Argentina is an amazing country, boasting delicious food and breathtaking natural wonders that provide ample reasons for visitors to come see this vibrant nation.
Argentinaans are very passionate about their football and political figures such as Evita Peron who even features on the 100 peso bill; Diego Maradona even has his own Church!
1. It’s the eighth-largest country in the world
Argentina is a large nation situated in South America’s southern portion. Covering approximately one-third the size of Texas, Argentina borders Chile and Andes Mountain Range on its western side; Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay on its northern edge; as well as Atlantic Ocean on its eastern boundary.
Argentina is a diverse nation of diverse climates and landscapes, from Patagonia’s glaciers to its dry deserts in the northwest. Additionally, this nation has an intriguing cultural history and vibrant population; over 43 million people call Argentina home with Buenos Aires being its capital city and largest urban center in South America. Argentina draws influence from European roots with populations from Germany, Italian, French and Spanish descent making up its population; which influences its language, food, music dance customs as well as social customs of its people.
Patagonia may derive its name from Latin for silver. This was inspired by shipwrecked Spaniards arriving with gifts of silver as gifts upon landing, leading them to give gifts bearing this moniker – eventually it became part of its national nickname.
Argentina may be famous for their love of steak, but it also stands as an avid supporter of polo. Played on horses and considered an art form, Argentina hosts some of the world’s premier polo teams.
Visitors to Argentina can stay for up to 90 days without needing a visa, provided their passport still has more than six months before its expiration. Even temporary departure resets the count. While Argentina remains safe and stable democratic nation, its inequality continues to widen between wealthy individuals and working class populations.
2. It’s home to the world’s southernmost city
Ushuaia (which translates to Land of Fire), Argentina’s southernmost city, sits on Tierra del Fuego island which it shares with Chile and boasts stunning mountainous landscapes dotted by snow-capped mountains and the Beagle Channel – it serves as an excellent starting point for Antarctic cruises as well.
But that is only part of what sets this town apart – it is also one of the world’s most remote places, boasting its own distinct flora and fauna, gateway to several national parks including Tierra del Fuego and Los Glaciares, and offering opportunities for enjoying tango dancing – an Argentine dance tradition!
Football is an enormous passion in Argentina. Nothing gets them more fired up than watching their fierce rivals Brazil compete, especially during an important match-up like this one. This enthusiasm extends from family gatherings to political rallies.
Argentina holds another fascinating distinction – being the first country in history to broadcast an opera over radio. In 1920, Wagner’s Parsifal from Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires was sent out live across Argentina’s cities and towns from Teatro Coliseo’s broadcast tower in Buenos Aires to citizens across Argentina.
Argentinans love their meat so much that it is considered one of five countries with more cows than people! Renowned for its steak, Argentina has become famous for this dish; dairy produce from this region also stands out. And for those seeking something healthier to keep hydrated with, Argentinians drink yerba mate, an herbal beverage made by steeping leaves of plants into hot water with caffeine and antioxidants for an afternoon refreshment!
3. It’s home to the largest population of Magellanic penguins
Argentina’s southern Patagonia region is home to a large population of Magellanic penguins. If you visit during their breeding season from December through March, you can witness these adorable creatures waddling on sandy beaches and swimming through cool waters in their natural environment. While not endangered species themselves, their numbers have decreased by 24 percent over two decades and The Global Penguin Society is working with local partners in designating an area covering an estimated area of 1 500 sq miles for protection around Punta Tombo penguin colony; which would make this reserve the largest such reserve globally.
Most of us think of penguins when we think of Argentina–from their majestic King and Emperor breeds to Gentoo penguins (you might have seen them in Happy Feet!), Rockhopper Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Magellanic Penguins–but this country also hosts five additional species! These include Gentoo Penguins (recognized from Happy Feet! ), Rockhopper Penguins Macaroni Penguins and Magellanic Penguins.
Visit Puerto Madryn in Peninsula Valdes nature reserve to find a small Magellanic Penguin colony and observe them from a boardwalk, but please keep a safe distance so the penguins do not feel threatened by humans. To get closer, book this full-day tour that allows you to explore this peninsula with a guide who will lead you down to the beach!
Argentina boasts one of the highest literacy rates and per capita incomes in Latin America, leading to their arrogant attitude towards other nations in the region. Though proud of their country, Argentina is actually quite diverse with many cultures and languages represented throughout. While you’ll hear Spanish spoken everywhere you go, other than that there may also be speakers of Italian, Arabic German Yidish Guarani Aymara to keep track of.
4. It’s home to Pope Francis
Argentina was among the richest countries in the early 20th Century. Its per-capita income exceeded that of France or Germany and twice that of Italy or Spain; much of this wealth stemmed from immigrants coming from Europe to work its many farms.
Argentina was in such good economic health before the Great Depression began that comparing it with America at that time was worth doing.
Argentina is an extraordinary South American destination with its blend of Latin American and European cultures, creating a truly captivating destination. This can be seen through music, food and architecture of this breathtaking destination as well as being home to some breathtaking natural marvels such as Aconcagua mountain – South America’s highest point.
Argentina is widely known for its pop culture. From tango dancing and rodeoing, to the famous gaucho (cowboy) rodeos, Argentina offers no shortage of entertainment – from dancing tango to rodeoing gauchos (cowboys). But not all love Argentina’s obsession with body image issues which has caused some of the highest rates of anorexia worldwide.
Pope Francis is both beloved and controversial in Argentina. In particular, he’s been vocal in his criticism of both former center-left president Nestor Kirchner and current center-left President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for their policies regarding abortion, gay marriage and the International Monetary Fund. It remains to be seen if his relationship with Argentinian leaders will improve; should that happen then both must find common ground on issues that matter in order for Argentina to move forward as one united nation.
5. It’s home to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier is one of Argentina’s most breathtaking sights, located within Los Glaciares National Park and one of Patagonia’s must-sees. Renowned for its magnificent bluish hues and towering walls of ice that seem to come straight out of the sky – it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Argentinean government has established special protected areas to preserve the natural beauty of this region, such as Los Glaciares National Park which is home to various wildlife species including chinchillas, rheas, condors, and pudus. You’ll also find two of the country’s most stunning lakes here such as Lake Argentino and Los Glaciares.
Argentina is not only known as an idyllic destination for nature lovers; it also boasts delicious cuisine and lively music – in particular the famous Latin dance the tango which originated here!
Argentina holds many other impressive distinctions, such as being the first country in South America to launch radio broadcasting – in this instance a performance of Wagner’s opera Parsifal on August 27th 1920 was its inaugural broadcast program!
Argentina boasts some of the richest cultures and traditions in Latin America, featuring Spanish as one of many distinct tongues spoken alongside Italian, German, Yiddish, Quechua Wichi and Albanian speakers. Argentina offers visitors an intriguing diversity of traditions which makes visiting an absolute pleasure!