From beach resorts, to Patagonian campgrounds, hiking trails in the Andes, Argentina’s diverse landscape offers the perfect adventure for any traveler. 2016 was a year of change, including Macri’s first full year in office, fluctuating inflation, and Trump’s election in the United States. Whether out of desperation or elation, tourism across Argentina shattered records this past January, according to the Department of Tourism. So where were people flocking to this summer?
The Córdoba province saw the largest rise in tourism, up 4.4 percent from December and boasting over two million visitors. The hotel industry rose 70 percent in Córdoba, while some neighboring cities boasted a 100 percent increase.
2. Costa Atlántica / Buenos Aires
The number of people arriving by plane nearly doubled, and Mar del Plata alone received nearly 1.5 million vacationers (a 1.3 percent rise from December).
The Valle de Uco had the largest amount of traffic with an 85 percent increase in the hotel industry. Other popular areas were Cacheuta, Potrerillos and Uspallata. Did someone say wine tour?
4. Litoral / Misiones
In Corrientes, the visitor count blew up, tripling from last January with almost 700,000 visitors. Popular stops in the region included San Ignacio, Puerto Iguazú, and its national park.
The Train to the Clouds made its debut, transporting 2,064 passengers this summer. Overall, the region saw a two percent increase in traffic, or about a quarter million vacationers.
Bariloche saw occupancy rise nearly 90 percent throughout January. Patagonia, which covers an enormous percent of southern Argentina, has less concentrated statistics, but tourism increased following a similar pattern as the rest of the country.
Overall, tourism is vital to the regional hospitality industries. While January is peak tourism during the summer season, this year’s results surpass many peak records from years past. Cheers to continued prosperity in 2017.