Argentina National Parks
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Whether you are in the northernmost area of Argentina, in Iguazú Falls, or on the southern tip in Tierra del Fuego, you are sure to enjoy the beauty and wonder that the National Parks of Argentina has to offer.
The national parks consist of a network of 29 different parks, each established to preserve a unique environment and the wildlife within. The first park was created in 1903 through a land donation from Francisco Moreno in the Andes foothills. In 1934, the National Parks system was officially established through the law, making the already protected areas of Nahuel Huapi National Park and Iguazú National Park official. The National Park Police Force was then established, and they continue to work to enforce the protection of these natural beauties. Since 1970, there are now different levels of protection: National Parks, National Monuments, Natural Reserves and Educational Reserves, each carrying its own aims in preservation. Many of the parks are recognized by UNESCO.
Argentina national parks
The parks are an accurate representation of Argentina’s extremely varied landscape: from rivers and subtropics to deserts to glaciers to mountains to wetlands, there is no lack of wonder here. Each park provides visitors with a new natural marvel to enjoy, be it the vast Yatay palm tree forests of El Palmar National Park, the immensely powerful waterfalls at Iguazú National Park or the mind-blowing, deep canyons of Talampaya National Park. See this Argentina travel guide for more comprehensive information about each park.
The Glaciers National Park, declared Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO, preserves a landscape that is admired by thousands of tourists annually. In addition, it protects several endangered species. Some of the national parks are located near tourist destinations, making them great excursions. Others are hundreds of kilometers away, such as Baritú National Park, which sits 350km outside of Salta. Many of the parks offer camping opportunities, and some, such as Iguazú National Park, offer other adventure tourism activities.
In addition, all of the parks are staffed with service members who work to help preserve the areas and make sure the laws are abided by. Most of the parks offer a Visitors Center or Interpretation Center, and some even have a sort of museum. Education is key, and staff members are always happy to help visitors understand more about the protected area. In some parks, such as the Quebrada del Condorito National Park, you can even hear a lecture about the park and its flora and fauna.
Each park varies in size, of course, but none are lacking in splendor. Size ranges from less than 25,000 hectares to over 750,000 hectares. While the parks are obviously a nature lover’s paradise, they are well-suited for any explorers and visitors who wish to experience the natural beauty that is Argentina.
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