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What You Need to Know About the Seasons in Argentina before You Start Packing

What You Need to Know About the Seasons in Argentina before You Start Packing

How to Pack for Argentina?

So you are planning a trip to Argentina, or you just found out your office is sending you to Buenos Aires. How do you pack? Of course it depends on how much you already know about the difference in seasons between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. What is the worst thing that could happen? You could arrive smack in the middle of winter with a suitcase of bathing suits or with a suitcase of warm clothes to match an equally warm weather. Therefore, before rushing to pack, make some time to read up on the matter. You can start with this article as we have tried to make is as useful as possible.

Discover the seasons in Argentina

Winter

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Bariloche ski resort

The winter months of Argentina are the months of June to August. Frost and snow is frequent in the southern regions. However, compared to the cold season in the northern hemisphere, the surrounding oceans make for shorter and less harsh winters. The mean temperatures in these areas are of 4oC (39oF). The central parts have milder temperatures such as an average of 5oC (50oF) and the northern parts are fairly warm with average temperatures of 14oC (57oF).

Overall, the humid air makes the climate feel cooler than it is, so even is the winter is generally mild, you can still feel the cold. One interesting thing about winter in Argentina is that heat spells are possible. The capital of Buenos Aires can experience such a phenomenon several times in one season and temperatures can even rise to 18-21oC (64-69oF).

Spring

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Spring in Buenos Aires

Spring months in Argentina are September to November. The weather is pretty similar to that of autumn, with moderate temperatures during the day and cool nights. Once again, there are differences between the three areas of Argentina, the North, the Center and the South: an average of 20oC (68oF) in the North, of 14oC (57oF) in the center and of 8oC (46oF) in the South.

Summer

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Summer in Buenos Aires

December, January and February are summer months in Argentina with temperatures ranging from 26oC (79oF) in the North to 12oC (54oF). Temperatures in the south do not increase too much, not even during the Argentinean summer, on account of the maritime influence. At higher altitudes, the average temperatures are even lower.

In the north, the weather is very hot and humid, making it less advisable to travel. There is also a high level of precipitations that flood the roads and can leave tourists cut off from the main access routes. In such conditions, siestas become mandatory, mainly on account of the high temperatures that make it difficult to perform daily tasks in the middle of the day, when the sun is in full force.

Autumn

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Photo credit: Leonora [email protected]Autumn in the Buenos Aires botanical garden

Autumn is autumn everywhere. The leaves turn a lovely shade of red and the natural scenery is a delight. The Argentinean autumn months are the March, April and May months. Average temperatures in the North are of 22oC (72oF). Central average temperatures are of 16oC (61oF) while in the south they can drop as low as 10oC (50oF), especially in the areas with higher altitudes.

Fall is a pleasant season in Argentina. It comes with comfortably cooler nights after the hot summer ones, especially in the north. Rain occurs but it is mainly occasional and most of the days are sunny.

When is the best time to visit Argentina

Moderation is always the best answer for everything. This makes the months of spring and autumn best for visiting Argentina as well. Not that summer or winter months must be avoided, but because it is better to deal with an average temperature of around 20oC (68oF) than having to worry about temperatures that are too high or too low.

Sure, if you are going skiing, then winter months of June-August and the southern resorts are be best choice. If you want to go hiking and mountain climbing, it is best to avoid the northern regions in summer and choose the southern ones with lower temperatures.

If you plan on hitting some of Argentina’s amazing beaches, then you might be thinking of going there in the summer months, right? Actually, going to the beaches of Mar del Plata, for example, is best done in the off season, when it is less crowded and when the near-by cities have a more relaxed vibe. Are you afraid that the offer of accommodations and entertainment will be lower than in full season? Don’t be.

When to go on wine tours? Due to the fact that the experience in wineries depends on the place and on the attitude of the hosts more than on anything else, you could go there in any season. However, autumn has a different type of appeal and you can enjoy the red foliage and the walks in the vineyards are more romantic.

We do not know when you will be traveling for Argentina, but we do hope that our article packed with information on the seasons in this country will help you in your next task: that of choosing the clothes for your trip. All that is left for us to do now is to wish you bon voyage!

