hiking tour, especially on top of the ice of the glaciers, it is advisable to wear gloves that protect the hands of the edges of the ice, in the case of a fall or having to rely on something solid.
If you visit Patagonia, it is convenient to wear a scarf or windbreaker. In most places you will need a jacket and a fleece coat or simialr, even if it is summer, since in the same day you can have all 4 seasons.
To the list of essential elements, we can add: repellent, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a thin raincoat and an umbrella.
Good shoes will be necessary. Boots or good walking shoes will be very useful, especially if planning activities to the outdoors. Sandals with good foot grip will surely be appreciated if the trip is to warmer regions.
Finally, if you plan to enjoy a meal in a good restaurant or attend a Tango show in Buenos Aires, it is recommended to wear elegant sport.
3. What to do
The Argentine northwest is one of the places that attract travelers call for their amazing landscapes, in addition to their culture and typical dishes.
Towards the northeast, the Ibera Wetlands and its surroundings stand out, with historic villages on the banks of the rivers, surrounded by a unique landscape, flora and fauna. It is also in this region that we find the world famous Iguazu Falls.
The Cuyo region, with Mendoza as its main location, is famous for producing some of the best wines in the world, an activity that is one of the main industries in Argentina.
The central region, composed of a mix of plains, mountains and beaches on the Atlantic coast also moves tourism, mainly local. Mar del Plata and the Córdoba Hills stand out, but the main touristic center in this region is the city of Buenos Aires.
The City of Buenos Aires has an infinite number of places to visit: Caminito, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermoand the San Telmo Fair. It is also a must to attend tango shows in beautiful theaters as well as witness them around the city streets. With countless parks, galleries, restaurants and a beautiful architectural heritage, Buenos Aires is a magical city.
Finally, Patagonia is, along with Iguazu, the most visited area by foreigners, and is very diverse from east to west, north to south. To the east, on the coast, Puerto Madryn and Trelew stand out for the Welsh heritage, ecotourism and whale and penguin watching.
To the west of Patagonia you can find cities surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains, forests, lakes, and the glaciers, and milky-looking lakes further south in El Chaltén and El Calafate.
Finally, to the south of Patagonia, and across the Andes, is the southernmost city in the world and the Argentine gate to the Antarctica: Ushuaia, and one of the places that most inspired Darwin in his trip through South America.
4. Other facts and tips
• In Argentina bargaining is not common. It is not mandatory to leave tips, but if waiters serve you well, it is customary to leave around 10% in bars and restaurants.
• In relation to safety, it is advisable to have precautions as in any big city in the world, especially pickpockets. It is advisable to be cautious, such as not showing valuable objects in certain areas of cities.
• Currencies can be exchanged in any exchange bureau in the cities and airports, although in the latter the exchange rate is always more expensive.
• Regarding visas, Argentina is a country that almost all countries can enter with their passport in order, without the need to process a visa. Please check with the local embassy or consulate if you have questions.
Best things to do in the area
1. Sail on the Beagle Channel and see the The End of the World Lighthouse (Ushuaia)
The Beagle Channel is a sea passage between Argentina and Chile located south of the province of Tierra del Fuego, specifically in front of the city of Ushuaia. It is one of the most wonderful tours that can be done during a stay at the “end of the world” due to its majestic beauty and its incredible landscape.
2. Take photos in the Great Salt Flats (Jujuy)
The Great Salt Flats provide a unique show due to their size and the effect with the horizon. They are even more imposing during the rainy season since they are covered by 30 cm. of water producing a turquoise panorama overlooking the Chañi Mount behind them.
3. Whale watching in Puerto Madryn
The southern right whale watching is one of the main activities in Puerto Madryn and its surroundings.
The whales arrive on the coasts of the Valdés Peninsula during May and stay to reproduce and feed their calves until mid-December.
As whales do not arrive or depart all at once, at the beginning and end of the season there are few of them, making it more difficult to observe them, so the best time to watch them id between September and November.
4. Visit the Colón Theatre (Buenos Aires)
This Opera House, declared a Historic National Landmark in 1991, is among the most important lyric theaters in the world.
The construction of the current building began in the early 1890s, on the lands that occupied the first railway station in the country. The building was finally inaugurated on May 25, 1908, with the presentation of the opera Aída, by Giuseppe Verdi.
A must do in Buenos Aires is to take a guided tour of the theater or, even more advisable, to attend a ballet or opera while visiting the town.
5. Hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier (El Calafate)
The Perito Moreno Glacier is located on the Andes mountain range, nearby the city of El Calafate and is the natural limit between Argentina and Chile. It is one of the few in the world that remains stable, without going back as a result of warming global.
Walking on the glacier is an unforgettable experience one which you can marvel at the fascinating and endless forms of the ancient ice. Colors, shapes and sounds will be part of this unique experience of walking on the most emblematic glacier in the Argentine Patagonia.
6. Get into the world of the Tango (Buenos Aires)
Tango resonates around the streets of Buenos Aires, in its urban landscapes and in its people. The lyrics, passion and nostalgia collect the most visceral feelings of longing.
Learn your first steps of the Tango with the best professionals, whether in a private or group classes. Attending a Tango show or a Milonga, where you can test the steps learned in the classes, are a must do as well!
7. Visit the Iguazu Falls under the light of the full moon
Only 5 nights a month, the Iguazu Falls get a new and unique shape thanks to the moonlight on full moon days. This natural effect allows rediscovering the falls in a way that you will not be able to see anywhere else.
The night walk proposes a tour that begins by getting on the ecological train of the jungle towrads the famous Garganta del Diablo.
Check the calendar, since if your trip coincides with any full moon, you should not miss this great experience.
Main Attractions and Destinations
1. Buenos Aires
It is one of the most beautiful cities in South America, with an architecture that resembles that of some European cities such as Paris or Barcelona, with the same charm.
Within the city there are countless of places to go: Plaza de Mayo, Caminito, Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Villa Palermo, the mythical football states El Monumental and La Bombonera, Casa Rosada (the seat of government) and of course the Imposing Obelisk.
It is also a must-do to attend some tango shows in one of the several theaters around the city.
With countless parks, galleries, restaurants and beautiful architectural heritage, it is a magical city.
2. The Iguazu National Park
Located on the border with Brazil, the Iguazu National Park has 250,000 km2 in with landscapes recognized worldwide as one of the most beautiful. In it we can find animals and plant species unique in the world.
This imposing waterfall is divided by the Brazilian jungle that flows into the Paraná River and a large part is located in the Misiones province, on the Argentine side.
This majestic work of Nature is considered a Natural World Heritage Site since 1984.
The Argentine side has 275 falls and is larger than the Brazilian park, so it offers several options for walks and activities.
Among the walks through the Iguazu Falls, you can find the upper and lower route and the jungle train that takes you to the main water fall called Garganta del Diablo.
This beautiful town is located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park and on the shores of the lake carrying the same name as the park. It has dreamlike landscapes, forests, lakes, rivers and mountains that hide great volcanoes.
One of the main activities that can be practiced in the winter season is skiing. On the other hand, during summer, it is the best season for some adventure sports such as horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, hiking on different trails and stand up paddle.
The architecture of the place has a European style, due to the legacy of a strong German, Swiss and Central European immigration, which together, with the luxury cuisine, make Bariloche one of the tourist sites par excellence around Argentina.
On the other side of the Andes Mountain Range, in Tierra del Fuego, you can find the beautiful town of Ushuaia, surrounded by the most dazzling landscapes composed of snowy mountains, glaciers, forests, rivers, and the Beagle Channel.
The tourist options are very varied, especially those related to sports and outdoor activities. There is also the possibility of taking some sailing tours towards the Lighthouse of the End of the World, or to a penguin rookery; to board on a cruise of several nights through the Beagle Channel towards Chile or to the mythical Antarctica.
5. Humahuaca Gorge
The Humahuaca Gorge is one of the World Heritage Sites declared by the UNESCO and that can be found in the country.
It is located in the north of Argentina and is famous for its arid landscapes that for the composition of the soil and the eroded mountains, it creates spectacular sceneries full of colors.
Here you can find colorful mountains all around, creating the ideal location for those who like mountain climbing and trekking, but at the same time are looking for a cultural immersion, due to the several villages lost in the mountains, allowing visitors to learn about the local culture, their traditional dishes and crafts.
Visiting the Hornocal Hill lookout point, attending the Carnival in La Quiaca town or the coming to the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth) celebration in August, are some of the must-sees in this great destination.
6. The Valdés Peninsula and its surroundings
Visiting the peninsula is an unforgettable experience for both adults and children, since from its beaches one can watch sea lions, elephant seals and southern right whales, especially between June and December.
Some of the outstanding activities are diving with sea lions, sailing in search of whales, or walking among the penguins in the largest Penguin colony in South America.
