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A: Lago Potrerillos - (FFI - Free Flight Images)

by SANTIAGO PISTONE, 8.8 km away

Lago Potrerillos - (FFI - Free Flight Images)

B: Potrerillo`s Dam, Mendoza, Argentina

by GUSTAVO AVILA, 9.4 km away

Potrerillo`s Dam, Mendoza, Argentina

C: Potrerillos, Mendoza, Argentine

by GUSTAVO AVILA, 13.4 km away

Potrerillos, Mendoza, Argentine

D: Cerro de la Gloria, Mendoza, Argentine

by GUSTAVO AVILA, 25.7 km away

Cerro de la Gloria, Mendoza, Argentine

E: Atardecer El Challao - (FFI)

by SANTIAGO PISTONE, 25.9 km away

My first Photosphere made ​​with Phantom 2 vision plus, postprocessing with Photoshop and Hugin. Take...

Atardecer El Challao - (FFI)

F: Maipu - Drone

by SANTIAGO PISTONE, 28.7 km away

Maipu - Drone

G: Plaza Independencia

by G.W.G M., 29.1 km away

This image shows Plaza Independencia in Mendoza / Argentina.It was taken on Dec, 10 2013 early evening.

Plaza Independencia

H: Plaza Chile Mendoza

by G.W.G M., 29.1 km away

This image is taken on Plaza Chile in Mendoza / Argentina on Dec, 10 2013Please have a look at my oth...

Plaza Chile Mendoza

I: Mendoza City PaseoSarmiento

by G.W.G M., 29.4 km away

This image was taken on Dec, 10 or 11 2013,taken free-hand on Paseo Sarmiento in Mendoza / Argentina

Mendoza City PaseoSarmiento

J: Villavicencio Hotel

by GUSTAVO AVILA, 57.5 km away

Villavicencio Hotel

This panorama was taken in Argentina

This is an overview of Argentina

Argentina didn't get to be the second-largest country in South America overnight. Archaeological remains found here date to some 9,000 years BC, left by the ancient Mesoamerican civilization. Early inhabitants were nomads and hunters who followed prehistoric horses and llamas. By the year 1480 AD the Incan empire had stretched to reach northern Argentina and the stage was set for contact.

The Europeans came in 1516 with Spanish explorer Juan Diaz do Solis, who claimed the area for Spain and tried to export a river of silver back to Europe. Wealth grew along with the cattle industry and after Napoleon conquered Spain, Argentina declared its independence and set up their own government. That was 1810 AD.

Argentina stayed neutral in WWI and for most of WWII, declaring war on the Axis powers only in 1945. Following the war, the country entered into a long chain of military dictatorships with only brief forays into constitutional government. The current president is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who's been in office since December 2007.

Argentina is known for many things but the top of the list belongs to only two -- steak and the tango. Cattle graze on the abundant grasslands and produce some of the best beef in the world.  The climate is well-suited for vineyards as well, and Argentina's wines make a fine companion to their steak.

As for the tango, it has recently exploded to become a world famous dance with hotspots in every major city on the planet. It started in Buenos Aires in the middle of the nineteenth century, as the city was filling up with a mixture of European immigrants and porteños, people who were born in the port city. They melded their cultures of rhythm and harmony and came up with the tango, which has been described as the ultimate evolution of partnered dancing. And it's a great way to burn off your steak stupor. Food coma begone!

Text by Steve Smith.

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