Interesting Facts About Argentina All Avid Travelers Should Know!

Oluwatosin Michael
Mar 01, 2024 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Nov 01, 2021
Know all the interesting facts about Argentina.
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If you ever visit the beautiful land of Argentina, the eighth-largest country in the world, you will have face a serious dilemma because of the sheer number of places that you can go to!

From the grassy pampas located in Central and Northern Argentina to the lively bustling atmosphere of the capital city of Buenos Aires, each place offers experiences more unique and enriching than the last.

You will also find Mount Aconcagua, the tallest mountain of Argentina when you visit here. Every year, this country attracts a huge number of football lovers from all around the world, who wish to visit the haven of football which has produced renowned talents like Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. But there is much more to this country than just sports. If you are an avid traveler, Argentina has a lot in store for you. But how will you get to know about all the facts about Argentina that range from the country’s intriguing name to the rich culture prevalent among its people? Well, you need not worry, because we have come up with a comprehensive article that outlines all the mind-boggling facts about Argentina that will make you pick up some Argentine peso, hop on a plane, and go on a tour to ‘The Land of Silver’ right away!

Now, let’s dive in for an overview of Argentine heritage, cuisine as well as a few fun facts about the country’s football history that will help all avid travelers get an idea of what to expect when they are in Argentina. We will also take you through a brief journey of exploring the diverse cuisine of Argentina, which takes inspiration from different countries of the world. Then, we will talk about the passionate artistic culture of theater, operas, and street art, as well as the history of Argentina which has helped shape one of the world’s most fascinating tourist destinations.

The name 'Argentina' was taken, from the Latin word 'Argentum' term which means 'silver', as the early settlers believed the country to be full of silver. It was founded by Spanish explorer Juan Diaz. People believe the first people to use the name 'Argentina' were the Spanish voyagers who went to the Rio de la Plataor the Silver River in Latin. Argentinians say the natives of the land surrounding the river gave gifts of silver to the conquerors. Then, it was reported that the Silver Hills, which housed huge reserves of precious metals, were present in that area too. In the mid 1800s, the National Constitution introduced the name Argentine Republic, and the national government and the territory were named accordingly.

Also, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, and the national sport here is the pato. Argentina is credited as the home to the first animated feature film, and it is famous for the Argentinian tradition of tango dancing. Argentina's population stands at 45 million. Argentina's flag has brilliant blue stripes, intercepted by white ones. The country houses the world's third-largest Spanish-speaking population. Another of Argentina's claims to fame is Eva Peron, the first woman in the world who became a President of a nation.

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Interesting Facts About Argentina Food

From the early years of the 20th century, Argentina has seen huge waves of immigrants who have come from European countries like Italy and Spain. Their cuisine offers a delicious mixture of such European influences and the age-old culinary flavors of indigenous groups like Quechua and Mapache.

Meat forms a staple part of the cuisine, with Argentine beef being a popular favorite. The Asado or the Argentine barbeque is something you need to check out when you visit the country.

When the Argentine people gather for a dinner party, they usually go for the Asado. So, the dish has developed a rich cultural identity of its own. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you must have heard of the amazing Empanadas that are served here. They are a kind of pastry with fillings of chicken and beef. This, too, is a hugely popular snack beside the Argentine barbeque.

Another fascinating point is that the influences of the European countries are evident in famous dishes like the Media Luna, which resembles the French croissant, and the Milanesa, the Argentinian version of a schnitzel.

Interesting Cultural Facts About Argentina

A melting pot of traditions and customs, Argentina has a significant European influence, thanks to the immigrants who came to inhabit this country almost 100 years ago. You will find traces of European heritage woven into the traditions, festivals, and food of the local people. And not just that, there are thousands of fun facts about Argentines that you will find out if you visit the country.

How surprised will it make you if we say that Argentina has some connection with the Middle East as well? The Argentines have a famous snack called the Alfajores, which were born from the cultural influences of middle-eastern countries like Arabia.

The Argentine population is formed by a little over 45 million people, and they are a happy bunch! As a major part of the country’s economy rests on the shoulders of tourism, you will surely have the time of your life while visiting this beautiful country in the southern hemisphere.

Interesting Facts About Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina, and it enjoys the status of an autonomous district. The city has been a host to multiple international events. In 1951, Buenos Aires hosted the 1st Pan American Games. In 1978, Argentina hosted the FIFA World Cup, and Buenos Aires hosted the final at the Estadio Monumental. The eventual Argentine victory flooded the streets of the city with celebrating fans. It is a sight one can often come across while visiting the country.

Owing to its lively cultural atmosphere, Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been dubbed as the 'Paris of South America'. Buenos Aires hosts around 300 theatres during the weekends. It is also home to the Teatro Colon, a vibrant opera house, and the Kirchner Cultural Centre, the largest cultural center in the continent. The Centre is named after former President Nestor Kirchner. It was opened in 2015 and houses the Klais Orgelbau pipe organ, which can be played by remote control.

