Argentina is a federal republic in southeastern South America, covering most of the Southern Cone and bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north; Brazil to the northeast; Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east; Chile to the west and the Drake Passage to the south. Its capital and largest city is Buenos Aires. The country introduced tango to the world, with plenty of dance salons, milongas (dance events), and cafes to perfect your dance moves.
Where to go
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is a dynamic city that offers a lot of surprises – most of which feel like being in an action movie. Some of the best places to visit in the city are Parque Nacional Iguazú, a sprawling complex which includes several amenities and an exhibition; Cementerio de la Recoleta, one of the city’s top attractions. Dubbed as “city of the dead,” it is lined with plenty of interesting and impressive statues and marble sarcophagi; the striking and vividly coloured Iglesia San Francisco; Cerri Aconcagua, commonly referred to as the “roof of the Americas,” with a summit covered with uplifted marine sediments; and Feria de San Telmo, a bustling market filled with craft stalls, food, antiques, and street performers.
Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, is renowned for its majestic beaches and beautiful scenery. The famous Cristo Redentor, which stands atop Corcovado, is like a sentinel gazing out over the city, with its arms opened out in the air. Enjoy Rio’s long stretch of beaches such as Ipanema Beach; the magnificent Copacabana; and Abricó, the only official nudist beach in Rio. Also visit the historic Bonde; see the majestic sunset at Pão de Açúcar; and relax on the lush garden on Aprazível.
Santiago in Chile has several natural and man-made wonders worth visiting. There’s Cerro San Cristóbal, which offers grandiose views of the city from the peaks of Parque Metropolitano, also referred to as Cerro San Cristóbal. Valle Nevado’s 3,000 hectares of skiable domain is known as the largest in South America. Visit Museo de la Moda, a fashion museum; Mercado Central, a market bountiful with fresh fish and crustaceans; and the green landscapes of Cajón del Maipo.
Visiting Hong Kong can be rather overwhelming at first, with its hustle and bustle and fast-paced life. But once you get past the initial shock, you’ll find Hong Kong as a delightful place. Visit Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s top tourist attractions; Man Mo Temple, one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong and is dedicated to the gods of literature; Tian Tan Buddha, a seated representation of Lord Gautama; see Hong Kong’s world-famous skyline on Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade; and visit the Hong Kong Museum of History to see archaeological, ethnographical, natural, and historical artefacts.
Taipei in Taiwan is one of the most dynamic cities in Asia, with an ever-changing political, economic, and social climate. Some of the best things to do in the city is shop, dine, and wander around Raohe Street Night Market; visit the National Palace Museum, home to the largest collection of the finest Chinese art; visit the Confucius Temple, a magnificent example of Minnan-style architecture; stroll around Yangmingshan National Park; as well as Longshan Temple, Chiufen Village, and 2-28 Peace Memorial Park.
How to get out
If you’re planning to visit Buenos Aires, you’ll go through the Ministro Pistarini International Airport. If your destination is in other parts of the country, you’ll have to travel from Ezeiza International Airport to the domestic airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (also located in Buenos Aires). These two airports are located on opposite sides of the city. Some airlines that offer international connections are Aerolíneas Argentinas and LAN Chile.
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