Tango, beef, gauchos, football, the Andes, Argentina is one of the world’s hot-list counties. Wherever you go, though, you’re bound to be wowed by Argentines’ zeal for so many aspects of their own culture and curiosity about the outside world. Its offer such a hallucinating variety it’s all but impossible to take in on one trip.
One of Argentina’s top attractions is Buenos Aires, the most fascinating of all South American capitals. Its many neighbourhoods are startlingly different – some are decadently old-fashioned, others daringly modern – but all of them ooze character. The other main cities worth visiting are colonial Salta in the Northwest, beguiling Rosario – the birthplace of Che Guevara – and Ushuaia, which, in addition to being the world’s most southerly city, enjoys a fabulous waterfront setting on the Beagle Channel.
Argentina hosts hundreds of bird species, lush tea plantations and parched salt-flats, palm groves and icebergs, plus the world’s mightiest waterfalls, and offer a staggering range of outdoor adventures such as horseriding, trekking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and skiing, along with more relaxing pursuits such as wine tasting, birdwatching or photography safaris. "Wine tourism" is important in Mendoza province, with the impressive landscape of the Cordillera de Los Andes, and the highest peak in the Americas, Mount Aconcagua providing a very desirable destination for international tourism.