Once you go to Argentina, if you have a love for the theatrics, do visit the La Cupula and the Sala Argentina, while those preferring music can revert to the Sala Federal. This is a place frequented by Argentines who have a love for all things drama.

Interesting Historical Facts About Argentina: Who Founded Argentina

The culture and national identity of Argentina grew largely out of the period following the colonization of the land by the Spanish in 1516. Spanish is still the official language of Argentina except in some demarcated regions.

The Spanish ruled over Argentina for nearly 300 years. It was only in 1806 when the British started making inroads into the region, capturing the Falkland Islands in the process, that the Spanish supremacy appeared shaken. In 1816, Argentina claimed independence and waved its own flag. Since then, Argentina has experienced multiple military regimes and equally powerful, popular resistance movements.

In 1946, Juan Peron became the President of the country. Simultaneously, the President and his wife, Eva Peron, became a beacon of hope for the working class and poor people of the country.

Eva yielded her power as the wife of the President, championed the causes of the people, set up the Eva Peron Foundation, and campaigned actively for labor rights and the right of women to vote. She died in 1952, eventually becoming a national icon. Ever since, Argentina has sought icons of hope in times of trouble, like Mario Kempes, Maradona, and more recently, Messi.

Argentina is the eight-largest country.

Interesting Soccer Facts About Argentina

In the 20th century, it was tough being a footballing country in South America, if you were not Brazil or Uruguay. Argentina reached the World Cup finals in the very first edition of the tournament in 1930 but lost 4-2 to Uruguay. This put the name of Argentina on the football map of the world.

What followed was a slew of losses, until 1978, when their talisman Mario Kempes captained the side to their first FIFA World Cup victory and that game, played on home soil was one of the best moments that many Argentinians still look back upon.

However, by the time the national soccer team arrived in Mexico in 1986 for the greatest footballing tournament, they were captained by Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest player of all time. Argentina rarely put a foot wrong in the tournament, beating defending champions West Germany by a score-line of 3-2.

In recent years, Argentine hopes of lifting the soccer world's biggest prize have been pinned on Lionel Messi. In 2021, under Messi’s captaincy, the Argentinians lifted the continental trophy, Copa America, beating their rival Brazil. Argentina has a thriving club soccer network. The derby between the two biggest clubs of the country, Boca Juniors and River Plate, sees the passion of fans soar to their limits.

What is Argentina most known for?

To the outside world, Argentina has two claims to fame, being a footballing haven and the birthplace of Che Guevara. However, Argentina is much more than that. It has lively streets, which have seen popular protests against military regimes, regions which have seen ancient civilizations, and even the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. It is a perfect destination for travelers sharing a passion for the celebration of human life! To prove our point, let us tell you a few more random facts about this country.

Most of you would be amazed to learn that the first animated feature was made by the legendary Argentinian artist called Quirini Cristiani in 1917. The 70-minute-long animated movie was called 'El Apóstol' and it was a narration about the corruption that was present in Argentina during those times.

Yes, you heard it right! Argentina is definitely the land of extremes. It is the land of the highest and lowest points in the whole of South America, the highest point being Mount Aconcagua at 22, 723 ft (6926 m), and the lowest being Laguna del Carbon at 344 ft (105 m). Also, the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in South America were in the country of Argentina.

Che Guevara, the man who was never afraid to be the voice of the common people, was born in Argentina in 1928, and Ernesto Guevara.

When he was studying medicine in Buenos Aires, Ernesto, adorable called 'Ernestito' by his loved ones, got the name 'Che' because he frequently used the term while talking to his friends. 'Che' means mate in Spanish, and it is used in some parts of Brazil and Uruguay too.

The beautiful mix of various heritages in Argentina not only influenced food but also led to the emergence of Tango. When in Argentina, make sure to dance to Tango music. Carnival De Argentina is to satiate the fashion freak in you. Elegant Gauchos with colorful ponchos are the showstoppers and they love to dance to Tango music. The official carnival lasts for about four days and is celebrated throughout the country of Argentina and the heart of the festivities is located in the capital, Buenos Aires.

While Argentina has become synonymous with soccer all around the world, the national sport of Argentina is pato. In 1953, this sport, which is sometimes considered barbaric as it had been banned many times, became the official national sport of Argentina. The Argentines have a long history with the sport as it is famous among the gauchos or the cowboys. Besides these two sports, polo and basketball are also famous in this country. Pope Francis, the current head of the Catholic Church was born in this country. Now, that is one of the most striking facts about the eighth-largest country in the world, right?

While this might seem bizarre to you, the government of Argentina had to ban parents from naming their kids after the superstar in Rosario. When Hector Varela fathered a son, he was overjoyed to call him Messi, but the authorities worried this name would cause too much confusion down the line, so they posed the rule to stop dads from naming their kids after Messi!

We come to the end of our article on some interesting Argentina facts. So, when are you visiting the second-biggest country on the map in the Southern Hemisphere?

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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