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A very warm welcome (with open arms) while arriving at Isla Martillo — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash

The Extraordinary Beauty of Argentina’s Patagonia, Iguazu and Buenos Aires — A Photographic Story

Sander Crombach
Mar 17, 2018 · 14 min read
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Left: the north of Argentina, Triple Frontier, Puerto Iguazu (with Paraguay on the left and Brazil on the right). Right: the southernmost you can go (without breaking the law) a fence at Bahia Lapataia, Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia
North of Argentina, Triple Frontier, Puerto Iguazu
South of Argentina, Bahia Lapataia (Fin del Mundo), Ushuaia
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Let’s grab our backpack and start in the north! First stop…

Iguazu Falls (Wonder of Nature)

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Beautiful panoramic view of the waterfalls
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Bridge towards the biggest waterfall of them all; Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat)
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Visiting these falls is very accessible, so a lot of tourists of all ages from all around the world come and visit
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But also of course because of the amazing views! This is Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat) which is 70 metres high
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I also went on a boat trip entering the lower Iguazu River Canyon with Iguazu Jungle tours, which was really fun (tip: wear a proper raincoat!)
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The jungle’s animal life. Plus, really convenient, there are no mosquitoes! — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock

Let’s check out of our hotel, grab a taxi to the aeropuerto and take a plane to …

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Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport + Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
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Buenos Aires (Capital of Argentina)

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Obelisco and BA sign at the widest avenue in the world: July 9 Avenue
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City of Buenos Aires by night, shot through a window at Palacio Barolo — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
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The streets of Buenos Aires by night — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
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Sunset with a view over the city, including the Congreso Nacional (National Congress Building) — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Puente de la Mujer (women’s bridge) — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock

Now let’s exchange the skyscrapers for the beautiful nature of Patagonia! Next stop…

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Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini + San Carlos de Bariloche Airport
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San Carlos de Bariloche (aka “Little Switzerland”)

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Locals chilling at the beach at lake Nahuel Huapi — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Previous 5 photos: the cozy city centre and beach of Bariloche
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View from the top of Cerro Campanario; one of the 10 most beautiful views in the world! (and you can see why)
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Locals exercising at the velodrome
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Lago Guiterrez; the perfect place to do some kayaking or chilling at the beach — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Seagull grabbing a cookie of a really patient tourist during a boat trip on lake Nahuel Huapi — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Laguna los Cantaros, close to Puerto Blest. All the way in the back you can see Chile mountains — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock

Get ready for a bus ride through some of the most beautiful landscapes. Cause we’re going to…

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Bus trip from San Carlos de Bariloche to El Chaltén, through gorgeous changing Patagonian landscapes
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El Chaltén (Argentina’s Trekking Capital)

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The small town El Chaltén, with only 350 inhabitants that live there throughout all the seasons of the year — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
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Hike and it’s views towards the top of ‘Pliegue Tumbado’
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The top of ‘Pliegue Tumbado’ with a view on the Cerro Fitz Roy mountain area. Be aware of the quickly changing weather though. At some point small rocks started to fly around…
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Strong Patagonian winds on the hike back to the town
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Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Beautiful changing scenery during the hike towards Cerro Fitz Roy and Laguna de los TresPhoto by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Ugh, need I say more!? What a view. Cerro Fitz Roy with the most beautiful weather possible (I was very lucky). And look how tiny people are in the bottom. Gives you a sense of how big this scenery is. No wonder so many people hike for almost 4 hours towards this place — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash

It’s time for some big-ass glaciers! So put on your coat, we’re going to…

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Arrival in El Calafate with it’s green coloured rivers
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El Calafate (Hub to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field)

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Very nice hike on the Perito Moreno glacier. At the end of the hike you’ll get an 8 year old whiskey with 100 year old (Perito Moreno glacier) ice in it — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
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Picture-perfect Perito Moreno glacier with some balconies to see it up close
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Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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The max capacity of that boat is 64 people. Can you even imagine how big this glacier is!? — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Unpredictable weather of Patagonia
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Iceberg on our way during a boat trip towards Viedma glacier near Estancia Cristina
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Small church near Estancia Cristina
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The beautiful nature at Estancia Cristina. This photo shows exactly what makes Patagonian nature so special: it’s the colours. There is the yellow/mustard coloured steppe (bushes), the green/blue coloured water (from the glaciers), the red coloured mountains and the white coloured top of the mountains (ice). All in all a unique colour palette.
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Left: 4x4 car drive towards the huge Viedma glacier. Right: the Viedma glacier itself (on the right) with a bright coloured lake with melted water
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Glacier in the making
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Passing a cabin in the middle of nowhere in the mountains while hiking towards the Viedma glacier — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock

Now it gets a bit colder. So put on your hat and scarf! We’re going down south to our last destination…

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Arrival with a plane in Ushuaia
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Ushuaia (The Southernmost City in the World)

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Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Beagle Channel, with the city Ushuaia on the right — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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View of the city Ushuaia from the top of Martial glacier, with the Beagle Channel and Chile in the back
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Smiling penguin enjoying the sunlight at Isla Martillo — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Big difference in enthusiasm. I think the one on the right had a rough night…
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Penguin saying hola! at Isla Martillo — Photo by Sander Crombach on Shutterstock
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Last moments of rest for this fellow, at Isla Martillo. Multiple boats visit this small island everyday — Photo by Sander Crombach on Unsplash
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Left: the Patagonian wind is so strong the trees are bent to the right. Right: cruiseship being prepared to go on an Antarctica expedition (would love to go on one of these…)
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Officially the southernmost you can go (viewpoint at Fin del Mundo) with a view on the Beagle Channel

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Me gazing at the stunning scenery

Sander Crombach

Freelance Senior UX / Product Designer & Digital…

Sander Crombach

Written by

Freelance Senior UX / UI & Product Designer, UX Researcher and Digital Strategist 👉 www.sandercromba.ch

Sander Crombach

Freelance Senior UX / Product Designer & Digital Strategist, with a passion for photography 👉 www.sandercromba.ch

Sander Crombach

Written by

Freelance Senior UX / UI & Product Designer, UX Researcher and Digital Strategist 👉 www.sandercromba.ch

Sander Crombach

Freelance Senior UX / Product Designer & Digital Strategist, with a passion for photography 👉 www.sandercromba.ch

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