"La Beba in Argentina" Argentina by la_beba
Argentina Travel Guide: 10,499 reviews and 25,219 photos
Add in the following order:
- one Indian woman
- two spanish horsemen
- three mestizo gauchos
- one English traveler
- half a Basque worker
- and a pinch of African
Allow to cook for 300 centuries at low temperature. Before serving, quickly add five Italians, a Russian Jew, a German, a Galician, three-fourths a Lebanese, and finally a whole Frenchman.
The country stretches from the tropics to Antarctica and almost any crop can be grown in its vast territory. It is self-sufficient in energy. There is an estimated population of 35 million people, of which almost half live in Buenos Aires city and the province of Buenos Aires.
Anconcagua, which lies on its western border is the highest mountain in all of the Americas.
Ushuaia, which lies at the tip of Tierra del Fuego, is the world's southernmost town.
Argentina has superb skiing - its season mirrors that of Australia.
Buenos Aires has a most sophisticated and, yes, European style culture.
Argentina covers almost all of the southern half of South America and is the world's eighth largest country covering 2.8 million sq km.
The mix of immigrants here means that they not only have Oktoberfests where they celebrate German beer, they also have English high tea and, amazingly, an area in Patagonia with a strong Welsh culture.
Certainly very few people know that there was a major wave of Australian emigration to Argentina towards the end of the last century.
The country is about a third of the size of the United States and ranges from the fjords of Patagonia in the south - where the Welsh and the Australian immigrants settled, to the Indian villages in the north and contains part of the soaring majesty of the Andes. The easiest way to think of Argentina geographically is as a triangle pointing to the South Pole.
The currency is the peso. Credit cards are widely accepted and in Buenos Aires there are ATMs. In more remote parts of the country you need to use cash
The national carriers, Aerolineas and Austral, connect to all major points in Argentina from Buenos Aires. Domestic flights leave from the Buenos Aires city terminal. Ezeiza Airport operates with international flights, it's located at about 45 minutes from downtown. And Jorge Newbery Metropolitan Airport is located at 20 minutes from downtown.
Argentina's had a turbulent history. The Diaguita, one of the early people who inhabited the country, succssfully resisted the Incas who wanted to expand into the country from what is now Bolivia.
The Argentinians also fought long and hard against the Spaniards. The first arrival in 1516, Juan de Solis, was killed and there was a running battle to stop the foundation of Buenos Aires which lasted until the late 16th century. What eventually broke the resistance was not the arquebuses of the conquistadores but the diseases that they brought with them.
Spain, did not, in fact, appear to want Argentina and generally ignored it in preference to Peru.
Britain attacked Buenos Aires in both 1806 and 1807 as part of the Napoleonic war. These attacks were repulsed without help from Spain. These victories encouraged the Argentinians to eventually throw off the yoke of Spain but the culture still has a Spanish influence, the language most spoken is Spanish and European immigrants have moulded much of the culture and the life style of the country.
Of the 32 million population more than one-third live in the capital of Buenos Aires and if you throw in the other urban areas it accounts for almost 90 per cent of the total population.
The universal language of Argentina is Spanish.
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