A large country (the 8th largest in the world) at the southern tip of the South American continent, Argentina has borders with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. There is a considerable European influence throughout the country and although the national language is Spanish, English, Italian, German and French are widely spoken. In the north Argentina has rich cattle-farming plains known as the Pampas, whilst to the south lies the area known as Patagonia, which is mountainous in the west and features cool, arid steppe-land in the east. The rugged Andes mountain range is the dominant topography along the entire western border, effectively separating Argentina from Chile. At 6962 metres, Aconcagua is the country's high point and also the highest summit outside of Asia. The Incas called the mountain Ancocahuac - the White Sentinel. Whether sightseeing at the Perito Moreno Glacier, trekking in the Los Glaciares National Park or climbing on Aconcagua, there are plenty of adventures to be found in Argentina.

Geography

Argentina is one of South America’s largest countries, with a total land area of 2,766,890 square kilometres and 4,989 kilometres of coastline. It has borders with Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguaya. Geographically, the country is very diverse, with vast areas of north eastern Argentina being dominated by the rich cattle-farming plains of the Pampas. To the south of the Rio Colorado lies the area known as Patagonia, which is mountainous in the west and cool, arid steppe-land in the east. The rugged Andes mountain range is the dominant topography along Argentina’s entire western border, effectively separating Argentina from Chile. Argentina’s range of climate varies from the cold and dry southeast to a subantarctic climate in the southwest. Further north, on the east side of the Andes, there are subtropical lowland areas with very hot summers, which are quite dry in the central districts around Mendoza and much wetter in the extreme north east.

Time Zone

The time in Argentina is GMT - 4 hours.