Key Country Facts
the word “Argentina” comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum!
Buenos Aires, Iguazu falls, Peninsula Valdes, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Avenida de Mayo
Major exports: include soybeans, gas, vehicles, corn and wheat
After gaining independence in 1822, Argentina became the second largest country in South America and is home to 43,886,748 Argentines (2016). The capital city is Buenos Aires. Here I am 2 hours ahead of EST. The official language is Spanish, but Argentines also speak Italian, English, German, French, and indigenous languages as well. Roman Catholicism is the leading religion practiced here.
When visiting, travelers should visit Buenos Aires for its world famous tango, or cafes. Travelers would also be interested in the capital’s cultural hub, Avenida de Mayo, for its architecture and history. Adventurers will enjoy visiting the Iguazu falls, whale watching off Peninsula Valdes, or seeing the glaciers at the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
A fun fact is that the word “Argentina” comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. Which was a name given by the Spanish colonists after their boat shipwrecked when they first went to Argentina. The survivors of the shipwreck met indigenous people who gave them silver objects as presents.