When we talk about natural monuments, our country is one of the most privileged around the world. Argentina has a variety of landscapes, fauna, flora, a vast and diverse geography, which is home to a large number of places to see that are truly wonderful. Here, a review of some to know in 2024.

First, as established by the National Parks Law Natural Monuments “are areas, things, living species of animals or plants, of aesthetic interest, historical or scientific value, to which absolute protection is granted,” indicates the Argentina.gob.ar portal.

“They will be inviolable, and no activity may be carried out in them or with respect to them, with the exception of official inspections and scientific research permitted by the enforcement authority, and that necessary for its care and attention of visitors,” he assures.

The Perito Moreno Glacier, the star of the Argentine Glaciers.  Photo: archive.The Perito Moreno Glacier, the star of the Argentine Glaciers. Photo: archive.

Likewise, and beyond the dictionary definition that indicates that they are those areas or living species of animals or plants to which absolute protection is provided, to visit in Argentina you could name everything from imposing glaciers to impressive salt flats… unique sites that offer visitors unforgettable experiences.

A classic of tourism in our country, this giant glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park, is one of the most famous in the world. Its imposing mass of ice extends 30 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide, and offers an impressive spectacle. You can take walks and the view is impressive.

View of the Devil's Throat, in the Iguazú Falls.  Photo ShutterstockView of the Devil’s Throat, in the Iguazú Falls. Photo Shutterstock

Iguazú Falls (Misiones)

Located on the border between Argentina and Brazil, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a World Heritage Site. With more than 275 waterfalls, which cascade from a height of up to 80 meters, this set of waterfalls offers an impressive panorama. Visitors can take boat rides to see the falls up close or walk along the walkways that lead into the jungle.

Salinas Grandes de Jujuy (Jujuy)

They are a salt flat located in the Puna de Atacama, an arid and mountainous region in the northwest of the country. It has an area of ​​more than 12,000 square kilometers and is the third largest in the world. The bright white surface offers a unique and surreal landscape, where thousands of visitors walk annually. A classic photo with a rare perspective.

Valley of the Moon in San Juan. Valley of the Moon in San Juan.

Valley of the Moon (San Juan)

Also called Ischigualasto Provincial Park, it is located in the northeast of the Puntana province and borders La Rioja to the north. It is a rocky desert with geological formations unique.

Pozuelos Lagoon (Jujuy)

According to Wikipedia, “the Laguna de los Pozuelos natural monument is a protected natural area in Argentina, which is located in the north of the province of Jujuy, covering part of the Rinconada, Yavi and Santa Catalina departments. It has 16,224 hectares and belongs to the Puna ecoregion”.

It protects the Pozuelos lagoon along with its aquatic birdlife, made up of species exclusive to the Puna environment. Due to its relevance as a habitat for numerous aquatic birds, in 1990 it was included in the list of wetlands of international importance as the first biosphere reserve in Argentina.

Reserve La Payunia de Mendoza.  Photo: archive.Reserve La Payunia de Mendoza. Photo: archive.

Reserve La Payunia (Mendoza)

The La Payunia reserve is a protected natural area located in the south of the province. The area is also known as Payún or Payén. The reserve is accessed through national route 40 and then through provincial route 186, 160km away. from Malargüe, head city of the department of the same name. With more than 800 cones, La Payunia is one of the regions on the planet with the highest density of volcanoes. Its main attraction is the extensive lava plains with volcanic cones, among which the Payún Matrú volcano stands out. The area corresponds to Patagonian ecosystem.

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