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60-Second Geography – Argentina


Argentina

The Europeans know Argentina – it has been one of their playgrounds for decades. Travel and tourism accounts for better than 10% of the GDP of Argentina, and it holds real bargains for the North American traveler.

 

  • The distance from Argentina’s northern tip to Tierra del Fuego in the south runs 2,264 miles.
  • Patagonia is a nature lover’s dreamscape. The spectacle of whales and penguins on the Atlantic Coast against a backdrop of the peaks and glaciers of southern Patagonia is nearly without equal.
  • Hikers travel from all over the world to trek Patagonia. The terrain includes amazing granite spires, enormous glaciers, and dense forests.
  • The wine country of Mendoza has come into its own. Luján de Cuyo is home to the Malbec, Argentina’s signature varietal.
  • From the wine regions it is possible to drive west into the Andes. Wild mountain roads will take you to the base mighty Mt. Aconcagua.
  • The Argentina Lakes District is one of the world’s great mountain vistas and offers the traveler adventure activities as well as scenic drives.
  • Buenos Aires is home to more than 40 percent of the population. This South American metropolis has a rich, passionate history that is inseperable from its character.
  • Buenos Aires resonates as an almost European city. The colonial architecture was built by French, Italian and Spanish immigrants echoes of its European culture are distinct and everywhere.
  • The tango has its origin in Buenos Aires. Each year in February and March the annual Tango Festival holds sway for 6 days. Tango lovers from all over the world mix with locals. Both experts and beginners are in attendance at the many dance salons.
  • Argentina’s Presidential Palace, known as the Casa Rosada, is the site of Eva Peron’s famous balcony. The iconic pink building was once a Customs and Post Office before being converted into a presidential residence.
  • La Recoleta Cemetery, burial place of Evita Peron, is a tourist attraction of note. The monuments of Argentina’s ruling class are visited daily by thousands of travelers who leave flowers at Peron’s grave.
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