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Popular the world over for adventure tours, you can really make the most of a trip to Argentina because it is pretty affordable. You get a lot of bang for your buck with hostel deals and cool hotels in the capital city, Buenos Aires, and elsewhere. Plus, the food is fantastic, especially if you love steak, a speciality of Argentina. There is a lot of stuff to do for adventurous students in Argentina. You can grab a parka and check out the rugged scenery in Patagonia, including glaciers and deserts. Hanging out with penguins makes for some funny gap year photos for you and your friends. For sophisticated city life in the “Paris of South America,” you are going to love Buenos Aires. It’s a hotspot for tango, soccer, delicious Argentinean and international cuisine, cool shopping, and hot nightlife. Did you know that the biggest dinosaur skeleton in the world was found in Argentina? It’s true: the Argentinosaurus Huinculensis was more than 130 feet long and almost 60 feet high! So Argentina won’t let you down. Look into flight deals and student airfare opportunities.

You can probably find discount travel to go kayaking or canoeing in Patagonia. The Iguazu waterfalls must be seen to be believed: The whole area is a lush rainforest with comfortable walking, and you might see some capuchin monkeys lurking. The Mendoza region and its Cerro Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas, is a huge draw for rockclimbing. Mendoza province and San Juan province also have great wine tours. You can also take in some fabulous ecotourism at Reserva Provincial Esteros del Ibera. There are amazing mission ruins dating from 1610 in San Ignacio Mini, and you can see the beautiful carvings even though the buildings no longer have roofs. The world-class city of Buenos Aires is a fantastic base for your travels and full of fun activities. Its Cementario de la Recoleta is a bit morbid but it is amazing to stand before the grave of one of Argentina’s key historical figures, Eva Peron (Evita). White tigers and pygmy hippos enjoy the run of the zoo at Parque Temeken: definitely worth a trip in Buenos Aires.

From the Patagonian Andes to the rushing waters of Iguazu Falls, Argentina serves up a breathtaking landscape of natural beauty. In contrast with these rustic wonders, the cities of Argentina are sophisticated with a distinct European flavor. Recent trouble in the Argentinean economy has created a unique opportunity for budget travelers to explore South America's southern most country at deep discount rates. You can check out our discount airfares by using our flight search engine.

Although Niagara and Victoria Falls may be more famous, Iguazu Falls is the world largest waterfall. Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders and is a sight not to be missed. Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world, so getting to Iguazu over land can be a challenge for those budget travelers with limited time. Package deals that include a few nights stay at a budget hotel are sometimes available. One-day visas are easily obtained at the Brazilian border for a minimal fee, so it is possible to visit both sides of the falls.

Tango, the dance of love, finds its origins in Argentina. Be sure to check out a milonga (tango dance party) while touring Buenos Aires. There is usually a small entrance fee but nothing that would dissuade the most frugal backpacker. Cheap refreshments are likely to be available.

Beef is a staple of Argentina and it's hard to get through a day without at least eating a little. Vegetarians may cringe, but meat-eating travelers will appreciate the excellent quality of beef available at extremely cheap prices.

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