To the Ends of the Earth … and Back Again

Argentina’s Patagonia Region Offers Natural Adventure and Fabulous Food

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The payoff for a challenging hike to Laguna de los Tres is this spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy.

Argentina is an exciting and diverse country offering everything from fine food and wine to a tumultuous political history to exhilarating nature activities. Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Feugo, located at the southernmost tip of Argentina, have magnificent views and endless trekking, canoeing and animal-watching opportunities. We were quite fortunate to partake in some of these treasures on a recent trip to the “edge of the earth.”

Our trip was organized by Seattle-based Southern Explorations. They specialize in South American adventure travel, providing clients with a seamless, hassle-free experience.   

Carmen, a local representative for Southern Explorations, met us as we disembarked in Buenos Aires. More than three million people live in the city, and an additional three million commute into the area each day for business. Traffic can be a little overwhelming, and English is not spoken as pervasively as it is in European countries. She escorted us directly to our hotel and gave us a brief orientation with recommendations for our upcoming three days in the metropolis.  

Southern Explorations offers a variety of four- and five-star hotels to choose from. We choose the Novotel located in the Plaza de Mayo. This central district — or barrio, as areas in Buenos Aires are referred to — is the political center of the city and ideally located as a starting point for a visit to Argentina.

Plaza de Mayo is very historical and provides a vast overview of the turmoil and vitality of Argentina, which has experienced considerable political upheaval, swinging from democratic rule to military control.

The Museo del Bicentenario at the Casa Rosado has an excellent political retrospective commemorating the last 200 years of the country’s independence. You are probably most familiar with the Peron era. Juan Peron and his beloved wife, Evita, were memorialized in the Broadway musical and 1996 film, “Evita.” She died at the young age of 33 and is entombed in her family mausoleum at the Cementerio de la Recoleta. This world-famous cemetery, located in the beautiful Recoleta barrio, has over 6,400 tombs and mausoleums, and more than 70 are recognized as National Historical Monuments.

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