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Buenos Aires street tango
Argentina Travel Fast Facts

Getting there: regular flights from points worldwide to Buenos Aires' Ezeiza airport (Ministro Pistarini International.)

Official language(s): Spanish

Ranging from 5-star hotels to rental homes and bed & breakfasts,

What to see: Buenos Aires, Iguaza Falls, Mendoza wine country, Glaciers National Park,

For the rich cultural experience it offers - along with beautiful beaches, winery tours, treks across frozen glaciers, or views of spectacular waterfalls - it's hard to imagine a more exciting destination than Argentina ...

...not to mention the memory-making trip to Buenos Aires - the country's sophisticated capital city.

Beautiful, compact and easy to get around, most of the city's main attractions are conveniently located near to each other, making the capital an easy one to explore by foot.

The first stop? That would be the Plaza De Mayo, where history comes alive as the famous location where Eva Peron made her speech to millions of adoring Argentinians from the Presidential Palace or "Casa Rosada" (the pink house). Stroll around the plaza for more worthwhile stops at the National Museum of the Cabildo and the Metropolitan cathedral.

While in Buenos Aires, also don't miss a chance to see fancier footwork on stage with a classic performance of the tango, Argentina's national dance.

In Argentina, a milonga refers to a dance hall or club for tango. Most milongas are concentrated in the barrio of San Telmo, which is known for being the heart of the Buenos Aires tango scene (as well as great shopping!) Many offer free lessons early in the evening, before the floor opens to more experienced dancers.

Recoleta Cemetry in Buenos Aires
A walk through Recoleta Cemetery awaits fans of the macabre
in Buenos Aires, including a visit to the grave of Eva Peron.

Farther afield, wine lovers will truly appreciate trips to San Juan or Mendoza wine country (often dubbed "the Napa Valley of Argentina") where quality wine production is at its peak -- in a country that boasts over 1,800 wineries!

Iguaza Falls

For fun in the sun, experience for yourself the beauty of sand dunes and crystal clear waters of Mar del Plata, and discover why it remains Argentina's favorite vacation spot.

For more spectacular natural beauty, pack the wide-angle lens for stunning photos of Iguazu Falls (located at the country's northeast corner) or head south for an unforgettable trek across the Argentine Antarctic at Glaciers National Park.

Note that in July and August, nobody hits the surf; they hit the slopes! Summer is ski season in the southern hemisphere, and top Argentine ski resorts in Bariloche, Las Leñas and Ushuaia are the places to be.

DID YOU KNOW? Argentina Travel Fun Facts

Buenos Aires street art.

• For the ultimate Argentine road trip, take Route 40. It runs for over 3,000 miles from the country's northern reaches to the the southernmost tip of continental Argentina.

• Don't leave the country without trying the very popular street food, choripán, simply consisting of sausage and bread.

• Street art is everywhere in Buenos Aires, ranging from spray can scribbles to urban masterpieces. To see the best of it, visitors can arrange for a Buenos Aires graffiti tour.

• Yes, it's true. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was not Cuban but Argentinean. He was born in the city of Rosario in 1928.

• Sorry, Texas. Argentina boasts the world's widest street. In Buenos Aires you can't miss 9 de Julio Avenue (July 9th Avenue – in honor of Argentina’s independence day). It has a total of 14 lanes.


More about Argentina travel & tourist attractions around the Web:

Introducing Argentina - Lonely Planet
- Check out expert tips on where and when to go, famous and off-the-beaten-track attractions, money and costs, Argentina's history, art and culture, with tips on getting there, and getting around.

Argentina travel guide - This excellent Wikitravel report features a quick overview of top attractions plus helpful tips on getting around by boat, train or plane, where to shop, insider tips on food and culture, cheap hotel & accommodation, electrical current in use, maps, health & safety tips, emergency numbers.

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