Welcome to Argentina
An eminently prolific country embraced with the vibrant rhythm-filled sensuous Tango and the pervasive architecture, Argentina is the dream every traveller desires for!
Country Quick Facts
Tucked in the Southern region of South America, Argentina is being considered as the second largest South America’s country following Brazil. Comparing it with other countries all over the world, it is the 8th largest. The country is a blend of ocean shoreline, deserts, plains and also the Tundras with its shape resembling an inverted triangle. There is the existence of the four major geographic regions which together make up the geography of Argentina and these are: the North, the Pampas, and the Andes and lastly the Patagonia.
Area: 2.78 million km²
Capital: Buenos Aires
The language that is spoken with majority of the Argentina’s population is ‘Spanish’ that is used as a communicator by over 40.9 million people residing here. Apart from Spanish, the other languages vocalized here are Italian, Levantine Arabic, Quechua, German, Yiddish and many others. Talking about the languages in minority, Chinese, Japanese and Welsh are some of them. The people in Argentina are majorly renowned as the ‘Argentines’.
The officially accepted currency in Argentina is the ’Argentine peso’ that is symbolised as ‘$’. It is available in the form of banknotes as well as the coins and circulated under the supervision of the Central Bank of Argentina. The denominations for the coins of this currency are 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 centavos, 1 peso, 2 pesos, 5 pesos whereas the banknotes have the denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 pesos. A single Argentine peso is equivalent to 100 centavos. The ATMs are easily available in the country, thus making it easier for the people here to withdraw the amount of multiple denominations.
Despite of it being present in the Southern America, Argentina comes across four types of seasons instead of the sole ‘warm and humid’ climate and these are hot, cold, dry and wet. The summertime in Argentina starts from December till February and is highly hot and humid. The nights as well as the days are quite hot and the sun shines will full force. During the wintertime, the temperature is expected at around 1-2 degrees at night and 8-13 degrees during daytime starting from June till the end of August.
Time: The ‘Argentina Time’ abbreviated as ART is the Standard Time Zone in Argentina that is 4 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.
Electricity: The Standard Frequency in Argentina is 220 V and the frequency here is 50 Hz. The power plugs carry the Type C and I. If the Standard Voltage of the electrical appliances in your country ranges between 220-240 V, then you can easily use them in Argentina without any hassle.
Weight & Measurement: Argentina uses the Metric System for the purposes of Weight and Measurement.
Telecommunications: Argentina is a country with very less data cost and thus, it also considered as the one with the best cell phone deals. The main cell phone operators in Argentina are Claro, Movistar and the Personal. The country also has the facilities of 2G, 3G and the 4G Internet Data Plans.
Top Cities of Argentina
Argentina consists of some of the best cities which carry their own qualities. The top cities of Argentina are as follows:
Food & Drink
Whether it’s the world-class wine or the culinary experience, Argentina is an all-rounder in this regard. The country is witnessed as a showcase of its cultural diversity through the plentiful food and drinks available here. Whatever your heart desires, Argentina is ready to serve you at its best. Whenever you are present in this immensely beauteous country, it is highly suggested that you should never miss out the drooling dishes here.
Chimichurri is a kind of green salad that is prepared with a combination of chilli pepper flakes, olive oil, parsley, onion and also the oregano.
Cooked by deep frying, the empanadas are stuffed with sweet flavoured ingredients and pair the best with sweet potato paste.
Choripán is considered as the best street food in Argentina. It is a grilled sausage between two bread with Chimichurri as the toppings.
Carbonada is a meaty stew consisting of varied vegetables including carrots, pepper and also the bacon. Many fruits act as its toppings.
It is a thin slice of beef that is filled with boiled eggs, vegetables or varied herbs as well as the olives.
One of the most common dishes in Argentina, it is the beefsteak with egg, ham or cheese acting as Milanesa’s toppings.
Malbec is a famous wine in Argentina that is prevalent here in many variations. It has strong fruity flavours.
More alcoholic than wine, Gancia carries a lemon based flavour and is commonly consumed all around Argentina.
Cooking meats or even the vegetables in the barbeque is commonly referred as the dish of Asado.
Culture of Argentina
Since the very starting, Argentina’s immigrant European population has played a keen role in influencing the country’s culture. This influence shall be pictured in the Argentina’s music, lifestyle, writing, art and other varied social customs. Spanish stands out to be the chiefly spoken language in Argentina, however many native groups here are indulged in vocalizing the languages belonging to their mother tongue. The north-western parts of Argentina are highly influenced by the Pre-Columbian Andean indigenous tradition, whereas the north-eastern has the Guarani indigenous influence.
