From scenic walks to technical climbs, Argentina offers a variety of excellent hiking opportunities. Although some trails are heavily populated, such as Mount Fitz Roy in the northern ChaltÃ©n area of Parque National Los Glaciares, others can be traversed in solitude for days. These areas, most often in Patagonia, demand a highly skilled and well-prepared traveler.
Even in the well-traveled areas, preparation is key when hiking in Argentina. Water- and windproof clothing and shoes, as well as layers of Gore-tex or dry fit apparel, are recommended, since temperatures drop significantly at night and weather conditions are hard to foresee. You should always keep spare clothes and extra socks in a dry plastic bag, in case of a wet emergency or just for sitting around the campfire at night.
Below are a few of the many ideal locations for hiking in Argentina:
Parque National Nahuel Huapi: The oldest Argentinian national park, set just west of the RÃo Negro, Nahuel Huapi National Park is rich in wildlife with various biotopes, including both rainforest and grassland plains. It is located south of Bariloche in the northern Patagonia Lake District.
Parque National Los Glaciares, the Northern ChaltÃ©n sector: Despite strong winds and a dry-cold climate, the intense beauty of Mount Fitz Roy, Mount Torre, Mount Poincenot and the surrounding range draws the attention of locals and tourists. Noticeably popular, the area and its campsites are getting cramped. However, with the possibility of seeing millenary ice masses, thereâ€™s no wonder why.
Salta Province: Located in northwest Argentina, Salta Province offers cloud forest and high mountain valley trails. Despite hot summers and freezing winters, the surrounding Andean peaks make this province desirable for outdoor seeing and doing.
Tucuman: Tucuman Province finds itself between two extremes, the Gran Chaco flatlands the Sierras of the Pampas, explaining why some parts are exceedingly wet and others nearly dry. At 5,550 meters, Cerro del Bolson is the highest peak and an outdoor sport enthusiastâ€™s dream.
San Salvador de Jujuy: Offering some of the best trekking in Argentina, Jujuy is at its finest during the dry winter months, June, July, and August. Check out Calilegua National Park, rich in vegetation and unique bird species, this park serves to preserve a sample of the Selva de MontaÃ±a or Mountain Cloud Forest.
For yearround hiking, consider the Sierras de CÃ³rdoba, a mountain range at the foothills of the Andes, as well as the Sierras de la Ventana and the Sierras de Tandil.
It is not recommended to hike anywhere alone and an updated, detailed map or, even better, a local guide is essential to successful trips.
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You Need to Bring: To include in your pack when trekking for more than a day: A waterproof tent Three-season sleeping bag Solid or inflatable sleeping pad Waterproof matches Sunblock Sunglasses Headlamp First-aid kit Compass Pump water filter