Argentina, a country in South America, is celebrated for its sun-soaked beach parties, cactus-filled deserts, glistening glaciers and rugged mountain ranges. By night, the country oozes rhythm and the cities offer world-class restaurants and bars – serving Argentina’s famous mouth-watering steaks. With so much on offer, it is no surprise that travelers flock here every year for the cultural experience.
Buenos Aires draw visitors looking for excitement. Home of the ‘Tango’, the nightlife is amazing, and it remains the most visited city in South America. But the fun doesn’t stop in the capital, there are plenty of interesting and vibrant cities to explore on a gap year travelling in Argentina. Cordoba – once named the Cultural Capital of the Americas – is packed with galleries and markets.
If you prefer to get out of the city, a gap year in Argentina doesn’t disappoint. Venture south to the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – for immense glaciers such as, Glaciar Perito Moreno, which creeps forward up to 2m a day! Even further south, you reach Ushauia, the southern tip of Argentina and a gateway into Antarctica.
If wine is your passion, Medoza, Argentina’s wine country, is a laid-back region, perfect for touring vineyards in the sun. For adventure lovers, head to some of South America’s best ski resorts or explore Bariloche and the incredible lakes – perfect for fishing and climbing. Alternatively, trek the Fitz Roy Range for outstanding views.
One of Argentina’s biggest tourist hot-spots is Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Argentina and Brazil. With hundreds of waterfalls echoing through the rain-forests, the experience is truly memorable.
Although over 40 languages are spoken in Argentina, the main language is Spanish, making Argentina a great place to study abroad learning Spanish. The dominant religion is Roman Catholicism. There are also many regional cultural traditions. The gaucho are tribal horsemen that celebrate criollo traditions and if you are lucky enough to be traveling to Argentina in mid-November, you may even get to see live traditional music and horsing events.
Volunteering in Argentina is also popular. An Argentina gap year provides lots of opportunities to gain experience and help others. If you are keen on improving a language, learning Spanish in Argentina on a gap year or career break is an added bonus of volunteering abroad programs.
Peak season in Argentina is November to February. However, spring and autumn are also fantastic times to visit. If you are looking to ski, head to Argentina in August/September.