Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of South America, is the economic, political and cultural capital of Argentina. It’s varied neighborhoods and 19th century architecture give it a special charm. The vast Pampas has historically been Argentina’s fountain of wealth, with booming exports of agricultural commodities during the 19th and 20th centuries. Agriculture is still important, culturally as well as economically. But, growers are more sensitive to world markets and resistant to high tax agricultural policy.
The life styles of the estancias are widely celebrated and have become a major visitor attraction. The less visited Patagonia is home to millions of sheep grazing the rimrock and dry valley floors, but it is also the site of spectacular lakes and peaks of the southern Andes. Mendoza, in the Andean foothills, is famous for Malbec Wine, but is also a relaxed country town full of parks and tree lined streets.