Argentina

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
Mark Twain

Argentina

General Facts 

  • Population: 44,688,864 people
  • Capital: Lima ; 15,482,000 people
  • Area: 1.074 million square miles
  • Language:  Spanish, Italian, Quechua, German, Yiddish, Guaraní 
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Argentinian Peso
  • Life Expectancy: 76 years old
  • GDP per Capita:U$D. $10,780 per year
  • Literacy Percent: 98.1

Other Fun Facts:

  • The name “Argentina” comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. 
  • Argentina was the first country in Latin or South America to legalize same-sex marriage, in 2010.
  • Argentina has been one of the world’s leading producers of wine since the 16th century and has approximately 1,800 wineries today. 
  • Mt. Aconcagua is not only the highest point in Argentina but it is also the tallest mountain in the Americas, measuring at 22,841 feet (6,962 m) high.
  • Argentina is the third biggest producer of beef in the world. It produces around 2.8 to 3.5 million tons a year.
  • The Tango originated in the slaughterhouse district of Buenos Aires around the end of the 19th century. Sometimes described as “making love in a vertical position,” it was thought to originally be a dance for men. 
  • The world’s widest avenue is the 9 de Julio (July 9th) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 14 lanes, plus 4 lanes of parallel streets.
  • Yerba Mate is the national drink of Argentina. It is a type of tea made from the young leaves of the Brazilian holly, an evergreen tree of the holly family. It is drunk from a gourd or bowl through a metal straw called a bombilla.

Our Suggestions

  • Iguazu Falls in northeastern Argentina are some of the most spectacular falls in the world. 
  • The Patagonia, need I say more?
  • Tango, football, architecture and food in Buenos Aires .
  • Fancy some skiing in the Swiss Alps of Argentina?  Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi (San Carlos de Bariloche) might be right for you. 
  • Head over for some wine in Mendoza and some of the best grape growing (and wine) in the world.

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