There is no shortage of exciting destinations in Argentina. From the stunning mountains of Patagonia to the magnificent waterfalls such as Iguazu Falls. Furthermore, Argentina is home to jungles, beaches and bustling cosmopolitan cities.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina. Not only is it the largest city in Argentina but also one of the safest and most visited places in South America. It is a multicultural, cosmopolitan city. Due to the mix of Latin American and European cultures, Argentina is perfectly suited to those looking for an easy cultural transition.
On arrival in Argentina you will receive an orientation that includes an “Argentinian Spanish” language lesson. The language lesson will help you refresh the basics needed to get around the country. There is also the opportunity for a fun and educational orientation camp and/or Patagonia excursion.
Argentina possesses a very lively and social atmosphere. In general, Argentinian people are very warm and welcoming. They are also very curious about other cultures and you will find they will be willing to help you should you need. It is not uncommon for strangers to chat with each other on the street.
A well known Argentinian past-time is the Tango. The Tango is a traditional partner dance that is often performed in public squares. You might even get the chance to see the Tango on the street. If dancing isn’t up your alley, then perhaps watch or play a game of soccer, another popular past time throughout South America.
A typical social event for Argentinians is the Asado (barbeque). The food, mainly meat, is cooked over an open flame or Parrilla (grill) and served with potatoes, salads, salsas and bread. Wash it all down with a warm cup of matè tea but be careful because it is full of caffeine. Dinner is typically served later than in Australia, around 9pm!
High Schools in Argentina are of a good standard and offer a well-organized learning environment. School hours are typically 8am – 1pm and the year runs from March to November. Attendance is mandatory for students and uniforms are commonly worn.
Argentina is known world wide for its legendary steak and its famous condiment companion, chimichurri!
Other Argentinian delights to try include South America’s pasty, ’empanadas’ as well as ‘alfajores’, a cylindrical shortbread biscuit and ‘dulce de leche’, another popular desert.
The alfajores are eaten at different times, including for breakfast, dessert and throughout the day. Yum!
Buenos Aires has Argentina’s only subway system, known as the ‘Subte’. The Subte is the quickest and cheapest way to get around the city.
Everywhere outside of the city has easy and inexpensive access to buses and taxis.
Argentina is in the Southern Hemisphere so, like Australia, its summer runs from November through to February and winter from June through to August.
The climate in Argentina ranges from extreme heat in the northern regions, pleasant temperatures in the central pampas through to the sub Antarctic cold of Patagonia’s glacial regions.
The average temperature in Buenos Aires in winter is around 16° Celsius and around 28° Celsius in the summer time. Perfect!