Argentina is a destination suitable for cruises, provided its ports admit large size vessels. It is possible to cover cities like Buenos Aires, Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia as well as the Malvinas Islands or even the hostile and remote Antarctica.
Lakes of intense beauty and transparent rivers give life to varied proposals for navigating through the Argentine Patagonia. Departing from picturesque ports, visitors may contemplate amazing landscapes with snow covered peaks, incredible glaciers and a varied fauna.
While disembarking, the services provided are first class with lodging capable of satisfying every requirements and a delicious regional gastronomy and distinguished wines.
Deep Blue Shades and Magical Forests
In the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén, at 25 kms from San Carlos de Bariloche and from Puerto Blest, depart many boat tours that navigate the Nahuel Huapi Lake, making stops at Victoria Island, where visitors fall in love with the spectacular Anchorena Bay and its landscape. Tourists are also invited to make walks to Puerto Gross in order to reach the Playa del Toro and contemplate the Centinela Island and the Cántaros Lake, in the middle of the valdivian jungle.
By the waters of the Mascardi Lake, also in Río Negro, it could be reached the Sight Point of the Ventisquero Negro Glacier and walk through the forest and visit the Saltillo de las Nalcas waterfall. The international cross of Andean Lakes is another option that combines navigation with pedestrian routes, until reaching Puerto Mont, in Chile.
Visitors willing to navigate through the Negro River, one of the most plentiful rivers in Patagonia, can take the Curru Leuvú II catamaran or other boats that depart from the City of Viedma.
A collection of lakes to admite
In the province of Neuquén, the Patagonia of the Lakes displays all its magnificence. The Lacar Lake, by the picturesque city of San Martín de los Andes, surprises with its crystalline waters and offers different tours in modern boats to visit its shores to discover islands, forests, cascades and unique beauty landscapes. Near Junín de los Andes, the Huechulafquen Lake proposes navigation with the Lanín volcano as natural lighthouse guiding each tour.
Heading to the South, still in Neuquén, from the Mansa Bay in Villa La Angostura, navigating the Nahuel Huapi Lake and going along cliffs and the Quetrihué Coast, the Arrayanes Forest (The Arrayán is the South American Myrtle) is reached, with their soft cinnamon trunks and specimen more than 25 mt high and 300 years old.
Furthermore, the Moquehue and Aluminé Lakes, at the feet of the Andes Mountain Range, offer tempting walks that combine the marvels of the landscape with the practice of aquatic sports.
Navigating between Giants
In the province of Santa Cruz, in the Los Glaciares National Park, is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Many boats navigate the Argentino Lake waters, going along the Canal de los Témpanos until reaching the imposing glacier, one of the most extraordinary and amazing natural beauties of the region. Navigation in the northern side of the lake features gigantic pieces of ice and beautiful pre-Andean landscapes.
From Bahía Túnel Port, at El Chaltén, boats depart towards the Viedma Glacier.This navigation permits to see the Fitz Roy Mount and the Huemul Mount while getting a spectacular view of the different shades of blue of Viedma Glacier. Capri, Torre and De los Tres Lagoons, or even the Desierto Lake, fascinate visitors with their ice and granite landscapes.
The Atlantic coast of the province also offers many interesting navigation options, departing from Puerto San Julián or Puerto Deseado.
AliveSeaand Lakes with millenary Larches
In Puerto Madryn or Puerto Pirámides, at the Valdés Peninsula, there are many boat tours featuring dive practice or inviting to watch the amazing spectacle of dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and the gigantic and stunning Southern Right Whale, which arrives to those coasts between June and December.
Chubutalso offers navigation at its mountain lakes or plentiful rivers. At Los Alerces National Park, navigation can be made at Lago Futalaufquen and Arrayanes River, which present a magic surrounding of Arrayán trees at their shores. At Lago Puelo National Park, navigation reaches the border with Chile.
Reaching the End of the World
Ushuaia is a destination point of many large cruises from different parts of the world.Once there, many ships depart to different destinations in this place called “The End of the World”. Navigation of the Beagle Channel offers a magnificent view of the southernmost city of the world and a landscape full of birds and maritime fauna. Other tours reach the Birds Island, the Wolves Island, the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and Bridges Islands.Some longer tours reach the Martillo Island penguin colony and the traditional Harberton Farm.
Sea lovers may take ship expeditions to the Isla de los Estados and the mythic Cape Horn, at the eastern extreme of Tierra del Fuego. Lapataia Bay can also be reached by boat, departing from Puerto Arias, at the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Ushuaia is also a boarding point for cruises that head towards the Antarctic continent. From November to March, after a few days of navigation, the Antarctica is reached, a destination as extreme as dazzling.