There is something in the air when one is in Buenos Aires. One might think it is the beautiful metropolis, but it is the passionate and opinionated people who add to its vibrant quality. Add to that is the people's love for their food, especially beef, which is evident in the large number of parillas (steakhouses) in the city. Those interested to visit this part of South America can fly to Ministro Pistarini International Airport, which lies about 22 kilometres southwest of the capital.
As one of the primary ports of entry in the region, Ministro Pistarini Airport serves as a hub for tourists for the area, as well as for those visiting North and Central America. The airport also has flight connections to Europe, making it a convenient transit point in the area. It has also been awarded as the 'Best Airport in the Region' in 2007 when it won a survey carried out by Skytrax.
Where to go
Exploring the mountainous side of Argentina is one of the most exciting activities for tourists out to conquer its dynamic landscape. The region of Salta and the Andean Northwest is an exciting place where one behold misshapen, yet wonderful rock formations. The llamas, traditional handicrafts, and indigenous communities add to the atmosphere set by the Inca ruins amidst the arid highlands. Salta, one of the engaging towns here, is a major attraction, with its outstanding museums and romantic feel along the plaza-side cafes. It features the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña, which is well known for its informative exhibits on the Inca culture and child sacrifices found on some of the peaks.
Those venturing to the eastern part of the country can check out the Pampas and the Atlantic Coast. The fertile grasslands making up the area sustains the cows producing the most of Argentina's famous beef. Other than beef, other types of food are prepared here. One can visit here the Puerto Mar del Plata, one of the most well-known fishing locations and seafood processing centres. It is also a good place to grab a bite, with the large cluster of seafood restaurants in the area. Tourists interested in hiking, on the other hand, can check out the Reserva Natural Municipal Punta Rosa, visited by more than 100,000 migratory birds each year.
The Rio de Janeiro, called the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City), is a fine place to visit, due to its various attractions, from the shimmering beaches to rainforest and lakes. The urban landscape is also something to behold, which lies at the backdrop of the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. From here, one can see the Cristo Redentor that stand atop the 710-metre peak of Corcovado. This placid Christ figure is a magnificent sight at 38 metres and 1,145 tonnes, with its arms open in benediction.
Those in the area can also turn to the Pao de Acucar, which has some of the most breathtaking sights in this part of Brazil. One can visit Morro da Urca on the way to the top via cable cars. From here, one can see the Baia de Guanabara and the winding coastline, as well as enjoy a number of amenities in the area. After going around, one can continue to the top, where a view of the Corcovado mountain and the Cristo Redentor can be seen on the west and the Copacabana Beach at the south.
Italy and the city of Bologna seem to be a foil to the culinary spread of Argentina. In Bologna, one can taste authentic tagliatelle al ragù (spaghetti bolognese) and other types of mouthwatering delicacies. Other than tempting the appetite, tourists will find plenty of attractions in Bologna. There is the Basilica di San Petronio, an enormous Gothic church that is the world's fifth largest. There is also the Abbazia di Santo Stefano to see, which makes a rather unique and medieval religious complex composed of seven original churches such as the Chiesa del Crocefisso, Cortile di Plato, Chiesa della Trinita, and Santi Vitale e Agricola.
How to get out
Tourists going out of Argentina can book connecting flights from Ministro Pistarini International Airport. Airlines serving here include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca, Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Peru, Boliviana de Aviacion, British Airways, Conviasa, Copa Airlines, Cubana de Aviacion, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Gol Transportes Aereos, Iberia, KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Argentina, LAN Peru, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Sky Airlines, TAM Airlines, TAM Airlines Paraguay, TAME, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines.
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