 

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Why Should You Visit These 7 Important Historic Monuments in Argentina?

Why Should You Visit These 7 Important Historic Monuments in Argentina?

Argentina Historical and Cultural Landmarks

Every country has its landmarks, its representative buildings and monuments. Simply taking a tour and learning a bit about these monuments can give you an idea of the history of the place, of the things that matter the most to these people – since they erected a statue or preserved a building for the sake of it. Argentina is not different in this respect and its history will excite and surprise you. We have made up a list of just a few of the monuments you could visit in the capital and in a few other locations further away.

7 important monuments in Argentina

1. The Obelisk in Buenos Aires

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The Buenos Aires Obelisk

The Obelisk was erected in 1936 on the location of the demolished church of St. Nicholas Bari. The location is particularly important because the Argentine flag was first ever hoisted in that church in 1812. An inscription on the side of the monument mentions this important aspect. The Obelisk was built in a record time of 31 days and it is 67.5 meters high.

There is some controversy around the monument as there are those who think that the it is not representative for Argentina and cannot be associated with the image of the country like monuments such as Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty. Even so, this does not stop tourists from visiting the Obelisk.

2. Eva Peron’s monument in Buenos Aires

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The statue of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires

The 1999 statue of Eva Peron is the only one commemorating the former first lady of Argentina. Although there are a lot of sites that commemorate her contributions, this is the only statue. People come to see the monument which is located on the place of the former house of the Peron couple, house which was destroyed during a 1935 coup. Eva Peron was loved by the working class because she spoke for them. Her grave in the Buenos Aires La Recoleta Cemetery is not hard to spot as it is always filled with flowers.

3. Floralis Generica in Buenos Aires

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Photo credit: Sebastian Silva @Flickr | The Floralis Generica monument in Buenos Aires

This modern work of art was a gift to the city of Buenos Aires by architect Edurdo Catalano. It is a giant stainless steel flower (23 meters high) that closes at night and opens in the morning. The monument is placed above a reflecting pool with a diameter of 44 meters. Apart from its aesthetic purpose, the pool serves a protective purpose. The monument is a symbol of hope which is reborn every single day.

4. Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

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Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires

Casa Rosada means the Pink House and it is the office of the President of Argentina. This is the most representative building of Argentina. It is associated with the Peron couple as Evita gave her most memorable speech at the balcony of this building. This was an important moment for the people of Argentina but it became world famous in the balcony scene of the “Evita” movie.

Casa Rosada can be visited and there is a lot to learn about it. It was erected in 1536 as a fort and it underwent a lot of changes as it served various purposes throughout the years.

5. Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires

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Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires

Ranked third best opera house in the world, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires has a great reputation. The acoustics alone place it fifth in a top of the world’s best music venues. This is a 100 year old building, opened in 1857, closed down and reopened in 1908 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

6. Don Quixote Monument in Tandil

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Don Quixote monument in Tandil

One of the most popular monuments in Argentina is the one that pays homage to the literary work of Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote. You can find it in Tandil, overlooking the Lago del Fuerte. Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza are caught in an illustrative pose, as they are facing a wind mill. The statue of Don Quixote is five meters high while the statue of Sancho Panza is 3.5 meters high. Even the road that takes there is beautiful and can be considered reason alone to go see that monument.

7. Museo Fundacional in Mendoza

Located in the heart of the Old City of Mendoza, the Foundation Area Museum is one of the main attractions and one no tourist should miss out on. A trip to this museum can really help you understand the history and the evolution of the city. You can learn a lot about life in the colonial era of the city, up until the moment of the 1861 earthquake when many of the buildings collapsed and were buried.

Maybe you are not the kind of person to get excited about a statue or about an old building that is now used for who knows what purpose. Sure, looking at them is an activity that takes up only a limited amount of time, unless we are talking about a building you can take a tour of. However, even as you walk about the city and happen to stumble upon these places, it is best to know where you are. So if you want to take a walking tour, setting one of these tourist attractions as destination or stops along the way is the best way of getting to know a place.

