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Argentina Facts & Information

 Location Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay
 Climate Mostly temperate, arid in southeast, subantarctic in southwest
 Terrain Rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border
 Population 39,537,943
 Nationality Argentine
 Ethnic groups White 97%, mestizo, Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%
 Religions Nominally Roman Catholic 92%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
 Languages Spanish (official), English, Italian, German, French
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Buenos Aires
 Currency Argentine peso (ARS)
 Description of Flag Three equal horizontal bands of light blue (top), white, and light blue; centered in the white band is a radiant yellow sun with a human face known as the Sun of May
 Argentina Flag Flag of Argentina

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Buenos Aires Culture

One would think that an economic and social crisis would render a city’s people depressed, sullen and zapped of life and energy. Nothing could be farther from the truth for the people of Buenos Aires. You would never know that everyone in the city is suffering from the financial disasters of the past few years. In fact, the people are as full of life and passion as ever. Argentines are a proud group of people, and the recent social and economic situation has not deterred

their pride. Ask any Argentine and they will tell you that their wines are the finest, their women the most beautiful and their city the most enticing. As proud as they are, however, they are just as friendly. They are always eager to show you around and to hear what you have to say or what you think of their country and their situation. They have triumphed over their economic woes and have turned inward to their own people to prosper and get ahead.

Culturally, Buenos Aires is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. Every night is a reason to celebrate. Dinners never begin before 10pm and seldom end before 1:00 am. In fact, trying to dine at 6pm would be virtually impossible, as most restaurants are closed at that time, while scoring a table at 12am guarantees a significant wait time. Dinner lasts for hours - Argentines are well known to savor every bite and live in every moment. It is often followed by dancing and drinking well into dawn. By no means extravagant, this lifestyle is characteristic of a culture and a people that are struggling to stay alive in every sense of the word. While it may be an adjustment for visitors, it is quite worth the effort.

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Buenos Aires Shopping

Buenos Aires is, arguably, the shopping capital of Latin America. Argentine women (and men) are very well known for their impeccable style and immaculate grooming. Common women strolling the streets of Buenos Aires can often be mistaken for models, as their stature, their poise and their unmistakable fashion sense stands above the rest.

Because of the devaluation of the peso, shopping for

clothes in Buenos Aires is a bargain for foreigners. One of the trendiest and best shopping areas of the city is Palermo Soho, a vibrant sector in the Palermo Viejo district. Palermo Soho is filled with chic boutiques and restaurants and you can find an array of goodies - from handbags to jewelry, shoes to fashionable house ware. One of the positive aspects brought on by the economic crisis was that Argentines had to look inward to rise above their situation. As a result, a lot of Argentine designers emerged to showcase their very talented work in order to make a living.

Rapsodia, a well-known chain, is a safe bet for the latest and chicest Argentine trends. The most famous Rapsodia item is their jeans with their famous winged logo. Almost every pretty young thing in Buenos Aires owns at least a pair, and they are undoubtedly one of the best-fitting jeans around. Shopping can be done at the local fairs held during the weekend (a great place for inexpensive one-of-a-kinds) or at the local malls that are scattered around the city, such as Galerias Pacifico on Avenida Florida or Alto Palermo Shopping Mall in Palermo Viejo.

Avenida Florida is a huge pedestrian shopping strip where locals and tourists gather to do some serious shopping. It is, however, a congested area filled with side attractions such as tango dancers, mimes and quite unfortunately, begging children. If you’re looking for very stylized and trendy fashions, your best bet would be to visit the aforementioned boutiques and malls. Avenida Florida is, nonetheless, well worth the visit.


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