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Argentina is a federal republic located in south-east South America. It shares the ' southern cone' region with its smaller neighbour Chile, and is bordered by Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay on other sides. Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world in terms of land area, and is the second largest in Latin America. It is also the largest Spanish-speaking country, and is claiming sovereignty over parts of South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, a part of Antarctica, and the Falkland Islands. 

Argentina is a current middle power, a member of the G-15 and the G-20. It is also a prominent Latin American power due to its stability, market size, and increasing share of the high-tech sector. It also is classed by investors as a middle emerging economy with a very high rating on the Human Development Index. The country's capital is Buenos Aires, and the locals are mostly Europeans and Mestizos. 


What to see & do

Ski centres – during the winter season, travellers flock to Las Lenas and San Carlos de Bariloche to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and feel the rush of skiing. First-time travellers to the country for ski might be shocked though, as the Mexico is more known to have warmer climes. 

Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdes – the natural reserves of Punta Tombo and Peninsula Valdes are located around Puerto Madryn. The two important reserves are places where travellers can see guanacos, rheas, penguins, sea lions, birds, and whales at certain times of the year. 

Mendoza and Salta – the wine regions of Mendoza and Salta are more popular destinations for tourists in the country. Touring these areas will introduce visitors to the tasty wines of the country, and the centuries-long practice of making wines. 

Traslasierra Valley – the Traslasierra Valley is a natural geographic region of Cordoba in Argentina, located west of the Big Picks or Hills, where Mina Clavero is the capital of tourism and is the most important centre together with the city of Villa Dolores. Dotted along these magnificent ranges are several charming villages that will

welcome travellers with a great variety of activities, lodging, outdoor activities, and cultural events that are up for everyone. Eco-tourism and Health tourism is also very evident here, as well as the country's long history and cultural heritage. 


How to get around within Argentina

Most people either go on bus trips or plane rides to go around Argentina. Buses are as comfortable as it can get, but are very expensive as compared to Chile and Brazil. Rides can take more than 24 hours depending on the distance, and rates can easily reach US $300 per ride. Plane rides, meanwhile, are cheaper for locals than for tourists. More economical and legal ways to travel around are through trains, but if not prepared to share 24-26-hour rides in a rather uncomfortable position, then prepare to spend more on a bus ticket. Moreover, cars can easily be rented throughout Argentina. However, it is a bit expensive as compared with other forms of transport. Hitchhiking is also legal and is popular with the younger generation here, and it is easier to hitchhike if you're a woman. 


How to get there

The Ministro Pistarini International Airport is the main air hub serving the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires. It is the largest international airport in the country in terms of passengers handled, and is a hub for airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Argentina. The airport is located some 22 kilometres south-south west of the city centre of Buenos Aires, and is served by various airlines. The airport mainly has connections to North and South America, and Europe, with a few flights going to Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean. 

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