Credit

Courtesy of George Pachantouris/Getty Images

Best Things To Do in Argentine Patagonia

Argentine Patagonia caters to the adventurous traveler. Whale-watching and horseback riding are just some of the ways you can get acquainted with this striking region. But Argentine Patagonia isn't just for diehard nature-lovers. Culture hounds and intrepid hikers alike will take pleasure exploring Cueva de las Manos, Punta Tombo, and Perito Moreno Glacier. Just be sure to savor the scrumptious traditional cuisine and to relax in the charming lakeside villages along the way.

How we rank Things to Do
  • #1
    Argentine Lake District
    View all Photos
    #1 in Argentine Patagonia
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Stretching across northwestern tip of Argentine Patagonia sits the picturesque Lake District. Sandwiched between the Andes mountains withChilean Patagoniato the west andAtlantic Patagoniato the east, the Lake District contains breathtaking vistas from nearly every angle. San Carlos de Bariloche, known simply as Bariloche, serves as the region's major hub. Towering

    ...Read More »
  • #2
    Southern Patagonia
    View all Photos
    #2 in Argentine Patagonia
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Boasting jaw-dropping sights—includingPerito Moreno Glacier,Mount Fitz Roy, andCueva de las Manos—Southern Patagonia attracts culture-hounds and nature-seekers alike. Sitting beneath theLake DistrictandAtlantic Patagoniaat Patagonia's southernmost tip, this rustic district sits to the east of the Chilean border, sprawling downward to the verge of Antarctica.

    ...Read More »
  • #3
    Atlantic Patagonia
    View all Photos
    #3 in Argentine Patagonia
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    More than Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This beautiful Patagonian region (which skirts the Atlantic Ocean and sits just east of theLake Districtand aboveSouthern Patagonia) consists of wildlife havens and quaint Welsh villages. Here, you'll spot tea connoisseurs flocking to towns like Trelew and Gaiman in search of the perfect brew and throngs of visitors congregating toPeninsula

    ...Read More »
  • #4
    Perito Moreno Glacier
    View all Photos
    #4 in Argentine Patagonia
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    At the southern tip of Glacier National Park inSouthern Patagoniasits one of the region's most magnificent glaciers, Perito Moreno. Unlike 95 percent of Earth's glaciers that are gradually disappearing, Perito Moreno continues to grow. Every year, thousands of visitors come to marvel at Perito Moreno's towering crystal mass. 

    ...Read More »
  • #5
    Punta Tombo
    View all Photos
    #5 in Argentine Patagonia
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Roughly half a million Magellanic penguins flock to Punta Tombo every year to mate. Located about two hours south of Puerto Madryn by car inAtlantic Patagonia, Punta Tombo contains a variety of trails that visitors can follow into penguin habitats and observe their interactions. Recent visitors agree that this remote

    ...Read More »
  • #6
    Mount Fitz Roy
    View all Photos
    #6 in Argentine Patagonia
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This jagged, granite-walled mountain towers 11,000 feet over El Chaltén inSouthern Patagonia. Mount Fitz Roy, which typically stands obscured in a haze of clouds, was originally named "Chaltén," meaning "smoking mountain" in the ancient Tehuelche tribe's dialect. Today, its title commemorates Sir. Robert FitzRoy, the sailor who guided Charles Darwin

    ...Read More »
  • #7
    Cave of the Hands (Cueva de las Manos)
    View all Photos
    #7 in Argentine Patagonia
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This bizarre Patagonian cave remains shrouded in mystery. Its walls exhibit three distinctive styles of cave art linked to a hunter-gatherer society that flourished in Argentine Patagonia around 10,000 BCE. Archeologists speculate that the small handprints etched on the cave walls belonged to the predecessors of the Teheulche tribe. Detailed

    ...Read More »
  • #8
    Peninsula Valdés
    View all Photos
    #8 in Argentine Patagonia
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    SkirtingAtlantic Patagonia's eastern coast line, Peninsula Valdés is a marine wildlife refuge for endangered species such as orcas, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, and guanaco. Lined with powdery beaches and staggered cliffs, this natural reserve has garnered attention as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. For optimal wildlife-watching,

    ...Read More »
  • #9
    Estancia Cristina
    View all Photos
    #9 in Argentine Patagonia
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Founded in the early 1900s by English pioneer and cattle farmer Joseph Percival Masters, Estancia Cristina offers both impressive views and excursions. Sitting next to Glacier National Park inSouthern Patagonia, this lakeside historic home serves as an ideal platform for exploring the immense 35-mile-long Upsala Glacier, the largest glacier in

    ...Read More »
  • #10
    Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum
    View all Photos
    #10 in Argentine Patagonia
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    This paleontological museum transports visitors to pre-historic Patagonia with four galleries that display over 1,700 fossils. Named after Egidio Feruglio—an Italian paleontologist who studied Patagonia's ancient Cretaceous, Tertiary, and Mesozoic plant fossils—the facility is also the primary Patagonian research institute. Here, you'll find rare relics like a 150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton

    ...Read More »
  • #11
    Cerro Catedral Ski Resort
    View all Photos
    #11 in Argentine Patagonia
    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Recreation, Skiing
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    If you come to Patagonia to ski, this buzzing Andes resort in Argentina'sLake Districtboasts experienced instructors, spectacular vantage points and an array of outdoor trails. But downhill skiing isn't the only reason to visit Cerro Catedral: You can also test your stamina along the cross-country ski trails or tackle the

    ...Read More »
  • #12
    Horseback Riding
    View all Photos
    #12 in Argentine Patagonia
    Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    Recreation, Sightseeing
    TYPE

    Some say there's no better way to navigate Patagonia than on horseback. Ever sinceguachos(cowboys) first steered their sturdy steeds throughSouthern Patagonia's rugged terrain, horseback riding has been a romanticized mode of transportation. Several superb horseback riding services operate throughout Argentine Patagonia.

    ...Read More »

Explore More of Argentine Patagonia

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019