Introduction to Argentina
A top travel destination in South America, Argentina is a rare and rugged beauty. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is the most visited city in South America and they’re no guessing why – it’s alive with people, colourful buildings, jazz music and amazing dining. The country has a rich history and abounds with national parks, mountains, ski slopes, glaciers and waterfalls. There sure is a lot to do here, in the eighth-largest country in the world, and a lot of interesting people to meet with a population of over 42 million.
Argentina is famous for many reasons; its soccer team, the vast and varied geography, legendary gauchos (that’s Spanish for cowboys), its colonial buildings, appreciation for the arts, European culture, and a certain influential former First Lady, Eva Peron a.k.a Evita (cue: ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’).
Did we mention how much they love their soccer team? Argentines are seriously devoted to the sport, it’s ingrained in their culture and experiencing a live soccer match here is an absolute must. While they love to watch a game, the Argentines also have the largest number of cinema screens of any country in Latin America. Soccer movie, anyone?
As for history, Argentina was relatively unpopulated before the Europeans landed in 1502, followed by the Spanish in 1516 and in 1536 Buenos Aires was settled – for the first time at least. There’s independence, revolutions and civil wars, and several renowned museums in Argentina to get the full story, but basically, they’re an awesome people who don’t mind putting a woman in power, having had to date not one, but 2 female presidents. In the early 20th century, Argentina was also one of the richest countries in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s still doing OK today. Classified as a middle economy by the World Bank, Argentina boasts many rich national resources as well as a highly exportable agriculture industry and a high national literacy rate.