Argentina has long been a favourite destination of travellers with the diversity of its landscapes and attractions providing something for everyone and a fascinating trip for most visitors. Its natural attractions are some of the best in the continent and indeed the world, from the spectacular Iguazu Falls to the Alpine-like landscapes of the Lake District and the glaciers and mountain peaks of Patagonia. The country is a prime trekking destination with the beautiful trails of the Fitzroy Mountains and Tierra del Fuego or the monumental challenge of scaling Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. Adrenaline junkies will get their fix with ice climbing, white-water rafting, paragliding and more available in many different locations. Argentina is just as vibrant culturally - see the passion of the Portenos of Buenos Aires for tango and football, visit the vineyards of Mendoza and experience the country's colonial past in Salta, Cordoba and other towns. Explore in depth highlights of Argentina.
|Time zone:||GMT -3 (Argentina standard time)|
|Daylight savings:||GMT +1hr, begins first Sunday in October; ends third Saturday in March|
|Other languages:||English, French, German, Italian|
Argentine pesos (ARS)|
€1 = $16.76, $1 = $15.02, £1 = $19.98
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.ar||International Dialling Code: 54|
For help planning your trip to Argentina including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Argentina trip planning page.
Further information on Argentina
Discover more about Argentina - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 2,766,890 sq km (30,200 sq km under water)
Coastline: 4,989 km (Atlantic Ocean)
Climate: Wide variation in landscape and climate but mostly a temperate climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. Patagonia is much colder, especially in the winter.
Highest mountain: Cerro Aconcagua (6,960m) - Climb this mountain!
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Argentina from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Free||-|
|Democracy Index||Flawed democracy||52/167|
|Press Freedom||Noticeable problems||56/179|
|ILGA LGBT rights||Broad rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||Medium corruption||107/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Argentine Republic Status: Independent Country
Population: 43,024,374 (rank: 32/196) Density: 15.5 people/sq km (rank: 170/196)
Ethnic groups: white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%
Religions: nominally Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
GDP (PPP): $771 billion GDP per capita: $18,600 (rank: 57/195)