Outside of Buenos Aires, Argentinian cities are certainly not worth the detour. For example, Mendoza, Cordoba, and Puerto Madryn are all major destinations, but their true beauty is the surrounding landscape, not the cities themselves. This is not Europe.
This applies to all of Argentina. The beauty of this country is its natural wonders. So much so that they recently declared official 7 Wonders of Nature. There are mountains, vineyards, jungle, wetlands, large farms and much more. It is a land of epic beauty.
Cities, however, lack charm. Believe me, if you land in Mendoza (or Puerto Madryn or Cordoba …) you will need a rental car and leave the city to explore Argentina’s national parks and natural wonders. You will be glad you did.
SPAIN is very different
Porteños, the people of Buenos Aires (it literally means “port people”) speak very uniquely Spanish for what you learn in high school. L1 and y are understood to be “sh”. Pollo looks stylish. The slang is on the second level and is brand new. And thanks to their Italian roots, their intonation is very much singing and singing, and they are not shy with hand gestures.
If you are curious and want to know more, read my post on lunfardo or Argentinian slang. But don’t worry about being understood here. The people are very nice, open and ready to help!
And if you’re traveling elsewhere in Argentina, Spaniards can be much easier to understand. It’s different in every area, but it’s usually more clear-cut (for those of us who don’t speak our native language) than Porteño’s Spanish.
But keep your ears tuned for unique differences. There’s a little “sh” sound in the northwest that sounds a bit of a botched flute on all of his R records. I like it.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR ARGENTINA
I hope this post helped you plan your Argentina vacation! Argentina is a beautiful country and you will love it.
If you have any questions about travel planning, let me know in the comments. I would love to help you!