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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
tourist attractions of the country:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
the population is white and most are descendants of Italians and
Spanish is the official language of the Argentine Republic
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.
The official Argentine currency is the Peso.