Few people know that at the turn of the 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world, even competing with its northern neighbor the United States.
In 1914, half of the country’s population was foreign born, most of them being immigrants from Europe . Argentina saw an incredible economic growth rate of 6% per year from 1914 until 1957, the fastest record in the world and it ranked in top ten richest countries, ahead of Italy, France and Germany.
Argentina was basically a magnet for intrepid European immigrants who were drawn by the country’s fertile pampas, were cattle and crops were boosting Argentina’s economic prowess.
Things got terribly wrong after military coups became the norm and today Argentina is just a shadow of its former glory from an economical point of view. After more than 3 decades had come to past since the end of the last military dictatorship, Argentina is still trying to find itself and recoup its former glory.
With a population just shy of 45 million and a huge land surface of 2.8 million square kilometers, the Federal Republic of Argentina is still very proud of its vast pampas, its glamorous capital Buenos Aires, its snowy peaks and rolling wine regions, being a land bursting with adventure at every step.
All the cliches you’ve ever heard about Argentina are basically true: even if they’re mostly catholic, the true religion of the land is essentially a mix of Jesus and football. Obviously, the beef is extraordinary and if you’re talking about starting a night out, don’t expect it to begin before midnight.
Argentinians really love their flamboyant life style and the vivid nightlife of Buenos Aires is hard to replicate anywhere in the world.
However, the natural wonders of the country are the secret which draws millions of tourists every year. Whether we’re talking about the epic Patagonian glaciers or the Andean Mountains plateaus, the wildlife enormously rich wetlands or the subtropical waterfalls, Argentina is a land of incredible beauty and diversity.
To know Argentina is to love it, and there’s an awful lot of love to give. The country’s capital Buenos Aires is located basically on the border, though it’s very much described as Argentina’s beating heart, both culturally and economically, its real centerpiece.
Buenos Aires is the city of Maradona and Evita Peron, boasting its legendary tango halls, grill restaurants and feisty populace, which all provide an incredibly accurate introduction to Argentina. You can visit the high-life neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and you’ll feel like in Paris. I am talking about Palermo and Recoleta, where you’ll find trendy eateries and designer boutiques, whilst the historic San Telmo will amaze you with its old world cafes, antique stalls and a variety of live music.
The north of Argentina abounds in otherworldly scenery, ranging from weird rock formations in the Salta region, where Gaucho and Spanish traditions come together to scorched mountains which look like the aftermath of an atomic exchange between 2 races of aliens of something along these lines.
The Mendoza region is situated further west, where you will enjoy the country’s famous white wines that are flourishing here. You can have the skiing experience of a lifetime at the Andes Mountains foothills, yet down south in Patagonia you will be flabbergasted by the amazing spread of jagged peaks, expansive lakes and countless miles of open space.
If you’re into whale watching, just go off the coast at Puerto Madryn, or you can take a picture of baby penguins in Punta Tambo, or walk the glistening Lake District. Or, why not, go explore the Jesuit chapels and Cordoba’s farmhouses.
Another incredibly rich place in terms of natural beauty is Iguazu Falls, which borders Brazil and Argentina. As you can see, Argentina is a very special place, boasting its vivacious and incredibly rich lust for life and natural beauty, being a mesmerizing country and the perfect place to spend a few weeks of your summer vacation.