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Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina, is situated on the banks of the Río de la Plata. This city astonishes the tourists with its evident universal influence.

As long as European architecture is concerned, many streets recall those of Paris.  Nearly 40% of whole Argentine population lives in the city or its suburbs.  Together with the metropolitan area, the total population of Buenos Aires is above ten millions, making it one of the ten most populated urban centers in the world.

Lodging:
Buenos Aires offers more than 450 facilities for lodging.  The choice of accommodation ranges from high category hotels, some of them belonging to international chains such as Four Seasons, Sheraton, Caesar and Marriott, to simple lodgings, such as bed & breakfasts and youth hostels, for those looking for lower fares.

Sightseeing:
There are so many options to see in Buenos Aires that they hardly can be summarised in a few lines.  One of the main attractions is La Boca, plenty of artists, dancers and craftsmen.  This place is famous for giving birth to the tango and for having the stadium of the most popular football team in Argentina: Boca Juniors.  Other attractive choices are the colonial neighborhood San Telmo, with its flea market, and the woods and gardens that make Palermo area the main heart of the city.  Maybe you’d like to visit some historical places in the center of Buenos Aires such as Plaza de Mayo and ‘El Cabildo’, or the Teatro Colón, one of the main opera houses on earth.  Take a city tour visiting the oldest metro in South America, the National Congress, Buenos Aires Cathedral, and Puerto Madero and Recoleta neighborhoods.  Or spend a day in the typical argentine ranch Santa Susana, where you will be able to enjoy ‘empanadas’, a traditional ‘asado’ (barbeque) and local wines, as well as folk music, live argentine tango, a show of the gauchos’ skills in a rings race and a horse ride.

Culture:
Buenos Aires has always been famous for its incredible culture.   Museums, cinemas, theaters and shows provide an unlimited variety of options for entertainment.  Dramas, musicals, comedies, guided tours and tango shows are some of the options for all ages, all year round.  Both cinema and theatre represent two important activities for the people from Buenos Aires.  The Colón Theater, inaugurated in 1908, is the pride of the city and one of the main opera houses in the world.  It has hosted, and still hosts, the most famous artists of the national and international opera and ballet scene.  Among the endless number of shows offered, music has a special place.  Those who love classical music can choose from a wide variety of concerts performed in different theaters, such as Colón and Coliseo.

Buenos Aires is a city characterised by the multiplicity of its artistic expressions, ranging from the great assortment of sculptures and monuments to the streets and corners that surprise the visitor with their allegorical real life murals.  Those who like or collect pieces of art will find wonderful galleries and art museums where works by Argentine and foreign artists may be admire.

The Handicraft markets are one of the most picturesque parts of the city.  On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, artisans offer their crafts in different parks and squares.  The Street-Museum Caminito, where 62 plastic artists exhibit their work in the open air, is one of the most important markets of its type in the world.

Entertainment and Nightlife:
Buenos Aires has one of the greatest entertainment scenes in the world and the city is never more alive than at night.  Its nightlife is varied and intense, offering the tourist a large number of options.  As part of its seduction and cosmopolitan character, here you’ll find a wide variety of places to go and have fun.  Cinemas, pubs, theaters, discos, restaurants, and rock, jazz, folklore and tango shows will keep you busy and amused every night of your stay in this splendorous southern city.  Walk along the always lively Avenues Corrientes and Santa Fe, have dinner in restaurants of the splendid Puerto Madero, stay in night-clubs until dawn, have a drink at gorgeous local pubs in Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods.  Learning or admiring the passionate art of dancing tango, going to the movies or to world class theaters are just some of the other multiple options.  Discos close between 6 and 7 in the morning, and, in some places, the party continues in “after-hour gatherings” and extends until midday.  It is frequent for young people to go to more than one place in the same night and to have breakfast before going to bed.  It’s impossible to get bored.

Eating out:
As sign of its cosmopolitan style, Buenos Aires comprises a large offer for every single taste.  With gastronomic wide variety, eating out in Buenos Aires is startling and very economical.  The Argentine cuisine is famous not only for its international status, but also for the variety and quality of the ingredients used and for the number of restaurants offering a wide range of prices.  Eating choices range from exclusive restaurants to various kinds of fashionable food shops, cafe and fast-food places.  Argentina is well known for the excellent quality of its meat and wines.  Many exclusive restaurants around the world and particularly in US and Germany offer these Argentinean products.  Here you have the opportunity to try the best of them.  Wines coming from Mendoza province, where the best champagne of the country is also produced, are among the best.  The production and export of wines from that region are one of the most important in South America.

Puerto Madero, by the side of the river, is nowadays the most exclusive area with restaurants and cinemas of Buenos Aires, and it offers a wide variety of international and local food.  Besides Argentinean traditional cooking, Nordic, Greek, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic and so many more Ethnic restaurants can also be found in Buenos Aires.

