Accommodations & Camping in Argentina

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We loved traveling and camping in Argentina. It’s the 8th largest country in the world but has only 40 million inhabitants. There’s lots of space for camping, but we also enjoyed staying with local people and a couple of times we were guests of posadas (guesthouses; here’s more on the subject).

Rough Camping

We spent about 1,5 years in Argentina, spread out of more than a dozen stays. Because of its geography we crossed the border with Chile regularly. This way we saw the best parts of the Andes Mountains on both sides of the border.

Fortunately, there are numerous border crossings between the two countries and crossing them is generally easy (Chile can be a complicated because you’re not allowed to bring in any fruits, vegetables and other fresh products, but that’s a story for another blog).

Camping at Lago Roca, Argentina (©photocoen)

Camping at Estancia Helsingfors, Andes Mountains Argentina (©photocoen)

Rough Camp at Estancia Haberton, Tierra del Fuego Argentina (©photocoen)

Paid Campsites

Since Argentina is a country with lots of space there are abundant opportunities for rough camping. Not only that, Argentineans are campers themselves so there are many campsites, either paid or free of charge. Here’s more on types of campsites in Argentina, and the list with our favorite remote boondocks (including photos).

Camping at Punto Pardelas, Península Valdés, Argentina (©photocoen)

Celebrating Christmas in Ushuaia, Argentina (©photocoen)

Camping Municipal in Salta, Argentina (©photocoen)

Camping Municipal in Resistencia, Argentina (©photocoen)

Campsites we great places to meet other overlanders. Among our favorites were:

  • The Camping Municipal in Salta (although we have been told it’s too busy and noisy in Jan/Feb; the summer holiday for Argentineans, but we were there in Aug/Sep/Oct when it was cold but quiet).
  • Punta Pardelas along Golfo, the only place in Península Valdés where you are allowed to camp (and can watch whales).
  • Ushuaia, where we stayed for Christmas and New Year’s Eve and had a ball with friends we had made along the way.

Backcountry Camping in Argentina

Besides camping in our Land Cruiser, we spent quite a few nights in our tent. Some of Argentina’s National Parks are great for multiple day hikes, like at El Chaitén. Thanks, Marty, Yann & Geraldine for sharing this adventure with us.

Camping during a trekking around El Chalten, Argentina (©photocoen)

Hiking around El Chalten, Argentina (©photocoen)

Camping in Monte Leon National Park, Atlantic Coast Argentina (©photocoen)

Hospitality – Staying with Locals

We love staying with local people. Sometimes we are invited via our website, sometimes we are introduced to other people, sometimes we are literally picked up from the street (“Come to my house, share dinner and stay with me; I love to hear your stories; I want to show you the beautiful places of Argentina”). In Argentina we were lucky to have quite a few homestays.

Thanks, Patricia and Fernando, for having us for so many weeks while we were waiting for our container to arrive from Malaysia. It was a great introduction to the Argentinean way of life, especially where it came to food.

Thanks also to Agustine, Rama, Máximo and Chin to have us at your estancia in Ascochinga. We loved spending so much time with you, like watching the first Dakar in South America and the WRC together, and are grateful for the places you showed us in the surroundings. Without that we would have missed an incredibly beautiful part of Argentina.

Snake in North Argentina (©photocoen)

Welcome to Argentina (©photocoen)

Horseback Riding in Córdoba, Argentina (©photocoen)

Unexpectedly we saw quite a bit of wildlife in north Argentina. While staying with Vodo, near Resistencia, we saw hurling monkeys, and in the Chaco we saw snakes when staying with  Catrien, a nurse who for the past 40 years has lived in one of Argentina’s remotest and poorest areas to help indigenous people.

We met Pablo and Alejandra through the Hospitality Club and were their guests for a weekend in Neuquen – a weekend giving us an opportunity to share a fantastic BBQ, of course.

Also great thanks to Octavio, who not only let us camp on his estancia but who also organized a professional exposition with Coen’s photos in Córdoba.

GPS Waypoints of Campgrounds & Rough Camps in Argentina

Let there be no misunderstanding: no, you don’t have to go to these places. No, these are not by definition the best spots. After having traveled in South America for so long we realize that it’s no problem here to find your own beautiful spots for camping. We decided to continue the page anyway, for travelers who would like some tips about camping spots which we enjoyed or found practical. Please note that this is always our personal experience.

You can also check out iOverlander, where you can see where other overlanders spent the night.

Do you have information we should add to this page? Please share it with us in the comments below so other travelers may benefit from it. Thanks.

