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Las Pampas and the Atlantic Coast

The term “Pampas” refers to the large geographic region of fertile plains west of Buenos Aires. While this region – and its neighboring coast - are often overlooked by travelers in favor of more well-known destinations, they are home to some of the most charming towns and beautiful landscapes in Argentina. The majority of the country\s famous beef comes from this area, and you can still see a lot of traditional Gaucho culture in action in the agricultural towns, replete with nineteenth century belle epoque architecture, that are scattered throughout the plains.

The landscape is not limited to sweeping grasslands; there are several national parks full of towering peaks, leafy forests and rocky outcroppings that provide opportunities for some great hiking. These parks are also home to some of the region's wealth of distinctive wildlife, including the flighty, delicate pampas deer, the pampas fox, and the pampas wildcat.

While the nearby Atlantic Coast can't be described as stunning, it nonetheless provides long stretches of sunny beaches to stroll down or lounge upon, making it a good place to escape the humidity of the interior. Several of the cities that line the coast offer a wide variety of accommodations and entertainment. If you wish to escape the bustle of the city altogether, there are also several small, tranquil resort towns along the beach that are ideal for a peaceful vacation. Whether you prefer the lush plains or the windy coast, the Pampas region should not be missed by a traveler wishing to experience a broad scope of Argentina.









03 Dec 2010

Things to do in Las Pampas and the Atlantic Coast

Museo Gauchesco Ricardo GĂĽiraldes

119466This is Areco’s top attraction, a goldmine for anyone interested in the country ranch lifestyle. Across the river from town, the Parque Criollo surrounds the museum, housed in a historic ranch ...
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San Antonio De Areco, Argentina

Parque Zoo-Botanico “Carlos Merti”

119468Just when you think you’re in Tombstone, the hooting of monkeys or the chirping of parrots might seem incongruous. But out of the dust rises the Carlos Merti zoo, a family run collection of 47 ...
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San Antonio De Areco, Argentina

Horseback Riding

If you’re not staying on an estancía, but still came to Areco to see life from a gaucho’s perspective, a horseback ride is an available option. La Cinacina estancía on the edge of town will ...
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San Antonio De Areco, Argentina

Villa Ortiz Basualdo Museo Municipal de Arte Juan C. Castagnino

Built as an enormous seaside home for the Ortiz Basualdo family in the early Twentieth Century, the spires that dominate this hillside corner look more like they belong to a legendary haunted house ...
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Museo del Mar

Museo de Caracoles (Museum of Shells) is a more fitting name. The collection of shells from all over the world, including fines examples of the Nautilus, is the most impressive part of the museum. ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Centro Cultural Victoria Ocampa: Villa Victoria

Despite never being formally educated, the accomplishments of Victoria Ocampo made her a pioneering feminist and prolific cultural figure in Argentine history. She was the first woman to be issued a ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa Chica and Playa Grande

South of the Casino and center of town is Playa Chica, unique in the area because it is the only part of the coast with cliffs instead of a sandy beach. There are staircases that descend from the ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa Magotes

South of town beyond the Port area lays the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach within close proximity of the city. This area is spotted with several family-oriented private beach clubs that ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa La Perla

Just North of the center La Perla is an urban beach filled with rentable chairs and activities for all. The edge of the beach closest to the road is filled with little huts that are taken over by ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Port Area

Still a very important- if not the most important- port in Argentina, the area functions much better as a hub of fishing and international commerce than a tourist destination. However, the stench and ...
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Sierra de los Padres

Up in the hills, just 17 km East of the city, is an exclusive neighborhood surrounded by forest and farmland. The area was developed after the installation of the golf course and since become a ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina
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