With cathedrals suffused in baroque and neo classical styles, towns dating back to the 16th century, colourful streets with brightly painted houses linking cafes and art houses, and tango dancers adding flavour to the scenery, Argentina displays a side to it that’s markedly different from its image of gauchos roaming vast estancias and a land famous for its succulent beef steaks and grills. European and Latin elements fuse seamlessly here – one with its architecture and cuisine and the other with its music, art and literature. National parks cover millions and millions of acres ranging from the snow clad mountains of the Andes to the picture perfect Ushuaia in Patagonia. Transparent lakes, windswept deserts, rust red canyons and vast wetlands habour exotic species of flora and fauna ranging from the quirky capybara to suited penguins. Equally diverse are the range of activities one is exposed to. Skiing, hiking, canoeing and a host of other adventure sports activities funnel through its landscape to give a full rounded experience to travellers in their 30's and 40's who make it a mission to explore its inner reaches.
Best time to visit: We consider Argentina springtime (October to mid-December) and autumn (April to mid-June) to be the best times to visit Argentina, avoiding the tourist crowds and peak season prices. Read on for regional weather information split by North, Central and South Argentina.
Currency: Argentine Peso
Weather and Average temperature: The climate varies across Argentina, with some areas having a subtropical climate and others a subpolar climate. The average summer temperature is 26C (79F), while winter averages 0C (32F).
National Language: Spanish
Top Dishes to try: Asado - beef, pork, chicken or mutton grilled on a parillo (an Argentinian grill) packed with steaks, ribs, chorizo, sweetbread, chitterlings and blood sausage.