April 25, 2014     Roni Hyman

Argentina: The Country That Has It All

Toucan at Iguazu Falls with text

What do you picture when you hear the word “Argentina”? Is it the beautiful, bustling city of Buenos Aires? Or rolling hills amidst puffs of clouds? Or miles upon miles of manicured vineyards? Perhaps tropical jungles teeming with wildlife? None of these images would be wrong. Almost any scene you could conjure in your mind would resemble something, somewhere in Argentina. This breathtaking country is packed to the brim with a variety of both natural and urban landscapes, coastal villages, and more.

If an urban adventure is what you’re looking for, look no further than Buenos Aires – the Paris of South America! Not only does this city contain remarkable architecture dating all the way back to the 1600s, it’s also full of natural beauty and heaps of culture. A day in Buenos Aires could start with a trip to the Monserrat neighborhood, the city’s oldest district where more than half of the buildings are over 100 years old.

Large opera house with elaborate gold decor and red stage curtains, with an orchestra setting up on stage as the audience members find their seats
HalloweenHJBColon-interior-escenario-TM, Brightness and contrast by Yuri Kim, CC BY-SA 3.0

Next, head over to the Palermo neighborhood to take a scenic stroll through the Parque Tres de Febrero (“February 3rd Park”) to admire its glistening lake, colorful rose garden, and maybe even take a peek inside the City Planetarium, which sits in the very middle of the park. You can finish your day with a concert in the city’s Teatro Colón, known as one of the top 5 concert venues in the world.

If cities aren’t quite your style, Argentina offers an incredible array of natural landscapes – most notably, the Iguazú National Park. Located in a northern corner of Argentina, touching the edges of both Paraguay and Brazil, Iguazú National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing the famed Iguazú Falls.

Huge waterfalls falling into a calm, green body of water, surrounded by bright green flora underneath a blue sky with rolling clouds

These billowing falls create the border between Argentina and Brazil, and their beauty and magnitude reportedly caused United States’ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to exclaim “Poor Niagara!” upon seeing them. The falls are indeed one-third taller than Niagara Falls, and surrounded by a vast expanse of subtropical jungle which is home to many exotic and endangered species.

No matter what you might be looking for in a destination, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Argentina!

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