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From the birth of the tango to the end of the world

From the highest peaks to the lowest plains, from thick jungles to arid deserts, Argentina has it all. Wildlife in abundance, formidable glaciers, red-sandstone gorges, cities where modern architecture is entwined with the old and where culture and vibrancy fill every street. Whatever your travel style, Argentina will not disappoint

Overview

Situated in southern South America, Argentina shares borders with Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. With a length of some 2,270 miles (3,650 km), Argentina offers immense diversity: from lively cities in the north to frozen wastelands of the south, visitors can take in some of the world’s tallest mountains, extensive deserts, majestic lakes and sweeping plains of the pampas. 

With its European influence and birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is the place to soak up energy and sophistication before heading out to explore the wine regions, national parks and wildlife-rich wetlands.  

The best time to visit Argentina will depend on the region as the weather varies significantly due to the size of the country. Patagonia is best visited from December to March, September to November is best for Buenos Aires and September to March for the Andes. 

Top Cities Buenos Aires (capital), Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza, Tucuman, La Plata Languages Spanish. Italian is also widely spoken but English proficiency is low. Currency Argentine Peso. US dollars are also accepted but it is recommended to always carry some local currency with you Time Zone Time zone is (GMT-3 hours), making Argentina 3 hours behind London during the winter (GMT) and 4 hours behind London during British Summer Time. Drinks Imported beer: £1.75/$2.20  Domestic beer: £1.15/$1.45  Water: £0.60/$0.75 

Meals Inexpensive restaurant: £4.65/$5.85  Meal for 2, mid-range, 3-course: £17.45/$14.00  Hostels Hostel prices start from around £10.00/$12.50 for a shared room and £18.00/$22.50 for a private room.  Hotels A 3-star hotel will cost approximately £48.00/$60.00 and a 5-star hotel around £240.00/$300.00.  Tipping It is customary to tip 10% in restaurants and cafes. For hotel staff and porters, offer a few small bills. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip but it is usual to round up the fare. 

Taxi Taxis are in abundance in Argentina, particularly in Buenos Aires. Expect to pay approximately £0.30/$0.40 per km; as an example, the price from the airport to Buenos Aires is about £27.00/$34.00. Public transport Buses are an excellent way to get around Argentina as they are frequent, comfortable and reasonably priced. Long-distance buses are known as “micros” and there are good overnight services with sleeper classes. Tickets can be bought online in advance or at the stations. Bus fares vary significantly according to season, class and company so it is recommended to do some research in advance.  The metro in Buenos Aires is relatively easy to navigate and a single ticket will cost around £0.15/$0.20. It is probably the fastest way to get around the city especially when travelling to and from the downtown area where traffic can be heavy. There is a card system in use for travel on the bus and metro called the “SUBE” to avoid using change.  Due to the size of the country, internal flights are another option for long-distance travel between cities but they are susceptible to delays and cancellations.  Highlights Buenos Aires is both charming and chaotic. With restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs, there is excitement and vibrancy at every turn. Many of the activities are free and there are even city greeters - volunteers who will show visitors around the city for a few hours at no charge. Visit the Al Ateneo Grand Splendid: once a theatre and now converted into a grand bookshop and coffee shop. Experience a milonga (a tango show) and perhaps try out some dance moves yourself. Wander around the Plaza de Mayo and marvel at the Casa Rosada, said to be painted from cow’s blood, and where Eva Peron stood on the balcony to rally the workers.  Situated in central Argentina, the city of Cordoba is home to many colonial monuments including the Jesuit Block, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a wonderful blend of old and new here with modern art galleries, grandiose museums and a strong student presence. Don’t miss the Iglesia de Los Capuchinos and the Teatro del Libertador General San Martín.  Mendoza is not only famed for its wineries but it is also close to South America’s highest peak, Mount Aconcagua (6,962m).  For more wine experiences, try the Ruta del Vino in Cafayate - these vineyards are some of the highest in the world. The white Torrontes grape is the local speciality.  Visit the Iguazu Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and shared with Brazil. There are several trails and walkways around the falls - don’t miss the Devil’s Throat.  Nature-lovers should not miss a trip to the Ibera Wetlands. Situated between Buenos Aires and Iguazu, they make for the perfect stopping-off point. Here amongst the swamps and lagoons, you can search for monkeys, capybara, alligators and giant otters amongst other species.  Quebrada de Humahuaca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a gorge with giant rock formations and several indigenous Quechuan villages and a major trade route (Camino Inca) for over 10,000 years.  Valle de la Luna is the perfect place to view strange rock formations and dinosaur remains.  Talampaya National Park is another UNESCO site in La Rioja. Situated next to the Valle de la Luna, visitors can wonder at the prehistoric rock carvings as well as spotting unusual wildlife such as condors, guanacos (a type of camel) and maras (related to the guinea pig family).  Fitz Roy mountain in southern Patagonia is a must-see for climbers, hikers, photographers and nature lovers  - this sector of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is reputed to have some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. While in Patagonia, head to the Peninsula Valdes on the eastern coast to see the southern right whales or to the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi to see the volcanoes and picture-perfect glaciers of the Lake District. The Perito Moreno Glacier is also located in Los Glaciares National Park and is renowned for expanding, unlike most other glaciers. Watch huge blocks of ice tumble into the waters below as the glacier hits the lake.  On the tip of Argentina’s south coast lies Tierra del Fuego, shared with Chile, and home to many species of animals and birds. Make sure you include a visit to Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city and nicknamed “The End of the World”. 

Interesting Facts

The name “Argentina” comes from the Latin, meaning “silver”. 

Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and the 2nd largest in South America, after Brazil. 

The largest island in Tierra del Fuego, Isla Grande, is the largest in South America. 

The Ibera Wetlands comprise the second-largest wetland in the world after the Pantanal in Brazil. 

The Perito Moreno Glacier is the 3rd largest freshwater source in the world and is one of the few glaciers that is growing, not shrinking. 

In 2001, Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days. 

The tango originated in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century. 

The national sport is “pato’ – a cross between polo and basketball. 

Argentina has the highest consumption of red meat in the world and its beef is world-famous.