By: Bailey Jarvis

Argentina

Map of Argentina

Basic Facts

Argentina is located in southeastern South America and the capitol of the country is Buenos Aires. Two of the countries bordering Argentina are Brazil and Chile. The national language of Argentina is Spanish, but French and German is also spoken here. The currency used in Argentina is called Argentine peso's and for every U.S dollar,  you get 8.41 peso's. The population in Argentina was 41.45 million people in the 2013 census poll, and there are 23 divided provinces here in exception to the capitol being autonomous. All with their own independent constitution, but all under the same federal system. Argentina is a democracy and the President of Argentina is Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The National Flag of Argentina

Famous Places

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls are located in the Province Misiones. This  magnificent sight seeing area has waterfalls that reach the height of 269 feet high and it includes 275 separate waterfalls.

This is a picture of viewers watching the Iguazu Falls.

The Perito Moreno

The Perito Moreno Glacier is an enormous glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park, and is in the Santa Cruz Province. The glacier is an ice formation that measures 250 square kilometers (97 square miles). The Glacier is 30 kilometer (19 Miles) long. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentina due to its size and accessibility.

This is a picture of the Perito Moreno and tourists getting a bout tour.

Local Expressions

  • te lo digo posta – I’m telling you seriously / the truth
  • bardear – to insult, to make a mess
  • zarpado – amazing, extraordinary, big

Food

Beef is extremely popular in Argentina and the country has the second highest consumption in the world, with that being a dish called Locro is a perfect dish to get for dinner or lunch, it is a rich stew of meat and vegetables, popular throughout Argentina.  The main ingredients are beef, pork, corn, beans and yellow pumpkin

A picture of Locro

Drink

Argentina is one of the world's largest producers of wine and is home to a number of world-renowned wine growing regions.  The main wine regions are centered around Mendoza, where 60 percent of the country's wine is produced, and Cafayate (Salta). The main wine-producing regions are in the west of the country. One type of wine you might want to get while visiting Argentina is called mate, this is a traditional infusion, made from yerbamate leaves, similar to tea, steeped in hot water and drunk through a metal straw.

Two bottles of mate wine.

Climate and Geography

Because of Argentina's long length, it is divided into four main regions: 1) the northern subtropical woodlands and swamps; 2) the heavily wooded slopes of the Andes Mountains in the west; 3) the far south, semiarid and cold Patagonian Plateau; and 4) the temperate region surrounding Buenos Aires. The most heavily populated region in Argentina is the fourth as it has a mild climate, fertile soils and was close to where Argentina's cattle industry began.

Landscape picture of one view of Argentins
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