South America’s second-largest country stretches for more than 3,500 kilometres, from the astoundingly beautiful Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil to the windswept archipelago of Tierra del Fuego… from the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires to the world’s southernmost city… from towering Andean peaks to vast Atlantic beaches.
Intrigued? Azimo has lined up six brilliant reasons to explore this extraordinary country of contrasts. And if you’re looking to transfer money overseas to Argentina, simply visit our dedicated Argentina country page to get started and enjoy our brilliant rates and same-day delivery!
YOU CAN get soaked by the world’s largest waterfall
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguazu Falls are unlike any other waterfall on the planet. Spanning nearly 3km and made up of 275 falls, during the rainy season the water flow can be as high as 13,000 cubic metres per second – enough to fill five Olympic swimming pools! For a really good soaking, book a speedboat ride beneath the cascade and feel the full force of nature.
YOU CAN tango the night away in BA
Buenos Aires has been dubbed the ‘Paris of South America’ and with good reason. This buzzing metropolis is a heady mix of European grandeur and sprawling South American chaos, and there’s so much to see – from stunning modern art museums to stunning old tango haunts. It’s also a city that never sleeps – if you want to blend in with the local porteños, you’re going to have to keep dancing until late, late, late.
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YOU CAN climb the highest non-Himalayan peak
Mt Aconcagua is a monster of a mountain. The tallest peak outside the Himalayas soars 6,961 metres into the crisp Andean air and is also the world’s highest non-technical climb – which means it’s more accessible to amateur climbers than the likes of Everest. It’ll still take you a few weeks to tackle, though, as the altitude means you need to adjust before striking out for the summit.
YOU CAN sip some classy reds
Like wine? Then you’ll love Argentina, which is now the fifth-biggest wine producer in the world. But it’s not all budget, mass-produced Malbec for export to Europe. The country is also developing a reputation for high-end labels, often grown at high-end altitudes – in fact, the highest vineyards in the world, Bodega Colomé, are situated in the province of Salta at more than 3,000 metres above sea level. Heady stuff!
YOU CAN gaze at glaciers in Patagonia
Patagonia is a vast area covering some 400,000 square miles and contains everything from dramatic ice fields to the seventh-largest desert. Star attractions include Peninsula Valdés and the Perito Moreno glacier, but the enormous emptiness of this region is a highlight in itself. At the bottom sits Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and the last stop before Antarctica.
YOU CAN watch the beautiful game
Football is a national obsession in Argentina and its heroes play in leagues across the globe. Messi, Maradona, Tevez, Agüero, Higuaín, Batistuta… the list of legends goes on and on. The biggest match on the calendar is El Superclásico, a Buenos Aires derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors. Prepare for fireworks aplenty – this is passion with a capital P!
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