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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Argentina

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Argentina offers a distinct and beautiful geography, interesting history and culture, thriving nightlife, unique local flavors, endless shopping opportunities, and much more. The country attracts thousands of visitors every year, here are ten reasons you should be one of them.

1. Argentine Wine

A line up of terrific wines from Argentina
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It is a rare and special treat to drink a glass of wine in the same city its grape was grown.  Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country by volume, so these opportunities abound. You can enjoy Salta's aromatic Torrontes and classic Cabernet Sauvignons in the north or a meaty Mendoza Malbec in the central region of the country. There are many Argentina wineries that offer exceptional wine tours and tastings.



2. Iguazu Falls

Iguazú Falls, on the Argentinian border with Brazil.
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"Poor Niagara!" These were the words Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed when she visited Iguazu Falls for the first time. The term "Iguazú" means "great waters" in the Guarani language and great waters they are. The falls were established in 1984 as Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Along with Nahuel Huapi National Park in Patagonia, Iguazu Falls is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Argentina, and for good reason. Visitors can enjoy the awe inspiring views of the falls along with tours, treks, and water sports at their base.

3. Horses in Argentina

Ponies have been a part of Argentine culture since gauchos (Argentine cowboys) roamed the expansive fields across the country. Whether they are watching polo, going for a gallop, or betting on these majestic animals, Argentines find great joy in all things equine. As a visitor, you can enjoy these same activities by enrolling in polo lessons, visiting the Hippodrome to watch races, or taking a day trip for a ride through the country.

4. Ushuaia Winter Sports

Ushuaia in the Patagonia Mountains
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Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world, located on the southern coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. It offers abundant opportunities to enjoy its rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Sports enthusiasts can play in the winter wonderlands of Glacier El Martial and Cerro Castor areas and go skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and more. Nature and wildlife lovers can catch a glimpse of local birds, penguins, seals, and orcas that colonize the islands in the Beagle Channel. Art lovers can take in the Biennial of Contemporary Art at the End of the World, hosted in Ushuaia since 2007.

5. Tigre Delta Summer Sports

Buenos Aires Rowing Club in Tigre
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When expats, portenos, and tourists alike want to escape the hectic pace of Buenos Aires many head an hour’s train ride away to the Tigre Delta for a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by nature. The City of Tigre is located on the Parana River Delta. It is made up of hundreds of islands dotted with family homes and weekend houses, forming a rather disperse community only accessible by water. Some of the larger islands, like the Martin Garcia Island, have towns with small airports, museums, camping spots, and other tourist attractions. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and boating through Tigre’s maze of channels.

6. Shopping in Palermo Soho

A boutique in Palermo Soho
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Beautiful boutique shops line the streets of Palermo Soho, a hub of the relentlessly creative design district in Buenos Aires. Be prepared for long strolls interrupted by halting stops to gawk at window designs just this side of fine art. Be prepared to gawk a bit at the price tags, too, as these aren’t post-collapse prices. However the amazing shoes and belts, chic skirts and dresses, glittery custom jewelry, and stylish jeans make for a fashionable entrance for similar prices you’d find in a US mall. Did I mention the shoes? There seems to be a custom shoe store around every corner in Palermo Soho, all filled with amazing designs. Just as plentiful are Palermo cafes, bars, and eateries. You won’t go hungry or naked

7. Festivals

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A country that is never shy to celebrate, Argentina has many a wonderful festivals. Buenos Aires is a host to festivals all through out the year including the “The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (BAFICI)”, “Fashion Buenos Aires” which celebrates fashion in a week-long event twice a year, “La Rural” the nation's two-week farm fair and gaucho festival, a gay pride parade, as well as festivals celebrating art, music, tango and more. JuJuy celebrates the “Semana de Jujuy” when the quaint city bursts to life for a week of partying to celebrate its founding. In Villa General Belgrano (near Córdoba) Oktoberfest is enjoyed in the first two weeks of October – with an enormous beer festival that celebrates German culture.

8. Glaciers National Park

Perito Moreno Glacier - Glacier National Park, Patagonia
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In 1981 the UNESCO World Heritage Foundation inducted Glaciers National Park as one of its sites. The glacial activities in the park are mainly seen around two lakes, Argentino and Viedma. At these lakes you can see spectacular shows of glaciers dumping chunks of ice into the chilly glacial waters below. The park is located in the area known as Austral Andes in Argentina, on the Chilean border. You can take horse rides through the natural beauty or relax at estancias (ranches) near by.

9. The Steaks in Argentina

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. Argentina has the world's highest consumption rate of beef, at 65 kg a year per capita. They love it and know it well. What makes Argentine steaks so tasty? Many beef producers in Argentina still use the older methods of pasture and grass feeding their cows. This is a more expensive process, but the cows are healthier and, so it is said, the beef tastier. There is a movement in Argentina towards feeding lots and grain feeding, so you better get on down to an Argentine parilla (steakhouse) while the getting is good!

10. The Fantastic Geological Color and Gastronomic Pleasure of Salta

Quebrada de las Conchas, Salta, Argentina
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The city of Salta offers a wealth of experiences from the natural wonders of its geology, to delight of its local foods, to an interesting cultural and historic background.  Tourists enjoy guided tours through the Calchaquí Valley or venture out in their own rented cars to see the incredible multi-colored rock formations and the quiet adobe villages nestled with-in and built long ago. The Salta region is also known for its delicious wines and traditional fare such as humitas, locro, and empanadas.

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