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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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
|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
|Rio Pilcomayo National Park |
Rio Pilcomayo National Park. Small but beautiful park near a lake (Oct '08).
gps: -25.17487, -58.12925
Formosa. Quiet night at YPF Petrol Station / ACA (Oct '08).
gps: -26.19198, -58.19798
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
|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
|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
|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
Viedma. Not beautiful but practical. A quiet night at the YPF petrol station (Dec '07).
gps: -40.82505, -62.97313
|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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