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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 Pampas and Dry Pampas 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. Cuyo and the Andean Northwest offer a distinct change from the rest of Argentina. Here the visitors finds Andean peaks high puna (cold arid tableland) salares (salt lakes) rising from the lowlands of the Gran Chaco.

The provinces of Tucuman, Mendoza, San Juan, San Luis, La Rioja, Catamarca, Jujuy, and the western portions of Salta Santiago del Estero provinces and the Gran Chaco present a range of climates: from cold and dry on one side to subtropical on the other. The Quebrada de Humahuaca is a popular tourist destination. After Buenos Aires the most visited parts of Argentina are in Patagonia the Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. Here glaciers temperate agricultural areas and mountain activities and industrial development of oil and coal deposits bring in much interest. The provinces of Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz enjoy a temperate climate. Peninsula Valdes, Moreno Glacier, Tierra del Fuego, San Carlos de Bariloche and Nahuel Huapi National Park are the highlighted tourist destinations. The area around San Carlos de Bariloche is a year-round resort area for skiers trekkers and nature lovers.

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