Argentina is 2nd largest country in South America and the 8th largest country in the world and boasts the urban city of Buenos Aires, the most European influenced and modern city in South America.
Argentina officially declared its independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. Since independence, Argentina has experienced several political conflicts on all sides-from disputes between Unitarian and Federalist factions to clashes between military and civilian groups. In 1976 a military junta seized power, replacing a period of Peronism (a political philosophy, considered a fascist ideology, advocated by former president Juan Peron) that had both directly and indirectly involved itself in several other Argentinian governments. After a brief but bloody failed attempt by Argentina to seize control of the Falkland Islands, democracy established itself in 1983 and has since managed to hold its ground, even though at times that ground has been shaky.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Capital: Buenos Aires
Climate: The climate in Argentina varies depending on where in the country you are headed, so it is advised that you check before you go. In the summer you will generally find beautiful, hot, sunny days in the south and a cooler climate in the west.
Currency: Argentine Peso - Currently 1 ARS = 0.3495 USD
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian, German, and French.
Passport and visa requirements: A passport is required, although a visa is not required for business/tourist stays of up to 90 days. Argentine Embassy, 202-238-6400
Power: 220 V, 50 Hz
Time Zone: UTC-4
Major cities and attractions include:
Mar del Plata
Caesar Park Buenos Aires: Rated between 4-5 star and found in "La Recoleta", an area known as the heart of one of the most fashionable districts of the city, this hotel makes an ideal lodging choice for those visiting the area.
Crowne Plaza Buenos Aires: A 3 star rated hotel.
Aspen Suites Hotel: A hotel rated bewteen 2-3 stars.