Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel

Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel

Photo by Remi Jouan (wikimedia commons)

Argentina’s Geography

Photo by Jan Reurink (Flickr Creative Commons)Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Photo by Jan Reurink (Flickr Creative Commons)

The second largest country in South America, the republic of Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world.  Over the Andes mountain range to the west is Chile, to the north, Paraguay and Bolivia, to the east Brazil, Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean.  

The country is divided into seven different regions, but geographically it is better described as four.  The area to the north west has the magnificent Andes, and some of the country’s best wine making areas.  This part of Argentina is more like its neighbours of Bolivia and Peru, than the rest of the country.  Here, the culture, terrain, and way of life are very different.  Visitors to this region tend be local rather than foreign tourists, so you’ll hear more about it in ‘off the beaten track’, but great for visitors with motorhome rental or campervan hire because there are very few hotels to spend the night.

The north has two distinct parts, first the dry Chaco region and the more green area known as Mesopotamia, with its jungle and the amazing Iguaçu Falls.  The falls are a true wonder of the world, take a series of suspended walkways over the thundering water to visit the Garganta Del Diablo, or Devil's Throat, or for a closer view take one of the boat trips to the base of the falls.

The central part of the country is known as La Pampa and home to the capital Buenos Aires, this is an area of rich plains.  The plains are home to the gaucho’s or ranchers, some of whom welcome visitors to stay on their land, the other side of this region is the cosmopolitan capital.  The city is a mix of old colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers; you could be forgiven to thinking you were in Barcelona, Paris, or Madrid.

The south of the country is an outdoor adventurers dream, it’s the Lake District, home to the Glaciers National Park, with the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, the Patagonian Ice Sheet, and the penguin colonies of Ushuaia, this is also the furthest point south before Antarctica.  This area has glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, as well as some of the world’s most treacherous seas at Cape Horn.  Tierra del Fuego, or the land of fire, is an archipelago which is separated from the mainland by the Magellan Straits, only the eastern parts belong to Argentina, the other half belongs to Chile, as does Cape Horn.  The south is also where the Falkland Islands are found; these are claimed by Argentina, however, they are a British colony.

Argentina is somewhere to experience a very different type of motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday, it’s a really exciting way of seeing the country

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