How to prepare a trip to Argentina
Argentina is a country quite distant from main tourist countries and attractions we are used to. Yet, visiting this South American country can bring quite unusual experiences and leave good traces in your memory.
This wonderful country has almost everything the tourists need. It possesses many kilometers of beaches and some of the highest peaks of the world, endless steppes and magnificent beauty of waterfalls, ski resorts and many fine examples of colonial architecture, lush forests and vast metropolis, the wild and desolate expanses of southern Patagonia and picturesque villages. Unlike neighboring countries, in Argentina, there are almost no traces of ancient Indian civilizations. |
The country is an incredibly colorful mix of cultures, very attractive for tourists.
The capital has a relatively short but very violent history. Buenos Aires and its suburbs is home to about 40% of the country’s population. It is a cultural and economic center, the center of Argentina’s history and glory. However, its crowded streets often frighten tourists with the city bustle.
The sights of Buenos Aires are the old district of La Boca, the historic area of San Telmo district with lots of bars, the market at Plaza Dorrit, and the largest shopping area in the world Plaza de Mayo. The Town Hall is now a museum, the Cathedral Metropolitana, the presidential palace Casa Rosado, the Plaza del Congress with a monumental fountain of Los Dos Kongressos, the church of El Pilar Basilica de Santo Domingo, San Ignacio Church, and the famous Colon Theatre belong to the list of the city’s most famous attractions. In general, Buenos Aires has a lot of parks, many of which are literally sandwiched among the skyscrapers, but carefully guarded by the locals. A great many of the streets are planted with rosewood, giving the capital an easily recognizable appearance.
There are a few examples of colonial architecture, which can be found here in the most unexpected places, like on the pedestrian street. Often you can see the columns or statues that support porticos – these are signs of the reconstruction of old houses, which coincided with the heyday of the country and touched very many buildings. A noteworthy place is La Kostanera promenade, extending along the Rio de la Plata to Kostanera Norte, the old aristocratic Recoleta and La Chacarita cemeteries. Puerto Madero is another picturesque district, with its many fashionable restaurants and offices. Cultural venues include the Cervantes Theatre, the Japanese Garden and the Zoo in the green quarter of Palermo.
Few people know that the capital of Argentina has as many as 120 museums. The Argentines are sincerely proud of their history, so this number is not surprising. A joint exhibition of several city museums is definitely worth visiting. Other famous museums include the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the International Gallery of Art, the Museum of Colonial Art, the Palace Museum Casa Rosado, and the largest in Latin America Exhibition Center of the Agricultural Society. Of special interest is the Museum of Cinema, the National History Museum, cartoon museum, the Museum of Scales and many others.
Pampa is an amazing variety of landscapes: forested plains and hills, desert lakes with salt lakes, and grasslands with tall grass. This area is considered the birthplace of the legendary gaucho cowboys, who caught wild horses and buffaloes and drove them to the ranch. Pampa plays a leading role in the supply of agricultural products. Veal from these places continues to be the best in all of Latin America.
Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina and in many respects superior to the capital. It is known for the beautiful colonial buildings, the old market, the Catholic church Iglesia Catedral, the Jesuit church and much more.
Visit the list of travel agents in Argentina to choose a professional who will assist in preparing a tour to this country. For more detailed needs, such as local or international flights, hotels, tour guides or transport, see the Argentina tour operators.