You know that this is the most famous song ever written about Argentina, and once you visit this grand county, you'll feel like coming back because of the diverse and rich climate and the beautiful culture. I have yet to visit Argentina, but one of my dearest colleagues was there, and he shared with me some of his amazing photos and why you should visit this southernmost Latin county.
Argentina is the land of Gauchos, Tango, Malambo, Chacarera, Zamba, Murga, and Cuarteto dances, but it's also home to incredible glaciers, peaks, and valleys. The country has a great deal to offer: culture, food & wine, spectacular landscapes, great places to stay, fantastic shopping, a wide range of experiences, and, best of all - great value for travelers with US Dollars, especially considering the current sky-high prices in many destinations in Europe and North America. Here are his "top 10" reasons to visit Argentina now:
1. The World in One Country
Argentina is many countries in one. In the Northeast, you'll find tropical jungles, vast wetlands, and mighty Iguassu Falls with 275 cascades, the largest and most impressive in the world. In the Northwest, dry valleys, red rock formations, and the high altiplano - with towns over 14,000 feet above sea level. In the center of the country the fertile pampas, Argentina's breadbasket and heartland. In the South, the vast Patagonia region with dry steppes and glaciers stretching towards Antarctica. Along the western border with Chile is the Andes, the most extended mountain range in the globe, with many snow-covered peaks higher than Mt. McKinley/Denali. Argentina, is enormous - the eighth largest country in the world, roughly the size of India. You could spend a month in Argentina and still need to cover all the regions.
2. Buenos Aires
Most trips to Argentina begin or end in Buenos Aires, the country's capital city. Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis of over 15 million inhabitants at the mouth of the River Plate. The city is home to roughly one out of three Argentines. It's also the most European of all South American cities, with wide boulevards, grand architecture, beautiful parks, intelligent cafes and shops, a vibrant dining scene, and world-class cultural pursuits. The city combines the sophistication of Paris and Madrid with nonstop traffic, late hours, and an irrepressible Latin spirit.
3. Food, Wine, Empanadas, Dulce de Leche, and more
Argentines are justifiably proud of their delicious cuisine, especially the superb beef (among the world's best, according to connoisseurs), outstanding wines, pasta and pizzas, fresh seafood, and best of all - the empanadas (pictured above, my favorites), savory baked turnovers filled with meat, chicken, vegetables, and available throughout the country. And make sure to catch the desserts - particularly the ice cream (helado in Spanish) and my favorite: dulce de leche.
Passionate, opinionated, resilient, charming, and proud, Argentines have many qualities of Spanish and Italian immigrants, the two main nationalities that settled in Argentina over the years. Prepare for great conversations about futbol (soccer), tango, politics, books, food, and wine. Argentines are a great company, and you are bound to return home with new friends, as I did.
5. Active & Adventure Options
Argentina attracts outdoor enthusiasts worldwide, offering fantastic hiking, biking, trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, snowboarding, fishing, golf, 4x4 adventures, Polo, and more. Whatever your passion is, you are bound to find great options in Argentina.
6. Cultural Pursuits
Argentina is the cultural capital of South America. Discover great museums and art collections, historic towns going back to the 16th century, street art, Teatro Colon, one of the world's finest opera houses, music - from traditional to classical, and my favorite bookstore in the world - El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires - a five-story temple for book lovers housed in a former theater photographed above.
7. Great Places to stay
You will find a wide range of hotel and resort options throughout Argentina. From grand hotels in the heart of Buenos Aires to charming small luxury lodges with only 17 guestrooms, set within a 10,000-acre estate in deepest Patagonia. Stay at historic hotels, countryside resorts, mountain retreats, modern high-rises, countryside inns, resorts set within working vineyards, and everything in between.
Because of Argentina's wide range of habitats, climates, and elevations, the country offers a great variety of wildlife, including condors, pumas, whales off the coast of Peninsula Valdes, Magellanic penguins and seals in Tierra del Fuego, guanacos and llamas in the high Andes, as well as tropical birds and monkeys in the far north of the country.
9. Spectacular Scenery
Wherever you travel, you are bound to be impressed with awe-inspiring landscapes, including magnificent peaks like Cerro Fitz Roy (photographed above left), to Serrania del Hornocal in the far Northwest, with its multi-colored rocks showing centuries of wind and water erosion (see pictures below). Argentina offers Alpine lakes, endless Patagonian steppes, vast glaciers, tropical forests, rich wetlands, and the red rock country of Salta and Jujuy provinces, among many other beautiful regions. Prepare to be impressed.
Today, 1 USD equals 185 Argentinian Pesos at the official rate. The starting category rates at two SIG partner properties (Sofitel Buenos Aires and the Iguazu Grand in Iguassu Falls) for a stay beginning 01 MAY 23 are under $250 a night. Meals, drinks, taxis, and entrance fees are a fraction of what you would pay in North America or Europe. Argentina offers exceptional value for travelers arriving with US Dollars.
For your travelers looking for new horizons + great value, think Argentina. Should you like to plan an Argentinian adventure, make sure to reach out to me to get started on the planning process today! Head over to the contact page and fill out the dream adventure inquiry and I will contact you within 24 hours.
Next: An update about Buenos Aires as our Argentina series continues.
Sheyla was born and raised in Cuba and has been in the United States since 2000. She is a Journalist, Actress, Producer, and Photographer with a passion for travel. Sheyla launched the travel agency out of her desire to share her culture, music, dance, and the architecture of her homeland with others. Her agency provides travel arrangements to Latin countries, the Caribbean islands, and Europe. She is an award-winning short film producer and was recognized as a leading media personality in the Latino community in Tennessee with the award “Beacon of Light” in 2019. Sheyla was one of the few Cuban-American journalists who traveled to Cuba with President Barack Obama in 2016 as part of the White House Press Corps. She is an ASTA Verified travel advisor, Signature Travel Network Luxury Certified Travel advisor, and several destination specialists in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is also certified in Luxury River and Ocean cruises.
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