Central / South America

Argentina: Tourists are welcome

Diagonal Norte, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is the second largest country in South America, after Brazil. And the government and Ministry of Tourism officials want you to visit.

In the last few years, tourism has taken a marked step forward, both internally and on the world stage as government officials have recognized that, all previous difficulties are ‘in the past’ and it’s now time to show off this fascinating country.

Argentina’s diverse and year-round “things to see and do” opportunities are just one of Argentina’s many distinguishing features, resulting from a geography that ranges from the subtropical forest in the northern border to the icy Antarctica in the farthest south. Along its extended coastal area, Argentina offers abundant opportunities to enjoy sunny beaches and possibility watch a wide variety of protected native wildlife in the Atlantic Patagonian area. In turn, the Andean Patagonian area glorifies majestic forests, lakes and ancient glaciers, where you can snow ski or participate in either active or adventurous activities.

And given that the weather is always a factor when travelling, it is wise – depending upon what you may want to do when you visit Argentina – to plan accordingly. The country’s generally temperate climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub-polar in the south. The north is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild and dry winters, and is subject to periodic droughts. Central Argentina has hot summers with thunderstorms (western Argentina produces some of the world’s largest hail), and cool winters. The southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountains.

Argentine culture has significant European influences. Buenos Aires, its national and cultural capital, is largely characterized by both the prevalence of people of European descent. The other big influence is the gauchos and their traditional country lifestyle of self-reliance. Finally, indigenous American traditions (like yerba mate infusions) have been absorbed into the general cultural milieu.

Argentina is highly urbanized. The ten largest metropolitan areas account for half of the population, and fewer than one in ten live in rural areas. About 3 million people live in Buenos Aires City and the Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area totals around 13 million, making it one of the largest urban areas in the world.

Buenos Aires is a world capital that is not to be missed when you are considering where next to travel. In a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2008, travelers voted Buenos Aires the second most desirable city to visit after Florence, Italy.

Chances are you know someone who has been here and raved about it. It’s really quite simple … Come to Buenos Aires and you’ll understand why so many people have fallen in love with this marvellous city, and some have even decided to stay.

Buenos Aires brings together a picturesque European-like city with attractive porte

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