TheIruya Cemetery, towards a green valley. March 26th, 2005.
This is beautiful, Reynald! I am thinking of going to Argentina this winter, so your work is wonderful to see.
Great! Let me know if you need any help/suggestion from here. I live in Buenos aires.
Reynald, thank you for your kind offer. It is best for me to travel between November and April. Perhaps you can suggest a time that would have the fewest tourists, and most natural beauty. We like to walk and hike. I am sure we would fly into Buenos Aires.
Nowadays with the current exchange rate it is difficult to avoid tourism in Argentina. Of course it is a far cry from say... Rome or Paris. In summer (November/February) the north is too hot, so most people would go to Patagonia. Both the Andean Patagonia or Tierra del Fuego have lot of trails for hiking, mountain biking, etc. You can also see some amazing glaciers in Calafate (I never went there). Bariloche, El Bolsón or San Martín de los Andes (I'll post some pictures in the weekend) are quite fine (each one is a couple of hours by car from each other) and make nice bases to trek in the southern andes. Bariloche has the best infrastructure, but is a bit too popular, both with local and foreign tourism.
You can cross to southern Chile from several points, also. This area has a string of volcanoes , whch form the boundary with Chile.
The atlantic patagonian coast has Punta Tombo, Península de Valdez. But I have never been in this area (yet!), so I can comment very little...
If you wait up to autumn (late march, april), the northwest (Salta or Jujuy) are very nice. I was there by the end of March 2005, because of the Easter celebrations. This area has a very active native population, and the celebrations are a mixture of Pagan and Christian traditions. I will post more pics from Jujuy (Tilcara) in the next days. I've never been there for Carnival, but they say it's pretty wild, very pagan.
Mendoza should be fine by the end of summer/autumn. There are very nice places around San Rafael, wineries, mountains. From Las Leñas or Malargue there are hike trails or horse rides, even crossing the Andes, as in the Sosneado area (were the actual plane of the movie "Alive!", crashed). The Iguazu falls are gorgeous, but you must wait for late autumn or winter...
The Pampas region has large estates were you can rest, ride horses (see for example Sierra de la Ventana) but is mostly "flat". Buenos Aires is hot but much less populated in summer. In January/February everybody leaves the city for the beaches (in Argentina, Brazil or Uruguay) or the Andes. I made my best effort to shoot the pics at Mar Azul without people, but normally the atlantic coast is very crowded, as in this picture from Mar del Plata. When in Buenos Aires, a short visit (one day) to the Tigre/Delta area, can be interesting.
Hope this helps!
Reynald, I just realized I did not thank you for the very detailed information you sent me in your post. I apologize. I have been very busy with my work. I copied your suggestions to a word file so I could easily refer to them. The information is very helpful.
More than anything, my husband and I like to experience nature, although we also enjoy some time in cities, to see the culture and museums.
In his work, my husband is a professional guide and naturalist in many of the National Parks in the Western US and Canada. We have always wanted to hike in south America.
Great. I just found this site that has a lot of information and pics about treks, cycling, etc. in the northwest. It's in spanish, but I recommend you to check the links "Travesías 2004/05/06/07", and "Mapas y Circuitos". I'll post some pics from the nothern Patagonia in a near future.
Thanks again, Reynald. I'm working on my Spanish, but it's very basic. It will be good for me to try to figure out the website. What I can't understand, I can use Google langauage tools on. Thanks so much for your help!!
Reynald... este paisaje es demasiado bello, me gustan mucho los colores! Un saludo desde Chile.
Gracias! Iruya es muy mágica. Saludos desde Argentina!
Bellisima fotografia !! Saludos desde La Falda - Argentina
excelente foto! felicitaciones desde Bahia Blanca, Argentina
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