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Argentina

In southern Latin America, right against Chile and along the Atlantic Ocean, this country offers all the climates, landscapes, attractions and many unforgettable adventures: whale watching, trekking in Patagonia, galloping in the pampas... The only regret is the long distances from one point of interest to another. In Argentina, you will discover sites classified by UNESCO that are quite breathtaking, from the wild beauty of the natural parks to the prestigious architecture of the Jesuit missions, including the immense one of Córdoba. A favorite for Los Glaciares, the diamond of Patagonia and its glacial lakes. The atmosphere and assets differ so much from one region to another that it is difficult to choose! But you can't miss the bustling Buenos Aires where you will certainly land. And you haven't seen anything yet! To the north, head for the Andes, its peaks and llamas on the borders of Bolivia. Here live the last Indians. In the plain it is the pampa and its horse farms. Also unavoidable are the chutes d'Iguaçuspectacular attractions of the Misiones region, which is home to the most beautiful Jesuit missions. There is still so much to see and do: take the lake route, taste wine tourism in the Mendoza region, discover Tierra del Fuego, not to mention the mythical Ushuaïa, the southernmost city in the world from where you can see the Andes diving into the ocean. So it's no wonder that everyone who has travelled to Argentina wants to go back!

What to see, what to do Argentina?

When to go Argentina ?

Argentina is located in the southern hemisphere where spring extends from late September to late December, then summer to late March, autumn to late June and winter to late September. The high tourist season is in July. Be careful at certain times of the year, such as during Semana Santa, Holy Week, which precedes Easter, Argentines are on holiday and hotels are under attack. January is the Argentinean summer holiday, remember to make your accommodation reservations.

In Mesopotamia and Misiones, rainfall is constant, even higher from December to March, and the summer is particularly hot. July is the best time to visit the Iguazú Falls whether you are in Argentina or Brazil. But it is the high tourist season and prices are rising. In the northwest, temperatures rise to over 40°C in summer. To avoid! The wet season is between November and March, it is the Andean winter. Buenos Aires and the pampas are sheltered from heavy rains and enjoy a moderate, although more humid climate in the capital and on the coast. While temperatures remain pleasant, January and February are sometimes very humid. In Patagonia, you will not suffer from the heat! The ideal time to visit is in summer when temperatures are the mildest (sometimes 15°C) and days are long, but bring warm clothes as the weather changes quickly and winds are strong. In Atlantic Patagonia, the whales of Puerto Madryn are observed from July to mid-December. The Patagonia winter is not as harsh as one can imagine from Europe and can be an opportunity to ski in the lake region.

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Practical information for travel Argentina

In order to better help you prepare your trip, we offer a variety of itineraries, which are not exhaustive: Argentina is a huge territory and a trip to its infinite expanses does not mean that you have to see everything at once. There is no point in running and it is therefore better to slow down sometimes, not to let yourself be overwhelmed by the frustration of not "ticking all the boxes" of the famous must-sees. Because it's quite simple, everything is a must in Argentina. So take the time to define your desires and you will be able to concentrate on areas and particular activities that suit you and that will satisfy your trip. Argentina is a land of many contrasts, with a tropical climate, Tierra del Fuego, Andean mountains, arid steppes and lush jungles

How to go Argentina

How to go alone

If you prepare your stay well in advance, there is no reason why you cannot travel alone to Argentina. Be sure to plan routes from one point to another when you move to another region. Book your accommodation in advance during Argentina's school holidays (January) and during Holy Week, when the country is in turmoil. You can rent a car to drive freely through a region (the roads are good). Plan a small week per region.

How to go on a tour

The formula frees you from many worries but you lose in freedom, necessarily! A large number of professionals offer you this destination from France, all exclusive, for two or three weeks, itinerary, accommodation and meals included. On site, you will find many turnkey tourist offers, for a multi-day horseback ride, whale watching, high mountain trekking, etc.

How to get around

With often a thousand km to travel from one region to another, flying remains the most efficient way to get around. The road network is generally well developed and maintained. Buses serve the whole country. They are comfortable and we sleep very well there. Travel at night to save one night in a hotel, except along the mountain range where it would be a shame to miss the scenery. The railway network is practically non-existent. In the city, taxis are legion.

