Monday, July 20, 2015

Argentina - About

Argentina , or the Argentine Republic more accurately, is the 8th largest country in the world.  It's at the southern bit of South America sourrounded by Chile to the west; Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast and Uragauy and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. On the western border, just before Chile, lay the Andes mountains.  To the east the land is fairly flat, perfect for raising cattle.

Unlike most of Central and South America, Argentina is almost entirely of European decent, 95% by some accounts. Nearly half the population lives in and around Buenos Aires.

Of all the places that we have discussed thus far, this one has been on my travel list the longest.  Wine, cities, Patagonia.  This place has it all!

Yeah, let's talk Patagonia.  It's a beautiful region spanning Chile and Argentina on the southern tip of South America and is some of the most beautiful hiking in the world.

The picture above is from G Adventures, who I went with to China.  They have a bunch of Patagonia hiking trips as does Intrepid Travel and REI.  Sometimes I visit those sites to see their tours.  There's many years before we even qualify for the family ones though.  So for now, I'll live through looking at their websites.

Intrepid Travel
But it's not all rugged landscapes.  Buenos Aires has been called the "Paris of South America"

And the Mendoza region makes some great wine.

Argentina is the reason why I've paused on my updates.  You see, we just moved and we don't have a grill.  And I feel that it's almost sacrilege to cook Argentine steaks on the stove.  But, that's what I'm going to have to do.

And, of course, no discussion of Argentine culture would be complete without a tango clip.


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