Argentina

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I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bill Bryson

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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