Argentina, the second largest country in South America and number eight in the world when is comes to size, has much to offer for a passerby and long-term tourist alike. Argentina’s continental area extends west along the Andes mountain range, east along the Atlantic Ocean, and neighbors the countries of Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast and Chile to the west. The total Argentinean coast is about 3,862 kilometers long from north to south, and 1400 kilometers from east to west.
The country is home to over 40 million people, with the capital of Buenos Aires and greater surrounding district entailing 13 million inhabitants. These numbers rank Buenos Aires as one of the largest cities in the world. The official language is Spanish.
One can find great variety of climates and landscapes from the north sub-tropical regions to the south sub-polar weather conditions. Furthermore, the Andes Mountains stoically border two climatic regions of humid Argentina and arid Chile.
Argentina offers such diverse landscapes at such an immense size that any South American tourist could find their particular interest within its territory. From the wonderful Patagonia region, northern highlands, rainforests with the renowned Iguazu waterfalls, there are limitless adventures to explore!
In addition to landscape and weather diversity, Argentina is also a country full of abundant natural resources, a diversified agricultural sector, and plenty of cultural hot spots. The most well-known place is Buenos Aires, located in the mid-eastern part of the country. Moreover, the country has a rich history of excellent literature, film production, famous theaters, and musical fame (especially in rock and tango!).
The following places are the absolute "must-see's", that are not to be missed:
• The capital of Buenos Aires: culture, arts and pure rhythms! A stop at a Tango Club is obligatory!
• Perito Moreno at the Los Glaciares National Park - the wandering Glacier is really impressive
• Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego – breathtaking nature at the end of the world
• The wine city of Mendoza – discover one of the best wine areas
• South America's biggest waterfalls - Cataratas de Iguazú - at the border of Argentina and Brazil are just stunning
For those cultural, site-seeing, city buffs, we highly recommended the Argentinean spring (September-November) and fall (March-May) for local travel. The summer months (December- February) hold hot and humid weather, good for lazy days by the pool or temperate sleeping nights in the mountains. Attention back-country adventurers, summer is surely the best time to discover a mild and accessible Patagonia. Finally, for the skiers, snow begins to fill back into the mountains and ski resorts open again around mid-June to October.
We are sure you will find the Argentinean people warm, friendly, and eager to introduce you to their beautiful country!