Known for its fine wine and rich meat, Argentina is surely considered as one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Featuring forested mountains, hilly countryside and vast plains, this state is as rich in natural panoramas as it is in cultural heritage.
It is not a surprise that UNESCO chose nine Argentinian sites to safeguard under its World Heritage Sites List. Among those nine places, five are cultural and four natural.
Before starting to tell you about each one of those sites, I will first give you a brief introduction on Argentina.
Located in Latin America, Argentina covers most of the Southern Cone, and borders Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, the South Atlantic Ocean and Chile.
The country’s capital city is Buenos Aires and thanks to Argentina’s national wealth, this nation is declared third largest Latin American economy.
UNESCO’S WORLD HERITAGE SITES OF ARGENTINA
Iguazu National Park
Iguazu National Park is home to a large number of animals, such as tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans. This site is located right on the borders with Argentina and Brazil, and it declared as the one place to feature the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Under UNESCO since 1984.
Península Valdés is situated in Patagonia and it includes a series of gulfs, rocky cliffs, shallow bays and lagoons, sandy beaches, coastal sand dunes and small islands. This site is home to a very large number of marine mammals, and for this it is of high importance for animal conservation. Under UNESCO since 1999.
Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks
Ischigualasto and Talampaya—under UNESCO since 2000—are two parks that span 275,300 ha in the desert region on the western border of the Sierra Pampeanas of central Argentina. Traces of continental fossils from the Triassic Period were found in this site(s). The fossils found in this area belong to ancestors of mammals, dinosaurs and plants.
Quebrada de Humahuaca
This cultural site, safeguarded by the UNESCO since 2003, follows the line of a cultural route called “Camino Inca”. The areas touched by the “Camino Inca”, and so by the Quebrada de Humahuaca, are the spectacular valley of the Rio Grande, the High Andean desert plateau, and the Rio Leone.
The Los Glaciares National Park
Under UNESCO since 1981, Los Glaciares National Park presents an exceptional natural beauty, given by rugged mountains and large glacial lakes located all around the park. Los Glaciares is located in the Southwest of Santa Cruz Province in the Argentine part of Patagonia.
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