Top World Heritage Sites in Argentina

Iguazu Falls, photo by Nouhailler/Flickr

The amazing country of Argentina is a very popular tourist destination. It owns numerous outstanding natural and cultural attractions. Many of these are inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Iguazu National Park with its breathtaking waterfalls and the Los Glaciares National Park with the outstanding glaciers are worldwide famous. Besides these two, there are several other spectacular World Heritage Sites in Argentina, such as the Talampaya National Park, the Jesuit Block of Córdoba, the San Ignacio Miní, the Valdes Peninsula with the amazing seals and so on. The following article will present you the best World Heritage Sites of Argentina.

The Iguazu National Park

The breathtaking Iguazu Waterfalls are worldwide famous. The falls are included in a national park with the same name. Situated on the border of Brazil and Argentina, the waterfalls are very attractive among visitors. Since 1984 the waterfalls and the national park have been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. They also make part of the “new seven wonders of the World”. If you visit the province of Misiones, make sure to visit the fantastic waterfalls of Iguazu.

Iguazu Falls, photo by Nouhailler/Flickr

The Los Glaciares National Park

Another famous and outstanding World Heritage Site is the Los Glaciares National Park. Situated in the province of Santa Cruz, the immense national park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. It includes a large number of 47 outstanding glaciers of which the most spectacular are the Perito Moreno, the Upsala and the Viedma. These are the most popular among visitors. The national park is an extremely popular tourist attraction in Argentina. If you would like to visit this amazing national park, you have to take a bus from the city of El Calafate.

Perito Moreno Glacier, photo by Tanenhaus/Flickr

San Ignacio Miní

It was originally a mission which was founded by the Jesuits in 1632. The outstanding and well-preserved ruins of the mission were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. The San Ignacio Miní mission included some houses, a main square, a monastery, a church and a cemetery. Today, the ruins are very attractive among visitors. There is also a museum at San Ignacio Miní. It is undoubtedly a must-see site.

San Ignacio Miní, photo by Sitomon/Flickr

The Jesuit Block of Córdoba

The well-known city of Córdoba can be found in the province with the same name. It includes numerous outstanding attractions. One of these, the Jesuit Block was inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2000. It contains the beautiful University of Córdoba, a church, the Monserrat Secondary School and some residential buildings. The complex is of an outstanding beauty. It is not surprising that it was declared a World Heritage Site.

The Valdes Peninsula

The beautiful peninsula can be found in the Viedma department, on the Atlantic coast. It is a significant nature reserve which is home to some outstanding animals, such as fur seals, elephant seals, sea lions, the Southern right whale, Magellanic penguins and so on. The peninsula was inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1999. Visiting the nature reserve of Valdes is surely a memorable experience.

 

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