What makes Argentina so sought after? The answer could not be more attractive and it is something you will discover on Argentina holidays: the country is practically a slice of Europe. The epitome of this definition is Buenos Aires and Cordoba, its largest cities that breathe with a cosmopolitan and pleasant atmosphere, with excellent restaurants, beautiful parks, and charming shops.
In the capital, watching a match between River Plate and Boca Juniors explains why football in this country is treated as a religion, with passionate fans and full stadiums enthralled by every move. It is even here that tourist will sample some of the best meats of their lives - a flavor that characterizes the local gastronomy.
In the Andean foothills, the Mendoza region encompasses some of the continent's best wineries – and is the perfect platform for exploring Cerro Aconcagua, the highest mountain on the planet outside Asia.
A little further south, Patagonia brings the combination of snow and cold that fascinates us so much. In Bariloche and Las Leñas, the challenge can come from the excellent ski slopes in the winter, or from horseback riding and canoeing in the summer.
In El Calafate, on the other hand, dramatic landscapes that combine lakes, glaciers and granite peaks make it a joy for outdoor sportsmen and sportswomen. Not to mention the majestic Perito Moreno glacier and the mountains around El Chaltén, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in Los Glaciares National Park.
In southern Ushuaia, a rich fauna composed of penguins, orcas and sea lions occupy photographers, who leave the region with great memories.
Tango, wine, football, and alfajores - Argentina has something to fit all tastes.
Due to its vast size and geography, Argentina presents a great climatic diversity, and any trip should be properly thought out. Latitude (North/South) is determinant in the variation of climate and temperature. However, as the large Argentine territory has latitudes that vary from 22º to 55º, the best time to visit one region of the country may present unpleasant temperatures in another. The higher the latitude (the further south you go), the colder it gets.
The Argentine capital is most often the starting point of any holidays in Argentina. Regular flights and the frequency with which the airlines offer promotions are a further incentive for the city to enter the wish list of many travelers. Buenos Aires offers something new every day, and those who fall in love with the place make it a point to return to at other times.
The large urban center that it is, Buenos Aires suffers from the hardships of a big city, but also offers everything that is expected of a metropolis. In addition to the charming architecture, the city has several sights, parks, a variety of restaurants, nightlife options and many shops.
Buenos Aires has a multitude of points of interest, and some are very traditional among tourists, in particular for those who are on their first holidays to Argentina.
The Casa Rosada - the seat of the presidency of Argentina is one of the symbols of the country, and its exterior was painted pink around 1870. There are several explanations for the color since it would represent the union of two political parties, use of bovine blood mixed with ink at that time. The building that today is the seat of government began to take shape from the junction of the Government House with the Post and Telegraph building. It is also possible to take a guided tour (free) inside the building on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. There is also the Bicentennial Museum at the back of the building.
Plaza de Mayo - The Plaza de Mayo is the political heart of Buenos Aires. The place is a frequent venue for popular demonstrations, including the Plaza de Mayo Mothers' demonstration that takes place on Thursdays, and is surrounded by beautiful buildings such as the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo, the Cathedral and the headquarters of Banco de la Nación Argentina. Arborized with several banks, this square is usually a resting place for the people who work or live in the region. In front of it leaves the Avenida de Mayo, which leads to the beautiful square of the Congress.
Avenue 9 de Julio – the Obelisk is a historical monument of Buenos Aires created to commemorate 400 years since the founding of the city. It is located at the intersections between Corrientes and 9 de Julio Avenues, both very busy. Avenue 9 de Julio is known as the widest avenue in the world. Corrientes is considered to be Buenos Aires' Broadway due to the numerous theaters - it is possible to take pictures with the statues of some Argentine artists on the sidewalk.
Caminito - colored windows and walls are part of the scenery in the Caminito, an extremely open-air, open-air museum that houses restaurants, souvenir shops, and ateliers. Harassment is annoying, but when it comes to tourism in Buenos Aires, this is one of the most traditional places for it to happen. The name is due to a tango, whose lyrics are engraved on some walls of the place. The variety of souvenirs from travel to alfajores in the place is enormous. However, price negotiation is the best tactic.
Teatro Colón - is a pride of the city of Buenos Aires and impresses with the richness of its interior. Through acoustic accuracy, it is considered one of the best opera houses in the world and anyone who visits the city can enjoy a trip to watch a show. If you cannot attend a presentation, take the guided tour on Argentina holidays, which shows the architecture and interior decoration of the building.
Museum of Latin American Art - MALBA is the shortened version of the name of the museum, which opens its doors to display paintings by artists such as Tarsila do Amaral and Frida Kahlo. The place is interesting because it brings together works by artists from different countries and has some interactive works.
