If you are still not tired of the seven wonders cliché, here is another list of seven wonders to add to your bucket list. Patagonia is huge, and just the Argentinian Patagonia is larger than many European countries put together. Most people do not have time to see all that Patagonia has to offer, so here are some things you must do in the Argentinian Patagonia. Introducing the seven wonders of the Argentinian Patagonia:
1) Exploring the route of seven lakes
How apt is it to start a list of seven wonders with a route of seven lakes! Stretching from San Martin de Los Andes to Villa La Angostura, this special route takes its name from the seven lakes that it passes. Each of the lake is unique and deserves at least an hour to appreciate its beauty. Many people take advantage of the pleasant summer days to camp at each lake. Come prepared with your swimming gear, grilling equipment and guitar. There is a lot of merry to be made here!
2) Relax in the small town of Villa La Angostura
Of all the Patagonian towns that I have visited, I really enjoyed staying at Villa La Angostura. This small, charming town has a lot to offer. Start your day with a cup of amazing coffee in a chic wooden lodge, and then go visit the shortest river in the world. You can chill by the various lakes around town, or go for a hike to the nearby Los Arrayanes National Park. There are many trails in the national park and I really enjoyed the one that brings you to a viewpoint at the top of a hill. From there, you can see the lakes surrounding the town and the towering mountains around the lakes. Villa La Angostura is built in an especially beautiful area.
3) Water ski in one of the lakes around San Carlos de Bariloche
To be honest, San Carlos de Bariloche is not a city to die for, but it does offer many activities. I was lucky to meet a bunch of amazing Argentinian friends on a hike to the mountains around Bariloche. They got me safely down the mountain, took me to secret camping spots around the city and even invited me to water ski in one of the nearby lakes. I have never water skied in my life, but I must say that it was quite an experience! The lakes were quite cold even in summer, but the adrenaline rush made up for the constant shivers while in the water.
4) Be amazed by the cave of hands (Cueva de Manos)
I have been to many caves, but never something quite like this one. The cave of hands (cueva de manos) is an ancient cave filled with spray-painted handprints. Yet the art piece was not made using spray paint canisters. Instead, the people who lived here powdered coloured stones and sprayed the powdered colours through a leaf. The cave is a long one and the handprints are amazingly beautiful. Though if you let your imagination run wild, this could even look extremely creepy. Without any contextual knowledge, this could have been a torture chamber with bloodied handprints on the walls…
5) Hike up to the Fitz Roy mountain
If there is only one hike you can do in the Argetinian Patagonia, make it this one. The hike up to the Fitz Roy mountain is spectacular, and worth every second spent on the trail. The panoramic views of Fitz Roy and the surrounding peaks are stunning, and are actually not difficult to get to. The hike up to the viewpoint is not challenging. Rather, the biggest challenge in this area is the unpredictable weather. Prepare yourselves for the rapidly changing weather and you will have an enjoyable time.
6) Gawk at the massive Perito Moreno glacier
The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most spectacular glaciers you can see without having to trek to see it. I really enjoyed just admiring the massive glacier and listening to the thunderous roars when a part of it breaks off and crashes into the lake. Of the many glaciers that I have seen, the Perito Moreno glacier is one of the most gorgeous. Although it is literally just a vast block of ice, you can easily spend hours looking at it from various angles and waiting for the dramatic crashing of icebergs.
7) Take a picture at the end of the world in Ushuaia
Literally marketed as the “End of the world”, Ushuaia is the southern-most city in the world. From one of the majestic peaks surrounding the city, you can see the many fjords peaking from the ocean. Ushuaia is not a very beautiful city, but the views of the fjords and mountains are spectacular. Also, from Ushuaia, you can hop on one of the Antarctica expedition boats. Yes, from the southern-most city in the world, Antarctica is not too far away anymore.
This list of the seven wonders of the Argentinian Patagonia is really a list of places that you must visit when planning a trip to Argentina. Of course, the Argentinian Patagonia has much more to offer than just these seven places. However, if you are on a tight schedule, these seven places offer a variety of natural landscapes that Patagonia has to offer. With these seven wonders of the Argentinian Patagonia, you are ready to start your own Patagonian adventures!
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