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Argentina is home to a range of captivating landscapes, from the snow-capped Andes to the dusty plains of Patagonia. This is a land of infinite adventures from trekking the evergreen forests of the Lake District to exploring the verdant rainforests of Missiones horse riding in the scorched mountains of Salta or playing the gaucho in the lush Pampas. A backpacker’s paradise, Argentina is a wealth of opportunities.
The capital city, Buenos Aires has a contemporary feel and is bustling with energy. Culture and heritage are still very important to the people and the tango continues to thrive in this cosmopolitan city. The Argentinians are passionate people and the majority have a common devotion to football, food and partying. A trip to Argentina is sure to involve at least a taster of the three. Argentina is a country in which to enjoy fine wines, great food and magnificent landscapes.
The most unique aspect of Argentina is the vastly different landscapes, the dusty plains of the east and the snow-capped mountain range to the west. This range makes up the Chilean border and includes the highest peak in the Western hemisphere, the Aconcagua which is 6,959m high. The Andes present more stunning contrasts including the Northwest plateaus, the lake region, the forests and the glaciers.
Between the Paraná and Uruguay rivers, the Argentine Mesopotamia is formed by low hills with swampy marshland acting as evidence of the ancient courses of these great rivers. The subtropical rain forest provides such phenomenal sights as the Iguazú Falls, considered one of the greatest natural wonders in the world.
The Atlantic coastline draws visitors from the Andes to the south to catch some sun on the beaches of Mar del Plata and Pinamar. Lined with high cliffs, massive indentations like the Peninsula Valdés and spectacular and unique colonies of sea animals, it is not surprising that these beaches are popular with tourists and locals alike.
Argentina offers visitors fantastic settings in which to enjoy a number of sports activities. From June to September, the great mountains are perfect for skiing. Argentina is an excellent golfing destination and is also great for hiking, biking, fishing, and white-water rafting.
Argentina’s spectacular geography and wealth of activities make it an exciting country to visit. Anyone with an interest in roaming the wild and spectacular landscape and indulging in all the activities, cuisine and entertainment the country has to offer will find Argentina a wonderful adventure.
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Shopping Take a trip to the capital city of Buenos Aires, a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. Head for San Telmo to shop amongst vibrant colours and exotic boutiques on cobble stone streets. The cosmopolitan microcentro includes the popular Florida and Lavalle pedestrian malls and the Plaza San Martín.
Nightlife Argentina has a vibrant nightlife, with great music and dancing. Put on your dancing shoes and learn the tango to shine after dark. Alternatively, relax and enjoy a night at the opera in one of the world's best opera houses, Teatro Colon.
Waterfalls Iguazu Falls is a spectacular sight and surprisingly is taller and much wider than the Niagara Falls. It is truly a natural wonder. Take one of the many tours and explore about two and a half miles of churning white noise laid out in a picturesque scene.
Beaches Visit Pampas, down south, where world-class beaches are strewn on the landscape with a painter's flair. Mar del Plata is also worth visiting even if only to swim with the seals. This seaside resort offers ground tours and paragliding as well as an exciting nightlife.
Glaciers The Perito Glacier is an excellent site for all ages. Visitors can walk right up and along side the glacier to experience them first hand. Located in Los Glaciares National Park, it is also one of the world's largest fresh water reserve.
Ushuaia Venture further south to Ushuaia or what is known as the end of the world. Looming mountains stand strong and majestic lakes mirror the sky.