Facts about Argentina...

The following facts about Argentina will introduce you to South America's second largest country after Brazil. A federation composed by 23 provinces and an autonomous city: Buenos Aires, its capital.

Located in Southern South America, share borders with Chile (5,308 km) to the West, Brazil (1,201 km) and Uruguay (580 Km) to the East, and Bolivia (832 km) and Paraguay to the North.

Total territorial area: 2,706,890 square km (1,068,303 square miles), with 4,665 km of coastline. Main cities include Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Rosario, Mendoza and La Plata.

Chile: Portrait of a young child with the Argentinian flag painted
Portrait of a young child wih the Argentinian flag painted-©D. Walker/Istockphoto

Another interesting fact about Argentina is its name. It comes from the Latin word "Argentum" and could be translated as "Land of Silver".

Argentina is a true paradise for the adventure traveler and tourists in general, from Tierra del Fuego (Ushuaia) in the far South, to the majestic Iguazu (Iguassu) falls in the border with Brazil and Paraguay, plus everything in between.

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Land of extremes, Argentina boasts the highest literacy rate in South America, the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere - Mount Aconcagua (6,962 m.) - in Mendoza province and the lowest point - Laguna del Carbon (-105 meters) - in Santa Cruz province.

If coming from abroad, you are most likely to land at Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini, about 45 minutes drive from downtown Buenos Aires.

To learn more about the top landing strips in the country as well as main international airlines flying to/from visit Argentina Airports.

Argentina Geography:

Argentina can be roughly divided in several geographical areas...

Major rivers include Pilcomayo, Paraguay, Bermejo, Rio Negro, Colorado, Uruguay and Parana (longest river: 4,700km). The later two converge before reaching the Atlantic ocean, forming the estuary of Rio de la Plata.

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Tango, mate and soccer are the biggest Argentinian passions, to a lesser extent, rugby and polo attracts a considerable crowd as well.

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