8 AMAZING LANDMARKS IN ARGENTINA

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8 AMAZING LANDMARKS IN ARGENTINA

8 AMAZING LANDMARKS IN ARGENTINA, Argentina covers much of the southern tip of South America. Its geography is wild and vast and is filled with roaring falls, hidden bones of ancient civilisations, and the end of the world. Famous for Lionel Messi, the tango and buckaroo culture, there are plenitude of artistic, major and natural milestones in Argentina to explore.

The metropolises are packed with life, from bustling road food requests to creative corners filled with bookstores and cafes. Its natural prodigies combine multiple wild geographies, from misty jungles to high- altitude glaciers. Then are 20 notorious milestones in Argentina not to be missed when visiting this inconceivable, end- of- the- world country.

FAMOUS LANDMARKS IN ARGENTINA

1- TREN A LAS NUBES

Argentina’s most famous train trip is the Tren a las Nubes, or Train to the Clouds.

The journey departs from Salta and takes passengers through some of Argentina’s most beautiful landscapes.

The train heads through the Lerma Valley, past the multicoloured Quebrada del Toro and even across a breath-taking viaduct where views over the desert canyon of La Polvorilla can be seen from a staggering altitude of 4200 m above sea level.

The train is the fourth highest in the world, and reaches the peak of its journey at the end of the railway line, at 4200 meters high.

The journey to the Clouds is long, with trips lasting around 15 hours.

2- MUSEO ARQUELOGIA DE ALTA MONTANA

The Museo Arquelogia de Alta Montana or MAAM as it is locally referred to is one of Argentina’s premier museums.

The museum is home to one of the largest exhibitions in the world focusing on Incan culture and heritage.

The most famous collection in the Incan exhibition is of the child sacrifices that were left on some of the most formidable peaks in the Andes.

Make sure to find one of the three mummified children. The bodies are on a rotation lasting six months each.

The bodies were discovered at the peak of Llullaillaco in 1999 and are a stark reminder of the sacrifices made by the Incan peoples centuries ago.

3- RECOLETA CEMETERY

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Recoleta Cemetery is a landmark in Buenos Aires you will definitely want to visit.

Sometimes referred to as the “worlds best cemetery”, Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is a landmark not to be missed.

The graves here are not underground but in grand and ornate mausoleums above ground, making for an interesting site to explore.

The cemetery is unique in its design as each mausoleum features intricate scrolls, Romanesque pillars and carvings.

The mausoleums are unusually small in height with many resting at around shoulder height.

Some of Argentina’s most influential figures, including Evita, are buried at the cemetery and you can find out more by booking a guided tour. Maps are available and are a must when visiting, as the site is filled with more than 6400 graves.

 

 

4- BUENOS AIRES OBELISK

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Here’s another Buenos Aires landmark, the Obelisk.

Erected in 1936 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the foundation of Buenos Aires in 1536 by Pedro de Mendoza, the monument is one of the most famous landmarks in Argentina.

The obelisk is 67.5 meters tall and was designed by Argentinian architect Alberto Prebisch.

Shortly after being built, the community was upset about the obelisk, with a city-authorised demolition planned only three years after its completion.

Thankfully it was vetoed by the mayor at the time and has since become an important location in the city.

 

5- SHRINE OF LLULLAILLACO SUMMIT

The Shrine of Llullaillaco Summit is the highest ceremonial site in the world.

The site marks where the Llullaillaco mummies were found between 1983 and 1985 in northwest Argentina.

Three of the best-preserved child mummies are displayed at the Museo Arquelogia de Alta Montana.

The mummies found at the shrine were buried with more than 100 objects, including fabrics, gold, silver and pottery.

One of the girls was found adorned with an elaborate ceremonial headdress.

Due to the climate at the summit of Llullaillaco, the extreme cold, hypoxic and arid environment, the mummies were extraordinarily well preserved, and are amongst the best-preserved mummies in the world.

Today, on reaching the summit, a small shrine has been erected to remember those killed in sacrifice as part of Incan ceremonies.

6- FLORALIS GENERICA

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One of the more unusual landmarks in Argentina is the Floralis Generica.

A city landmark in Buenos Aires since 2002, the Floralis Generica is a giant silver flower designed by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano.

The Floralis Generica has moving petals, which at 13 meters long take around 20 minutes to open.

The flower opens each morning at 8 am and closes at sunset.

Catalano designed the sculpture in this way to reflect the real daily movements of petals.

Floralis Generica is made from aluminium, giving it a reflective surface.

During the day, the city is reflected on the surface, and the petals glow red at night.

7- NATIONAL MONUMENT TO THE FLAG

In the city of Rosario is the National Monument to the Flag.

The monument was built to commemorate the historic raising of the Argentine National Flag, created by Manuel Belgrano, in 1872 on the cliffs of the Parana River.

The monument is located in that same spot. Part of the monument features an eternal flame, burning permanently to honour those who have died for Argentina.

The monument was built from marble and in a renaissance style and occupies a staggering 10,000 square meter area.

Argentina’s flag is so important to the country, and the history it represents, that the whole monument was designed to represent the motherland; as a ship sailing into eternity.

NATURAL LANDMARKS IN ARGENTINA

8- IGUAZU FALLS

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Iguazu Falls straddles Argentina and Brazil and is an incredible natural landmark.

On the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is a spectacular natural landmark in Argentina.

Iguazu Falls is made up of 275 waterfalls and spans a width of 2.7 kilometres.

The tallest waterfall in the system is the Devil’s Throat and features a drop of 80 meters into a misty pool below.

The falls is nearly twice the size of Niagara Falls in the USA and Canada.

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