 

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Top 7 Things to Watch Out for on Your Exciting Trip to Lovely Argentina

Top 7 Things to Watch Out for on Your Exciting Trip to Lovely Argentina

Tips for First-Time Travelers to Argentina

One simply cannot travel to a foreign country and not do some research in advance. Surely, there are things you already know about Argentina. Like that it is the birthplace of the tango, that they have some of the best beef in the world and that it is a pretty safe place to be on a holiday. But just like any vacation destination, it has some things tourists need to watch out for or at least come prepared for. Taking into consideration these aspects will not rob you of the excitement of travel, but it may save you the trouble of having to deal with some holiday ruining issues.

7 travel tips you will find useful when going to Argentina

1. Money

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500 pesos bill

Argentina has one of the most fluctuating currencies in the world. Even so, paying in the local currency can be cheaper than constantly being charged in dollars or other foreign currencies. People will tend to ask for dollars if they hear a different language so it is best to have pesos on you and not in large bills. Few places can break larger bills so make sure you have the kind of money you need for specific types of expenses. Changing money is best done at banks and only large stores and expensive restaurants can give you change if you pay like that. There is counterfeit money going around, so expect people to double check larger bills and it would not hurt to do the same when a situation seems suspicious.

Card payments are available in large stores and in the big cities. Checking ahead to see whether there are ATMs in an area you are planning on travelling is a good idea.

2.Best time to travel

Spring is basically the best time to visit any new country. It is the perfect weather for taking a city walking tour, to go hiking and to see the urban or natural sights. Unless you are planning to ski or sunbathe, spring is the best time to be there. However, keep in mind the fact that the Argentinean spring is roughly in the months of September – November.

If you are in Argentina for the wine and you plan on going to the North of the country, then the fall months of March and April are perfect for this. The Northern areas are very difficult to visit in the summer months as temperatures are very high and powerful storms flood the roads.

3.Water

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Photo credit: Steven [email protected] Bottled water

Tap water is generally said to be safe to drink. However, since this is still a work in progress nationwide, if you are traveling outside of the main urban areas, it is safer to use bottled water. People with sensitive stomachs should be extra careful and use bottled water even if the tap water in the region they are traveling to is considered clean. You should also avoid asking for ice in your beverages on the same principle.

4.Food

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Argentinean grill

Foodies will enjoy their time spent in Argentina. However, vegans and vegetarians must be warned: this is a place where a lot of meat is eaten. What is more, the meat cooking techniques are celebrated among the locals and widely debated. If you do not feel comfortable being around steakhouses and discussions about how to best cook meat, it would be best to avoid these places as much as you can.

There are a lot of options for vegans as well, but expect meat lovers to praise their steak eating experience like religious revelations. Unfortunately, it comes with the package, but you must not let this affect your trip.

 5.Safety

Argentina is a generally safe place to travel to. However, first-time travelers, and especially those who do not speak the language, are best to stay on the beaten tracks, in large groups of people and away from dark alleys at night. The locals are friendly and willing to help, but this does not mean that there are no pickpockets in crowded areas.

Although the political and social climate is stable, you can run into a demonstration, in which case it is wise to stay away and to take cover because these manifestations can become dangerous.

6.Health concerns

Be careful with mosquito bites when traveling to rural areas. There is a number of viral infections transmitted thusly and they will surely ruin your vacation. We are talking about Dengue Fever, Malaria and Yellow Fever. They are all very uncomfortable and at the beginning, their symptoms resemble those of the flu.

7.Transportation

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Buenos Aires subway

You can rely on the transportation network in Argentina. You have the subway in Buenos Aires and above the ground there are buses and taxis. Longer distances can be covered by bus or by train. Some bus companies offer great travel conditions with food, drinks and Wi-Fi connections for higher ticket prices. Check ahead and book your ticket if you are planning a longer and more complex trip.

You can be as cautious as you want on your holidays. You can be the very careful traveler or you can throw caution to the wind. The choice is yours. But so are the consequences of this decision. What we have presented are some tips that can make your trip better with some careful planning and a few heads up pieces of information that can save time. The really important things like staying away from trouble and dangerous situations are still up to you.

