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Argentina Travel Guide
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
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Things to Do
 
Places to Visit
CITIES & CULTURE
ACTIVE ADVENTURE
 
Family Travel Tips
 

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Family travel to Argentina combines adventure, culture and fun. And thanks to the country's recent economic woes, a trip to Argentina is also a steal. Nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Argentina stretches 3,800 kilometers (2,360 miles) from its border with Bolivia to Antarctica occupying almost the entire southern portion of South America. From mountains to plains, subtropical forests to glaciers, natural wonders to World Heritage sites and gauchos to tango, the country's diversity is a lesson in contrasts and ensures families have a great deal to discover. And with an exchange rate of roughly 3 Argentine pesos to 1 U.S. dollar, your biggest expense is likely to be getting there.

Argentina has emerged from the political and economic collapse of 2001 and while demonstrations can still occur in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, social unrest has abated and the city is relatively safe. Travel throughout the remainder of the country is safe by any standard.

Whether you are attracted to the country's "wild west" or the capital's cosmopolitan air, Argentina's diversity is also reflected in the great number of activities to be had. Patagonia is a top destination for families in search of the great outdoors. Visit an archaeology site or take part in a dig. Observe sea life from shore or take a whale watching tour. And depending on the season, hike, bike, fish, snorkel or ski. The truly adventurous may wish to test their mountaineering skills in the province of Mendoza even if they do not intend to scale Aconcagua, which at 6,959 meters (22,841 feet) is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere.

Looking for a different kind of an adventure? Travel to Salta and take a trip on the Train to the Clouds. Explore one of the world's natural wonders at Iguazu Falls in the far north and Perito Moreno in the country's extreme south. Visit an Estancia, a traditional Argentine cattle ranch, and learn to be a gaucho on the Pampean plains. Head to Buenos Aires for museums, theatres, historical monuments and much, much more. And don't leave without experiencing the tango. With the revival of tourism, the tango is also returning to its cultural glory.

Whether you tour the country independently or in the company of others, a family vacation in Argentina is an enriching experience for all.
History & Culture
 
Settled by the Spanish in 1536, the history of modern-day Argentina is a true roller coaster ride. Military coups, Peronists, economic tragedy and wild prosperity have all played out several times in the last 100 years. And as interesting as the peaks and troughs might be the history of the Argentina goes beyond the arrival of the Europeans and Dirty Wars carried out by Videla's military government. Gauchos, the equivalent of the American cowboy, once herded cattle and hunted game on the flatlands - pampas and grasslands - from Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil south to Patagonia. Dinosaurs roamed a similar terrain millions of years before. The Mapusaurus roseae, a two-legged beast measuring 40 m long, and Puertasaurus resili, a plant-eating sauropod, are but two of the dinosaurs to have been uncovered here.
Maps
 
Maps are a great way to get the kids involved in family vacation planning. Use online maps of Argentina to locate a city, street or attraction, plot a route to a desired destination or study the country's political geography in detail.
Books
 
Jorge Luis Borges may be Argentina's best known author but he's not the only Argentine writer of note. Get recommended reading lists for travel to Argentina and, in addition to introducing younger children to your travel destination, get teens and tweens ready for a family trip.
Music & Sound
 
Argentina is home to a variety of music and dance styles but it is best known as the birthplace of the tango. Listen to tango music online and introduce the kids to this fusion of disparate influences that originated as a male slave dance in the brothels of Buenos Aires. For muy auténtico try Piazzola or Gardel. And if you are traveling with younger children, don't fret if tango is too much. Learn Argentine children's songs and nursery rhymes instead.
News
 
Local newspapers are a great way to find out what's happening today. Read Argentina news online in English and Spanish and brush up on Argentine current events from politics to economics and sports to entertainment. Discover what Argentinians are reading and find out what's happening from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning fun. Get fun facts about Argentina. Did you know that Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina? Or that the Magellanic Penguin, native to Patagonia, is the largest warm-weather penguin in the world? Discover the history of Argentina as well as the local lingo and test your knowledge when you're through. Learn about the various regions that make up this long stretching land. You might learn something that you didn't know!
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Learn more about Asociación Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) an association of Argentine mother whose children "dissapeared" during the Dirty War, as the military dictatorship from 1976 and 1983 is known. Find out about a few of the organizations involved in conservation matters ranging from whales to biodiversity.
Travel Trivia
The first settlers in Patagonia were:
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