It was about 8 p.m., and a cacophany of chirping birds and cicadas filled the inky darkness. If a large animal—a tapir, perhaps, or a jaguar—snapped branches or scampered through the bush, it would have been hard to hear it. My ears strained, my pulse quickened, as I surveyed the dense jungle ahead with a flashlight, waiting to spy a flash of green eyes …
Not many visitors make it to this part of northeastern Argentina, despite its Urugua-í Provincial Park being just a 2.5-hour drive from Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s largest waterfalls and certainly one of the most breathtaking. It even had a recent cameo in Black Panther. The Brazilian side of the falls is more popular and claims several things the Argentinian side lacks: notably, good roads, luxury hotels, and helicopter tours. But Misiones, one of Argentina’s 23 provinces, is full of untapped adventures beyond the Unesco World Heritage site.
Subscribing to a safari model, the four-month old Awasi Iguazú now offers a viable way in for high-class explorers.
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As I reach the the maze of boardwalks, the voice of my guide fades. In fact, all sound gets drowned out completely and the entirety of my being zeroes in on the beautiful, overwhelming expanse spread out before me.
Heading out of El Calafate for our several-hour journey to Los Glaciares National Park in the early hours of the day, I have little hope of a worthy viewing of Perito Moreno Glacier. The forecast predicts heavy cloud and a chance of rain.
Thankfully, the journey in itself offers many surprises. As Route 11 hugs Lake Argentino to the right side we see many different bird fauna – the black neck swan, the vapor duck, the coot and the cauquen – but none shocks me more than the gorgeous pink Chilean flamingos huddled in a group at the lake’s edge.
Our first sighting of the glacier is from the far end at Curva de Los Suspiros, aptly named the ‘curve of sighs’ due to the magnificent panoramic viewpoint it presents of the Perito Moreno Glacier. This view is the ultimate teaser of what’s to come.
The world is a beautiful place, and there’s no better way to take in the sights than a good hike.
Below is a list of breathtaking trails that span all difficulty levels.
From Japan’s Yoshida Trail to Argentina’s Fitz Roy Trek, here are 26 hikes worth traveling for.
Where to find it: Crossing 14 US states from Georgia to Maine.
Length: 2,200 miles
Difficulty: Some parts are easy, but some parts are among the toughest in the country.
The AT is one of those trails that everyone has heard about at least once — even people who aren’t at all outdoorsy. The average thru-hiker takes around 165 days to complete it from end to end, and it features some intense elevation changes along its length.
The exact length of the trail changes from year to year due to modifications during maintenance.
Baltoro glacier & K2
Where to find it: Start from Islamabad, Pakistan, to obtain permits, then fly to Skardu, Pakistan, to begin your trek
Length: According to Central Karakorum National Park estimates, it’s possible to reach the K2 base camp in seven to eight days.
The Awasi Iguazú, a 14-suite lodge close to the mighty Iguazú Falls, is a luxurious game changer for the destination.
Oddly enough, it didn’t smell like rain. The sky had turned from blue to silver to a deep, dark gray as our trio of kayaks explored a remote stretch of Argentina’s Yacuí River, a tributary of the larger Iguazú. With its milky green waters and banks lined with the towering palmito and palo rosa trees of the Atlantic Forest, the Yacuí, set in the northeastern province of Misiones, is about as far from the cosmopolitan streets of Buenos Aires as you can get.
We’d driven 90 minutes due east from the town of Puerto Iguazú, on the unpaved Route 101 that runs along the border of Iguazú National Park, to reach this remote location. After clambering down a makeshift pier, we’d dropped our kayaks in the water and begun paddling upstream, with no end point in mind — our destination was the magical rain forest that straddles the river, once a vast wilderness that covered more than 100 million acres of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil.
Our annual list of the places everyone will want to travel to this year.
While Elon Musk is hard at work trying to make Mars the next travel frontier, other places in this orbit demand a visit right now. You can easily deduce why cities hosting the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics might land on Forbes Travel Guide’s list, but other out-of-this-world destinations are in such a fun, creative space right now that they should sit atop your travel plans, too.
After a seven-month renovation, Australia’s most famous landmark reopened with a bang on New Year’s Eve. Debuting new machinery, lighting and improved acoustics, the Sydney Opera House is back and better than ever for the 2018 season.
For a sumptuous stay post-performance, just stroll a few blocks south to the brand-new Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel and enjoy a retro-chic drink at the 1960s-inspired Soiree Bar.
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Some ideas for your travels.
Every year, the travel specialists at geography and exploration magazine National Geographic draw up a list of the best trips to make over the next twelve months – and they’ve seriously outdone themselves with this year’s selection.
From Ethiopia to Georgia, Ireland to Chile the editors have handpicked the finest sights across the globe to keep us stocked up on wanderlust for the whole of 2018. Check out some of the incredible destinations that caught our eye just below.
Laid-back Harar, Ethiopia
Little frequented by European travelers, with most preferring the more easily accessible countries of North Africa, Ethiopia’s Harar has been hailed as “the most surprising city in East Africa” by the magazine.
Recognised as the fourth holy city of Islam by UNESCO, the colorful, maze-like streets of Harar are home to more than 110 mosques and many more shrines.
I’m hopeful. As we set sail from Puerto Pirámides our guide Sebastian confidently assures us that we have a ‘100% chance’ of seeing Southern Right Whales today. He’s not wrong. Almost as soon as we get out into the deeper water a mother and baby are spotted from the team’s lookout point.
Whale watching season is in full swing in Puerto Madryn in Patagonia, Argentina, and I’ve been kindly invited to experience this natural wonder by Say Hueque who specialize in tours around Argentina and Chile.
I arrive in Puerto Madryn on an Argentine bank holiday. The sun is shining and the beach is packed. There are colorful parasols everywhere, children squealing as they paddle in the waves of the Atlantic and teenagers competitively playing football, using flip flops dug into the sand as goal posts. Everyone seems to be in a good mood.
Argentina is one of the most awe-inspiring countries in the world, with dramatic glacial landscapes, legendary tango performances, impressive wine and food scenes, and of course, cities like Buenos Aires. Now, thanks to the recent drop in value of the Argentinian peso—plus the new tax refund foreigners get on hotel stays—there’s never been a better time to visit. Here are 15 photos that will inspire you to visit one of South America’s most alluring and beautiful countries.
Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentine part of Patagonia is one of the country’s crowning glories, comprised of mountains like the jagged Mount Fitz Roy, lakes, and glaciers.
The neighborhood of La Boca, known for its brightly painted tin buildings and impromptu tango performances, helps make Buenos Aires one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Journey across South America discovering the thrilling landscapes, cities and cultures of Peru, Chile, Brazil and Argentina on this exciting tour. Highlights include Peru’s renowned sacred Inca site of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that you will tour and explore independently. Discover the historic highlights of Lima and tour Cusco, including the impressive Baroque cathedral and fascinating Inca remnants such as the fortress of Sacsayhuaman outside the town. Explore Chile’s enchanting capital, Santiago, and visit the renowned wine-producing region of the Casablanca Valley, touring a winery.
Cross the towering Andes from Puerto Varas, cruising across the shimmering Todos Los Santos lake and driving through breathtaking mountain landscapes. In Argentina, explore the natural beauty of the Circuito Chico, with alpine forests and lakes in Nahuel Huapi National Park.