Story: Hazriq bin Mohamad Nor
Photos Source: National Institute for Tourism Promotion
From fields of colorful spring flowers to lush rainforests to world-class skiing, Argentina has it all. We explore this captivating country.
With an area of 2.8 million square km and a population of 41 million, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina has four distinct seasons. Summer lasts from December to February, while winter runs from June to September. With so much diversity in terms of climate, geography and things to do, visitors to Argentina are spoilt for choice, regardless of the season.
During the summer, head to the Iguazu National Park, home of the breath-taking Iguazu Falls, located within the subtropical forest in the northeast of Argentina. With one of several magnificent waterfalls aptly named “The Devil’s Throat”, visitors feel small as they walk trails teeming with exotic wildlife in the surrounding rainforest, or get wet as they ride a boat near the falls. For a more relaxing retreat, head to Mendoza, the hub of Argentina’s wine region, Malbec. Join a winetasting tour around Mendoza’s wineries and bodegas (wine cellars) to discover why the Malbec brand is world-famous.
In the winter, behold the majestic sights of the Perito Moreno Glacier in the far south of Argentina. While most of the world’s glaciers are shrinking, this magnificent glacier keeps expanding and is accessible throughout the year. Further north, but still within the Patagonia region, the city of Bariloche features Swissstyle architecture, picturesque pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains. Because snow lies near the city, visitors don’t need to go far to find some of the country’s best skiing.
Not to be outdone, spring (September to December) and autumn (March to May) see the country explode with color. During these seasons, visitors should head for Purmamarca village in the Humahuaca Ravine of northwest Argentina to be awed by the Cerro de los siete colores (Hill of the seven colors). Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this brilliant landscape is at its best from dawn until noon, when the sun’s reflection highlights its many colors.
Argentina’s capital city, Buenos Aires provides the perfect introduction to this captivating country. Regardless of the season, Buenos Aires offers a cosmopolitan atmosphere, European architecture and colorful neighborhoods that make it stand out from other Latin American capitals. During the springtime, the birthplace of the tango is at its most beautiful, its main avenues bursting with the beautiful violet blooms of its jacaranda trees.