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Puerto Iguazú: -25.622520, -54.549880
San Ignacio: -27.255350, -55.536970
Rio Pilcomayo National Park: -25.174870, -58.129250
Formosa: -26.191980, -58.197980
Resistencia: -27.437130, -58.984250
Province of Santa Fe, Ruta 1: -30.581700, -59.935980
Entre Rios, Route 12: -33.737680, -58.860320
Mar Azul: -37.352680, -57.038470
Viedma: -40.825050, -62.973130
La Lobería: -41.156450, -63.156850
Península Valdés: -42.618170, -64.260370
Puerto Madryn: -42.784300, -65.003580
Puerto Madryn – ACA Camping: -42.781520, -64.997880
Gaiman: -43.290980, -65.487930
Punto Tombo: -44.045370, -65.237450
Cabo dos Bahias: -44.901700, -65.591250
Camping \'Rada Tilly\': -45.918000, -67.550520
Puerto Deseado: -47.754530, -65.887730
Puerto Julian: -49.156700, -67.633570
Monte Leon National Park: -50.335880, -68.883500
30 kms west of Rio Gallegos: -51.625230, -69.611870
Ushuaia: -54.812950, -68.351750
Estancia Haberton: -54.883110, -67.237000
El Calafate: -50.333170, -72.258350
Perito Moreno Glacier: -50.468870, -73.021720
Laco Roca: -50.528300, -72.789870
El Chalten: -49.336220, -72.879630
Perito Moreno National Park: -47.953080, -72.121230
Ruta 41, about 20 kms south of Los Antiguos: -46.832170, -71.856700
Ruta 25, 60 kms west of Paso de Indios: -43.748300, -69.651520
Los Alerces National Park - Camping Las Rocas: -42.886470, -71.607730
Los Alerces National Park - Camping Playa El Francés: -42.790670, -71.728370
El Maitén: -42.059300, -71.163980
El Bolsón: -41.942550, -71.536780
Bariloche: -41.095830, -71.447020
Bariloche: -41.087100, -71.187520
Between Villa La Angostura and Chilean border: -40.721240, -71.797250
Villa Traful: -40.659880, -71.385520
Quila Quina: -40.174920, -71.434030
San Martín de los Andes: -40.158250, -71.359800
Lago Queni: -40.160900, -71.727570
Lago Quillén: -39.389700, -71.256300
Lago Norquinco: -39.129500, -71.326420
Parque Provincial Aconcagua: -32.811870, -69.943030
Mendoza: -32.890500, -68.865550
Camping Parque de Churrascaria: -32.890720, -68.883900
Rodeo, Cuesta del Viento: -30.176430, -69.098630
Las Flores: -30.321480, -69.210550
Campsite Bella Vista, Ruta 436 : -30.434920, -69.252000
Calingasta: -31.334870, -69.425250
NP Leoncito: -31.794930, -69.332180
Vallecito, Difunta Correa shrine: -31.735980, -67.981470
Alta Gracia: -31.648630, -64.450080
Villa General Belgrano: -31.973030, -64.544570
Quebracha de los Condoritos: -31.889700, -64.731030
Jésus María: -30.977230, -64.114000
San Marcos Sierros: -30.780530, -64.632620
Ischilin: -30.580180, -64.364730
Talampaya National Park: -29.784800, -67.993570
Ischigualasto National Park (Valle de la Luna): -30.163330, -67.842820
West of Nonogasta: -29.347430, -67.703580
Between Huaco and San José de Jachal on Ruta 40: -30.151520, -68.586670
Quebrada de la Troya: -28.708750, -68.303430
La Rioja: -29.402370, -66.944680
Nillaco: -28.804750, -66.954570
San Blas de Sauces: -28.391070, -67.080000
Cafayate: -26.080620, -65.977030
Quilmes ruins: -26.465200, -66.036430
Cachi: -25.121720, -66.167750
Algarrobal: -25.088920, -66.239100
Molinos: -25.438220, -66.292250
Tolar Grande: -24.589520, -67.395870
Salta: -24.812750, -65.419370
Valley south of Sey: -24.000970, -66.508300
San Antonio de los Cobres: -24.216670, -66.316800
La Puna, rough camp: -24.511750, -66.776700
Paso Sico, about 40 kms before the border crossing: -24.110650, -66.953180
Calilegua National Park: -23.762200, -64.851250
Iruya Cemetery: -22.792420, -65.219930
Iruya riverbed: -22.777400, -65.211670
Humahuaca: -23.206270, -65.348780
Purmamarca: -23.747430, -65.499520
Yavi: -22.131350, -65.463070
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Puerto Iguazú
Puerto Iguazú. Hostel Inn lies between the town Puerto Iguazú and the waterfalls. We could camp in the parking lot free of charge and use the hot showers and toilet. It's a big youth hostel with a good atmosphere (Jul '07).
gps: -25.62252, -54.54988
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San Ignacio
San Ignacio. Spent the night in the parking lot of Hotel San Ignacio, free of charge. Quiet place (Jul '07).
gps: -27.25535, -55.53697
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Rio Pilcomayo National Park
Rio Pilcomayo National Park. Small but beautiful park near a lake (Oct '08).
gps: -25.17487, -58.12925
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Formosa
Formosa. Quiet night at YPF Petrol Station / ACA (Oct '08).
gps: -26.19198, -58.19798
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Resistencia
Resistencia. Camping Municipal in Parque de 2 Febreros. Warm showers and on walking distance from down town. Price:  A$ 7 (2 persons and car, Jun '09).
gps: -27.43713, -58.98425
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Province of Santa Fe, Ruta 1
Province of Santa Fe, Ruta 1. San Janvier has a clean petrol station with WIFI (Jul '09).
gps: -30.58170, -59.93598
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Entre Rios, Route 12
Entre Rios, Route 12. There are several campgrounds along the road, some of which about 90 kilometers south of  Gualeguachu. Price around 3 euros (2 persons and car, Feb '07). Read more here.
gps: -33.73768, -58.86032
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Mar Azul
Mar Azul, This is a tiny village along the coast, about 80 kms north of Mar del Plata. We stayed at Camping Mar Azul, from where you can drive on the beach endlessly. Price around 6 euros (2 persons and car, Feb '07).
gps: -37.35268, -57.03847
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Viedma
Viedma. Not beautiful but practical. A quiet night at the YPF petrol station (Dec '07).
gps: -40.82505, -62.97313
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La Lobería
La Lobería. Quiet camping spot in the parking lot of the Lobería, where the toilets of the museum may be used (May '08).
gps: -41.15645, -63.15685
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