Although we are unable to travel at the moment, it’s still possible to discover the joys of Latin America – from the comfort of your home!
Each week we are giving you inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and this weeks destination is the intense and seductive land of Argentina.
From crackling glaciers to sun-scorched deserts, snow-capped mountains, emerald-green lakes and wildlife-rich wetlands, the spectacular variety of Argentina’s landscapes gives just a hint of the exhilarating variety of adventures that await in this wildly intoxicating country. Delve deeper into the wonders of Argentina with our favourite inspiring read, film, food and music below.
This comedy drama was released at the peak of the economic crisis in Argentina, and no doubt brought a much-needed lighthearted release! It follows the story of Rafael, a restaurant owner from Buenos Aires, as he rediscovers what is important in life. A funny, witty drama directed by Juan José Campanella, the film received an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Born in Buenos Aires, Jorge Luis Borges is reputed to be one of the most important writers of the 20th century. A short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, some of Borges’ most famous works include Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s. To read some of his most popular stories, among others, add ‘Labyrinths: A collection of short stories‘, to your reading list.
Tip: When visiting Buenos Aires you might notice a statue of Jorge Luis Borges outside the National Library of Argentina.
Alfajores are a traditional sweet found all over Latin America but are most famous in Argentina. They consist of two round biscuits joined together with delicious dulce de leche and are sometimes coated with powdered sugar, although recipes differ depending on where you find them. Some are even coated in chocolate!
Carlos Gardel is arguably the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Listening to his baritone voice now might transport you to an era long passed, but his work is still revered the world over to this very day. There is even a popular saying in Argentina, which proves his long-lived popularity, ‘Gardel sings better every day.’
Some of Argentina’s wine is world-class; tintos (reds) and blancos (white) are excellent and would delight any wine connoisseur, but malbecs are perhaps the number one. Any visit to Argentina is not complete without a visit to a vineyard, and there are plenty. The major wine-producing regions are near Mendoza, San Juan, La Rioja and Salta.