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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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ArgentinaEl Casco Art Hotel 

Av Bustillo Km 11.5
Bariloche R8409ALN
Argentina

Price (US$): $257 - $409 / night

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Location. Located in Bariloche, El Casco Art Hotel is on a lake with local attractions including Cerro Otto Cable Car and Cerro Catedral. Regional points of interest also include Civic Center Bariloche and Nahuel Huapi National Park. Hotel Features. El Casco Art Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an… more »

ArgentinaSofitel La Reserva Cardales 

R Panamericana N 9 Km 61 Los
Campana 2814
Argentina

Price (US$): $250 - $475 / night

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Location. Sofitel La Reserva Cardales is a business friendly hotel located in Campana and attractions in the region include Roberto Rocca Urban Park, Italy Square, and Automobile Museum. Regional points of interest also include Eduardo Costa Square and Capilla del Senor Square. Hotel Features. Sofitel La Reserva Cardales features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also… more »

ArgentinaPanamericano Buenos Aires Hotel 

Av Carlos Pellegrini 551
Buenos Aires 1009
Argentina

Price (US$): $242 - $518 / night

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Location. Located in central Buenos Aires, Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Teatro Colon, Palacio de Justicia, and Obelisco. Additional points of interest include Borges Cultural Center and San Martin Cultural Center. Hotel Features. Panamericano Buenos Aires Hotel'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… more »

ArgentinaHub Porteño 

Rodriguez Pena 1967
Recoleta
Buenos Aires C1012AAB
Argentina

Price (US$): $350 - $861 / night

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Location. Hub Porteño is located in Buenos Aires's Recoleta neighborhood, close to Patio Bullrich, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Nearby points of interest also include Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hub Porteño include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Spa amenities include… more »

ArgentinaHotel Boca by Design Suites 

Tacuari 243
San Telmo
Buenos Aires 1071
Argentina

Price (US$): $156 - $208 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Hotel Boca by Design Suites is located in Buenos Aires's Montserrat neighborhood and close to Illuminated Block, Banco de la Nacion Argentina, and Casa Rosada. Nearby points of interest also include Plaza de Mayo and Obelisco. Hotel Features. Hotel Boca by Design Suites's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an… 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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