Argentina through neighboring eyes

Argentina

Argentina is hugely popular amongst visitors from its neighboring countries. Here we will discuss just some of the things that are a proving a big attraction for such visitors.

When we think about what might be the main attraction, one of the first words that springs to mind is football. Argentineans are extremely passionate about football, to that point that you´ll find people playing it day and night in all cities and towns across the country. There are lots of clubs, as well as professional fields and ´Five-a-side´ (a version with fewer players and a shorter playing time).

Going to a football match is a spectacle in itself, while the football schools found in the capital are renowned for their high class coaching and producing players of international quality.

The Tango is another big draw for visitors. This unique and seductive music almost shrouds the dance floor in a cloak mystery, tempting even those who have no experience to give it a try.

Several variations of this musical genre can be heard today, from your typical orchestras to little groups playing classic guitar, right through to the increasingly popular ´electronic Tango´.

Continuing on with the arts, the film industry in Argentina has seen a huge surge in recent years, both in the number and quality of films produced. For example, ´El secreto de sus ojos´ won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010. Since then Buenos Aires and other urban areas have been and continue to be host to several film festivals, seminars and conferences, all with big names in attendance.

The city of Buenos Aires is also home to a number of important museums. Whether it be history or art, collections of high cultural importance are exhibited throughout the whole year, attracting many visitors.

As for the food, the meat produced in Argentina is top quality as the bovine cattle are fattened through grazing. We only have to travel through the country to see the vast amounts of land dedicated to this, as well as the amount of animals bred especially for this purpose. Hereford and Holando-Argentina are the most common breeds of cattle. They can be found at just about any restaurant, and at a low price due to them being readily available and produced. The most typical way it is prepared is ´Asado´ (roasted), in which the meat is cooked over a wood fire for several hours, and accompanied by red wine. This is followed by Argentina´s most traditional dessert ´pastelito´, a fried pastry filled with quince paste.

From a geographical point of view, the country has an extensive land area, made up of many different landscapes. From the Cataratas del Iguazú in the north, to the Glaciar Perito Moreno in the south, passing through the Ruinas de San Ignacio and the beaches of Buenos Aires province, as well as many more in between. There are so many different views to be seen all on the same trip.

A final point of interest in the eyes of its neighbors is that Argentina, since the 2001 crisis, has managed to achieve and maintain a certain level of economic stability and job security for its workers. This ability to bounce back from adversity is also a common characteristic found in the Argentinean personality, something that is an attractive quality in the eyes of foreigners. A popular phrase often heard is: “lo atamos con alambre” (literally “we tie it with wire”), which refers to the action of seeking solutions to problems, even if they are nothing more than the most sensible and basic starting points.

Due to the above reasons, as well as others, many people choose Argentina as their place to live, integrating themselves into the current society. This only adds further to a culture distinguished by the mixing of several other social backgrounds, and which date back to colonial times.

For its landscape, sports, cultural expressions, cuisine, and its people, Argentina is very much worth the visit.

 

2-day Buenos aires guide for art lovers

For art lovers, we offer a 2 day schedule to enjoy from the different artistic expressions located in different spots of the city. With this guide we propose a tour through the art in Buenos Aires, bearing in mind all the important information to consider.

Day 1

– 09:30

We’ll start our tour in the National museum of fine arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) located in 1473 Libertador Av.

Inaugurated in 1932, the museum exhibits over 1500 pieces of national and international artists. It also has temporary exhibitions that can be of artists recognized in the whole world or of new artists.

National Museum of Bellas Artes

The National Museum of Fine Arts, an icon in the city landscape

After enjoying the exquisite art that the National Museum of fine arts has to offer we can continue our day with a little bit of Latin-American art, but not without having lunch first.

- 12:00 hs.

On our way to the Latinamerican Art Museum (Museo Nacional de Arte Latinoamericano - MALBA), located on the street called Pres. Figueroa Alcorta, we will find magnificent culinary options for all the tastes.

For gourmet food lovers, you can enjoy of a wonderful lunch in Red Point. In this restaurant, there are many specialties prepared with seafood or the best Argentinean meat.

Located a few meters away from Red Point, you’ll find Dashi, a restaurant that offers the most traditional Japanese food.

Located next to the museum we’ll find Café des Arts. This French restaurant offers international dishes in the finest area and the best personalized attention.

- 14:00 hs

We start put visit to the Latinamerican Art Museum (MALBA) located in 3415 Pres. Figueroa Alcorta Av.  

MALBA Museum

MALBA – Latin American Art Museum

The MALBA is dedicated to latinamerican art of the twentieth century. At present it exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations, collages, photographs and installations of latinamerican artists,

Leaving the museum, after finishing out first day surrounded by art, we can enjoy the parks located around the museum, where we can spend a beautiful time outdoors. There we will find the Floralis Genérica, a metallic sculpture located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.

Day 2

- 10:00 hs

Having to take in consideration the opening hour of the museums un Buenos Aires, we will start our second day taking a walk through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Buenos Aires called Puerto Madero, which stands out for its beautiful and modern architecture.

Among the spots of Puerto Madero that we can’t miss we find “el Puente de la Mujer” (The Brigde of the woman), built in 1998 and the central Market, located in Pierina Dealessi and Macacha Guemes. There we will have different options such as fast food, pastries, home-made ice-cream, candles, pottery and even accessories of design.

