trip begins in the extreme South of Patagonia in
the town of "El Calafate", here we'll
live the "Perito Moreno" glacier experience.
Not only we will visit it from the observation platforms
of the Nat Park, but also we'll navigate its base
and do a trekking over the glacier, thus discovering
the wonders of colors that this paradise reserved
Glaciers National Park will open its doors to us
with a navigation through the iceberg channel revealing
us the majestic Upsala, Onelli & Spegazzini
glaciars, amongst others. This Park was declared
World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1981.
road will lead us to the recently discovered petrified
forest of "La Leona".
Trekking lovers will find their Meca while visiting
the location of "El Chalten" where we
will ascend up to the first mountain shelter to
have a closer view of the "Chalten" mountain
and its Chilean mate the very well known "Torre".
in our route 40 traces, we will admired the famous
cave paintings of "Cueva de las Manos, Río
Pinturas" (Cave of the Hands of the River Pinturas
- UNESCO World heritage 1999) which origin is still
a mystery. The cave paintings were executed between
13,000 and 9,500 years ago by one of the earliest
human societies in South America.
the Andean section of the province of "Chubut"
in the city of "Esquel", we will visit
the "Alerces National Park", which is
famous for having giant trees reaching 70m (210ft)
high and trunks of 4m (12 ft) of diameter, aging
almost 2000 years old. There we will navigate the
unpolluted waters of the "Menéndez"
lake and do a trekking through the dense forest
trip continues to "El Bolsón",
making a brief stop just to look at the landscape
and the artesian marketplace, arriving afterwards
to the city of "San Carlos de Bariloche"
located on the margins of the giant lake "Nahuel
Huapi". There we will make some scenic road
tours like the so called "short circuit",
Swiss Colony, Lake Mascardi and the huge mountain
"Tronador" taking a close view of its
the Swiss-like town of "Villa La Angostura"
we will board a boat so as to enjoy a hike in the
"Arrayanes National Park". Unique place
in the world where you can find these trees in its
natural habitat, and that served as inspiration
to Walt Disney in the development of the Bambi film.
the "Seven Lakes Route" we will stop
by enchanting places such as "Lake Traful"
and "Hidden Lake" thus arriving to the
charming city of "San Martín de Los
Andes" where we'll do a floating on the "Hua-Hum"
river crossing to the neighbor country of Chile.
Here we will also visit the "Lanín
National Park" famous for its 3800 m (11000ft)
north of the province of "Neuquen", we'll
visit "Caviahue", where, while making
a trekking, we will discover millenary old Araucarias
trees, reminding us a Jurassic landscape. Afterwards
at the base of the only active volcano of Argentina,
we'll take some thermal baths in the sulphurous
waters of "Copahue".
the "Cuyo" zone in the Mendoza province,
we'll be witness of one of the most important volcanoes
eruption in the Earth history. A stop by in the
road will lead us into the earth visiting the "Witches'
cave" in a complete and adventurous speleologic
in "Malargüe", the so call Capital
of the Argentine adventure tourism, we will visit
the valley of "Las Leñas" an incredible
winter complex, the "Pozo de las Animas"
an old crater just at ground level and the "Niña
Encantada" lagoon. Nature will be ready to
surprise us with the "River Atuel" canyon
and it's incredible rock formations.
trip continues through the "Argentine wine
route" crossing San Rafael and the city of
Mendoza, which will be used as a base to visit the
America's highest mountain named "Aconcagua"
(6960 m / 21000 ft). Unforgettable is the word that
describes perfectly well the rafting of the river
Mendoza which reaches 4/5 levels of rapid difficulty
according to the season.
surprising will be our visit to "Ischigualasto
Park" better known as "Moon Valley"
paleontological site in the province of San Juan.
Of course the tour will not be complete without
visiting the "Talampaya National Park"
famous archeological surrounded by the beautiful
river-carved canyon. These two parks, contain the
world's most complete fossil record from the Triassic
Period (250M years ago) declared World Heritage
by UNESCO on 2000.
spending the night in "La Rioja", we'll
take a step road through the rainforest heading
towards "Tafí del Valle", a place
famous for it's menhirs' park dating from 3000 years
BC and which origin is still unknown.
the archeological site of "La Bolsa" behind
(3000BC), we'll follow to "Amaicha del Valle",
there we'll make a brief but exciting visit to the
"Pachamama's " (mother earth) museum.
The road finally leads us to the limit of "Salta"
province where the Quilmes ruins are located. These
constructions belonged to an antique civilization
of Inca's origin (800 AC).
through the desert we'll see 3m (10ft) tall cactus
called "cardones" which will give us the
welcome to "Cafayate" (Salta), being this
place very well known for the vineyards, cellars
and of course the excellent wines. It's well worthy
to make few stops in the road so as to do some wine
tasting in the own cellars.
rock and mountain formations caused by erosion,
will be observed during our way to "Salta"
city, some of them carrying cute names such as "the
toad" and "the obelisk", others a
little more impressive just like the "devil's
The classic "Salta" city tour will lead
us to "San Lorenzo", a charming little
town located in the transition to the subtropical
will notice the landscape contrast while riding
through the "Obispo" slope and the "Cardones"
national park and thus arriving to "Cachi"
a beautiful colonial town located at 2300m (6.900
ft) above sea level.
trip will lead us to our next adventure. When arriving
to "San Antonio de Los Cobres" we'll loose
all contact with civilization and then dare to cross
a deserted plateau located at 3.500m (10.500ft)
a.s.l, thus in the GPS hands we'll find the road
to "Salinas Grandes" visiting the salt
works. Now, being inside the province of Jujuy and
after driving on one of the world's highest paved
road (4800 m / 14.400ft) we will delight ourselves
with the seven colors mountain of "Purmamarca".
surprise will reach no limits when we discover the
"Quebrada de Humahuaca" valley and it's
neighboring side-road towns like "Tilcara"
where the ruins of an aborigine fortress (well known
as the Pucará) are found. The valley has
been used over the past 10,000 years as a crucial
passage for the transport of people and ideas from
the high Andean lands to the plains, thus being
declared World Heritage on 1993 by the UNESCO. Its
distinctive pre-Hispanic and pre-Incan settlements,
together with the magnificent landscape are simply
closing of the trip will be left in the hands of
"Iruya" a town located tight fitting the
mountains, where time has eventually stop for centuries.