 

Top 5 Activities for Experienced and First-Time Argentina Tourists

Top 5 Activities for Experienced and First-Time Argentina Tourists

When in Argentina…

Some people may come to Argentina with certain expectations and leave with a completely new set of ideas about the place. The country can take any new comer on a rollercoaster ride through towns with European style old buildings sprinkled among examples of modern architecture and then from exotic to glacial wildlife. People who love spending their holidays in the outdoors will have the time of their lives with so many opportunities to take in the amazing and unique scenery. But so will the foodies and the wine lovers, the people who like to take city breaks and romantic walks on cobbled streets. There is something for everyone in Argentina.

 5 activities for tourists to do in Argentina

 1. Tango. See it. Learn it. Dance it. Enjoy it

It does not even matter if you have a thing for tango yet or not. It is impossible to visit Argentina and not get the dance bug. You can experience it on the street, in clubs and special shows or in some of the classes included in the tours. This is a very captivating form of social dance you will love to practice as well as to watch others perform.

Tango is an expression of Argentinean culture and we have no doubt you will easily find someone to give you a few quick classes even if you are on vacation. Locals dance tango on the streets on a daily basis in places like the Plazza Dorego in Buenos Aires. You are more than welcome to join in and learn a few moves. And if you are making the trip to Argentina especially for the tango classes, you sure have your pick of great studios.

2. Indulge. Eat, drink and relax

You cannot be a foodie and NOT have Argentina on your to visit list. The wines and the beef steaks alone should get you thinking about booking a ticket right away. One of the most relaxing and pleasant activities Argentina is known for is going on one of numerous wine tours. Pair this with restaurants known for their good steaks and you have a winning combination. Wineries and restaurants are inviting, beautifully decorated and perfectly set in the middle of breath-taking scenery.

But this is not all. Ever heard of empanadas? These are small calzones with different types of fillings most common in the North-West regions. You will also have the opportunity to try the Argentinean breakfast, consisting in coffee with milk and semilunas (small croissants). And there is also the mate you will need to try. This is an infusion of bitter, chopped herbs they drink out of a special cup called calabaza with a straw called bombilla.

 3. Visit the Andean villages in the North

Looking past the Hispanic influences of the Argentinean society, the Andean communities in the North of the country offer a completely different living experience. Cut off from the rest of the world, this is where you find the colorful soul of Argentina, among ruins of pre-Hispanic settlements and within people dressed in ponchos, wearing bright skirts and hats. If the city and the fancy wineries offer you an elegant choice of food, the Andean restaurants offer you llama stew (Cazuela de Llama), boiled potatoes with goat cheese and quinoa crepes. The experience is completely different here and it is worth every second in this unique setting.

 4. Enjoy the mountain side and the mountain activities

If you have a passion for the great outdoors, you will love Argentina. This is a place where every natural monument offers you an opportunity to hike, climb or ski. And who would not appreciate the changing scenery and the possibility to explore so many trails among glaciers and near waterfalls. Also, think how it must be to lay your feet on grounds which are the most prolific in the world when it comes to dinosaur fossil discoveries. The weight of the natural history of the place can be overwhelming for some, cathartic for others and eye-opening for all.

 5. Discover the city life of Argentina

What can you do in most cities in Argentina? Basically what you do in other great cities in the world. Buenos Aires has an exciting nightlife with clubs and dedicated tango joints, as we have already established above, there are fancy restaurants where you can leave your whole month’s salary and there are shopping districts that will have you convinced that next time you will bring one empty suitcase only for the souvenirs. What is the best thing about city life in Argentina and in Buenos Aires especially? The fact that you can still discover the soul of the region without ever leaving the safety of the cobbled streets and the shade of the Hispanic cathedrals.

To say that Argentina is a lovely country would be an understatement. Here, the terms “discovery” and “exploration” catch on a new meaning for those who are used to the more beaten paths on their exotic travels. It is a safe environment to experience something different and a great place to relax and put your feet up after a long day in the amazing scenery. A rich city life with buildings and monuments to visit, hiking trails with breath-taking views and natural monuments you did not know existed will keep you busy on this South American holiday.

 

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10 of the Most Exquisite Argentinean Bodegas for Tasting Wine in Style

10 of the Most Exquisite Argentinean Bodegas for Tasting Wine in Style

Where to Wine and Dine in Argentinean Style?

