World Heritage Sites in Argentina

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The 9 World Heritage Sites in Argentina.

Argentina was accepted to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in 1978 and currently 9 sites are listed in the World Heritage List: 5 Cultural and 4 Natural. A further 6 World Heritage sites are pending approval to be included.

Los Glaciares National Park in the Province of Santa Cruz.

Thirteen glaciers in total that are feeding into the Atlantic ocean. The front walls of the Perito Moreno, Mayo, Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers topple into the Argentino Lake waters. They are a spectacular site and are currently in equilibrium. Day tours are leaving from El Calafate and you can also walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Walking on the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Peninsula Valdes in the Chubut Province.

The gulfs of Penisnusla Vlades, San Jose and Nuevo are the meeting points for the Southern Wales. Every year between may and December they start gathering here to feed and to breed. The fauna concentration is outstanding. You will also be able to see Sea Lions, Elephant Seals and the Magellanic Penguins. Thousands of bird species are protected in the Isla de los pajaros.

Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba.

The Jesuits Block is a magnificent collection of historical buildings that were built by the Jesuits. The buildings include the Church of the Compaña de Jesus, The Chapel Capilla Domestica, The Jesuits Residence, The Rectorate of Cordoba National University, University Council, Conference Room, Higher Library and the Monserrat National High School. These buildings can be found in Alta Gracia, The Jesuits Estancias Jesus Maria, Croya, Santa Catalina and La Candeleria.

Jesuits Church in Alta Gracia
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Cuevas de las Manos at the Upper Pinturas River in the Province of Santa Cruz.

The Cave of the Hands, is situated by the Alto Rio Pinturas Valley, and contains one of the most significant collections of cave art in Argentina. Here you can see stenciled outlines of human hands that is more than 9,300 years old.

Iguazu National Park in the Province of Misiones.

The famous Iguazu Falls, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. It is in the heart of the Iguazu National Park. Water plunges more than 70m into the abyss below! The border between Argentina and Brazil is marked by the gigantic Devil´s throat (Garganta del Diablo). The National park hosts more than 2,000 species of plants and 400 bird species.

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World Heritage Site – Iguazu Falls.

Jesuits Missions of the Guaranis in the Province of Misiones.

The Jesuits Missions of the Guaranis stretches over a 296 km area– San Ignacio Mini, Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Santa Ana and Santa Maria. The Jesuits settled in Argentina in the 17th century and this heritage site is part of 33 villages that were built during that time.

Quebrada de Humahuaca in the Province of Jujuy.

It is a world Cultural Lanscape that frame the villages of Purmamarca, Maimara, Tilcara and Humahuaca. Here you can see historical chapels and Pre-Hispanic ruins.

Ischigualasto and Talampaya Natural Parks in the Provinces of San Juan and La Rioja.

The Ischigualasto Provincial Park, also known as the Moon Valley, is one of the greatest paleontological reserves of the world.It contains remains of vertebrates from the Mezozoic Era and early dinosaur footprints. Here you also find Andean condors. The canyon is 3km long and the alls of the canyon over 150 meters high.

Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System in the Provinces of Catamarca, Jujuy, La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta and San Juan.

The latest addition to the World Heritage Sites in Argentina is the Andean Road Systems. This site is an extensive Inca communication, trade and defense network of roads, covering more than 30,000 km. It was constructed by the Incas over several centuries.

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