Argentina

One Month Backpacking In Argentina

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As part of our tour of South America we spent in total 28 days traveling through the gigantic country of Argentina. We even crossed the border 10 times, filling up the pages of our passport with so many entrance and exit stamps!

Since Argentina has been hit by inflation for the past couple of years, it is quite tricky to travel in Argentina with a backpacker’s budget. However, it would be a shame to let the financial part take away the dream of visiting the incredible and diverse landscapes.


Through our articles we are taking you from the lush forests of Iguazu Falls, the Jesuit Ruins in the Missiones Region and the colourful capital, Buenos Aires. Before heading to El Calafate and its famous glacier Perito Moreno, we will stop at the Peninsula Valdes in the search of penguins and orcas, and will finish our tour in El Chalten and Bariloche for some of the most beautiful hikes in South America.

We invite you to check out the below video, a summary of our trip in Argentina, and all the articles we wrote about the country. If you have any question or comments, feel free to reach out.

 


All the articles :


The Mighty Iguazu falls

First and foremost, the falls are located on both sides of the Brazilian / Argentinian border. The reason some people think the Argentinian park is better than the Brazilian side, is not just because the park is bigger, it’s because for most of the falls you are able to get right up in front or beside them. It is truly incredible and one of the few times the word ‘awesome’ can be used correctly.

To discover more about the falls, read the full article.


The Refuge of Guira Oga

The Missiones region of Argentina covers more than 29,000 km². It is surrounded to the north by Brazil, to the west by Paraguay and to the east by Uruguay. The area, which has suffered heavy forest loss with the establishment of agriculture, is now protected in 11 different forms (national parks, nature reserves, provincial parks, etc.). The tropical forest that covers the rest of Missiones is rich in its biological diversity and the many endemic species that inhabit it. However, they are still in danger due to unmeasured and illegal deforestation, resulting in the loss of their habitat.

Want to learn more about the animal shelter and the wildlife of the Missiones region ? It’s this way.


The Jesuit missions of San Ignacio Mini :

To understand more about the Jesuit missions in Argentina and Paraguay we have visited two “reductions” in both countries. We decided to do a tour by night in San Ignacio Mini, which gave us the opportunity to learn through a very interesting light and sound show about the Guaranis people, their culture and the establishment of missions to convert them to Catholicism. It is something different from the normal guided tours.

Want to learn more about the Guaranis and Jesuit Missions ? Follow this link.


The “Murgas” of Buenos Aires :

A “Murga” is a percussion-based rhythm that is usually played live in the streets during the month of Carnival. Contrary to the Uruguayan Cadombe, the Murga is sang and the lyrics usually criticise corrupt politicians and is used as a popular resistance. Due to their political past, murgas are very popular in Uruguay and Argentina. While carnival is a show in some countries, it is viewed as a street performance in the others, which explains why we only have seen murgas in Argentina.

Want to see a video of the Argentinian Murgas ? Here you go…


The capital of Argentina : Buenos Aires

5 days in Buenos Aires and many reasons to go back. Make sure to check out this article to read (and see photos) about empanadas, parrillas, the chhhchhh accent and the best place to learn tango… Here you go, 20 reasons to enjoy Buenos Aires. hope you enjoy


1,000,000  Penguins !

During the breeding season, about one million Magellanic penguins have migrated to Punta Tombo, drawn to the area by an unusual abundance of sardines and anchovies. This species, classified as endangered arrives in September to give birth to their chicks and raise them until migrating back north toward Brazil in March. As we visited in February we had the chance to witness their clumsiness and cuteness!

For the thousands penguin photo, it’s this way.


Looking for Orcas at the Peninsula Valdes

Orcas, also called Killer Whales for their taste of whales calves, can be seen multiple times during the year along the coast of Argentina and the Peninsula Valdes. However, they more regularly visit the area between February and April, which makes it the best time of the year to witness an stranding on the beach as these 3 months coincide with the seal pup season, a delight for these delphines.

We unfortunately haven’t any that day, but shared pictures and text about the fantastic area, in this article.


Bryn Gwyn Palaentology Park

As we headed to Gaiman to visit the desert, called “Bryn Gwyn” (White Hill in Welsh), which was once part of the Atlantic Ocean, we stopped for a bit to witness a solar eclipse.

To see more, click here.


Welsh Tea in Patagonia

Imagine the prospect of an Irish man faced with all you can eat cake and all you can drink tea, real tea! Welcome to Gaiman, a town forever immortalised through the classic book by Bruce Chatwin, “In Patagonia”, who entertained generations with his stories of a Welsh settled village which still embraced the customs, food and singing cultures of their ancestors from the valleys.