You simply cannot visit Argentina and not take at least one wine tour through some of the most charming bodegas in the country. Most of them are owned by families and have very old traditions, exquisite restaurants with a great view of the vines and of the surrounding areas. You could even make a weekend out of it and indulge. The people in Argentina love to take their time enjoying a good meal and a fine wine. Why not learn from the locals and get even more rest and relaxation from your holiday than you bargained for in the first place?

 10 exquisite bodegas you can only visit in Argentina

1. Bodegas Salentein

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Photo credit: [email protected] | The cellars of the Bodega Salentein

This magnificent bodega is shaped like a cross to facilitate the management of the entire estate. There are restaurants on two levels in every wing of the structure. The winery is spread across 121 acres of land and it is situated at an elevation of 4000 feet. Another impressive feature of the place is the cellar located at 26 feet below the ground. Here, the wine is stored in old French oak barrels.

2. Bodega Catena Zapata

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The Catena Zapata Bodegas

The Catena Zapata bodega was built like a pyramid, on a structure similar to that of a Mayan temple. The first vines were planted here by Nicola Catena in 1902. Now, generations later, another Nicola Catena is running the family business along with his daughter, Laura. The current Mr. Catena is a former professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The work of the family is taken to a new level with the creation of the Catena-Zapata Institute of Wine.

 3. Familia Zuccardi

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Photo credit: Jorge [email protected] | Wine tasting at the Familia Zuccardi bodega

The winery of the Zuccardi family started off as an experiment for irrigation techniques in 1963. Engineer Alberto Zuccardi was responsible for the project. Why visit the Familia Zuccardi Bodega? Because the classy restaurant with large glass walls allows you to see the vineyards while to enjoy the food and taste the wine. Everything is beautiful and unique.

4. Bodega Ruca Malen

Founded in 1999, the Ruca Malen winery is a rather new place especially if we compare it with the rest of the wineries opened at the beginning or the middle of the 20th century. The place is very appreciated among wine lovers and foodies. And if you want to plan one trip here, know that you will be looking for reasons to come back again and again. And you will find them. The menu is changed every three months with new dishes that pair well with the wine and the place is so beautiful that you will want to see it in all seasons.

 5. Pulenta Estate

This is another winery founded in 1902 and managed today by the third generation of the same family. If you get here, make sure you try the pride of the estate: the 2011 Pulenta Estate Malbec.

6. Bodegas Lopez

Jose Rivas Lopez planted the first vines in 1898 and founded a winery that is now run by the fourth generation of the Lopez family. This place has the best of both worlds in matters of quantity and quality as its size allows an industrial level of operations and they still manage to produce some artisanal wines.

A tour of the Bodegas Lopez can take you through the bodega museum where you can see the trucks used to transport wine back in 1920 and some of the old wooden presses. Another great thing about coming to these very old bodegas is the chance to taste wines that are 10, 15 or even 20 years old.

7. O. Fournier

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The O. Fournier winery

Opened in 2000, the O. Fournier Bodega is spread across 650 acres at the foot of the Andes. Situated at an elevation of 4000 feet, this is one of the highest wine growing regions in the world. Its restaurant, Urban, is one of the most appreciated winery restaurants in Argentina. Its most celebrated product is the Urban Uco Malbec.

8. Bodega Carmelo Patti

This is an atypical bodega if we were to think of the other places and of the ways in which they chose to present their products. Carmelo Patti chose to trade the razzle-dazzle of the beautiful setting for the bare magic of really good wine. So is it worth visiting a place where wine is made in a garage? Yes, because what comes out of the hands of Carmelo Patti is wine magic and its quality is generally acknowledged among connoisseurs.

 9. Andeluna Cellars

This winery has a very romantic setting, to match its name. Take the tour as it is very eeducational and you get more information than from the generic, basic stuff you hear everywhere. The general consensus is that the place is very warm and welcoming and that visitors love to come for a wine tasting but end up lounging around.

10. Casarena

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Casarena Bodega

This is a winery built in 1937 and restored in 2007. The building preserves its original structure but attention was paid to introducing pioneering French wine production technology. Temperature is under strict control and the resulting wine has a guaranteed cleanliness and varietal purity.