National Museum of Fine Arts - The focus of the museum is to tell the history of Argentina and some of the most significant periods of its history through works by local artists. The place has breathtaking pictures, and besides the national works, there are works of artists like Monet, Pissarro and El Greco. Taking the guided tour is recommended to know about the history of the works.
Puerto Madero – a revitalized port area that today has excellent restaurants, is a great tour in Buenos Aires, mainly to know this modern side of the city. Strolling there on holidays in Argentina, take the opportunity to visit Puente de la Mujer and Fragata Sarmiento, which currently functions as a museum.
La Bombonera - the beloved Boca Juniors stadium is one of the focal points for football fans. Visits to the museum and the stadium make it possible to get to know the history of the club, its achievements and have the opportunity to see the countryside and visit the changing rooms. It is very close to Caminito.
Recoleta Cemetery - It may seem strange, but that's right: Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most visited "sights" in Buenos Aires. In the place are buried some Argentine celebrities, among them General Alvear and Evita Perón, whose tomb always has flowers. In the free guided tour of the cemetery (or with the map that is sold at the entrance), it is possible to know details of the most famous tombs, some of them are considered national historical monuments. Complete the visit with the Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church and the great Recoleta Cultural Center, which are right next door.
Floralis Generica - The metallic monument created by the architect Eduardo Catalano draws attention even from afar. It is a huge metal flower whose petals open during the day and close at night in the United Nations Plaza. It is also worthwhile to walk to the Faculty of Law, cross the avenue through the catwalk and reach Plaza Francia and the Mariano Moreno National Library, with a fantastic building.
The options for lodging in Buenos Aires and across the country are numerous and varied. The city offers bed & breakfast style accommodation, hostels, hotels and apartments for seasonal rentals. The most famous hotel in the city is the Alvear, a sort of Copacabana Palace, which offers an excellent afternoon tea.
Two of the most sought-after neighborhoods to stay in in the capital on Argentina holidays are the Microcentro and downtown, areas close to some of the main tourist attractions and that usually have daily rates at attractive prices. Without all the movement of the center, but also well located is Recoleta, which is a charming area and suitable for walking. Palermo, a nice neighborhood with many bars, restaurants and shops and indicated for those who want to have a "resident" experience and find small hotels for competitive prices.
Southern summer is the high season and runs from November to February. That is undoubtedly the best time of year to visit the center and south of the country (Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego) when temperatures are milder, and visits to glaciers become easier. The same goes for the entire Andes region, as far as mountain tourism is concerned. That is also the time when one would expect crowds in the most touristy places.
Spring (September through November) and autumn (March to June) can also be good times for traveling on holidays to Argentina, but it is more cloudy and colder than in summer on n the downside, but with less wind and fewer people.
At the peak of winter (July and August) it is tough to travel through Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. There are large amounts of snow, and average monthly temperatures are negative. Visits to the Andes Mountains at this time of the year are not recommended, except for places where there are ski resorts, such as Ushuaia and Bariloche.
In the north of the country, where the climate influences of the Atacama Desert are already felt, temperatures are quite high during the summer (November to February), so spring and autumn are the best times to travel.
The cheapest option for flights to Argentina will probably be with Air Europa from London (Gatwick) or Madrid, which will involve an additional trip to one of these cities. Flights departing from London stop in Madrid but the bad way can be cost-effective since you can save around 200 Euros. Other alternatives that may be worth research are with LAN, Iberia or Aerolineas Argentinas, via Madrid, although in the last two the conditions of the aircraft already leave a lot to be desired.
Spend a few days in Buenos Aires, enjoy the wines of Mendoza, the snow of Patagonia and the incredible scenery of Tierra del Fuego and the north of the country. Enjoy the night of Cordoba and enjoy the Inca villages hidden in the Cordillera.
The simple tourist itineraries, but with enough entertainment that can be done on a weekend trip, for example, is ideal for those who are in the tightest time. What to see in Buenos Aires? Enjoy visiting the attractions that are concentrated in the center and to be able to walk on a side to the other without wasting much time. For example, one day you can visit the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, and if the occasion permits, consider taking guided tours - at Casa Rosada only on weekends and holidays, and the Monday to Saturday tour - both free. Being part of the history of the country, during a brief walk you will still have the chance to visit several historical buildings and monuments spread throughout the region.
Argentina has a wide variety of tourist attractions besides the city of Buenos Aires. Deserts, mountains, beaches, crystal clear rivers, snowy mountains, glaciers, mountain ranges, a multitude of locations offer options for all tastes and budgets.
From the arid landscapes of the north of the country to the city of Ushuaia, the most southerly in the world, Argentina charms tourists from all over the world with its beauties and you can discover them for yourself with Booked.net.
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