Okay, so you’ve decided to travel to distant lands, with your faithful canine sidekick by your side. If you’ve picked Argentina as your destination, you should definitely consider making your stay enjoyable both for yourself and your dog. And visiting Argentina is definitely a wise choice because you have a wide variety of different things to see and do – from the fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro, to the magnificent plains of Patagonia or long, phantasmagorical beaches – it’s basically an achievement if you manage to feel bored in this amazing country!
Once you’ve picked out a suitable dog-friendly hotel or some other accommodation (perhaps something more out of the ordinary – an estancia, also known as finca, which is a kind of ranch) and settled in one of the cities of Argentina, be it Buenos Aries, Mendoza, or perhaps a place that is barely visible on a map, you might encounter some sudden hesitations as to the appropriacy of bringing your dog with you and the Argentinians’ tolerance for canine travelers. Fortunately for you, there’s no need to worry because, especially in the big cities, you can assume as much liberty as you can – which is one of the reasons travelling to Argentina is an amazing experience every step of the way.
Yes, once again this sounds like an obvious thing to do, but don’t be fooled – there are so many things to visit and see, you are truly in a danger to lose your head in Argentina. So, why hiking, you ask? Because hiking is one of the greatest things to do in Argentina – thanks to its amazing nature and wildlife. Your dog will be exuberant once you head for the hills or the plains – and it will transfer to you too. There’s hardly a better way to spend your time than in the midst of intact nature. From the Patagonia plains to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, the Beagle Channel or the Cerro Martial, Perito Moreno or the Iguazu falls, you are bound to see out-of-this-world scenery and creatures– condors, scented forests, glaciers, you name it! The best thing about hiking in Argentina is the fact that most of the country has trails that are convenient, but still offer you the thrill of walking through wilderness.
Perhaps you are into wall paintings of hands dating back 10,000 years? If your answer is yes, than this is a place to go. Once you leave behind the sunny beaches and crowded cities and travel through Patagonia for ages, you should definitely visit this remarkable testament both of human development and creativity, and of the power and beauty of nature. Basically, you can admire the intricate hand patterns old as (human) time itself, and your dog can be one with the cave. It will surely be extremely amusing to see your dog react to a completely new surroundings, bats, reverberations, stalagmites and stalactites and all other things you can find in an ancient cave.
Whether you have a smartphone or an impressive camera, you ought to make the most out of it, and Argentina is the place. Make a photoshoot with your dog, even make a travel Instagram staring your dog with Argentina as your starting point!
Buenos Aires has 3 million citizens. But another 500,000 dogs also live in this city, many of which are stray dogs. If you have the resources, try to adopt one of these pooches. (Just like Steve-O did. Look it up.)