- 12:00 hs

- Fortabat Art Collection

Located in 141 Olga Cossettini St., it was built by Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. This ultra modern space located in Puerto Madero, exhibits the Fortabat family’s private collection, which includes pieces of national and international artists such as Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.

Fortabat Art Collection

Fortabat Art Collection

- 15:00 hs

At only 20 minutes by car, the next stop in out tour will be the Museum of decorative art located in 1902 Libertador Av.

Built in 1937, the museum is a symbol of the french influence in Buenos Aires. By walking through the residence, we can appreciate the private collection of Josefina de Alvear and her husband Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar, whose families had great influence in the political matters of the country.

Decorative Art Museum

Decorative Art Museum

This way we finish our tour through the most important museums of Buenos Aires, the ones you can’t miss if you’re an art lover.

Favorite travel destinations in Argentina

Argentina has become the favorite travel destination for travelers around the world.  And while most visitors come through Buenos Aires, which we have discussed in previous posts, there’s so much more to see in Argentina than just the beautiful neighborhoods of Recoleta, Las Cañitas, Belgrano, San Telmo, and Downtown.  The country stretches for 3,900 km (2,400 miles), from the middle of South America to its southernmost end, and contains countless natural wonders and charming cities.

Below, we’d like to highlight a few of the top Argentine destinations everyone should know about.

IGUAZU FALLS:

Iguazu Falls Vacation

The Iguazu Falls are some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.  Depending on water levels, they consist of up to 300 small falls and a few giant ones, including Garganta del Diablo (the Devil’s Throat) where half of the river’s water falls 269 feet.  The Iguazu river marks the border between Argentina and Brazil, cutting through the thick vegetation of tropical rainforests.

The simplest way to travel to Iguazu from Buenos Aires is by plane.  Flights leave everyday, and a 2 to 4 day package will provide ample time to take in this amazing sight.

At the falls you will find a visitor center where tickets are sold for about $10 USD each.  Included in the price of the ticket is a train and boat ride that will take you to San Martin Island.  To get to the main gate of the park from Puerto Iguazu, you can catch a bus from a variety of points: Downtown Puerto Iguazu, Hito Tres Fronteras (the main hotel area), the main bus station, and ruta 12.  The bus runs every 45 minutes and costs about $1 USD per person each way.

Iguazu Travel Packages

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EL CALAFATE TOURISM

El Calafate Vacation

Located deep in Patagonia, the small town of El Calafate serves as the gateway to Los Glacieres National Park—the home of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most visited glaciers in the world.  El Calafate is situated on the southern border of Lake Argentino and was named for the little bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries found throughout Patagonia.  Calafate in Spanish means “caulk”.

Today the town is an important tourist destination as travelers use it as their base to explore Patagonia’s glaciers.

El Calafate Travel Packages

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USHUAIA ARGENTINA

Ushuaia Vacation Travel

Ushuaia, the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province, is located on the Beagle Channel and bordered to the north by the Martial Mountains.  As the southernmost city in the world, one can truly say that Ushuaia is the end of the world, but make no mistake, it is also one of Argentina’s most visited cities.  It features a large ski center that stays open all the way into spring (October-November in Argentina).  Also worth seeing is the Museum of the End of the World and the Sea Museum, featuring exhibits on the Indians that inhabit the Tierra del Fuego province, the stunning nature that surrounds Ushuaia, and local history.

UshuaiaTravel Packages

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BARILOCHE ARGENTINA

Bariloche Vacations Travel

Speaking of skiing, San Carlos de Bariloche, or just Bariloche as it’s more commonly referred to, is Argentina’s primary skiing destination.  Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, Bariloche lines a shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and is surrounded by Nahuel Huapi national park.  In the winter, skiiers flock to Cerro Catedral, the main ski resort, while in the summer visitors and residents sunbath on the beautiful lake beaches of Playa Bonita or Villa Tacul or brave the chilly waters for a swim.  Fed by glaciers, Lake Nahuel Huapi’s temperature only averages 14 C (57 F) in the summer.

The city itself boasts an intense cultural scene and is famous for its likeness to towns of the Swiss Alps.  Its distinctive Swiss architecture is complemented by its quality chocolate.

Travel to Bariloche

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MENDOZA HOLIDAYS:

Mendoza Vacations

Wine has become one of Argentina’s chief exports, and the best Argentine wines come from the vineyards of Mendoza.  Subsequently, this western city supports a booming wine tourism industry with many wineries offering tours and tastings.  Even if you don’t enjoy wine, the city is well worth a visit.  Along Mendoza’s tree-lined streets visitors will discover numerous museums, theatres, and art galleries as well as universities and a thriving culture.

By virtue of its location next to the Andes, Mendoza also acts as a hub of outdoor adventures including hiking and rafting.  El Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 meters or 22,841 feet and rises to the northwest of the city.  Las Leñas also lies in the Mendoza province.  Along with Bariloche, it is another favorite ski spot for Argentines and is known for its compact, dry powder.

Travel packages to Mendoza

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Anyone planning a trip to Argentina should look into these prime destinations.  Buenos Aires is a must see, and visitors should plan to spend at least a few days exploring its neighborhoods and culture.  However, we strongly suggest you take the time to travel around Argentina and discover some of these places.  It will be time and money well spent!