Argentina Travel Guide

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Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, that kind of place that must be seen for at least once in a lifetime and  also among the largest in the world, being the 8th in terms of land surface. If traveling around the world counts as one of your passions, you should not miss such a high-spirited and beautiful place that will impress you through its gorgeous natural wonders, amazing cuisine and, of course, through its rich culture.

Having a population of over 42 million people and a surface of 1,073,518 square miles, Argentina is the second largest country in South America after Brazil and neighbors with Chile towards the west and with Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay to the north and northeast. Its eastern side is bathed by the South Atlantic Ocean.
Argentina is home for some amazingly beautiful natural sights through its Andes Mountains, Iguazu Falls, Pampas grassland, subtropical Mesopotamia, the Patagonia plateau with its eastern arid steppes and southern ice fields, the Cuyo basin, the Lake District with its charming glacial lakes and mountains. And these are only a few of its beauties, which are definitely a must-see if you’re planning to embellish your memories with some stunning and precious natural sights.

Iguazu-Falls-Argentina

Argentina’s climate is incredibly diverse, ranging from very hot in the north to the sub-Antarctic in the south. In between, we have temperate areas within the Pampas and Sierra Pampeanas, with hot summers and cold winters, subtropical (Mesopotamia), hot subtropical (Gran Chano), in the windy Patagonia the summers are mild, but the winters are harsh, with very low temperatures.
If you’re planning on visiting the country’s capital, Buenos Aires, the best time would be from September to March, but except January, as it is the hottest month, so it’s best to avoid a trip there during that period.
Patagonia can be enjoyed at its best from November to February.
If you’re planning on skiing in Argentina, the best time to do so would be from June until October.

argentina pampas

Wondering about the things that are worth seeing and doing in Argentina? Here are some. For starters, you shouldn’t miss Buenos Aires, for its huge doze of culture, spirit, passion, for its cafes, tango halls, restaurants and night clubs. A place that also receives a lot of tourists for its attractiveness here, in the capital, is La Boca, a neighborhood which is best known for its colourful houses from the street of Caminito and for its local stadium, “La Bombonera”.

Buenos-Aires

For hiking and skiing, be sure to visit San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia, a beautiful town which is popular due to its chocolate and alpine architecture and neighbors the Lake District, also a must-see for its outstanding slopes, glacial lakes and rich greenery. The Lanin National Park is also nearby.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Iguazu Falls (indian for “great waters”) is also a natural wonder that has to be seen, not only for its own beauty, but also for the one that surrounds it, being placed within the Iguazu National Park, known for its luxuriant vegetation.
Some other parks that are worth seeing are the Nahuel Huapi National Park, where you’ll come across, among others, its glacial lake, the Isla Victoria nature reserve and the Tronador volcano, which is extinct. Los Glacieres National Park will surely amaze you with its breathtaking sights, clear lakes and imposing mountains.

los glacieres

Food and drink

Argentina is also well known for its renowned beef, having a strong reputation for its wonderful taste and texture. The Argentinians are known to be the biggest red meat consumers in the world – and they probably have their reasons. Unless you’re a vegetarian, you’ll find that the cuisine is rich and varied, especially in Buenos Aires, consisting in foods that are popular all over the world (Italian, Thai, Japanese, for example), but it would be a shame not to try the Argentinian specialties, which are, of course, beef-oriented. Most of them, at least. So, we have the asado (barbecue), empanadas (pastries filled with goodies), choripan (Argentinian fast food), morcilla (blood sausage), chinchulines (intestines), bife de lomo (filled steak), parrillada (mixed grill), provoleta (grilled cheese), alfajores (biscuits with dulce de leche). You should definitely try chimichurri, a savory sauce made from garlic, oregano, vinegar, olive oil and parsley.
After eating some delicious traditional food, nothing is better than drinking a fine glass of Argentinian wine.
Some other traditional beverages besides wine are yerba mate (a sort of tea), Quilmes (pale lager), coffee.

Argentinian Asado

Visa Requirements

If you want to visit Argentina, you’ll need to follow a few steps and depending on your country of origin, you might have to pay some taxes. For a comprehensive guide on taxes/visa requirements, just click here.

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