One of the eighth-largest country in the world, it offers a vast variety of nature, adventure, and culture! Natures range from glaciers to volcanoes; adventure includes horseback riding, hiking, diving, and many more; culture includes food, who doesn’t love this?! As a country who were significantly influenced by Europeans, Italian, and Spanish, people are able to see the imitation of those cultures through their fashion, architecture, and design. It offers beautiful scenery and great culture, which is seen through their way of life.
Their cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and native influences. It uses product that exist in an abundance size in the country. If you’re worried about not having enough meat, fear not! It is a country that has the highest consumption of red meat in the world! They focus on social gatherings where they are able to share meals with others as a sign of friendship, warmth, and integration.
- Empanadas — The term means to wrap or coat in bread. It is made by folding dough over a stuffing (usually meat, cheese, corn, etc.) and is either fried or baked. It is usually served during parties and festivals.
- Locro — More popular in the Andes region, it is a hearty thick stew usually made of corn, beans, and potato. One of the most classic dishes that uses a specific kind of potato called “papa chola”. It is only available in this region due to its unique taste.
- Humita — The main ingredient is masa harina and corn. Masa harina is corn flour/dough that is soaked and cooked in alkaline solution (a typical way to make tortillas and tamales). This dish is made by slowly steaming or boiling it in a pot of water, prepared with corn, onions, and some spices depending on the region.
- Mate — a drink that is infused with caffeine.
Argentina has one of the most extraordinary view of nature to offer to people all around the world. Not only is it beautiful, but it is a great place for those who want to seek an adventure! From glacier to sky-scraping peaks, it has it all! It is a spectacular place for those who want to experience a variety of activities, learn about their history, and have a beautiful view of nature.
In addition, it offers important archaeological and paleontological sites. You will be able to experience and see how their architecture (and other form of lifestyle) was influenced by other cultures.
Here are a few of their top attractions:
- Perito Moreno Glacier — One of the most visited places by tourists. It is the world’s third largest reserve of freshwater that is 170 metres deep. The name derived from an explorer named Francisco in the 19th century. He helped defend the territory of Argentina during difficult times with Chile. It showcases stunning views of the glacier, one of the most amazing natural landscape.
- Iguazú National Park — A national park that features a variety of wildlife located on the border between Argentina and Brazil. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. One of the best cascading waterfalls in the world.
- Nahuel Huapi Lake — The lake consist previously consisted of glacier valleys, Miocene Valleys, and volcanic ash. The volcanic ash was due to the 2011 eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex. A beautiful place to go kayaking!
- La Boca, Buenos Aires — A neighborhood in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Here, you are able to see the influences of European and Italian culture. It has colorful houses and often times, there is an art performance. Truly a vibrant neighborhood.
Argentina’s nightlife would make you not want to sleep! There are a variety of activities to do: clubbing, bar hopping, tango, music, and many more. It may even offer some of the best experiences you never had. In addition, there has been a rise of hidden underground bars, inspired by the United States prohibition era. It will truly be one of the best experiences you will have.
The main currency of Argentina is peso ($). Since 2017, coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 pesos. Starting in the late 20th century, their currency has been experiencing devaluation (reaching 25% in 2017). The rate is 1 peso = $0.05 USD, with fluctuating rates.
Customs & Languages
Although there are more than 40 languages spoken in Argentina, the main one is Spanish. Their culture has been influenced by others such as Italian, Spanish, and European immigration; with less influences in the fields of music and art. Their architecture are noticeable similar to European styles. Don’t skip out on Milonga, which is a dancehall for tango. Another thing to try is the red meat because it is a country that really makes the best of it. Some things to note is to try to avoid expensive jewelry in public. Doing so will allow you to invite others to mug you in plain sight! However, avoid wearing it and it will make a difference.
Here are some helpful words/phrases:
- Hello — Hola
- Please – Por favor
- Thank you — Gracias
- How much? — ¿Cuánto cuesta?
- Where is the bathroom? — ¿Dónde está el baño?