This is but a short list of the finest bodegas in Argentina as it also depends on where your travels may take you. You are strongly encouraged to go out and find your own favorites and add to our list. This country has a lot to offer with its Southern and Northern wineries so never shy away from such an opportunity. We are also certain that the people you meet along the way will enrich your experience and will give it that intimate and personal scent a good memory alone has.

 

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Top 7 of the Coolest Things You May or May Not Know About Argentina

Top 7 of the Coolest Things You May or May Not Know About Argentina

The Argentina We Know and Love

What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Argentina? You know some things but you are not sure whether they are related to Argentina or not? Here is an article that tells you at least some of the most important things that should come to mind. We are certain you know a little bit about all of them, but you did not know that you could associate them with this country. Read and learn and see which of these 7 coolest and best known things about Argentina sticks with you.

 7 coolest things you should know about Argentina

The birthplace of Tango

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Two people dancing the tango on the street

Tango is a partner dance also known as the “dance of love” and even from its early days it was a dance about love and relationships. It was considered “vertical love-making” and it is said to have started out in the Buenos Aires brothels.

Initially practiced by working class people, the dance, the first of its kind to call for improvisation, made its way to ballrooms. It became a craze when it caught on in Paris starting 1912 and it continued to spread throughout Europe. As of 2009, UNESCO included Tango on the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Tango is now one of the most important types of ballroom dancing.

The best beef steaks in the world

Argentina is the third biggest beef producer in the world and the beef steaks that come from this country are among the biggest and the tastiest. It is virtually impossible for travelers to pass through any of the famous Argentinean towns and not get a taste of some delicious beef at any of the steakhouses.

But what makes this beef so delicious? The secret lies with what the cows eat, which is fresh Pampas grass, and the fact that they get to roam free. Free range animals live better lives and make for better quality meat than the animals brought up in crowded farms. The Asado barbecuing technique, which is a slow way of cooking the meat, is also responsible for the heavenly taste of the steak.

Evita

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Eva and Juan Peron

The second wife of president Juan Peron is one of the most loved characters in Argentinean politics. She was born in 1934 in the Pampas and she moved to Buenos Aires where she met Colonel Juan Peron. They were married in 1945 and in 1946, Juan Peron was elected president of Argentina. Eva Peron ran the Labor and Health Ministries and she spoke in favor of trade unions, suffragettes and labor rights. She was loved by the common people but the military and the bourgeoisie opposed her and her candidacy as Vice-President. She died of cancer at the age of 33. Her life was the subject of the movie “Evita”, with Madonna playing the main role.

Great wine and wine tours

Argentina is the fifth biggest wine producer in the word. The first vine cuttings were brought here in 1557 and winemaking has since become a proud national tradition. About 90% of the wine produced in Argentina is consumed within the country. The most important wine regions are Mendoza, San Juan, Salta, Rio Negro and La Catamarca.

Patagonia – the land before time

This is the most prolific area for dinosaur fossil discoveries. More paleontological discoveries are being done here every day. Although the region of Patagonia is shared between Argentina and Chile, the Argentine region is where most such discoveries are being done. One of the largest specimens ever dug up was given the name Argentinosaurus Huinculensis.

Birthplace of Che Guevara

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Iconic image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

Some people do not know this, but the great Cuban revolutionary was, in fact, from Argentina. He was born in Rosario on June 14, 1928.

Birthplace of football legends Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi

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Maradona during a football match

The football legend was born in Argentina. He is known for two record breaking transfer fees, amazing football skills such as dribbling, ball control, speed, reflexes and great coaching and management skills. His fans have started a church and pray to him like to a God.

Lionel Messi is the number one football player of the world. The hype around him is so high that officials had to ban the use of the name Messi in his hometown or else they risked having all children named the same way.

There you have it. These were only 7 of the coolest facts about Argentina. Next time someone asks you what you know about Argentina, you will know what to answer. And this was only the tip of the iceberg as there are many more things to find out about this incredible country. As you dig deeper in history, in culture and tradition, there are more amazing things to discover. Traveling to the place is always a great learning experience, but so is reading up about it beforehand.

