The Andes Mountains in Argentina
The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world, running 4,500 miles from north to south along the west coast of South America. It begins on the southern tip of Chile and passes through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, and Venezuela. Outside of the Himalayas, the Andes have some of the highest peaks in the world, its height averaging 13,000 feet above sea level and its highest, Aconcagua
at 22,841 feet.
Composed of mountain ranges or cordilleras, the Andes have some of the most spectacular scenery in Latin America and are a wonderland for many outdoor activities.
Because of the extreme variation in altitude in the rugged terrain, there are many different climate zones. It is possible, for example, to ski on the western slopes in sub-zero conditions and trek through tropical rain forests in the same day, even if on foot.
The Argentine Andes is a wonderland for outdoor adventures and has some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Argentina. In the North you'll find prairie lands in the Pampas, gigantic canyons, indigenous peoples, alpine forests, and the Chaco Desert. The Central region has some of South America's best wine country, the second biggest city of Cordoba, and skiing in and around Mendoza. In the South there is the Lake District and more excellent places for skiing, hiking, and water sports.
Argentina offers great opportunities for walking through lakes, deserts, and glacier parks. The best trekking areas are the Andean Lake District, the Sierra de la Ventana, the Sierras de Cordoba, and Patagonia.
The eastern slopes of the Andes offers excellent skiing, as well as the Bariloche Resort. San Bernado, Puente del Inca, and San Antonia, which border Argentina and Chile, are also great spots. The ski season of Argentina is typically May to September.
The Andean Lake district has some of the best fishing in the world. The best time is in the summer. Trout and salmon are also abundant in the lakes and rivers of the Patagonian Region. The Parana River is also excellent for fresh water fishing.
Some of the best places for mountain climbing and rock-climbing are in Argentina. Mendoza, located just outside the highest peak, Anconcagua, is one of the main climbing centers as well as the Bariloche Resort in the Patagonian Lake District, western Patagonia, and for the more experienced climber, the Sierra de la Ventana.
The rivers descending from the Andes provide the perfect place for whitewater rafting. Some of the most popular rivers are Rio Diamante and Rio Manso (the Cuyo Region), and Rio Manso and Rio Limay (Bariloche). Water skiing, yachting, and boating are also enjoyed along the San Antonio River as well as scuba diving in Patagonia.