10 Fascinating Facts About Argentina You Might Not Know

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Many discoveries of massive dinosaurs have been found in Argentina.
Chileans may disagree, but Argentina is the southernmost country in the world.
An ex-bar bouncer in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis is the first non-European Pope in the Vatican.
Argentina had 5 presidents in 10 days back in 2001.
The name “Argentina” comes from the Latin word for silver" "argentum," because European settlers thought there were tons of silver there.
In all of South America, Argentina is said to have the highest rate of infidelity.
Tango began as a risqué improvisation in the Buenos Aires brothels.
Argentina borders with 5 countries, including: Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Divorce and gay marriage are legal in Argentina, staying true to its liberal ideals despite Catholic roots.
1 in 30 Argentines undergoes cosmetic surgery.
Political parties in Argentina have their own brands of beer.
Argentines celebrate "Friend's Day" on July 20th.

Friend’s Day. Dinosaur discoveries…and a lot more quirk to Argentina.

Argentina is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Period. With seven diverse geographical regions, this South American country grows delightful world-famous wines in one area, to featuring ivory snowfields of Perito Moreno Glacier. Not to mention, it’s home to herds of coral flamingos in Puna and the iconic Iguazu Falls that captivates thousands of tourists every year. Surely, there are fascinating facts you never knew about the land of Evita.

Buenos Aires – or, the Paris of South America – is a personal favorite. Rich in culture and culinary refinement, the capital of Argentina satisfies a curious traveler’s appetite. For someone looking for a combination of cosmopolitan with a dash of impulse, and a whole lot of freedom.

Traveling throughout Argentina, there’s boundless reminder of Europe’s rustic charm. There’s an ease to strolling through alleys, look up then inspiration arrives from intricate details adorned in the city’s architectural beauty. Sip on an espresso at a nearby cafe, one could easily slip right back to those breezy and lazy Sundays in Paris.

Argentina’s natural beauty and the intrigue of South America’s open wild give the country a sort of mystique. While some visitors find beauty and enjoyment in visiting locations such as the Iguazu Falls we mentioned earlier, others visit to immerse themselves in the well-renowned world of Argentina dove-hunting. So from city-goers to outdoorsmen, Argentina has a little bit of everything for everyone, or should we say a lot of everything!

Considering this is a country less than 200 years old, Argentina has a lot of quirkiness to its vast personality. In case you didn’t know there’s a “Friend’s Day,” or where Pope Francis worked before he became…well, the Pope, then here are some cool things about Argentina worth discovering.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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