Not only the Spanish, but Argentina is also highly inspired by the Italian culture and you can also recognize the same through some of the country’s delectable cuisines including the mouth-watering pizzas and pastas.
Family holds the major relevance in the culture and ethics of Argentina. Family gatherings and other small or large parties are way too common at this place and thus, one might witness many family gatherings in the parks or the river side areas.
Argentina is an immensely talented and skilled country. It has excelled not only in a definite field but in a myriad of fields. This exquisite nation is a top scorer in writing, art, music and also the literature. An International Book Fair is held every year here in which millions of people participate every year making it a real hit! Being highly interested in performance arts and theatre, the Argentines are seen as showing their active participation in these two fields.
The majorly followed religion in Argentina is the Roman Catholic, however the people here are free to follow any religion of their choice and preference.
Top Activities in Argentina
Self Drive Travel in Argentina
Indulge in the freedom that you can attain from a self-drive expedition while your journey to Argentina. Argentina’s beauty and the breathtaking scenes are the one simply to die for. Be a free bird and ride excitedly on the open roads of this country as many more pleasant surprises are expecting you here. Ride your car through the heartthrob white-washed villages, and the perfect combination of the sunny vineyards along with the green valleys. Being considered as the best way to traveller in case you are striving to quench your thirst for a thrill filled journey, an overlanding experience and that too in Argentina is like a cherry on the cake. A perfect blend of wilderness, mountains, wildlife and the lush green nature this country is surely going to leave you awestruck once you visit it and have some glimpses of some of its untouched hidden treasures. As notified, Argentina’s roads are undoubtedly in a very good condition and thus, driving here will for sure give you a fruitful experience.
Urban Adventures in Argentina
Thousands of volcanoes can be penguins can be spotted in the southern part of Argentina. They are present here with an intention of feasting as well as nesting on the fish supply that is available in plenty as they prepare for their consecutive migration events. So, how about spotting these amazing penguins and walking with them? Yes, the penguins are known to be really comfortable around the human beings and thus, walking with them is truly a very exciting and ‘Argentina’s uber-popular thing’. The highly recommended locations for indulging in this activity are the Punta Tombo and the Isla Martillo, and the best suited time to visit these exotic hubs is during summer and the late spring.
The El Chalten is a mountain village that is wowing the whole globe with its high class hiking trails and also the vibrant beauty of the landscapes. Perfect for those adventure seekers who are looking forward to discover the Patagonian Andes, this adventure sports’ hub is now renowned as the 'Trekking Capital of Argentina’. The varied standardised trails recommended for the thrill seekers are the Mount Fitz Roy and also the Cerro Torre that is slightly shorter in altitude as compared to the Fitz Roy. The Roy’s trip is a 20 km- round trip with varied opportunities for the adventure practitioners to go past the vast glaciers, lagoons and the peak’s spectacular views. The best time to visit this place is from December-March (summer) and also during November that symbolises ‘end of the spring’.
Connect yourself with the tranquillity of the highly inspiring nature of the El Chaltén. Not to worry about the natural beauty of this place, as it is highly careful for the same as compared to us. Being called as a really extensive habitat to the flora and fauna, this place ensures a highly authentic trip to all of its visitors. Pack with ultimate thrill, twists and turns in the fresh water with a pinch of the nature’s assistance, you are undoubtedly going to experience a very memorable trip here. Embrace the Patagonia’s immense serenity followed by an amazing rafting trail in the El Chalten by early evening. There is no need for you to doubt on the safety of this place as a proper team of helpers and also some of the goods are there for you.
Grab an exclusive opportunity to feel connected with the nature while being indulged in the adventurous activity of the Horseback Riding. It is meant for those who are really looking forward to link their souls with the Argentina’s culture. Ride on the horse’s back and reach unexpected and some of the unheard places here which include the Estancia Cristina while passing through the most beautiful rivers and streams of the relevant areas. Horseback Riding is considered as one of the most favoured activities in Argentina and thus, it is highly suggested for every nature lover and the adventure seeker to try out the amazing experience of this experience.
Kayaking is amongst the most common adventure activities all over the world and also in Argentina. However, the Kayaking here is not at all a normal one. Not the mountains, but the glaciers are a main source of these activities in this country. The Upsala Glacier is one of these Kayaking generating hubs and thus is recognized as a truly antique activity. Letting you experience the massive nature of travel, the Upsala kayak experience is something every adventurer has always wished for. With the wide stretches of the huge glaciers, this activity is a real fun for being undertaken here.