With 3.700 km from North to South and 1.300 km from West to East, Argentina occupies the entire Southeastern part of South America. Near Argentina, in South and West is Chile, in the North lies Paraguay and Bolivia, while Brazil and Uruguay are located in the Northeast and East. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. There are many things worth knowing before visiting Argentina, discover a list of 30 below.
Pampa is an area of the country featuring an impressive variety of landscapes, with desert lakes, hills and grasslands. The legend says that here is where the gaucho cowboys were first heard of.
2. Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn is an interesting city where many tourists come every year for the traditional marriage rituals.
3. National Park Iguazu
This beautiful national park is located at the frontier of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. This park is well known for its 275 waterfalls.
February is the month of carnivals in Argentina. The biggest carnival is held in Gualeguaychu, about 200 kilometers from Buenos Aires. With a history of 30 years, the carnival is very popular among tourists.
5. The longest street
If you ever wondered where you can find the longest street in the world, the answer is Argentina. With 20.000 houses, Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires is the longest street on the planet.
6. The streets of Buenos Aires
Inhabitants say that the streets of Buenos Aires are not safe. They don’t let their children walk alone on the streets. With many robberies on daylight the people of Buenos Aires are very careful.
Near Bolivian frontier, at the altitude of 1.190 m above sea level, you find one of the most impressive cities in Argentina. Tourists may find many attractions here. For example, the statue of the Virgin Mary and Christ the Miracle Worker is visited by many who believe in its healing powers.
8. Uranium Reserves
Argentina is in top ten countries in the world when it comes to uranium reserves. The country is renowned for its scientific developments in uranium industry and nuclear energy.
9. Argentine cuisine
Argentina is like the paradise of meat eaters, as meat is the principal ingredient of a lot of national dishes. The main meal for tourists is Perilla, a mixture of steak, sausages and meat.
Argentina is one of the first countries who used radios. With an audience of 19 people, the first radio broadcast launched on August 27, 1920.
11. The archipelago of Tierra Del Fuego
It includes about 40.000 islands and Argentina owns only half of the archipelago in the South Atlantic. On this area there are many oil fields and glaciers.
12. Mount Aconcagua
With the height of 6.960 m, Mount Aconcagua is the highest mountain in South America.
13. Argentine art collective “Mondongo”
Tourists may find many portraits with red-hot dripping clay. These portraits are very impressive because their forms and details are very difficult to complete.
Located in Tierra Del Fuego, this city homes 570 people and is the Southernmost city in the world. Despite its geographical position, the climate in Ushuaia is mild and living here is a wonderful experience.
15. City of Tandil
This city became famous due to alleged UFO sightings. In the city many stories about UFO’s can be heard. It seems that many locals have witnessed truly unexplained phenomena.
Argentina has the biggest number of psychiatrists per capita. Actually, in Buenos Aires, tourists may find a “psychoanalytic area” called Ville Freud.
17. Cartoon lovers
The first cartoon was created in 1917 by Quirino Cristiano. The animated film’s theme was based on the corruption in Buenos Aires.
18. TV programs
Argentina’s TV programs are very popular in South America. A lot of local programs are watched by other countries on the continent.
19. The first female president
Argentina is had a female president since the 1970s. Isabel Peron, ruled the country for 2 years after the death of her husband in 1974.
20. National sport
Pato is the official national sport in Argentina, despite the fact that football is the most favorite sport. Pato is a game played on horseback, combining polo and basketball. Pato comes from Spanish and it means “duck”.
Argentina is the country with the highest rate of movie watching on the planet. Here you will find one of the largest Spanish speaking movie industries in the world.
22. Nobel prizes
Carlos Saavedra in 1936 and Adolfo Perez Esquivel in 1980 have won the Nobel Prize for peace. In 1947 Bernardo Houssay won the Nobel Prize for medicine.
23. Formula One Grand Prix
Juan Manuel Fangio was the first person who won five times the Formula One Grand Prix automobile in 1951 and 1954-1957.
24. Plastic Surgeries
Women in Argentina turn to the use of a lot of plastic surgeries. Argentina currently has the biggest number of plastic surgeries in the world.
25. Fingerprinting identification
Because of a crime that took place in Necochea town in 1892, the local police turned to fingerprinting as a method of identification to solve that case. That was the first time when a country used fingerprinting.
26. Jewish Population
Over 250.000 Jews live in Buenos Aire. That makes Buenos Aires the second town with the highest Jewish population after New York.
27. Ernesto Guevara
Ernesto Che Guevara was an Argentine doctor who lead a revolution in Cuba. His image is still alive in the mind of young generations across the world today.
28. Dinosaur species
The country is now a prime destination for paleontologists as old relics have been founded in Argentina.
Probably one of the most popular dances in the world, tango was born in Buenos Aires. Tango combines Africa rhythms with Argentine Milonga music.
A trade agreement signed in 1991 between Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay, helped the four countries compete internationally on the trade market.
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