Argentina is synonymous with the Tango – the dance of lovers and its First Lady, the legendary Eva Peron who inspired the world famous musical Evita.
Argentina means “land of silver.” It is the second largest country in South America. Here you can find a variety of landscapes from glacial expanses to mountain ranges, rich, grassy plains, rain forests and valleys. And, to the east, the Atlantic coastline with its beaches. The following are some of the places to visit in Argentina.
Casa Rosada – The Presidential Palace, Buenos Aires
In Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, stands the presidential palace with its famous balcony known as Casa Rosada from which Eva Peron addressed her adoring subjects. This pink building built in the Italian style, has a museum in its basement with some artifacts that belonged various presidents of the country. The Changing of the Guards every two hours outside the palace is worth watching with the men dressed in uniforms designed 200 years ago.
Iguazú National Park, North Argentina
This massive subtropical rain forest stretches across 135,000 acres and has innumerable flowers and birds. It is most well-known for the Iguazú Falls, a UNESCO national heritage site. The 275 falls are nearly twice as high as the Niagara Falls.
Córdoba, North Argentina
This large city, founded in 1573, has been keeping the gaucho tradition alive. The gauchos are a wandering people unique to Argentina, who live on the grassy plains (Pampas). You can call them the Argentinean version of cowboys. Cordoba has some beautiful colonial buildings and churches. It also has one of the most important museums in Argentina – The Museo Histórico Provincial Marqués de Sobremonte.
Patagonia, South Argentina
If you are adventurous, Patagonia with its arid desolate windswept plains and awesome glaciers is the place to visit. Apart from unforgettable beauty, this place is rich in wildlife. Between July and April, right whales and sea elephants turn the wildlife reserve of Peninsula Valdés into a breeding ground.
The western border of Patagonia is fringed with the Andes mountain range. The region possesses the most beautiful lakes and national parks of Patagonia. Don’t miss out on one of the natural wonders of the world – the gigantic Perito Moreno glacier in the UNESCO World Heritage Los Glaciares National Park.
The Atlantic Coast, East Argentina
The Mar Del Plata City on the Atlantic coast has long been a favorite with international jet-setters. Its charming villas and superb hotels look out over the ocean. Here you can sample the culture of Argentina, the buzzing night life of Buenos Aires with its tango shows, its theatres, pubs and discos.
You can visit small towns like Pinamar and Carilo as well as the nearby beaches of Chapadmalal. The advantage of the coast is that you can either choose to relax to the swish of the waves, or plunge headlong into the partying lifestyle.
Tierra del Fuego
This island with its breathtaking scenery is a call to adventurers. Lying off the tip of South America, it belongs to both Chile and Argentina. Ushuaia is the take off point for trekkers heading to the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and the snowy mountains full of gem-like lakes and beautiful beechwood forests.
You can find any terrain you want in Argentina, whether it’s a desolate windswept expanse, endless grassy plains, mountains, glaciers, beaches or rainforests. The Land of Silver is definitely a haven for the adventurous.