With its diverse geography and rich history, Argentina remains one of the most romantic and culturally rich destinations in the world. From the cosmopolitan and European flair of Buenos Aires to the rigid beauty of the southern Andean Cordillera, Argentina has something for everyone. Buenos Aires, often considered the Paris of the Americas, offers South American sophistication from the Plaza de Mayo to the Rodeo Drive of Latin America, Avenida Santa Fe. Buenos Aires is a magnificent marriage of rich cultural attractions and first class cosmopolitan hospitality. For many, it is the natural treasures of Argentina that are the primary focus of their visit here. Adventurers and sightseers alike are drawn to the Iguazu Falls and Patagonia, as Argentina provides a broad geographical palette that appeals to all tastes. Whether exploring the rich history behind Argentina's culturally symbolic gaucho or exploring Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango, Argentina's blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity make it an inviting Latin American destination.
Argentina encompasses plains, the towering Andes, subtropical jungle and glaciers. Because of this, there is a wide variety of climates, and the weather is as varied as the terrain. Seasons are generally: Fall: February-March, Winter: May- August; Spring: September-October, and Summer: November-January.
In Buenos Aires and the more central cities, temperatures are similar to the southern and mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. East Coast. Winters are typically 40-50°F, fall and spring range between 60-80°F, and summers are usually from 80-90°F.
Because the southernmost parts of Argentina are so close to the Antarctic, travel there during the Argentine summer and still plan on bringing warmer clothing. The temperature here during the winter can drop below freezing, but in the summer months it can get up to 60-70°F.
The second largest country in South America, most of Argentina is a plain. Bordered by the Atlantic on one side and Chile on the other, it sits in the shadows of the towering Andes Mountains. In addition to Chile, Argentina borders Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, and Uruguay and Brazil to the east. The swampy Gran Chaco lies in the north while the rolling, fertile Pampas, rich in agriculture and sheep- and cattle-grazing are in the central part of Argentina. In the south is Patagonia, a wild region of cool, arid steppes not far from Antarctica.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Argentina traditionally celebrates:
early to mid-February - Carnival
February 20 - Day of the Battle of Salta
March 24 - Memorial Day
April 1 & 2 - Bridge Public Holiday & Day of the Veterans
May 1 & 25 - Labor Day & National Day
June 20 & 21 - Flag Day & Bridge Public Holiday
July 9 - Independence Day
August 19 - San Martin Day
October 14 - Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity
November 25 - National Sovereignty Day
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception