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Exploring the Wonders of Argentina From tropical forests to Antarctic regions, Argentina has it all Many visitors to Argentina see Buenos Aires and imagine they've seen it all. Far from it. The second largest country in South America and the eighth largest country in the world has 2.8 mainland million square kilometers of varied climates, terrains, natural wonders and sophisticated urban centers, small towns and way-off-the-beaten-track treasures. From urban and urbane Buenos Aires and its distinctive barrios, to the tiniest community, Argentina offers something for the visitor.

Geography of Argentina
Departing Buenos Aires, visitors flock to Mesopotamia and the Northeast through the provinces of Entre Rios, Corrientes and Misiones to reach the ruins of Jesuit missions and Iguazu Falls on the Parana River, the border with Brazil and Paraguay. This is an area of heavy rainfall resulting in a tropical climate of swampy lowland forests and upland savannahs. Nature lovers will delight in the wildlife viewing and birding opportunities here. The savannahs extend into the Chaco where the forests become thorny. The provinces of Chaco, Formosa, the eastern portions of Salta, Santiago del Estero and the Gran Chaco which extends into Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia endure extremely hot summers, but the area is primarily agricultural. It is the first settled area as the city of Santiago del Estero was founded in 1553 before Buenos Aires, as a stopover between the mines of Bolivia and the river and sea gateways to Spain. Attracting visitors now are the Caverna de las Bruja, Atuel River Canyon, Pozo de las Ánimas, and the engineering marvel of "The Railway to the Clouds." Buenos Aires and the province of Buenos Aires are part of the Pampas region, Argentina's vast flat agricultural heartland. Divided by climate into humid and dry areas, this is the area where vast estancias provided the mainstay of the Argentine economy and way of life. Visitors may leave the pleasures of the city to visit on an estancia and glimpse a bit of the gaucho lifestyle. Though present day gauchos may dress as colorfully as their grandfathers the true gaucho lifestyle is gone. La Pampa Santa Fe and Cordoba provinces offer sightseeing and the Sierras de Cordoba popular with Argentine tourists.

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