A Guide to Responsible Travel in ARGENTINA

3 min to skim, 10 min for in-depth info | March 2023


As you get ready to gear up for an adventure in Argentina, immerse yourself in a vibrant tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. This country isn’t just a destination; it's an experience. One that offers a blend of indigenous heritage, European influences, and modern cosmopolitan vibes. Keep reading for more inspiration!


A Brief History of Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina 


Picture this: 

Many moons before the Spanish conquistadors set foot on these lands, Argentina was home to vibrant indigenous civilisations. 

The Mapuche, Quechua, and Guarani peoples thrived in harmony with nature, leaving behind an influential legacy of customs, beliefs, and traditions. 

Then came the Spanish settlers. Their swords and crosses shaped the future course of history for all of Argentina. But this wonderful country’s story doesn’t end there. 

This was just the beginning of a journey marked by waves of immigration from Europe and beyond. 

Fast forward to the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Argentina was bustling with immigrants seeking new beginnings; Italians, Germans, Spaniards, and more brought their cultures, cuisines, and dreams to weave into the cultural fabric of Argentinian society. 

Tango was born on the streets of Buenos Aires, a dance of passion and longing that captures the essence of Argentina's melting pot of cultures. 


Argentina’s Vibrant Culture


Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina


The heartbeat of Argentina.

From the sultry sounds of tango to the mouthwatering aroma of an asado, Argentina is a sensory delight waiting to be experienced. 

Wander through the colourful neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, where street art tells stories of resilience and creativity. Step into a Milonga and dance the night away, feeling the connection between past and present. 

On the other hand, though,  Argentina’s culture isn’t only contained within the big cities. Head to the countryside where gauchos roam the vast plains of the Pampas with a nomadic spirit.

You could even join them for a mate (pronounced mä-té), Argentina’s beloved herbal tea, while you listen to their stories of life on the plains. 

And of course we cant forget to mention the culinary delights of Argentina – from juicy steaks to decadent dulce de leche, every bite is a celebration of flavor and tradition you don’t want to miss. 


Supporting Argentina’s Conservation and Community Initiatives


Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina


During your time in Argentina, consider supporting organizations and initiatives that promote responsible tourism, conservation, cultural preservation, and community development. Here are some specific organizations and opportunities you can reach out to while you’re there:


Wildlife Conservation Foundation Argentina (Fundacióon Vida Silvestre Argentina)

Founded in 1977, this foundation is dedicated to protecting Argentina’s biodiversity through habitat conservation, species preservation, and environmental education. 

They implement conservation projects focused on protecting endangered species, preserving critical habitats, and promoting sustainable land use practices. 

You can easily get involved in their volunteer programs where you’ll have a chance to monitor wildlife, restore habitats, and get involved in community outreach. 


Sustainable Habitat (Hábitat Sustentable) 

Established in 2010 to provide certification and support for eco-friendly accommodations, their mission is to promote sustainable tourism practices and environmental stewardship.

This organization works with accommodations and tour operators to endorse-eco friendly practices and prompt sustainable and responsible experiences for travellers.

Take a look at their endorsed accommodations and tour operators that prioritize environmental sustainability and community engagement for a plethora of ideas. 


Open Hands (Manos Abiertas) 

Founded in Buenos Aires in 2005 with the mission of empowering marginalized communities through education and vocational training. 

This non-profit offers various programs aimed at providing job skills, healthcare access, and social support to vulnerable populations in Argentina. 

Travellers can volunteer here to teach English, assist with healthcare clinics, or support community development projects. 


Solidarity Market (Mercado Solidario) 

This is a network of fair trade shops and markets across Argentina that was established in 2008 to promote ethical consumerism and support local artisans and producers.

The market offers a wide range of handmade goods, including textiles, crafts, and organic food products, sourced directly from small-scale local producers and indigenous communities..

Travelers can directly support local community artisans by shopping at Mercado Solidario markets which in turn contributes to the economic empowerment of small-scale producers and artists.


Ovenbird Project (Proyecto Hornero) 

Established in 2003 with the aim of focusing on environmental education and habitat restoration.

This organization engage volunteers in bird monitoring and conservation activities across Argentina, with a particular focus on the preservation of habitats crucial for bird species.

