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Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world, covering the majority of southern South America.
Gaining independence from Spain in 1816, Argentina became the richest South American nation in the early twentieth century, attracting almost six million European immigrants by 1914. Ever-present throughout these cultural shifts, though, have been the Argentine passions for tango, gaucho, football and beef, which have continued to lure visitors from the world over.
Beyond the fascinating human geography lies a breathtakingly varied physical version, containing almost every landscape you can imagine. The sub-tropical north spans all the way down through a temperate central region, to a polar southern tip, bringing with it a huge variety of natural wonders and striking backdrops. The best of which include the Andes Mountains along the west, reaching the second highest point on earth, after the Himalayas; the incredible Iguazu Falls, bordering Brazil; the Andean salt flats and glistening glaciers in the Patagonia region.
Buenos Aires, the sprawling, cosmopolitan capital, stands at the western shores of the Rio de la Plata. A multicultural city, the majority of architecture is European in style, but Latin at heart, culminating in a dynamic range of picturesque structures. Despite the diversity of the culinary scene, what brings most to Buenos Aires are the superbly grilled steaks, best enjoyed while watching an even better rendition of the tango dance, arguably the nation’s biggest contribution to the world. Add to this a hip arts scene, with detailed murals around every corner in the traditional neighbourhoods, and you have one of the most captivating metropolises on the continent.
Within the mountainous northwest region, Salta was founded in 1582, offering a slower pace of life, and more fascinating museums, than the buzzing capital. With an aesthetic consisting of well-preserved colonial architecture, more than most Argentinian cities, in fact, it has become one of the most toured areas in the country. It’s also a great hub for exploring the sweeping foot hills nearby.
To the east of Argentina is Uruguay, on the opposite side of the Rio de la Plata, across which numerous ferries make international crossings to Buenos Aires. Sailings can last just over an hour, or almost five, depending on your choice of company and departure point: Colonia del Sacramento or the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo.
comfortable,clean,fast,quiet ,it was on the time!!Read More Read Less
"From Uruguay to Argentina "
Smooth as silk in business class. Next time we will try first class but actually regulars seem just as niceRead More Read Less
"Buenos Aires to Colonia"
The boat was fast and perfectly adequate and comfortable and it was on time in both directions. My reason for travel was as a tourist doing a day trip to Colonia from Buenos Aires. I got the 8.15am boat and returned at 8.30 in the evening (arriving at 9.45pm or so). I realise that the ferries serve locals as well as day trippers but this did make for a very long day, and for anyone looking to do the same, the sights of Colonia could probably be squeezed into 4-5 hours and you could get the earlier boat back. ANother point to note is that the Colonia Ferry Terminal is based a little way out of the centre of town - allow 15-20 minutes in a taxi from San Martin Square where I was staying. I was wondering how I would get back into town but there is a taxi queue outside the Colonia Express ferry terminal with taxis meeting the later boat. The rival Buquebus service goes from a ferry terminal which is Much closer to the centre of town which one could potentially walk to, although the ferry times are similar.Read More Read Less
"Swift, problemfree ferry ride"
I got ferry tickets to travel from Buenos Aires in Argentina to Colonia in Uruguay online from directferries.com. I paid about 25% less then I would have if I had bought them directly from the ferry company. I was a bit worried initially that the email proof of purchase might not be accepted in Argentina but everything went seamlessly and I had a very enjoyable day trip to Uruguay. Would highly recommend.Read More Read Less
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