Thomas: a land of many landscapesNovember 17, 2011
I’ve written a lot about Argentina’s Capital city of Buenos Aires, I do after all spend 95% of my time there. I haven’t, however, written very much about the rest of Argentina. While doing research on the country last Summer I quickly realized how diverse the Argentinian landscape is. I thought I would dedicate this post to the many beautiful and precious landscapes that make up the 8th largest country in the world (by land area). If only one had enough time and money to visit each of these landscapes. Pictures will have to do for now.
Arid deserts, cracked salt flats, colorful deep canyons, and the Andes Mountainside make up the Northwest region of Argentina. This area is also still home to many of Argentina’s Aymara and Quechua indigenous people. One of best parts of this region is its indigenous influences, from food and music, to clothes and artwork. Of course, if you travel slighting south of the far NW region of Argentina, you will run into the very profitable wine country. Olive oil is also a large industry in the West-NW provinces Cuyo and Mendoza. (See an earlier post for more on wine country)
Recently named on the 7 Wonders of the World, Iguazú Falls is the most spectacular waterfall in the world. It is located in NE Argentina, surrounded by subtropical rainforest, and near the border with Brazil. As a matter of fact, the falls are so big, they are located in both Argentina and Brazil. These falls stretch 2 miles and are comprised of over 250 individual waterfalls. “Poor Niagara!”, exclaimed First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt upon visiting Iguazú Falls.
Extraordinarily colorful lakes and snow capped mountains highlight the landscape of this region. The beauty, wildlife, and many European cultural influences makes this area the most popular destination within the region of Patagonia.
I want to highlight Puerto Madryn, a city in the eastern Patagonian coast, and the Valdés Peninsula. This peninsula is most popular for people wanting to see wales leap out of the water just off the coast or to hang out with penguins or hundreds of other marine species. It is one of the world’s great nature preserves, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The end of the world. The southern type of Argentina is shared with Chile and is a gateway for many explorers on their way to Antarctica. Beautiful glaciers and more arctic wildlife can be found here. The city of Ushuaia has become a popular tourist destination for people wanting to climb the glaciers or journey to one of the southern-most point in S. America.