Argentina, the second largest country in South America, and the eighth largest in the world, shares its border with Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. In the east the country has a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. The sheer size of the country means there is a wide variety of geographic diversity, including mountains, grasslands, deserts, glaciers, prairies and lakes. Both eco and adventure tourists will find much to satisfy. Argentina's wide variety of landscapes is indicative of the number of activities that can be enjoyed while traveling the country. Hiking, mountain climbing, white-water rafting, canoeing, hang-gliding, paragliding, windsurfing and horseback riding will allow you to not just see Argentina, but to experience it.
Buenos Aires serves as the gateway to Argentina. Called the "Paris of the South" - it is a modern and sophisticated city with a rich European influence in its culture. Buenos Aires is known for its vibrant nightlife, wonderful shopping and excellent restaurants. Picturesque districts are spread throughout the city and have their own unique character of sights and sounds. Wander along cobbled streets of colonial San Telmo, home of the sultry tango or visit Recoleta, the city's most chic neighborhood. The city never seems to sleep and the residents live passionately.
Once you have exhausted the wonders of Buenos Aires - you may wish to travel throughout the rest of the country and explore the geography. The plains of the Pampas are home to the cowboys of South America - the gaucho - with his legendary horse skills and a rugged individualism that lies at the heart of a long-standing and proud heritage. There are several large lakes in Argentina, including salt water lakes, as well as a number of hot springs. Bariloche is an Andean village that resembles the ski resorts of Switzerland in architectural style and whose snowcapped mountain peaks are just as challenging.
The region of Patagonia, which includes the southernmost section of the Andes mountains, stretches to the Straits of Magellan and includes the Peninsula Valdes which is home to large numbers of sea lions, seals, penguins and birds. Glaciers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a stunning 22 mile long glacier with some of the most impressive peaks, glaciers and icebergs in the world. The magnificent Iguassu Falls is over 2 miles long and has 275 individual waterfalls that cascade down some 260 feet into a gorge.
Most visited cities: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Salta