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.