Approximate Cost: $11 USD per person
How big is it?:
2.8 million square km.
It is bounded to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, Uruguay and Brazil, in the west by Chile, and in the north and northeast by Bolivia and Paraguay.
Pampa: vast fertile plain covering about one quarter of the country. Northeast: the warm, moist plains of the Chaco and an area between the Parana and Uruguay rivers called Mesopotamia. Northwest: Andean highlands, including Cuyo and Pampean Sierras.
Patagonia: semiarid plateau.
Climate:Mostly temperate; great variations because of latitudinal extension and varying altitudes. Extreme heat in the Chaco region; mild climate in the central pampa; mild to cold in southern Patagonia. Seasons the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Population: 37'502.000, white 85%, mestizo, Indian, or other nonwhite groups 15%.
Capital : The capital is Buenos Aires with an approximate population of 12 million.
Language and Religion:
Spanish is the predominant and official language.
The main religion is the Catholic 90%.
Other religions: Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 6%.
Currency: 1 peso = 100 centavos.
Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required by all visitors except nationals of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. As a general rule, a return ticket is also required.
Time: GMT - 3. Note that while Buenos Aires observes daylight saving many other provinces do not.
Electricity: 220 volts AC,
Empanadas are snack-sized turnovers filled with meat, cheese, or shellfish, and are a staple of daily life, not to be missed. Fresh-baked bread, in a variety of styles, is available in local panaderias in even the smallest towns. A surprising variety of excellent sandwiches make for good, quick meals.
Chile's seafood is unequalled in variety and quality. Mussels, clams, and urchins, oysters and scallops, salmon and sea bass, the list of fish and shellfish goes on and on, and a morning visit to fish markets anywhere in the country is an overwhelming sensory experience. Paila marina is a delectable shellfish stew available throughout the country.
North American and European visitors will find the quality of red meat served here to far exceed that which they are accustomed to. Asados (barbeques) and parilladas (mixed grill) are extremely popular and widely available. Finally, even the most voracious sweet-tooth will be satisfied by locally made italian-style ice cream (helado) and deserts made with dulce de leche, also known as manjar. From north to south, Chilean cuisine is as varied and unexpected as the country's marvelous geography.
Antigua, the largest of the British Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.
Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round
Barbados has been an independent nation since 1966, after three centuries of British rule. The country's capital hosts the 3rd oldest parliament in the Western Hemisphere.
An island with a rich and extrodinary heritage, Barbados offers you a host of traditional cultural and historical delights, take a visit to our city and see the famous Lord Nelson statue. This statue was erected in 1813, nearly 30 years before London’s Lord Nelson column.
The currency is the Barbados dollar, which is accepted island-wide, and most stores and restaurants accept major credit cards and travellers cheques.
There are many activities one may take part in while vacationing in beautiful Barbados. Swim with the turtles, go on a catamaran cruise, hike hilly terrains, enjoy breath taking arial views on our helicopter tours and do so much more.
Barbados has everything for the family, honeymooners, and single travellers, perfect for business and pleasure. It’s an island filled with Adventure.
Come to Barbados... Just beyond your Imagination!!!
Photo: provided by the kind compliments of Barbados.org
English is the official language but a French-based Creole (kwéyòl) is widely spoken, especially in outlying villages. This reflects a turbulent history in which the island changed hands several times between the French and British. Throughout and to the present day the original inhabitants, the Caribs, tried to coexist. In 1903 they were assigned a 3,700 acre Territory in the north-east where around 3,000 live today.
In the interior of this volcanic island are cascading rivers and waterfalls, lush rainforests, and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain lakes imaginable.
The capital, St. George's, is widely held to be the loveliest city in the Caribbean. Its horseshoe-shaped harbor is surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside warehouses and the red-tiled roofs of traditional shops and homes.
Fort de France has a population of over 100,000, making it the largest city on Martinique. It is a bustling port city, with a city park called La Savane just off the wharf. La Savane has a now- headless statue of Empress Josephine, first wife of Napoléon and perhaps the most famous person on Martinique
It rains every day on Martinique, and the vegetation is lush and gorgeous. Martinique has an agrarian economy, with sugar cane, pineapples, and bananas being the money crops. While Fort de France is on the western Caribbean side of the island, La Trinité is on the eastern Atlantic side.
Martinique is home to an active volcano, Montagne Pelée, which erupted in 1902, killing everyone in the town of St-Pierre except the town drunk who had been thrown in jail. The ruins of old St-Pierre have been preserved, and a statue of a woman who's clothes are falling off has been erected to commemorate the victims of the eruption. At the time of the eruption, St-Pierre was the capital of Martinique, and its beauty was such that it was known as the Little Paris of the West Indies. It was totally destroyed along with its 26,000 inhabitants. After the destruction, the capital was moved to Fort de France, where it remains, and the new St-Pierre is a pleasant village with splendid views of Montagne Pelée in one direction and the Caribbean in the other.