Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- Argentina: A Traveler’s Literary CompanionView on Amazon A well-curated collection of stories, vignettes, and prose poems takes readers on a journey that climbs the Andes Mountains, navigates the great River Plate, and traverses the expansive plains of the Pampas, revealing the country's cultural and literary traditions. Edited by Jill Gibian.
- Buenos Aires: A Cultural HistoryView on Amazon An exploration of this contradictory and culturally rich city, tracing its development from remote ranching settlement to modern metropolis. Taking landmarks as starting points for a journey of discovery, the author looks at the events, people and writing that have shaped modern Buenos Aires and its cultural life. By Jason Wilson.
- Cloud ForestView on Amazon The author tells a fascinating, multi-faceted story of his navigation across 20,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. By Peter Matthiessen.
- Collected FictionsView on Amazon It does not get any better than this collection of short stories by Argentina's greatest literary figure. By Jorge Luis Borges; translation by Andrew Hurley.
- Evita: The Real Life of Eva PeronView on Amazon The best biography of the brilliant but controversial Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. By Nicholas Fraser and Marysa Navarro.
- In PatagoniaView on Amazon The author's account of his journey through Patagonia teems with evocative descriptions, remarkable bits of history, and unforgettable anecdotes. By Bruce Chatwin.
- Night FlightView on Amazon In this poignant novel, the famous French aviator tells about the brave men who piloted night mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina in the early days of commercial aviation. By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; translation by Stuart Gilbert.
- The Great Inka Road: Engineering an EmpireView on Amazon This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (Great Inca Road), an engineering marvel: an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Edited by Ramiro Matos and Jose Barreiro.
- The IncasView on Amazon Synthesizing the historical and archaeological records, the author tracks the Incas' extraordinary progression from a small Andean society in southern Peru to a prosperous civilization, then explains its rapid demise little more than a century later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors. By Terence D’Altroy.
- The Meaning of TangoView on Amazon An authority on the quintessential Argentine dance, the author traces its development from its birth in Buenos Aires and explains the techniques employed. By Christine Denniston.
- The Vineyard at the End of the WorldView on Amazon The author tells the fascinating, four-hundred-year story of how a wine mecca arose in the Argentine desert, led by a signature grape, all but abandoned in France, malbec. By Ian Mount.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “36 Hours in Salta, Argentina”View on NYTimes.com This getaway tucked into the country’s northwest corner features everything from neo-Classical buildings to a tropical cloud forest to dishes made with tender llama meat. By Shivani Vora.
- “A Constant Feeling of Crisis”View on Inc.com Try doing business in Argentina, where corruption is the norm, regulations are absurd, inflation is rampant, and financial crises are a dime a dozen. By Max Chafkin.
- “Argentina’s Unending Debt”View on NYTimes.com Argentina is a special case, because the amount of money involved is enormous, and Argentina refuses to pay back some creditors. By Jonathan Blitzer.
- “Argentine Dinosaur Was an Estimated 130,000 Pounds, and Still Growing”View on NYTimes.com A dinosaur unearthed in the Patagonia region of Argentina, is the most complete ever found in the group of gargantuan dinosaurs known as titanosaurs. By Kenneth Chang.
- “I, Turbo”View on OrionMagazine.org Six months on the southern coast of Argentina with Magellanic penguins. By Eric Wagner.
- “Preserving History in Buenos Aires”View on BBC.com Locals are aiming to protect the city’s Baroque, Art Nouveau and Beaux Arts buildings, which combine to create an eclectic, cosmopolitan and unique architectural landscape. By Karina Martinez-Carter.
- “Rock Art of Latin America and the Caribbean”View on icomos.org A high-level, yet comprehensive region-by-region review of the primary sites, their dating and their distinctive stylistic features.
- “Rudolfo Walsh and the Struggle for Argentina”View on BostonReview.net The author explores the legacy of the left-leaning investigative journalist in modern-day Argentina. By Stephen Phelan.
- “The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise”View on TheAtlantic.com Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling. By Diana Saverin.
Online Sources & Blogs
- The ultimate app for wine enthusiastsVisit wine.approachguides.com Simply the best resource for learning about wine regions, appellations and grape varieties.
- Travelers’ Health | ArgentinaVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- Weather: El Niño, La Niña and EnsoView on ucar.edu Background on these key factors in year-to-year weather and climate variation.
- World Bank | ArgentinaVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Jorge Luis Borges’ Norton Lectures On PoetryListen on openculture.com The writer's complete lectures given at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 and the spring of 1968.
- The Sounds of ArgentinaListen to the Spotify playlist Listen to a personal collection of Argentina tracks compiled by Trip Reads founder Jennifer Raezer. The perfect pre-trip soundtrack.
Just for Kids
- Girls Who Rocked the WorldView on Amazon This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent female role models. By Michelle Roehm McCann and Amelie Welden.
- My 1st Spanish Word Book / Mi Primer Libro De PalabrasView on Amazon A bilingual word book that presents pictures labeled in both Spanish and English. By Angela Wilkes.
- National Geographic Kids Ultimate DinopediaView on Amazon An accessible, visually stunning book on dinosaurs that’s packed with facts for young enthusiasts. By Don Lessem.
- The Flea: The Amazing Story of Leo MessiView on Amazon Captivating story of soccer star Lionel Messi, from his first touch at age five in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, to his first goal on the Camp Nou pitch in Barcelona, Spain. By Micahel Part.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Buenos Aires HeraldFollow @BAHeraldcom In 1876 the Herald was constituted as a single sheet with advertising on the front and shipping coverage on the back. Times have changed.
- Twitter: Richard LoughFollow @loughrichard I'm a Reuters journalist in Argentina, finding my way around a new continent after almost a decade in East Africa.
- Twitter: Sarah MarshFollow @reuterssarah Reuters correspondent based in Buenos Aires, covering Argentine economy & politics. Love tango, art, travel. Based before in Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt & London.
- Twitter: Sorrel Buenos AiresFollow @sorrelita Thirsty and hungry in Latin America. Then writing about it. Journalist • Periodista • Sommelier. Buenos Aires.