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.