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A: Reserva El Destino, Jardines

by andreslukides, 60 meters away

Jardines de la Reserva El Destino. Magdalena, Bs As Argentina

Reserva El Destino, Jardines

B: Reserva El Destino Gardens

by andreslukides, 130 meters away

Jardines de la Reserva El Destino

Reserva El Destino Gardens

C: Canal. Reserva El Destino

by andreslukides, 560 meters away

Canal seco en la Reserva El Destino, Magdalena Pcia BsAs.

Canal. Reserva El Destino

D: Birdwatching at Magdalena

by andreslukides, 33.5 km away

Paisaje pampeano en Magdalena, Pcia de Bs As. En las cercanías del Arooyo El Zapata.

Birdwatching at Magdalena

E: Centro Cultural Estación Provincial 17 y 71. La Plata, Argentina

by Alejandro Ramos, 54.1 km away

Centro Cultural Estación Provincial 17 y 71. La Plata, Argentina

Centro Cultural Estación Provincial 17 y 71. La Plata, Argentina

F: HUI Auditorium - Faculty of Medicine UNLP - Argentina

by Federico Errecalde, 54.6 km away

The Faculty of Medical Sciences, National University of La Plata's mission is the academic, humanisti...

HUI Auditorium - Faculty of Medicine UNLP - Argentina

G: La Terraza - Faculty of Medicine UNLP

by Federico Errecalde, 54.6 km away

The new restaurant in the Faculty of Medicine, in La Plata. Placed in the terrace of the University H...

La Terraza - Faculty of Medicine UNLP

H: Medicine Simulation Hospital - Internment

by Federico Errecalde, 54.6 km away

Internment and Operating room - Simulation Hospital in the Faculty of Medicine to train students in p...

Medicine Simulation Hospital - Internment

I: Medicine Simulation Hospital

by Federico Errecalde, 54.6 km away

Simulation Hospital in the Faculty of Medicine to train students in patients treatment

Medicine Simulation Hospital

J: Medicine Simulation Hospital - Consulting Rooms

by Federico Errecalde, 54.6 km away

Consulting Area - Simulation Hospital in the Faculty of Medicine to train students in patient treatment.

Medicine Simulation Hospital - Consulting Rooms

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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