6 Best UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Argentina
Are you aware of the fact that there are a wide variety of cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage sites in Argentina? From captivating ancient structures to enchanting landscapes, from incredible architecture to getting lost in the passion of tango, Argentina has it all to keep its visitors amazed. In order to preserve these masterpieces, UNESCO has declared 11 such cultural and natural sites.
Let us find out the top 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Argentina.Los Glaciares National Park
Declared as a natural treasure in 1981, Los Glaciares National Park is a federally protected area in Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. Spanning over 726,927 hectares of land area, it is the largest national park in Argentina. The park is covered with towering icy mountains, numerous glacial lakes and beautiful scenery. The park is encircled with over 13 glaciers and sub-Antarctic forest giving it a breath-taking view. 30% of the park area is made up of ice. It is also a natural habitat for hundreds of animal and plant species.
Iguazu Falls is a must visit place when you talk of natural wonders in Argentina. Surrounded by the tropical jungle with red soil, giant butterflies, comical toucans and tribal culture, these falls give an excellent opportunity to witness the incredible panorama of lush plant and animal life. With 275 different waterfalls spanning over 3 km. wide area, these gushing falls are sure to blow your mind with their overwhelming beauty. It is a nature lovers and bird watchers paradise.
Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas
Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999, there are a series of caves located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. Cueva de las Manos translates to ‘Cave of Hands’. The caves are popular for the painting of hands stencilled onto the cave walls. The caves exhibit exceptional artwork, executed between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. It has many painted rock shelters with magnificent pictographs. In addition, these hand paintings depict human life, animal hunting scenes and random geometric shapes. One can also enjoy the nearby enchanting landscape with a river running through the deep canyon.
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis
Jesuit Missions of the Guaranis was listed as World Heritage site in 1983. Located in the lush tropical forest of South America, these are considered to be one of the most significant cultural initiatives during South America’s colonization. Jesuit Missions are the archaeological ruins of towns created by the Jesuit Order. The Guaranis built the towns in the 17th and 18th centuries. Our of many, four Jesuit Missions are located in Argentina; they are – Santa Ana, San Ignacio Mini, Neustria Senora de Loreto and Santa Maria Mayor. These landmarks boast of various structures and architectural wonders attracting thousands of local and international tourists.
Península Valdés is a peninsula on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina’s Chubut Province. It is an important natural reserve and hence declared as UNESCO world heritage sites in Argentina in 1999. This 400 km. long shoreline comprises of numerous gulfs, lagoons, cliffs, white sandy beaches, small islands and shallow bays. The area is rich in fauna with rare species of elephant seals, fur seals, endangered southern right whale, sea lions and other marine mammals. If you are an avid marine lover, this lovely place must be on your sightseeing list in Argentina.
Jesuit Block and Estancias of Córdoba
Jesuit Block is a popular cultural site in Córdoba, the capital and one of the best cities in Argentina. It exhibits the core of the entire Jesuit system in Argentina. It is made up of various secular and religious buildings including churches, universities, residents, farming estates and other famous structures. These structures showcase the religious, social and economic condition of South America during 17th and 18th century.
If you happen to travel through this beautiful country, add some of these top UNESCO World Heritage sites in Argentina to your list of activities.
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