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Argentina

Background

Argentina

In 1816, the United Provinces of the Rio Plata declared their independence from Spain. After Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay went their separate ways, the area that remained became Argentina. The country's population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, but most particularly Italy and Spain, which provided the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Up until about the mid-20th century, much of Argentina's history was dominated by periods of internal political conflict between Federalists and Unitarians and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, an era of Peronist populism and direct and indirect military interference in subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy returned in 1983 after a failed bid to seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands by force, and has persisted despite numerous challenges, the most formidable of which was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02 that led to violent public protests and the successive resignations of several presidents.

About

Argentina, , (officially Argentine Republic; Spanish "Republica Argentina") is a large, elongated country in the southern part of South America, neighbouring countries being Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west. In the east Argentina has a long South Atlantic Ocean coastline.

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ArgentinaLos Cauquenes Resort And Spa 

De la Ermita 3462
Barrio Bahia Cauquen
Ushuaia 9410
Argentina

Price (US$): $432 - $1376 / night

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Location. Los Cauquenes Resort And Spa is located in Ushuaia and near the airport. Museo del Fin del mundo, Glaciar Martial, and Tierra del Fuego National Park are local attractions. Regional points of interest also include Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Hotel Features. Los Cauquenes Resort And Spa's restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and drinks. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the… more »

ArgentinaMio Buenos Aires Hotel 

Av. Quintana 465
Buenos Aires C1129ABA
Argentina

Price (US$): $340 - $390 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Mio Buenos Aires Hotel is located in Buenos Aires's Recoleta neighborhood and close to San Martin Square, National Library, and Palacio de Justicia. Nearby points of interest also include Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4.5 star property offers a meeting/conference room, secretarial… more »

ArgentinaFour Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires 

Cerrito 1455
Main Entrance de Ago a Oct, 2012
Buenos Aires 1011
Argentina

Price (US$): $525 - $930 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is a business friendly hotel located in Buenos Aires's Retiro neighborhood, close to Alvear Art Gallery, San Martin Square, and Plaza Libertad. Additional points of interest include Plaza San Martin and Casa Rosada. Hotel Features. Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor… more »

ArgentinaSheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center 

San Martin / 1225 1275
Buenos Aires 1104
Argentina

Price (US$): $159 - $404 / night

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Location. Located in central Buenos Aires, Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center is a business friendly hotel steps from Torre de los Ingleses and Plaza San Martin. Additional points of interest include Borges Cultural Center and Casa Rosada. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts… more »

ArgentinaHotel Madero 

Rosario Vera Penaloza 360
Puerto Madero
Buenos Aires C1107CLA
Argentina

Price (US$): $190 - $330 / night

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Location. Hotel Madero is located in Buenos Aires's Puerto Madero neighborhood, close to Museum of Modern Argentine Art, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Casa Rosada. Nearby points of interest also include Plaza de Mayo and Obelisco. Hotel Features. Hotel Madero's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities… more »

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Argentina

Full name
Argentine Republic
Capital
Buenos Aires
Location

Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Chile and Uruguay

Geographic coordinates

34 00 S, 64 00 W

Area comparative

slightly less than three-tenths the size of the US

Border countries

Bolivia 832 km, Brazil 1,261 km, Chile 5,308 km, Paraguay 1,880 km, Uruguay 580 km

Coastline

4,989 km

Climate

mostly temperate; arid in southeast; subantarctic in southwest

Terrain

rich plains of the Pampas in northern half, flat to rolling plateau of Patagonia in south, rugged Andes along western border

Lowest point

Laguna del Carbon -105 m (located between Puerto San Julian and Comandante Luis Piedra Buena in the province of Santa Cruz)

Highest point

Cerro Aconcagua 6,960 m (located in the northwestern corner of the province of Mendoza)

Natural resources

fertile plains of the pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium

Population

41,343,201 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%

Religions

nominally Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%

Languages

Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French

Government type

republic

Independence

9 July 1816 (from Spain)

National holiday

Revolution Day, 25 May (1810)

Chief of state

President Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER (since 10 December 2007); Vice President Julio COBOS (since 10 December 2007); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Cristina FERNANDEZ DE KIRCHNER (since 10 December 2007); Vice President Julio COBOS (since 10 December 2007)

Internet country code

.ar

Internet users

13.694 million (2009)

Airports

1,141 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Arroyo Seco, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, La Plata, Punta Colorada, Rosario, San Lorenzo-San Martin

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