There are many famous landmarks in Argentina, both natural and man made. In this article we feature the top famous landmarks in Argentina:
Buenos Aires Obelisk
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Argentina is the Buenos Aires Obelisk. Similar to the United States Washington Monument, this is a sight that tourists do not want to miss. This magnificent structure stands about 220 feet tall and is sometimes used by locals to display public messages. The image of this landmark that is most commonly used to represent Buenos Aires. Located in the heart of Buenos Aires, the Obelisk stands tall in the intersection of two of the world’s largest streets. It was built in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the city. The construction of the Buenos Aires Obelisk took only thirty-one days. It is said that the Obelisk was created to commemorate ten students that were kidnapped and tortured during Argentina’s last dictatorship.
Mount Fitz Roy
Many people visit this famous landmark during their Argentina vacation. Fitz Roy measures almost 3500 meters at its peak. The mountain was named by Perito Moreno. Mount Fitz Roy was also called Chalten by the Tehuelche Indians which means smoking mountain. Located just a few kilometers from the border with Chile, this is a beautifully scenic area to visit while in Argentina. Visitors will enjoy such sceneries as the beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks of Mount Fitz Roy. If you are an avid outdoorsman or woman, you will enjoy one of the tours that will take you to Mount Fitz Roy. This is not a trip you will never forget.
Train to the Clouds in Salta
This engineering masterpiece was built in 1930 with the purpose to connect Argentina and Chile. If you are of an adventurous sort, taking the Train to the Clouds is the trip for you. This is one of the most famous landmarks in Argentina and a wonderful excursion. The Train to the Clouds only makes four to seven trips a month. While on the Train to the Clouds, visitors will enjoy this fifteen hour round trip route that is about 217 kilometers long. Passengers will cross 29 bridges, 21 tunnels, 13 viaducts, 2 “rollers” as well as 2 zigzags. The Train to the Clouds will make several stops at different stations where the passengers may purchase homemade crafts from the colorfully dressed locals. While on the train guests can enjoy the restaurant car, panoramic car as well as the folklore performances.
There are many famous landmarks in Argentina to visit. One of the most magnificent is the Talampaya Canyon. This impressive landmark is located in Talampaya National Park and features massive red walls. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000. This canyon is situated in the heart of the National Park about 250 kilometers from the city of La Rioja. While touring through Talampaya Canyon, visitors can enjoy the many scenic areas such as the different mountain shapes and natural sculptures. These erosion areas are a major tourist attraction and certainly not something to miss while on vacation in Argentina. While visiting Talampaya Canyon, guests can enjoy the over 250 million years of prehistory. They can choose three different hiking routes and levels as well.
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