Where is it?: Argentina is in southern South America, with Paraguay and Bolivia to the north and with Chile to the west.
Why do people go here?: There are a myriad of reason why travelers come to Argentina. It has much to offer to anyone. Most die-hard adventure seekers head far south to the famous area of Patagonia.
What are the main entry points?: Air: Buenos Aires. Land: Mendoza, Bariloche, Perito Moreno via Chile; Salta via BoliviaSea: Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Bahia Blanca.
Currency used: Argentine Peso
Country Code for Phones: 54
Religion: Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
Population: 41 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 86.4% European (mostly Italian and Spanish), 8% Mestizo, 4% Arab and East Asian, 1.6% Amerindian
Government: Federal presidential republic
Languages: Spanish Other: English, Italian, German, French
Major Cities: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba, Bahia, Rosario (birthplace of Ernesto “Che” Guevara), Blanca, Mar del Plata, Salta, Santa Fe
Attractions: Mendosa is home to the sweet and full-bodied wine Malbec. Colonial meets modern in Buenos Aires. Ushuaia is the farthest city south in the world. Argentina shares theamazing Foz do Iguacu (Iguacu Waterfalls) with Brazil and Paraguay. Falklan Islands: Islands of much contention. While the UK still retains ownership of the Falklands, Argentinian maps categorize it as theirs, under the title Islas Malvinas. For a look into olde England the Falklands are a bastion of grander English times. Lake district in Patagonia (Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes) as well as Patagonia in general (examples: whale sighting in Peninsula Valdes, glaciar tours in Calafate/Chalten which offer one of the best trekking-circuits in the world).
Accomodation: Argentina Hostels
Tourism Office locations and links: Argentina Tourist Office
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Buenos Aires offers a number sky-diving opportunities – for the daring only. Foz do Iguacu are waterfalls that rival Niagra. Mendoza offers numerous winery tours (for a medium bodied wine with a smooth taste, try the Malbec). Southern Argentina is home to one of the most beautiful regions on Earth, Patagonia.
Health Issues: No major health concerns.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: The farther south you travel the later in the year you should go. Patagonia can often be cold during Argentina’s winters.
Common Phrases: Chao = Goodbye. Chevere = Regio, piola. Cuanto cuesta? = How much?. Donde esta? = Where is?. Como se llama? = What is your name?. Me llamo= My name is…
Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day 9 July; Revolution Day, 25 May
Getting Around: Buses are the most economical means of transport. Air flights in Argentina are more readily available than its continental neighbors.
Good to know: Argentina’s major European influence is evident in the architectural styles of its larger cities.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Argentina is Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Need more information?: Check out the Argentina travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.