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Castillo San Lorenzo

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Närliggande bilder i Argentina

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A: Salta, Castillo San Lorenzo

av Anibal Goransky, 10 meter bort

Salta, Castillo San Lorenzo

B: Plaza Ejército Argentino

av El Tribuno Salta, 10.2 km bort

La plaza Ejercito Argentino está ubicada al frende del Monumento 20 de Febrero, en la capital salteña

Plaza Ejército Argentino

C: Legislatura de la provincia de Salta

av El Tribuno Salta, 11.1 km bort

Vista de la plaza General Güemes en la ciudad de Salta. En frente se encuentra el palacio legislativo...

Legislatura de la provincia de Salta

D: Catedral de Salta

av Andres Ivancovich, 11.4 km bort

Catedral de Salta

E: Salta`s Main square, Argentina

av GUSTAVO AVILA, 11.5 km bort

Salta`s Main square, Argentina

F: Plazoleta 4 Siglos, Salta, Argentina

av Jose Raul Vergara, 11.5 km bort

Plazoleta 4 Siglos, Salta, Argentina

G: Cabildo y Plaza de Salta

av Jose Raul Vergara, 11.6 km bort

Cabildo y Plaza de Salta

H: Docentes en la Plaza 9 de Julio

av El Tribuno Salta, 11.6 km bort

Docentes en la Plaza 9 de Julio

I: Camping near La Caldera, Salta Argentina

av Jose Raul Vergara, 20.9 km bort

Camping Cerca de La Caldera, Salta Argentina

Camping near La Caldera, Salta Argentina

J: Tren a las Nubes - Train to the Clouds

av Arroz Marisco, 26.3 km bort

The famed Tren a Las Nubes, or Train to the Clouds in Argentina is a 434 km long train line running f...

Tren a las Nubes - Train to the Clouds

Det här panoramat togs i Argentina

Detta är en översikt av 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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