Argentina is the second largest country in South America and the eighth largest country in the world in terms of surface. It is therefore not surprising that the land of the gauchos has numerous sights and cultural attractions to offer.
A few geographical facts: The country’s western border follows the Andes mountains and in the east, the Atlantic Ocean is the natural border. Argentina's neighboring countries are Paraguay and Bolivia in the north, Brazil and Uruguay in the northeast and Chile in the west.
Argentina's coastline is approximately 3,900 kilometres (2423 miles) from north to south and another 1,400 kilometres (870 miles) from east to west in Patagonia and the icy waters of the Antarctic. The Atlantic coast in the northeast are popular holiday destinations, both among local and international tourists.
The only official language of Argentina is Spanish.The country has over 40 million inhabitants, about a third of whom live in the metropolitan area of the capital, Buenos Aires. With around 15 million inhabitants, Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in the world and at the same time it is the country's political, economic and cultural hub.
Argentina has many different climate zones and different landscapes, which make the country a very interesting tourist destination all year round. The climate zones range from the subtropical north to subpolar climate in the very south.
The landscapes are very diverse, Argentina offers relaxation on the beach, big city flair, skiing fun, rainforest adventures and the vastness of the Pampas and Patagonia. In order to get to know the contrasts and natural beauties of the country, you will definitively need some time.
Here are a few “must-see's” of Argentina:
Argentina is famous for huge cattle farms in many parts of the country (estancias or haciendas), which often also run a hotel and offer agrotourism..
Culture fans will also get what they are looking for in Argentina. Buenos Aires is one of the most famous and most visited cities in Latin America. The city is packed with bookstores, historical and cultural sights, the tango shows are especially famous.
And the people? The Argentines are a proud, passionate and exuberant folk. When it comes to football and Tango, you can immediately see how much passion there is in them. The country's versatility reflects in its inhabitants: Most Argentines are descendants of immigrants from different countries who brought their culture with them. The Argentinians are sociable, very open and always ready for a chat.