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With a certain exoticism, Argentina possesses that extra soul that will fully satisfy your desires from elsewhere. Thanks to its thousand fascinating places, its epic history and its unique culture, these lands at the end of the world reveal many secrets. To get the most out of this destination, take a few pointers by immersing yourself in the different facets of this country with its complex identity. The better you get to know Argentina, the better you will enjoy its assets! From the tribulations of the indigenous peoples to the current social issues, from its geographical relief to the richness of its gastronomy, wake up and live an unforgettable turnkey experience. The roads at the end of the world will awaken all your senses and surprise your imagination

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Teatro Colón. Anibal TREJO - Fotolia
Parc National Los Cardones. Sylvie Ligon
Tour de bateau rapide au plus près des chutes Stéphan SZEREMETA
Vue panoramique des chutes depuis le circuit supérieur Stéphan SZEREMETA

The 12 keywords Argentina

1. #Americans

Even if the creation of the Argentine State contributed to their disappearance and invisibility, the indigenous people of Argentina are still very much present. The Mapuche, a people of warriors, and the Guaraní, present in the north-east of the country, are the guardians of ancestral cultures and are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life.

2. #Andes

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A promise of escape to the heights, the Andes are the largest mountain range in the world. As mystical as it is impenetrable, it dominates lakes, forests, volcanoes and fjords. You will be able to contemplate it, get acquainted with its summits and discover the myriad of atmospheres it has to offer before coming to die in the waters of Tierra del Fuego.

3. #Asado

Beyond the gustatory delights it reserves, theasado is above all the name given to the barbecue. A true art of living, it makes the good reputation of Argentinean meat. It is a reason to share good times with the locals who have never failed to respect tradition. The best pieces of beef or mutton are usually cooked.

4. #Condor

With his feathers with metallic reflections, he is the king of the Andes, the ultimate incarnation of freedom! Its majestic flight, soaring skyward, is particularly moving and its silhouette easily identifiable: with a wingspan of up to 3.50 metres, the condor is one of the largest birds in the world

5. #Desaparecidos

This euphemism refers to the recent and painful history of the country: the "disappeared" are the 30,000 people who disappeared during the Dirty War of the dictatorship. Their bodies have never been found, which has not allowed the justice system to arrest the killers. Their memory is now kept alive by the Madres and Abuelas of the Plaza de Mayo.

6. #Dinosaurus

Long before the formation of the Andes, millions of years ago, the desert areas of Patagonia were covered by a lush forest, home to an emblematic megafauna: the dinosaurs. It was here that the oldest and largest of all the dinosaurs was discovered: the Patagotitan Mayorum. Primitive atmosphere guaranteed!

7. #Estancia

The result of the Spanish Conquest, this large agricultural property was nothing more than the acquisition made by the newly landed settlers. They raised cattle and led a real castle life. Witnesses of a bygone era, they have now been reduced in size and many of them have been converted into green tourism.

8. #Gaucho

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Like his cousin the cowboy of the Far West, the gaucho rides his horse across the pampas, proud and unsubdued. An emblematic figure, they are descendants of the first Andalusian settlers and the indigenous peoples of the region. Left to their own devices, they have long embodied this free spirit close to nature and bearer of a unique culture rooted in tradition.

9. #Patagonia

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Located somewhere between the 40th and 55th parallel south, Patagonia is the southernmost area of the American continent. Often referred to as the "Deep South", it is a vast region with boundaries that are still blurred and disputed. A veritable playground of breathtaking landscapes, it will awaken adventurous spirits in search of the end of the world!

10. #Porteño

Porteño coming from puerto, the "port", the porteño is the one whose history merges with Buenos Aires. Proud but uprooted, pretentious and passionate, he fully embodies the nostalgia and elegance of the Argentinean capital. The fruit of an important melting pot, he has forged his own identity and has bad press in the rest of Argentina.

11. #Terre de Feu

This archipelago located in the extreme south of America is composed of one main island and several thousand islands. Windy, mystical and isolated, it owes its name to the first tribes that populated it before the arrival of settlers: to overcome the cold, the nomadic peoples lit large fires and maintained large hearths to keep warm.

12. #Tango

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Born in the miserable suburbs of European immigrants and African mestizos in the 19th century, tango is a music with different cultural influences. A true collective melody, it is characterized by the sound of the bandoneon and a sensual and expressive dance. It is learned in milongas and embodies one of the most glamorous clichés of the country.

You are from here, if...

If you never refuse an invitation to an asado : an excellent excuse to get together and taste Argentine meat: on average an Argentine consumes 70 kilos of meat per year!

If at the slightest occasion you put on your white and sky blue jersey to support the Albiceleste, the Argentinean football team.

If you constantly walk around with your mate gourd, this tasty and bitter mixture of roasted leaves and hot water.

If you punctuate your sentences with "Che boludo! "a popular expression to a close friend, since boludo can mean "idiot"!

If you have a great sense of humor, it is said that Argentines, and especially the Porteños, are very good at laughing at others, but especially at themselves

If you go to the shrink as you go to the hairdresser , because psychoanalysis is very practised, it is far from being taboo among Argentines (there is one therapist for every 125 inhabitants)

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