By: Austin Glass, Matthew Jordan, Alec Brudzinski, Zach Ramsey
The Travel and Hospitality of Argentina is unique which attracts many tourists during the year. We decided to delve into three aspects of the Argentine culture: Spanish, Skiing, and Wine. While we are in the country in May, we will examine these aspects again from our experiences and conduct our second blog post.
Language immersion is a highlight of the travel industry to Argentina. Immersing into a country to learn a language has become the increasingly more popular option and has proven to be very effective.
With 20 sovereign Spanish-speaking countries to choose from to immerse one self in, Argentina continues to attract thousands to its programs. Argentina being the fourth largest Spanish speaking country in the world and having Spanish being its only official language it is surprising that Argentina is considered to be one of the worst countries for immersion. The blending of other languages, various dialects, and huge amount of slang makes Argentinian Spanish confusing but unique.
Influences: With an Italian population of more than 1.5 million, the Italian language has been the largest influence with Spanish and has affected how Argentinians speak. Various other languages have become extinct throughout the history of Argentina, and despite their disappearance their influence is strong.
Slang: The creation of informal words in Argentina has been a part of the language history throughout. For example, Lunfardo is a slang that is encountered often in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. It’s most well known for the reversal of syllables, which can be increasingly difficult for language immersion students.
Dialects: From this Diagram it is clear that geographic language regions have developed strongly. The influence of Portuguese on the Brazilian border has shaped Argentinian Spanish. As most cities do, Buenos Aires has developed their own dialect and as stated before relies on slang strongly. The Patagonia region to the south offers their own language dialect due to their smaller population, isolation, and influence of extinct languages.
Spanish in Argentina is unique but difficult. Despite this foreigners continue to flock there for immersion programs. The accents, dialects are similar to the strong Southern or Boston accents of the United States. The language is unique and has formed with the history of the country and is a testament to why people continue to learn the language there.
Skiing is one of the biggest attractions Argentina has to offer. Along with Chile, Argentina possesses the biggest ski resorts in the southern hemisphere. Due to its inverted seasons and the large Andes Mountain Range, quality skiing can be found from June to September. Ski enthusiasts from all over the world can be found here during the season; however, the majority of the visitors are from Brazil. Portuguese is catered to at the resorts because it is one of the most common languages to run into: instructors often speak Portuguese. Although slow to catch on to snowboarding, Argentine resorts now welcome the sport as strongly as the rest of the world.
Cerro Cathedral is the biggest mountain in South America. It is popular due to its versatile terrain that offers something for everybody and its convenient location: Cerro Catedral is located only 12 miles from Bariloche in Patagonia. Non-skiers also enjoy their time at Cerro Cathedral as well as ski enthusiasts.
Las Lenas is one of the best known resorts despite it being built only in 1983. It is located near Mendoza, and possesses constantly expanding programs. Although it provides comprehensive offerings for all levels of skiers, locals and extreme skiers are attracted by their heli-skiing. Recently, year round programs like biking and horseback riding have become popular at Las Lenas.
Argentina is the worlds fifth largest wine producer in the world. It has its roots from Spain when they came over to colonize the Americas. The people of Argentina have been manufacturing wine and developing different ways to produce it since 1556 when the first vineyard was instituted by a Christian monk.
Mendoza is the largest wine producing region in Argentina and is known around the world for its product. Today Mendoza produces more then 60% of Argentina’s wine and attracts massive amounts of tourist just to sample the wine. Tours can be set up ranging from biking, walking, and even horseback riding to sample the wines. The wine culture is a big part of Argentina life. Wine is served at most meals and is socially acceptable to drink from a young age. This type of attitude attracts many Europeans to Mendoza. The main tourist of this region are people from the United States, Spain, and France. Argentina wine is known to be of a higher quality and attracts coinsures from the birthplace of wine such as Spain and France.