Getting off the beaten track in Argentina rewards adventurous travelers with many natural and cultural treasures. From the wild peaks of Patagonia to tasting fine wine and wildlife spotting, there is something here to suit any kind of traveler.
Traveling off the beaten path in Argentina requires effective planning, but travelers will be rewarded by the stunning landscapes and unique attractions waiting to be discovered. Although some of these destinations can be easily reached from the large cities, others are more remote and will require driving long distances. To reach Patagonia, it is best to fly to the city of Bariloche, or Puerto Montt in Chile, and then make your way by car from there.
Once you get off the beaten track in Argentina, you'll discover endless surprises and delights, from breathtaking mountain peaks to incredible wildlife.
The mountain of Fitzroy lies in the heart of Patagonia, on the border between Chile and Argentina. Hike trails to the dramatic granite peaks, protruding from the snow, starting from the village of El Chalten, and pass by the turquoise waters of Laguna de los Tres.
Less well-known but equally spectacular is the Salar de Atacama in Chile, Salinas Grandes is located near the city of Cordoba in northern Argentina. Here visitors can explore the surreal and other-worldly landscape of these spectacular salt flats.
Cabo Virgenes is home to Argentina's second-largest and far-less visited penguin colony. Accessible only by gravel road from the town of Rio Gallegos, hundreds of thousands of penguins nest here from September through March.
The Valdes Peninsula on the eastern coast of Patagonia is a great place to spot incredible wildlife such as elephant seals, sea lions, and penguins. In particular, it is home to a large marine reserve, which is one of the best places for whale watching from a boat or even just from the cliff tops from May through December.
A visit to Argentina is not complete without tasting some of the country's lauded wines, and where better to do this than in its wine-producing regions. Despite being one of the country's best wine regions, Cafayate is still relatively unknown by travelers, so you can sample its famous Torrontes whites in peaceful surroundings.
Reaching many of 's more off the beaten track destinations is only possible by car or tour. Hiking through Patagonia and the country's other spectacular mountains requires proper walking shoes, clothing and in some cases, hiking gear. Temperatures can get very cold here so be sure to pack accordingly. Evaneos' English speaking local partners will help you to reach these hidden gems, and make sure you are well prepared for your adventure.