Come and Tango with us! This passionate, sultry dance is said to have originated during the 1880s, and while now danced around the world, Argentina is its original home.
The capital, Buenos Aires touts San Telmo, the oldest barrio or neighbourhood considered the birthplace of Tango. Cobblestoned streets lead to lively markets edged by colonial buildings. Plan a Sunday evening at the Plaza Dorrego - Buenos Aires second oldest square - where regularly during the humid summer months, professional dancers come together to tango together escorted by live music.
Buenos Aires is a lively and fast-emerging South American city with a bohemian ambience. It's efficient subway and bus system should ensure getting around is easy and straightforward. The locals, Porteño, are known to be night owls. Eating dinner late, staying out and partying to live music and clubbing until sunrise on the weekends is not unusual.
Away from the cities, there are infinite options for adventure seekers from the sweeping Patagonian mountain panoramas to the vast pampa grasslands, deserts, and everything in between. Iguazu Falls, is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, lies to the north; The captivating Perito Moreno Glacier is in the southwest, which is one of the few glaciers that grows rather than shrinks at a said rate of up to two metres per day.
Options to add to your list is the Lighthouse at the End of the World, Les Eclaireurs which can only be reached by boat, Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley which is reported to hold the most complete known fossil record from the Triassic Period and the beautiful Talampaya National Park. You may be wanting to extend your stay as from province to province leads from one highlight to another.
A food encounter should not be missed. While beef is the backbone for most Argentinian's diets, there are plenty of tasty morsels awaiting you in the world's eighth-largest country. Your taste buds will ignite with the flavours on offer, taking on inspiration from Italian, Spanish, Andean, and Patagonia cuisines. Locro, a hearty traditional stew, is said to commemorate Argentina's May Revolution and deemed a local cure for a winter cold or flu, always a good tip to know.
Argentina can be visited any time of the year; however, the months of January and February are peak season meaning its busy, and booking in advance is highly recommended. November, December, and March are also often busy times. As temperatures and weather patterns vary through this long country, plan your trip around the activities and sites you want to experience. Spring with flowers blooming is spectacular from city gardens to desert parks and the colder southern regions.
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