Argentina Travel Overview
2.78 million sq. km
GDP per cap:
13 per sq. km
Argentina's a big place. With over a million square miles of territory, it's the world's eighth largest nation. It's sometimes hard to believe that Argentina's diverse attractions all belong to the same planet, never mind the same country.
Start with the capital, Buenos Aires—a sexy, world-class metropolis with fantastic dining, shady green avenues, abundant nightlife and a vibrant cafe culture. Then there are the hot, humid jungles to the north, where the Iguazu waterfalls straddle the border of Argentina and Brazil. Heading southwest from Buenos Aires, you'll reach the Pampas, Argentina's bread (and meat) basket and traditional home of the gauchos, Argentina's famous cowboys. Past the Pampas lies the desolately beautiful expanse of the Patagonian steppe, cradled on the west by the jagged peaks and glaciers of the Andes range. Continue south to the island of Tierra del Fuego, where Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, stands on the shores of the Beagle Channel.
The long distances between Argentina's attractions means that many travelers will opt to take domestic flights. If you're clutching your wallet in nervous anticipation of buying even more airline tickets (getting to Argentina isn't exactly cheap, unless you happen to live in South America), you're not alone. The good news is that prices in Argentina came way down a few years ago. Although prices are slowly rising, now is still the best time to go. Buenos Aires is the number one "best value destination" in Lonely Planet's Blue List 2006-2007.
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