As the eighth largest country in the world, Argentina is a land of diversity. The country spans the highest and lowest points in the Americas and the climate ranges from lush rainforests to rocky dry deserts.
The first protests against Spanish control erupted in Argentina because of its relative isolation and distance from Spain. This then led to the Latin-American Independence movement. Later on, in the turn of the 19th century, Argentina received millions of European immigrants, making the country extremely culturally diverse. This immigration influx gave it a very European feel, influencing the arts and architecture in the largest cities.
Big cities like Buenos Aires and Rosario contrast with the pampas, where some of the best beef in the world is produced. The western wine country surrounding Mendoza also contrasts with the majestic Andes. The southern Patagonia offers imposing mountains, pristine lakes, and massive glaciers. And the northern jungles showcase Argentina’s natural beauty with the Iguazu Falls. From a cultural standpoint, Argentines take pride in tango, their museums and theaters, and their soccer, steak and wine. And while getting there might be a long way from the Northern Hemisphere, everything that Argentina has to offer ensures everyone the trip of a lifetime.
A well-developed touristic infrastructure calls for exploring the whole country.
Because the dialect is subtly different to the ones in Spain and other parts of Latin-America, you will have a better understanding of the dialectical differences in the language.
Argentine Spanish can also bring you closer to Italian and Portuguese, as they both shaped the dialect in many ways.
Argentina is an important Latin-America media center and a cultural power-house of the Spanish-speaking world.
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• learning all about the gaucho culture in many of the estancias around Buenos Aires.
• practicing your tango moves in many of the milongas (tango clubs) in the cities.
• getting soaked with the magnificence of the Iguazu Falls.
• feeling minuscule next to the massiveness of the Perito Moreno glacier.
• drinking endless wine while gazing at the snow-covered Andes.
• feeling the thrill of going down a mountain at the many ski resorts of Argentina.
• witnessing the craze and frensy soccer inspires in fans of all ages.
• standing in the southernmost city in the world: Ushuaia.
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Buenos Aires, the country capital, is a massive metropolis and home to over 17 million people or one third of the country’s population. As the second most visited city of Latin-America, there are endless ways of exploring the city’s rich architecture and cultural offers, parks, gastronomy, and nightlife. Each section of the city has its own identity and vibe to it. Therefore make sure to allow yourself to get lost in its streets and avenues, such as Corrientes Avenue, filled with theaters, restaurants and even bookstores open around the clock.
Mendoza, located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, is the epicenter of Argentina’s massive wine-making industry and the country’s main land connection to Chile. Also, it serves as an excellent base to explore the region’s many adventure sports offerings. Naturally, the laid-back city life revolves around its wine, but also its folk culture, history, nature, and agriculture.
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