Main tourist attractions of the country:

Mar del Plata
Mar del Plata is a beach city situated on the northern Atlantic coast, 400km (228 miles) away from Buenos Aires city.  Sophisticated mansions from the area's heyday as an upper-class resort mingle with the newer, more modest resorts catering to middle-class people.  Sea lions keep an eye on the fishing activities around the waves, and a replica of the grotto of Lourdes is a kitsch paradise.

Córdoba
Córdoba is Argentina's second main city, where today a fine collection of colonial buildings is concentrated in its compact center.  They include the old market, the Cathedral (featuring a Romanesque dome) and the Jesuit Church ‘De la Compañía’.  The Provincial Historical Museum ‘Marqués de Sobremonte’ is one of the most important historical museums in the country.

La Pampa
The unrelentingly flat Pampas is Argentina's agricultural heartland and the home of that symbol of romantic nationalism, the gaucho.  Comprising the provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa and major parts of Santa Fe and Córdoba, its varied environments include forest hills, extensive grasslands and flamingo-flecked salt lakes.

Iguazú Falls
Situated in the Iguazú National Park, near Puerto Iguazú city, these spectacular falls lie just east of the confluence of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers.  At least 5,000 cubic meters (176,570 cu ft) of water per second plunge the 70m (230 ft) into the abyss below.  The area has historic ruins of Jesuit missions which also draw many visitors.  Above the falls, the waters are suitable for canoeing, kayaking and other water sports.  The surrounding park is home to 55.000 hectares (135,850 acres) of pristine subtropical rainforest, with abundant wildlife and plants species.

Cuyo
The Cuyo region consists of the Andean provinces of Mendoza and San Juan, and adjacent San Luis.  The area retains a strong regional identity, with a unique mixed race population, reflecting the influence of neighboring Chile.  An important agricultural region, particularly famous for its grapes and wine, it lies in the shadow of the massive Andes and is visited for its many sporting and recreational activities, such as climbing and trekking.  Wineries, hidden mountain village and the centers of Mendoza and San Juan are other attractions.

The Andean Northwest
Home to abundant natural and atmospheric relics from the pre-Columbian and colonial past, this is the more 'traditional' part of Argentina.  It includes the provinces of Jujuy (numerous wildlife reserves), Salta (with the best preserved colonial city in the country, hundreds of archaeological sites, subtropical forests and polychrome desert canyons) and Tucumán, La Rioja, Catamarca and Santiago del Estero.

Patagonia
This enormous south region features a glacier-dotted mountainous interior, unique coastal wildlife and Andean national parks.  Península Valdés is a special treat for lovers of wildlife, with a large number of sea lions, elephant seals, guanacos, penguins, sea birds, flamingos and right whales.  The Perito Moreno Glacier of Santa Cruz is a 60-meter-high (197-ft-high) river of rising, toppling and exploding ice, though it hasn't been advancing for several years.  Carmen de Patagones is a beautiful colonial city and there are unexpected vestiges of the area's previous Welsh inhabitants.

Tierra del Fuego
Argentina shares half of this island territory in the South Atlantic Ocean with Chile.  It’s a place of oil derricks, sheep, glaciers, wind and waterways.  Ushuaia and Río Grande are the two main towns; awesome scenery, wild walks and fishing are the island's main attractions.  Argentina's only coastal national park comprises rivers, lakes, forests and glaciers, with great trekking and wildlife-spotting opportunities.

Argentina general information

Location, area and frontiers


Located in South America, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, 2.8 on the continent and the remainder in the Antarctic.  It is 3,800 Km. long and is located between latitude 22º and 55º.  Its border with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 9,376 Km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long.

Geography
Argentina’s main characteristic is the huge contrast between the vast eastern plains and the imposing Andes mountain range to the west.  This is the frontier with Chile and it has the highest peak in the Western hemisphere: the 6,959 m high Aconcagua.  From Jujuy to Tierra del Fuego, the Andes present marvelous contrasts: the Northwest plateaus, the lake region, the forests and glaciers in the Patagonia.

Climate
The country’s territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas plains.  Mediate temperature from December to March (summer months) is 23° C, and 12° C from June to September (winter months).

Population
Argentina’s current population is more than 36 million inhabitants, almost half of which live in the city and the province of Buenos Aires.  Population density calculated on a national basis is 13 inhabitants per square kilometer.  95% of the population is white and most are descendants of Italians and Spaniards.

Language
Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic

Religion

There is complete religious freedom in Argentina, although the official religion is Roman Catholic.  Other religions practiced in the country are Protestant, Jewish, Moslem, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and others.

Currency

The official Argentine currency is the Peso.


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