Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the ideal destination for your internship.  The city offers an appealing and exciting lifestyle, with the country's diverse geography and culture as the perfect travel backdrop, while the professional sector provides wonderful learning opportunities.

 

thrilling and livable setting

Life in Argentina can be a stimulating international experience, while simultaneously seeming familiarly modern.  It offers affordable costs, easy to use public transportation, and a safe and livable atmosphere, for Spanish and non-Spanish speakers alike.  The cultural offerings are endless - see great Latin American art, cheer along with the "hinchas" at a lively soccer game, move your feet to live music, and more.  Buenos Aires truly has something – indeed, everything – for everyone.

 

ENdless professional opportunities

Thanks to the wealth of international and national businesses and nonprofit organizations based in Buenos Aires, the city offers plenty of engaging professional opportunities in diverse sectors and fields for Puentes participants.  Buenos Aires is the country's hub for technology, startups, social organizations, government, big business, production, and education.  Outside of the internship office, Puentes participants can take advantage of the many speakers, networking events, and professional gatherings throughout the city. 

 

stunning travel destinations

Finally, Argentina is an unbelievably amazing country.  As the biggest Spanish-speaking country in the world, Argentina’s vast territory offers a variety of easy to reach, breathtaking destinations throughout the country – the stunning waterfalls of Iguazú, the colorful canyons and landscapes of Salta, the impressive mountains of Mendoza, the thrilling ski slopes of Bariloche, and the subtropical flats of the Gran Chaco in the north.  It is also a fantastic jumping off point to explore South America’s wonders.  Some of Argentina's highlight destinations are shown below.

 

Iguazú Falls

Taller than Niagara Falls and four times as wide, with 275 cascades spread in a horseshoe shape over nearly two miles of the Iguazú River, the Iguazú Falls offer an unforgettable experience and a spectacle of nature.  Upon seeing Iguazú’s sheer beauty, the United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!” 

 

Mar del Plata

This most popular of Argentina beach destinations, filled with skyscrapers built without much planning, also has charming, older neighborhoods from the beginning of the 19th century.  In the natural environment of the ravines and sierras, Mardel – as it is commonly called – hosts not only attractive beaches, but also interesting museums, aquariums, seafronts, restaurants, and pubs.

 

Mendoza

Mendoza’s slogan “the land of good sunshine and good wine” says it all.  Mendoza is set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and famously lodges Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.  Also the center of the Argentine wine industry, Mendoza is an oasis of culinary and wine successes, as well as thrilling outdoors activities like rafting and horseback riding.

 

Patagonia

Argentine Patagonia sweeps across the southern parts of the country and offers a picturesque and diverse setting for travels and adventures.  From the majestic mountains and lakes of Bariloche to the beautiful glaciers of El Calafate and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, there are stunning vistas and countless options for sports recreation and exploring in this exciting region of Argentina.

 

Salta

Nicknamed “La Linda,” Salta is known for the beautiful, natural scenery of the valleys in the region.  Salta is situated in the Andes Mountains in the southernmost region of what was once the Inca empire.  It has a strong Spanish tradition, which mixed with the Argentine “gaucho” (cowboy) culture, creates a unique identity, rich in folklore and filled with striking, colonial architecture.

 

 

Tigre

A pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, El Tigre is a popular weekend jaunt for “porteños” (Buenos Aires residents).  Riding the vintage mahogany boats through the inter-connected rivers and streams, it’s possible to visit the “Puerto de Frutos” (fruit port and crafts fair), antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, and charming neighborhoods of El Tigre.

 

 

Colonia del Sacramento

Just across the Rio de la Plata river from bustling Buenos Aires, tranquil Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay seems worlds away.  Its “Barrio Histórico” (historic quarter), which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is constructed of winding cobblestone streets and colorful houses, reminiscent of the port city’s Portuguese roots.

 
 
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Whether I was shopping at an open market, learning to dance tango, catching a performance at the Teatro Colón, or riding horses at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza, I quickly grew fond of the rich traditions and customs of Argentina. Not only did I vastly improve my Spanish and dancing abilities, I also savored every moment of my adventure and hope to return to beautiful Buenos Aires soon.
— Abe Bekele, Yale College