Argentina has a huge tourist industry. The massive variety of landscapes coupled with the fact that the country has such an interesting cultural and historical history, means that the country attracts large numbers of tourists with a wide variety of different interests. One of the most popular areas to visit is also one of the most remote and that is San Carlos de Bariloche. The city is situated in the foothills of the Andes in the province Rio Negro, and benefits from both summer and winter tourism.
In the winter people are attracted to the region as they have the biggest ski resort on the South American continent. Cerro Catedral has an area of 6 square km with 75km of runs. The lift system that is used by the skiers is then utilized in the summer months by the rock climbers and hill walkers, who are also attracted to the area.
The summer months sees numbers of people visiting the region to take advantage of the magnificent mountain scenery. The huge lakes have numerous beaches that enable people to swim in the icy cold water, and fast flowing rivers give people the opportunity to partake in white water rafting. The beauty of the wilderness also draws visitors to Patagonia. In these region sightseeing activities are more popular than the activity based ones. Huge glaciers such as the Perito Moreno Glaciers sees tourist viewing melting blocks of ice coming crashing down from the main icesheet.
The tourists attracted to the huge numbers of glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park stay in the city of El Cafalate. The city has recently grown in numbers to a population of around 20,000, as tourism has become more popular in the area.
The North of the country is also popular to visitors. One of the most popular destinations is the Iguazu Waterfalls which is located in a tropical rainforest on the border with Brazil. The Iquazu River flows into 275 waterfalls plunging more than a 70km over a distance of 2.7km. As well as tourists wanting to view the spectacular waterfalls the tropical rainforest offers great diversity in both flora and fauna. There are over 2000 different plant species in the area plus over 400 breed of birds that inhabit the forest.
The capital city is a major tourist attraction. People can take the opportunity to view its historical past visiting the squares where famous speeches have been made and the areas where coup de tats have originated. The crypt of Eva Peron can be visited at the Cementerio de la Recoleta, as can the graves of other notable Argentinians.
There are many government buildings that can be viewed especially around the Plaza de Mayo. This area is where the city was first created and is still home to the financial heart of the country. The city is also home to the nation’s best museums and art galleries. One of the best visited neighborhoods of the city is La Boca which is found close to the dock areas. This where many immigrants first settled when they arrived in Buenos Aires to work in the port. There is now a bohemian feel to the district with many colorful buildings and art galleries.
There are numerous coffee houses and restaurants that hold tango exhibition dances, with the area catering for every whim of the visitors. The Boca Juniors stadium is located in the district and many people visit the club that has produced many of the world’s top footballers, including Diego Maradona. Argentina’s tourist industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. People previously kept away from the country as a result of its political instability and the difficulty in getting to the country. However, with greater improvements in transport links Argentina has become far more accessible and is starting to benefit from the money that is now being brought into the country.