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Argentina

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM Argentina?

Argentina is a colorful, loud country with (in my opinion) the most beautiful Spanish in the world. Historically, Argentina has Italian influence. Having lived in Italy during my college years and being fluent in Italian at the time, I smiled in Argentina to hear the Spanish language singing in ways more similar to Italian than Mexican. 

There are a few things that are consistent across Argentina – mate and meat. At any time of day, but especially the early evening when Argentinians get off work, the country can be seen gathering on steps in public spaces socializing and drinking mate with their bombillas. Perhaps the caffeine from the mate is why the Argentinians eat dinner so late – or that could also be another echo of their European past. As far as meat goes, Argentinians are gouchos at heart and cattle ranching is their pride.  A must do in Argentina is to enjoy parrillas. As you go further along in the everlasting plates of meat and glasses of red wine with an ice cube, you will find yourself needing the few extra hours after dinner to digest before going out dancing. 

The Argentinian economy has had many ups and downs over the years. Some will remember when Argentina just refused to repay the IMF it’s debt (and sadly looks like it’s happening again now.) While their economy is not as bad as Venezuela’s right now, Jordan and I saw and were explained to that many Chileans spend hours on the bus to cross the boarder into Argentina to buy their goods because the cost of everything in Argentina is so much cheaper than Chile (one of the best economies in South America.) 

Sidebar: when Jordan and I went to Argentina, there were many women wearing green bandanas or had green bandanas tied to their backpacks. Being a Catholic country, abortion was illegal in Argentina at the time we went. The green bandanas were the women protesting their right to choice. Argentina had many problems with overflowing maternity wards and abandoned babies due to this. I’m beyond happy to report that December 30th, 2020, the Argentinian senate voted to approve abortion and a woman’s right to choice!!!! For us in America, this is a major Pussy Power accomplishment. 

Jordan and I spent almost two months in Argentina. We traveled from Buenos Aires and saw the vibrant life of the Portenos. We went to Cordoba to sit on steps with the local university students. We traveled to the smallest of farm towns for a WorkAway and learned how neighbors steal water and by opportunity will take anything laying on the side of the road. We learned the word “alhambra,” or a piece of wire that can fix just about anything from a car to a ladder (like the one we used to re-paint the farmhouse.) We went to Mendoza, and throughly enjoyed the South American hostel life and the fruits of the Malbec Grape. 

Like much of South America, a traveler must remember that these countries are very very big. Expect to spend hours on uncomfortable Greyhound busses, passing though small towns and encountering few who speak English, even in the cities.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN Argentina

Learn to Tango
Go to Catholic mass
Eat Parrillas
Try local Malbec wine
Visit Salta and the Atacama desert
Go horseback riding
Buy a traditional goucho knife
Drink mate!

“Local winery tour”

“Bodega – Winery”

TYPICAL COSTS WHEN TRAVELLING

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Suggested daily budget – 50-60 EUR / 52-62 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Food

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Empanadas Try any and every kind of empanada in existence! From beef to lama to mango and cheese, you can't go wrong with these delicious specialties!
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Parrilla An Argentinian specialty - endless plates and plates of meat (from all parts of the animal.) As a side note - don't leave without trying Argentinian asado (some of the best steak in the world.)
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Dulce de Leche Anyone here like sweets? How about some of the best caramel you've had in your life - added to just about anything.
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Choripan A must have in Buenos Aires is Choripan - chorizo and bread. Most cooks add their own chimmichurri sauce. It's essentially the tastiest hot dog you'll ever have in your entire life.

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