The diversity of South America - with a dose of Europe
Argentina is almost a continent of its own: This enormous country stretches from the snow-capped Andes to subtropical forests and is most easily conquered via domestic flights or long rides in the "Coche-Cama" buses. The never-ending pampas, South America's grassy steppe that occupies the heart of the country, is home to the cattle that fuel both Argentina's economy and its national pride. Vegetarians have a hard time in this land of steak. Near the southern tip, visitors are drawn to the Los Glaciares National Park and the sharp peaks of Perito Moreno Glacier's ice formations. The lake district surrounding the city of Bariloche is Argentina's version of the Alps; it's a paradise for hikers, fly fishers, and landscape photographers. Further north, the hills surrounding Mendoza produce the country's best wines. Amid the mountain range of the interior lies the city of Córdoba, a college town with a historic cathedral. Dry, rocky landscape defines the country's northwest. In Argentina's most northern corner, the Iguazú Falls offer an unforgettable spectacle. The starting point for most travelers is the capital, Buenos Aires - the "Paris of South America" - in and of itself reason enough to visit the country.