An A to Z of countries around the world A is for Argentina

Over this year I am planning a series of blogs on destinations.  I have lots of ideas for most letters of the alphabet, but it is a strange thing that as a planet we have no countries that begin with W or X so I may have to be creative and come up with some alternative ideas for those – unless of course you can find some I don’t know about! If you do please let me know!

This wonderful wold of ours has so much to offer.  It can be overwhelming to decide where to go and what to do.  I hope that this series will help you find out a bit more than you knew before and maybe whet the appetite to go and explore.  In most cases I have actually been to the countries in the blog.  See if you can tell which ones I haven’t been to!

A is for Argentina

One of the South American countries, Argentina – literally Silver – is a contrast of sophisticated city life and wide open spaces, of gauchos and high end leather stores, of pampas and glaciers, and is the jumping off point for most Antarctic cruises.
Your point of entry will probably be Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of the south for good reason.  Beautiful architecture, wide boulevards, fabulous local districts like the vibrant La Boca – the Mouth and settled by largely Italian migrants, teeming with colour and home to the tango.

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You have to experience crossing the main street Avenido de 9 July to believe it –  two separate lots of crossing lights over up to seven lanes of traffic in each direction!

Buenos Aires, and indeed Argentinian cuisine is all about meat.  Steakhouses are a way of life, but be wary – they love their salt!

Tourists will be taken to see the Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron, Evita – is buried.  The cemetery is a mausoleum style with huge stone monuments for families.  While you are there enjoy the parks and visit the zoo – you may get to see all the members of the South American cameloid family – the dainty vicuna and alpacas, larger llamas and the huge guanacos.

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Argentina stretches from the northern border where one of the three great waterfalls of the world lies – Iguassu Falls – all the water is on the Argentine side – the best views are on the Brazilian side – to the tip of the continent in the south.  Antarctic cruises most often depart from Ushuaia, about as far south as it is possible to get!  To the west you will find gaucho country – vast open plains to graze the Argentinian beef they are famous for.  The gauchos – Argentinian cowboys have remarkable skills in using whips and will steal a kiss from any young lady!

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West again and on the Argentine side of the world famous Lakes Crossing is the town of Bariloche.  Swiss and German in influence and reminiscent of all alpine townships, this gorgeous town sits on the lake and welcomes you to Argentina with friendly grace.  Even the stray dogs will keep you company.

And to the south you will find El Calafate and Moreno Glacier country.  Spectacular glaciers will take your breath away with their size and amazing colours.

There is so much more, but this will give you all sorts of great reasons to explore a beautiful country with a fascinating history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Argentina stretches from the northern border where one of the three great waterfalls of the world lies – Iguassu Falls – all the water is on the Argentine side – the best views are on the Brazilian side – to the tip of the continent in the south.  Antarctic cruises most often depart from Ushuaia, about as far south as it is possible to get!  To the west you will find gaucho country – vast open plains to graze the Argentinian beef they are famous for.  The gauchos – Argentinian cowboys have remarkable skills in using whips and will steal a kiss from any young lady!  West again and on the Argentine side of the world famous Lakes Crossing is the town of Bariloche.  Swiss and German in influence and reminiscent of all alpine townships, this gorgeous town sits on the lake and welcomes you to Argentina with friendly grace.  Even the stray dogs will keep you company.

And to the south you will find El Calafate and Moreno Glacier country.  Spectacular glaciers will take your breath away with their size and amazing colours.

There is so much more, but this will give you all sorts of great reasons to explore a beautiful country with a fascinating history.

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