 

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Discover 11 of the Best Travel Destinations in Vibrant Argentina

Discover 11 of the Best Travel Destinations in Vibrant Argentina

City Life to Wildlife: Discover Argentina on the Go

Many countries have more to offer than a brief visit to their capital cities. Argentina is no different in this respect. And while Buenos Aires is a very exciting and colorful city, one we also mention in our “must see” list, there are other places you simply should not leave Argentina without seeing. Capital cities are usually very modern places which in time have taken the shape and adapted to the demands of life in most big cities. But if you are traveling to discover the true spirit of the place, you cannot miss out on the breath-taking and diverse scenery, on the history of the country you can discover in several of its impressive cities.

11 of the top travel destinations in Argentina

1. Buenos Aires

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The Obelisk in Buenos Aires

Visit the birthplace of the tango! Buenos Aires is a vibrant city with European architecture, amazing shopping opportunities, great venues for eating and dancing and sensational cultural events. The Obelisk is one of the most visited sites along with the San Telmo popular flea markets and Evita’s grave.

2. Iguazu Falls

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Iguazu Falls

Made up of more than 275 waterfalls and cascades, the Iguazu Falls offers a breath-taking experience. They are situated on the Iguazu River, a natural border between Argentina and Brazil and they can be visited in the Iguazu National Park. They are 80 meters high yet have perfect catwalks and you can stand on the edge in perfect safety.

3. Mendoza

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Mendoza park

Mendoza is a popular tourist destination on account of it being situated at the heart of the Argentinean wine producing region and the urban area closest to the highest mountains in the Americas, the Aconcagua. You can take wine tours, hike and ski. Walking in the city is very nice as well. There are tree lined streets and a beautiful central plaza.

4. Bariloche

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City of Bariloche seen from the lake

From the postcards, you could easily be tricked into thinking this is a Swiss village. They have the largest ski stations in South America and chocolate shops, but you will still be in the Rio Negro Province of Argentina. If skiing is not your thing, you can enjoy the remarkable view and go hiking, climbing or simply take in the fresh mountain air.

5. Cordoba

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Cathedral of Cordoba

Cordoba is located in the heart of Argentina. The city is the second largest in Argentina and it is known for its Spanish colonial architecture. It is a university center, therefore there is a youthful vibe about it and there are many modern means of entertainment.

6. Puerto Madryn

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Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Whale watching and sun bathing are just some of the things you could be doing if you choose Puerto Madryn as a summer destination. The beaches are beautiful and the area has experienced an explosive economic growth with the increase in tourist numbers.

7. El Chalten

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El Chalten, Argentina

This is a hot spot for mountain lovers. The most common activities people come here for are hiking and mountain climbing. Although a bit off the beaten track of regular tourists, this place is not necessarily cheap and you will need to book your room ahead.

8. El Calafate

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 The El Calafate glacier in Argentina

El Calafate is a booming tourist town due to the vicinity of the Los Glaciares National Park. It is the starting point of the routes to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the most spectacular display of crackling ice. The glacier can be seen from a closer angle by hiking or trekking in the area.

9. Salta

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Night view of the Cathedral of Salta

Salt flats and picturesque red rock formations in Calchaqui Valley can be seen in the Northwestern region of Argentina, and the tours start in the Salta province. What else can the Salta experience include? Cobbled streets, impressive cathedrals and beautiful town squares are great examples of European architecture which can still be seen here.

10. Ushuaia

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The port in Ushuaia

This is the place to go if you ever plan on visiting the world’s southernmost city. Located on the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is the starting point for most Antarctica cruises. It is a great location for summer and winter mountain sports.

11. Mar del Plata

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Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is Argentina’s top beach resort. The place used to be meant for the aristocrats way back, but it is now one of the most frequented places, attracting millions of people. Summers can get very crowded, but off season vacations are always much more relaxing.

Argentina has a lot to offer as a tourist destination. You can really broaden your horizons and get close to the Tierra del Fuego, the closest place to Antarctica, or see the glaciers and the amazing waterfalls. The mountain scenery is breath-taking and the small mountain villages are very relaxing. The city life is vibrant and it offers an interesting mix between local culture and European traditions and architecture.