In addition, if having a spare day, a visit to the city of Gaiman can be very interesting, since the Welsh culture of the original immigrants is still alive in the streets and language of its peoples.
7. The Perito Moreno Glacier
This huge glacier is located in the southern sector of Los Glaciares National Park and is about 30km long, 5km wide and 60km high.
The National Park allows hikes and navigations, on which visitors can enjoy the view of amazing landscapes, shaped by infinite bluish ice needles and also learn about the ancestral ice.
In addition to El Perito Moreno Glacier, tourists can visit the other glaciers of Lake Argentino such as Upsala and the Spegazzini.
Mendoza is one of the main wine regions in South America and although it is has a desert-like weather and landscape, thanks to the canals taking water from the rivers up in the mountains, there are thousands of vineyards and cellars, allowing the wine industry to prosper and tourists, to get involve in wine tasting tours.
In addition to the vineyard tours, the surroundings of the city of Mendoza allow the practice of numerous adventure sports, such as horseback riding, hiking, rafting or hiking on one of the several routes on the Aconcagua Mount, which has different difficulty levels, but all of them with spectacular views.
9. Iberá Wetlands
The Iberá, is the second largest wetland in South America, with an area of 12,000 km², and the refuge of a great biodiversity of flora and fauna, without leaving aside the cultural heritage from the first inhabitants of the region.
It is the habitat of more than 4,000 species of animals and plants, thus it is an excellent place for bird watching, reaching up to 350 different species.
The life of the gauchos there is very particular for being in constant contact with the water; They have adapted their way of life to the landscape, being another great attraction and cultural immersion.
Traditional gastronomy of the region
The Argentine cuisine comes, as in most aspects of the Argentinean culture, from a blend of the Italian, Spanish, Central European and Native American influences, without leaving aside the agricultural products that are important in one of the country´s main industry.
Argentineans have a reputation for their love of eating, so gatherings are commonly centered on sharing a meal. Sunday family lunch is considered the most significant meal of the week, whose highlights often include asado (barbecue) or pasta.
Here are some useful tips about what to expect when looking for a traditional meal in the different regions of Argentina:
• Most regions of Argentina are known for their beef-oriented diet, especially the grilled meat, such as the asado cooked with coal or wood, steaks and beef ribs. Chorizo (pork sausage), morcilla (blood sausage), chinchulines (chitterlings), mollejas (sweetbread), and other parts of the animal are also enjoyed during a asado.
• In Patagonia, lamb and baby goat are eaten more frequently than cow beef and are traditionally cooked over an open fire.
• The most common condiment for asado is Chimichurri, a sauce of herbs, garlic and vinegar. Unlike other preparations, Argentines do not include chili.
• Breaded and fried meats — milanesas — are used as snacks, in sandwiches, or eaten warm with mashed potatoes — purée. The most traditional ones are the Milanesas Napolitanas, which include cheese, ham and sauce on top of it.
• Empanadas — small pastries of meat, cheese, sweet corn, and other different other fillings — are common across the country, alouth each region has a slight variation of them.
• Pizza and pasta are eaten as commonly as beef. A must do in Buenos Aires, is to go to a traditional pizzeria in Buenos Aires and try a slice of pizza, along with a slice of Fainá, which is a chick pea-flour dough placed over the piece of pizza.
• Picadas, which are usually found at home or in bars, are also popular. They consist of a mix of salted snacks, or tapasand usually accompanied by an alcoholic beverage, such as beer or the Fernet (the Italian bitter) with coca cola.
• In Chubut, in the Argentinean Patagonia, the Welsh community is known for its teahouses, offering scones and torta galesa, which is rather like torta negra.
• Dulce de leche is another treasured national food, used to fill cakes and pancakes, spread over toasted bread for breakfast, or served as ice cream.
• Alfajores are shortbread cookies sandwiched together with chocolate and dulce de leche or fruit marmalade.
• A traditional drink of Argentina is an infusion called mate. The name comes from the hollow gourd from which it is traditionally drunk. It is filled about three-quarters full with yerba mate, the dried leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis and after adding some hot water, not boiling, the drink is sipped through a metal or cane straw called a bombilla. Mate can be sweetened with sugar, or flavored with aromatic herbs or dried orange peel. In small gatherings it is traditional for one mate to be passed from person to person, filled by whoever has the kettle or thermos.
• Argentina produces several varieties of wines, but the Argentina’s flagship red grape is the Malbec, produced mainly in Mendoza region. On the other hand, the Torrontes is the thite wine grape that thrives in high altitudes of the Salta region, like Cafayate.
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