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Learn the tango in Buenos Aires
Argentina combines fertile plains, tropical forests and shimmering glaciers in a land of wonderful extremes. In Buenos Aires learn to dance the seductive Argentine tango during professional lessons, discover vast ranches on horseback and learn about the life of Eva Perón and her influence on Argentina’s politics.
Visit esteemed wineries in Mendoza and experience Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America and a maritime legend. This is where three great oceans meet and its wild coastline is dotted with icebergs.
Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, from the modern docks of Puerto Madero to the historic quarters of San Telmo; visit 'estancias', great ranch houses that lie in the vast grasslands or pampas; or witnessthe spectacular Iguazú Falls, straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil.
Tour Mendoza in the eastern foothills of the Andes, the gateway to world famous vineyards before exploring Salta with its fine colonial architecture and fabulous museums or visiting the Ibera Wetlands, a vast nature reserve formed of bogs, swamps, lagoons and lakes.
Discover Argentina's Lake District with its glacial lakes, thundering rivers and snow-capped volcanoes. Often dubbed the ‘Switzerland of America’, Bariloche lies in the shadow of Andean peaks.
Spot Baleen wales, sea lions, seals and Egellanic penguins along Peninsula Valdés' 250-mile coastline and explore the remarkable Los Glaciares National Park from the small town of El Calafate on the southern shores of icy Lake Argentino before reaching the ‘End of the World’ – the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego on South America's southernmost tip.
• Argentinians' concept of personal space is different to ours and people may stand closer than you're used to.
• Punctuality is rarely observed. It's not uncommon for someone to turn up over 20 minutes late.
• It is considered polite to leave a small amount of food on your plate.
• Latin Americans have a casual and relaxed demeanour and are
comfortable with loud talking, exaggerated gestures and physical
• Make the effort to learn a few Spanish
phrases. A simple 'buenos dias' in the morning, 'buenos tardes' in the
afternoon and 'buenos noches' in the evening will go a long way.
• Avoid mentioning the Falkland Islands. If you do then use their Argentinian name, Islas Malvinas.