The most important travel attractions in Argentinian Patagonia include the Perito Moreno glacier, the Valdés Peninsula, the Lake District, Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego.
In the second half of the 20th century, tourism became an important part of Patagonia's economy. Originally a remote backpacking destination, the region has attracted increasing numbers of upmarket visitors, cruise passengers rounding Cape Horn or visiting Antarctica, and adventure and activity holiday-makers.
Argentinian Patagonia can be broken up into the smaller travel destinations: The Lake District, Atlantic Patagonia, Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Each destination is very unique and offers much to entice the visitor.
In the center of the Lake District is Bariloche, a beautiful city that much resembles European alpine resorts, with spectacular surrounding scenery. In Bariloche you can take a trip around magnificent lakes, explore the scenic mountains, or partake in numerous sports activities such as skiing, golfing, hiking, biking and whitewater rafting. Excellent lodgings, views and a plethora of activities make Bariloche one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia.
Part of the Atlantic Patagonia region is the beautiful Valdès Peninsula, a natural habitat for various Patagonian animals. You can join the whale watching boat excursions, visit a huge penguin colony, and observe sea lions, birds, and other wildlife which is found in large numbers around the beautiful Peninsula Valdes. The coastal city of Puerto Madryn is the base of most explorations of the Valdès Peninsula.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the region of Southern Patagonia, and a true highlight of this destination. In the Glacier National Park is the quite memorable Upsala Glacier. Across the border, the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is another of the highlights of Patagonia.
Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago at the southernmost tip of Patagonia, divided between Argentina and Chile. It consists of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, and several minor islands. The region is famous for its glaciers, magnificent and historic ocean channels, and penguin colonies in settings that is unmatched in natural beauty and uniqueness. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, and the port of departure for most cruises to Antarctica.