Argentina's Best Kept Secrets
Argentina is well known to the world as the land of legendary horsemen, fine wines, spectacular countryside, and lively cities. If you are planning on traveling to Argentina, then you might already be aware of its size. Argentina is, to put it simply, a massive country covering the entire southern tip of South America. In fact, did you know that the Argentina is close in proportion to the whole continental United States? With so much space to travel to, there are plenty of places that fall off the ‘must-see’ radar of typical travelers. These 'secret' spots are usually exclusively visited by locals, but they are all easy enough to get to when you put the work in to find them. If you, like me, are a fan of off-the-beaten-path styled traveling, then you are in the right place. Here are a few of Argentina's top secret spots...
Shipwreck at Tierra del Fuego
Tierra Del Fuego, otherwise known as ‘the end of the world,’ is located at the very end of South America, and is where you will find the home to a legendary shipwreck. Along the coastline, brave explorers (aka you and your traveling companions) will find a rusted ship lodged in the sand, partially out to sea. This ship is the Desdemona and is located near Cabo San Pablo. This secret spot may be a bit hard to get to, but the view of the wrecked ship makes for some truly spectacular photography.
A Secret View from Patagonia
Bariloche (a charming little mountain town) is where you will find the beginning of 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
Tucked in 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 erosions over millennia you will find arching passageways that can be traversed by boat. The marble caves is a spot that even seasoned travelers of Argentina don’t know to visit, so don’t expect too much of a crowd.
The Ancient Stone Carvings of Argentina
If you’re a fan of ancient history, you will certainly enjoy the prehistoric stone sculptures of men and animals known as Menhires. Made of granite, and initially carved by the indigenous Tafi people, the Menhires offer an interesting view into ancient history. These unique carvings are located on an archeological reserve in El Mollar in the province of Tucuman.
Exploring the Secret Spots of Argentina
There is so much more to see in Argentina than what you can find in a travel brochure. With so much land and so much history, it's easy to see why locals have tried their best to keep these secret spots secret. Although, if you respect the land, and are conscious of your safety, you can enjoy these places just as much as the locals.
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