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MEF : Dinosaurs of Trelew

In 2011, a farmer reported to the MEF (Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio) the discovery of bones about 260 km from the city of Trelew, in the province of Chubut, Argentina. The palaeontologists in charge of the discovery, extracted, protected and transported what looked like to be one of the biggest fossilised bones ever found.

To see these fossils, follow this link


El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate is a small town in the far end of Argentina on the west side of Patagonia. Famous for its proximity with the glacier “Perito Moreno”, El Calafate got its name from a shrub producing berries, that look like blueberries, and from which locals make tasty pies, jams and liquors.

To see the incredible photos of the glacier, it’s this way.


El Chalten & Mount Fitz Roy

Nestled between the mountains, a 3 hour drive north of El Calafate, the town of El Chalten was set up by climbers as a basecamp for their ascents of Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks.  Years have passed and what was once an empty little town is now considered “the trekking capital” of Argentina.  Still remote, the town is now filled with hotels, hostels, campsites and restaurants catering for ambitious climbers and holiday day hikers.

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Bariloche on a budget

Motivated for some more hike or extreme sports? Bariloche will welcome you any time of the year with great skying opportunity, multiple levels of hikes, gorgeous lakes and of course excellent chocolate ! But Bariloche can be a pricey destination. We share with you our tips to make your stay enjoyable and affordable.

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Bariloche On A Budget

Bariloche is one of the main tourist destinations in Argentina and that’s for good reasons. The city centre looks like a Swiss mountain village with streets filled with chocolate, outdoor shops and houses made of wood and stones. The surroundings offer ski opportunities in winter and great hiking in the summer. Built of the side of the lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is also a top destination for water sports such as river rafting. If you can afford the place obviously…

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El Chalten & Mount Fitz Roy

Nestled between the mountains, a 3 hour drive north of El Calafate, is the town of El Chalten. Set up by climbers as a base camp for their ascents of Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks. Years have passed and what was once an empty little town is now considered “the trekking capital” of Argentina. Still remote, the town is now filled with hotels, campsites and restaurants catering for ambitious climbers and holiday day hikers.

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El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate is a small town in the far end of Argentina on the west side of Patagonia. The town is famous for being the closest town to visit the Perito Moreno glacier from. El Calafate got its name from a shrub producing berries, that look like blueberries. The locals here make tasty pies, jams and liquors. In town it’s quite complicated to avoid the tourism swell and all the infrastructures that come with it. The main street “av. del Liberador” is a string of cafes, tour agencies, souvenir shops and restaurants which are not really friendly to the backpacker wallet. However, it is impossible not stay in El Calafate for a couple of nights as it is the only way to visit the Perito Moreno glacier. Continued

Welsh Tea In Gaiman, Argentina

When we first planned on backpacking through Patagonia, we did what many others do and got our copy of Bruce Chatwin’s classic “In Patagonia”. We heard that it can be a bible for people retracing his steps. One place that stood out to us, especially Steven, was the town of Gaimen. The description of a Welsh settled town with tea rooms serving real tea and cake made Gaiman a must stop for us. Luckily for us it also turned out to be only 80km from Puerto Madyrn and only 17km from Trelew. Continued

The Bryn Gwyn Paleontology Park

By the time we arrived in Patagonia we had been traveling in South America for almost one month. Patagonia was what we really came here for and after a few days in Puerto Madryn it was time to visit the towns of Trelew & Gaiman. The latter will forever be immortalised through the classic book by Bruce Chatwin, “In Patagonia”, who entertained generations with his stories of a Welsh settled village which still embraced the customs, food and singing cultures of their ancestors from the valleys. But just outside of Gaiman is something pretty important: Bryn Gwyn Paleontology Park. Continued

Looking for Orcas at the Peninsula Valdes

This is an old dream of mine (Jenny) so I dragged Steven onto a 20h bus ride from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn. We all have seen the documentaries in which orcas strand onto the sand beach to catch a seal pup. At least, I remember this very well, and since I was a child this is the kind of animal encounter and behaviour I absolutely want to witness.

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Punta Tombo & 1,000,000 Penguins

1,000,000 Penguins? What? For real? Where???!!! Punta Tombo? Where’s that?

This is the usual response when you tell somebody about Punta Tombo. When we left for Puerto Madryn, Jenny ended up reading an article online about 1 million penguins… Imagine her excitement when she read we will be only 130 km from Punta Tombo where we could see so many Magellanic Penguins.

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