If you’re looking to volunteer here, it’s easy to join one of their volunteer programs geared toward monitoring birds, restoring habitats, or providing environmental education; all while learning about Argentina’s rich biodiversity at the same time.


By supporting these organizations and others like them, you can easily make a difference in the lives of local communities and have a hand in contributing to the conservation of Argentina’s rich biodiversity. 


Four Notable Names in Argentina


It takes two to tango in Argentina

Casal Dançando Tango na Recoleta, Argentina


Whenever you find yourself in Argentina, it’s likely that you’ll encounter the names of many historical figures who’ve left their mark. From political leaders to cultural icons, these legacies are part of the fabric of Argentina. Anytime you see one of these names on a building, monument, street, or in a museum, pay attention. 


Eva Perón

Not just in Buenos Ares, but all over Argentina, you’ll see her name. 

Affectionately known as Evita, her legacy as a champion of the working class is memorialized in museums, monuments, and street names throughout the city. 

Born in Los Toldos, Argentina in 1919, Eva rose to prominence as the First Lady of Argentina during the presidency of her husband Juan Perón. 

From around 1946 until her death in 1952, she was a passionate advocate for social justice and women’s rights. Through the formation of the Eva Perón Foundation, she was able to improve the lives of the country's most marginalized communities. 

While you’re in her city, don’t miss out on the chance to visit Casa Rosada and the Eva Perón Museum to learn more about her life and the impact she had on Argentine society. 

Throughout Argentina you’ll find streets, parks, monuments, and squares dedicated to honoring her name. 


Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

Born in 1811 in San Juan; Domingo was an educator, writer, and politician who served as the president of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. 

He’s known for his contributions to educational reform, the promotion of public education, and his work to expand access to schools throughout Argentina. 

He is also celebrated as a prolific writer, with works entitled “Facundo” and “Civilation and Barbarism” which explores themes within Argentine society and culture at that time.

Visitors to San Juan can explore Casa Natal de Sarmiento; the birthplace museum dedicated to his namesake which showcase artefacts and exhibits related to his life and legacy. 

Across Argentina, you’ll find numerous schools, libraries, and cultural institutions named after Sarmiento, reflecting his enduring influence


Mercedes Sosa

An iconic folk singer an activist born in 1935 in San Miguel de Tucumán known as the “Voice of Latin America.”

She used her music as a platform to advocate for social justice, human rights, and environmental conservation. 

Her songs often reflect themes of indigenous rights, environmental protection, and cultural identity, making her a symbol of resistance and solidarity in Argentina and beyond. 

If you’re curious about her life, pay a visit to her home town and experience the exhibits and events they host to honour her contributions to Argentina. Or check out her foundation!

Throught the entire country, you’ll see her name on concert venues, cultural centres, and streets that pay homage to her profound cultural influence. 


José de San Martin

Orignally born into the Spanish Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata, José was born in Yapeyú in 1778. 

He was a military leader and statesman who played a crucial role in the liberation of Argentina, Chile, and Peru from Spanish colonial rule. 

He’s revered as one of the founding fathers of Argentina and is frequently referred to as the “Father of the Nation.”

To get up close and personal, visit his statue in Plaza San Martín in Buenos Aires. Or take a gander over to the city of San Miguel de Tucumán where the Casa Histórica de la Independencia stands as the site where Argentina officially declared its independence in 1816. 

Across all of Argentina and other South American Countries, you’ll find statues, monuments, and landmarks dedicated to preserving his legacy.


All of these historical figures have left an indelible mark on Argentina’s history and culture. They’ve helped to shape the country’s identity and inspire future generations. While you roam around Argentina don’t forget to take note of their contributions; their stories offer a glimpse into Argentina’s past and serve as a reminder of the resilience and spirit of its people.


Embrace Argentina’s Magic


So, there you have it – a glimpse into the history, culture, and responsible travel opportunities awaiting you in Argentina. 

As you prepare to embark, remember to always tread lightly, respect the land and its people, and leave behind nothing but memories. 

Whether your exploring ancient ruins, dancing the tango, or sipping mate with the gouchos, let this country sweep you off your feet and leave you forever changed.

As we embark on our adventures in Argentina and beyond, don't forget to stay present and cherish each moment of adventure to ensure the preservation of these wonders for generations to come.

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