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Velodromo Del Club Ciclista Ciudad De Esperanza. Inaugurado en 1967, una alternativa para el entrenamiento de ciclistas de toda la zona. Se encuentra en el Parque Nacional de la Agricultura.

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A: Paseo De Los Artesanos Esperanza Santa Fe

by Marcelo Botta, 100 meters away

Night view of the Paseo De Los Artesanos, in Esperanza, Santa Fe. Build at west of the Parque Naciona...

Paseo De Los Artesanos Esperanza Santa Fe

C: Bridge over artificial lakes in Agriculture National Park in Esperanza, Santa Fe

by Marcelo Botta, 210 meters away

Peatonal bridge over artificial lakes in  Agriculture National Park in Esperanza, Santa Fe This artif...

Bridge over artificial lakes in  Agriculture National Park in Esperanza, Santa Fe

D: South east part of Agriculture National Park in Esperanza Santa Fe

by Marcelo Botta, 450 meters away

South east part of the Agricilture National Park in Esperanza, Santa Fe. It's the least modified sect...

South east part of Agriculture National Park in Esperanza Santa Fe

G: After the storm in Esperanza

by Marcelo Botta, 720 meters away

A sunny morning got transformed into night, 100 km/h winds and 35-40 mm of rain falled by 10 minutes....

After the storm in Esperanza

I: Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

by Marcelo Botta, 930 meters away

Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina. Typical mid-week in autumn: none ...

Night view of San Martin Square, in Esperanza, Santa Fe, Argentina.

J: Monumento 100 Anios

by Marcelo Botta, 930 meters away

Monumento 100 Anios

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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