7 Reasons to Travel to Argentina
Argentina is a beautiful country full of rich culture and history, beautiful geography, fun nightlife, and amazing cuisine. If you have been on the fence whether or not you should travel to Argentina, here are 7 reasons why you should.
Argentina is known for producing some of the tastiest steak around the world. Many herders still grass feed their cows, making the steak taste better because the cows are healthier. Argentina is also home to delectable empanadas, a meat and cheese filled pastry that you can find on nearly every street corner. And of course, you can’t mention Argentina without talking about their mate, a traditional warm drink made from the dry leaves of the yerba mate plant. Other famous foods in Argentina including dulce de leche, alfajores, carbonada, and choripán.
Diverse Geography and Wildlife
Due to its size and geography, Argentina is full of diverse and fascinating wildlife. At the southern tip of Argentina you can find glacial fields, visit Patagonia, walk the Perito Moreno Glacier, visit the southernmost city, End of the World – Ushuaia, and see penguins, sea lions, and more. It is literally just a boat ride away from Antarctica. The northern part of Argentina, on the other hand, is only about 20° from the equator, home to the incredible Iguazu Falls and tropical weather. In the country, you can find rainforests, wetlands, swampy plains, glaciers, deserts, and grasslands.
Famous destination places include: Iguazu Falls (the amazing waterfalls mentioned above), Reserva Faunística Península Valdés (a southern Unesco World Heritage wildlife reserve), Tierra del Fuego (moss-draped forests and amazing snowy mountains home to stories of shipwrecks and indigenous extinction), Córdoba (the Cultural Capital of the Americas), Mendoza (the famous wine country), Perito Moreno Glacier (the glacier mentioned above), Ushuaia (the southernmost city of the world), Buenos Aires (the capital of Argentina), The Andes (the astounding mountain range bordering Chile), Quebrada de Humahuaca (home of the hill of seven colors), Barreal (an outdoor enthusiast’s haven), El Chaltén (an adorable village hidden from the world), Puerto Madryn (a patagonian destination for whale watching and viewing other wildlife such as penguins), El Bolsón (Argentina’s hippy headquarters) and Bariloche (the snow capital of Argentina).
Wine tasting in Argentina is an experience unlike any other. As the fifth largest wine producing country, the wine is quite exquisite. There are many tours that take you through Mendoza, Salta, and La Rioja, Argentina’s famous wine regions, or you can grab a map and create your own adventure through the richly beautiful wine country.
There are still many gauchos, or Argentine cowboys who ride through the countryside of Argentina herding horses, cattle, and other ranch animals. They have a fascinating lifestyle full of simplicity and sun. If you’d like to find a town full of gauchos, visit San Antonio de Areco. It is full of festivals, gaucho culture, gaucho tales, and more.
Argentina is the birthplace of Tango, an exotic dance full of romance and mystery. Nearly every cafe and restaurant you visit will have tango shows on the hour, and if you just walk around the city, you will find a group gathered to watch street performers enchant bystanders. If you’re feeling especially daring you can sign up for a class from a local studio and try your luck at the intimate dance. Sometimes, you can even join a tango show on the street and dance with the pros.
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina is a bustling hub where the old world meets the new. You can find tango dancers and gauchos right next to high end fashion stores, zoos, botanical gardens, etc. Within the city lies the Recoleta Cemetary, the resting place of Evita Perone and other famous Argentines. The city is also home to Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue, with seven lanes in each direction (and even more, as no one actually drives in their lane in the country). And of course, you can always snag tickets intense fútbol matches while you’re down there.
Like stated in this blog, the government has recently opened up the currency for more liberal exchange rates. A few years ago, there were two ways of exchanging money, getting the official rate or the “blue” rate (the black market rate). If you exchanged money through an ATM or Bank, you received the official rate of 8 pesos to the dollar, but if you carried cash to a local money changer, or made purchases in US dollars, you’d get an exchange rate as high as 14 pesos to the dollar. The newly elected President Mauricio Macri removed some of the foreign exchange restrictions on the Argentine peso, bringing the official rate rate and the blue rate to the same amount, among other benefits for the Argentine economy..
In short, it is now cheaper to visit Argentina than it has been for many years.