Argentines’ Dollar Crisis Deepens

While flying from Buenos Aires to Santiago in 2002, Wayne Bernhardson found himself seated next to an Argentine, bound for New York on business who, because his government had frozen bank accounts, found himself cashless. Now, ten years later, history may be repeating itself for foreign-bound Argentines.

Grassland abuts red stone mountains with snow-covered mountains off in the distance.

The Geography of Argentina

The world’s eighth-largest country, most of Argentina is temperate lowlands, but its natural landscapes range from northeastern subtropical wetlands to the endless pampas grasslands, Andean uplands, and sprawling Patagonian steppes.

Tufts of golden grasses blanket the ground while off in the distance a visible rainstorm douses the plains.

Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito

The world’s most famous carrion carnivore, the majestic Andean condor, reaches its easternmost range in the Altas Cumbres (High Summits) of the Sierras de Córdoba, where it lends its name to the area’s only national park.

El Bolsón, Argentina

El Bolsón, Argentine Patagonia’s counterculture capital, may be the place to replace your faded tie-dyes, but it’s also a beauty spot in a fertile valley between stunning longitudinal mountain ranges that provide fine hiking.

Two swans with black necks and bright red beaks swim through the water.

Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca in Northern Patagonia

Designated a major international wetland under the Ramsar convention, Parque Nacional Laguna Blanca has a large breeding population of striking black-necked swans. It’s also the place to spot coots, ducks, grebes, gulls, upland geese, and the occasional flamingo.