Argentina is a vast landscape that offers a trip of immense diversity. The culture is exciting and colourful and the wildlife and nature are truly special. Home to tango, steaks, football and dramatic scenery, Argentina is a passionate country waiting to be explored.
Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, is an awe-inspiring collision of European heritage and Latin American passion. With a population of around 3 million, the cityscape is vast and diverse spreading out across uniquely characterised districts. The stunning architecture of the city makes exploring a truly aesthetically pleasing activity. Strolling through the cobbled streets, or down the grand boulevards and note the beautiful French and Italian palaces and the ornate detail of other buildings. Art in Buenos Aires is huge, and the architecture’s appeal is intensified by vivid murals and paintings throughout the streets.
Located in the centre is the Centro Cultural Kirchner, a fine example of the grand architecture of the city. The building is the former central post office, in 2005 Néstor Kirchner proposed it be transformed into the cultural centre. Inside this huge space is used up for art galleries, events, auditoriums and the Ballena Azul a beautiful concert hall with 1800 seats. It’s certainly worth a wander. Other notable buildings in the centre include the Manzana de las Luces and the uniquely pink Casa Rosada.
Venturing out of the centre are some fantastic museums. The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the most important art gallery in the country, showcases work from Argentinian artists such as Antonio Berni and Benito Quinquela. For modern art, try the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, a sparkling glass building with a fine collection of art and art-house films. If glitz and glamour is your thing then the Museo Botica del Ángel is a fun insight into Argentinian showbiz. Located in the former house of Eduardo Bergara Leumann, the museum shows a spectacle of glitter, gilded angels and memorabilia from the showbiz past of his parties.
Argentinians party hard in Buenos Aires and the nightlife is thrilling and hugely varied. Don’t tire yourself out completely, because the night doesn’t come alive til late. Bars get busy around midnight and clubs at 2am earliest. The city hosts a wide range of bars, clubs and live-music venues, something for every mood and each one is as spirited and packed as the other. To try your hand at tango, take a day class and practise your moves on the town at night.
Following an unforgettable night out in the city, take some down time and head to one of the parks or markets for a relaxed look into everyday life. The Feria de Mataderos is a colourful folk market and fair in the Mataderos district. Another great spot for wandering is Parque 3 de Febrero, a lush open park land with glistening lakes and grand gazebos. Grab a picnic and relax under the midday sun.
Football in Argentina is followed like a religion. The spirit of fans is greater than anywhere else in the world. One of the most famous matches in world football is the super-clasico between Boca Juniors and River plate because of the aggressive rivalry between the two clubs. The spirit of fans is loud and the stadium is filled with strong passionate chants. Tickets are difficult to acquire to any Boca Juniors match but still try anyway, you’ll have more luck getting them in advance. It’s a sport spectator experience like no other.
Located in the Misiones Province in the Northeastern tip of Argentina, bordering Brazil, is the Iguazu National Park. The park is the home of lush green sub-tropical forests, colourful fauna, the great bending river and the world-famous Iguazu falls. The semicircular waterfall is at the heart of the sit and spans 80m high and 2,700 m wide. The cascades produce masses of spraying water and is one of the most spectacular views of nature in its sublime form. The power and noise of the water is intense and awe-inspiring. There are endless options to see Iguazu. You can walk through the dense jungle, take a 4×4 or river tour on rafts or take a rowing boat up the river and try and catch glimpses of the wildlife. There’s a number of different accommodation options ranging from the basic bug-covered, to the luxury retreats.
Glaciar Perito Moreno
The Perito Moreno glacier is another awe-inspiring experience with nature in Argentina. The stunning glacier, situated in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, is 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high. Each day the glacier moves forward a whopping 2 metres. The visual experience of huge icebergs breaking and collapsing in the Canal de los Tempanos is overpowering. A number of steel catwalks have been put in place to guarantee a good view of the moving glacier and catch its enormity on camera.
There are a few options for the activity junkies in the park, the best-loved being ice hiking. See the crevasses and ice formations up close on a trip ice hiking across the glaciers. Different options for guided tours are available. Another way to see the park s by going on a boat ride through the glimmering waters that surround the glacier. The boats are able to get you much closer to the icebergs than the steel walkways so if you don’t fancy the strenuous ice hiking then a relaxing boat trip is the perfect option.
Around the world Mendoza is synonymous with wine and this bustling city is where you can sample some of the best. Touring the vineyards around Mendoza is a wonderfully laid-back activity amongst beautiful scenery. Mendoza itself is infused with a similar laid-back energy. Parque General San Martín is a great space to chill out. Wander by lake or delve into a good read in the rose garden and forget all your troubles. Mendoza is also home to many interesting museums such as the Museo Fundacional and the Museo Histórico General San Martín. With the Andes closeby, Mendoza is a great jumping off point for tours and guides to join to explore the famous mountain region.
Bariloche has one of the dreamiest settings of any city. Situated on the shoreline of Lago Nahuel Huapi and surrounded by the national park, everywhere you turn you will gaze upon beautiful nature. At every angle you can see the soaring peaks of Cerros Catedral, López, Nicero and other mountains that surround the town. The mountainous space is used to its full extent in the summer there are hiking trails and mountain bike riding and in the winter the mountains are covered in snow and become a snow sports haven. Bariloche is Argentina’s chocolate capital so be sure to sample some whilst you are there.
The cuisine in Argentina is mouth-watering. World-famous steaks can be found on every corner, each one cooked to perfection. Other must-try foods are the empanadas- tasty pastry stuffed with fillings like chicken, cheese and onion, spinach and loads of other varieties. Choripan is another delicious delicacy, quite simply meaning chorizo on pan (bread), this lunch time bite can be found from any street vendour. For desert sample the Alfajores, two layers of biscuit filled with dulce leche and covered in chocolate. Yum.
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