Evita’s homeland is the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation. At 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 mi2), it’s also the second-largest country in South America. Given this size, Argentina covers an array of climate zones. It even claims some South Atlantic islands and part of Antarctica as its own. The nation is home to notable wine regions like Mendoza and La Rioja, along with the vivacious city of Buenos Aires. Argentine Patagonia, where we visit, is famous for arid steppes, grasslands and deserts, while Chilean Patagonia – on the other side of the Andes Mountains – is known for glacial fjords and temperate rainforest.
Population: 43.8 Million
Currency: Peso (ARS)
Time Zone: ART (UTC–03:00)
Electricity: C- and I-type sockets.
The LGBT Factor
Argentina leads Latin America’s march for gay rights. In 2010 they became the first in the region to legalize gay marriage, and are global leaders in transgender rights (you can change your identity without hormone therapy, surgery, or psychiatric diagnosis). Same-sex couples can adopt, and gay people can serve in the military. Best of all, there’s massive acceptance of homosexuality, with almost ¾ of society affirming it’s okay to be gay.
Buenos Aires is Latin America’s gay capital, with raucous nightlife and the biggest pride celebration on the continent. In Patagonia, where we travel, you can find gay-friendly hotels and bars in many towns. Puerto Madryn is especially noted for its gay but low-key appeal.
The Best Time to Visit
Our trips through Patagonia happen in January, which is the middle of summer, and a great time out in the wild. If you’re heading to Buenos Aires, it’s worth visiting from September through December. This marks spring in the city, and is a chance to watch the metropolis emerge from hibernation.
The Shock Factor
Buenos Aires can have problems with theft and pickpocketing, so be discrete with valuables and know where you’re going. It’s also wise to avoid public demonstrations and protests – they’re common, and can turn violent. While gay PDAs are common here (yay), it’s wise to lay low when in doubt. As for Patagonia, where we travel, the people are incredibly friendly, and it’s considered the safest region on the continent!
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