Updated: Jan 4, 2020
TOP SECRET SPOTS IN ARGENTINA
Argentina covers the entire southern tip of South America. In fact, the country is close in proportion to the entire continental United States. With so much real estate to travel in, there are plenty of locations that fall outside of the ‘must-see’ radar for typical travelers. These secret spots are usually frequented by locals, but they’re all easy enough to get to when you put in the work to find them. If you’re a fan of off-the-beaten-path styled traveling, you’re in the right place.
The Shipreck of Tierra del Fuego
Tierra Del Fuego (literally, "Land of Fire"), derived its name from explorer Ferdinand Magellan who, upon sailing past the archipelago around 1520, spied fires burning along the coastline. It is believed that these fires may have been made by the area's aboriginal inhabitants: the Yahgan (Yamana), Alakaluf and Ona peoples. Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago located at the southern extremity of South America and is home to a legendary shipwreck. Along the coastline, brave explorers will find a rusted ship lodged in the sand, partially out to sea. The ship is known as the “Desdemona” shipwrecked here in 1986 and is located near Cabo San Pablo. This secret spot may be hard to get to, but the view of the wrecked ship makes for some spectacular photography.
A Secret View from Patagonia
In the charming little mountain town of Bariloche is a secret mountain hike that takes you up into the mountains of Patagonia. The hike can be tackled by even novice hikers, and is particularly rewarding thanks to the number of viewpoints scattered along the trail. When you finally reach the peak, at Cerro Llao Llao, you can take in breathtaking views of Nahuel Haupi Lake, and the surrounding vast mountain landscape.
Venture to the Marble Caves
Nestled along the border of Argentina and Chile is a network of caves carved into a mountain range. The caves are made entirely of marble, and thanks to eons of erosion, have created arching passageways that can be traversed by boat. The marble caves is a spot that many seasoned travelers of Argentina do not visit often, offering the luxury of fewer crowds.
The Ancient Stone Carvings of Argentina
If you love ancient history, you will certainly enjoy the prehistoric stone monoliths of men and animals known as Menhires. Made of granite and initially carved by the indigenous Tafí people, the Menhires offer an interesting view into ancient history. These unique carvings are located on Los Menhires Archeological Reserve in El Mollar in the province of Tucumán.
EXPLORE THE SECRET SPOTS OF ARGENTINA
There is much more to see in Argentina than can be found in a travel brochure. With so much land and so much fascinating history, one can see why locals have tried their best to keep these secret spots low key and off the main tourist radars. If, however, you charter a reputable tour company, respect the land and are conscious of your safety, you can certainly enjoy these locales without the pressure of large crowds. If you are interested in traveling to Argentina, take our Travel Interest Survey.
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