The Romance of Argentina
Argentina is a romantic land of glaciers, gauchos and modern cities, and ecotourists and fashionistas alike will find plenty to enjoy in one of South America's most diverse countries. The capital city of Buenos Aires has long attracted immigrants from all over the world and remains arguably the continent's most cosmopolitan city. The stunning natural wonders of Argentina span from the Andes in the north to the tundra of Tierra del Fuego in the south.
Buenos Aires is an exciting mix of contradictions, from upscale neighborhoods to rundown barrios. It is considered South America's leader in fashion and modern art, but still is known the world over as the home of the romantic tango. Visitors should be sure to see the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace named for its pink color, and visit La Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Argentina's elite, including Eva Peron. Shoppers will enjoy the boutiques of Palermo Viejo and the antiques stores that line San Telmo Market. Of course, no visit would be complete without tasting the famous local beef and wines.
Parque Nacional Iguazu
Parque Nacional Iguazu is home to 14 miles of waterfalls that cascade more than 200 feet, and bridges, trails and catwalks allow visitors to see the falls from all angles. The area around the park, Misiones Province, is a subtropical jungle that offers spectacular sights, such as giant butterflies and toucans. It also is the region where tourists will encounter the Guarani, an indigenous tribe that lives in remote villages.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
Located in Argentina's famed Patagonia region, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares gives visitors the opportunity to walk on one of the world's few stable glaciers. The park contains an astonishing 1.5 million acres, although most of its territory is closed to the public. The glacier Perito Moreno is the park's centerpiece and the hub of its tourism, measuring 14,760 feet wide and 197 feet tall. Visitors may walk on the glacier or use a series of walkways that surround it. Local tour operators offer boat trips to other glaciers in the area.
Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego is the last stop before Antarctica and visitors will find themselves experiencing "the world's southernmost" everything. Ushaia, the world's southernmost city, is a bustling port that is a regular stop of cruise ships heading to Antarctica. It is surrounded by mountains and the Beagle Channel, and visitors can enjoy activities ranging from kayaking to downhill skiing. Fly fishermen come from all over the world to take advantage of the world's largest sea brown trout in the Rio Grande. Fans of wildlife will want to venture into Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, a park that encompasses almost 400 square miles and is full of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, beavers, condors and gulls. Tierra del Fuego also is the best place to see penguins in their natural environment; the rocks off the coast are full of them.
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