One our early and lasting impressions Argentina was the intricate colonial architecture in the towns and cities which has been preserved over the centuries.
Spain established a permanent colony on the site of Buenos Aires in 1580, although initial settlement was primarily overland from Peru. The Spanish further integrated Argentina into their vast empire by establishing the Vice Royalty of Rio de la Plata in 1776, and Buenos Aires became a flourishing port.
Visiting Argentina today we see a flourishing, proud and patriotic country of friendly, passionate people going about their daily lives with textures woven from their pre-colonial, colonial and more recent histories.
There is something totally unique about Spanish-colonial architecture. The ornate balustrades and patio archways, white washed walls and orange roof tiles might have originated in Spain, but they now say, this is Argentina.
Like any country around the world, there are both ends of the wealth spectrum and the architecture clearly says that, but regardless, the Spanish influence is very profound.
Taking slow walks around small town and city centres, we were constantly amazed at the colours and intricacy of detail.
We loved Argentina and came away feeling proud for them and their strong sense of patriotism.