The Spanish thought that in the southern zone of South America there was a lot of silver, called “argento”.
From that comes the name of the biggest country of Latin America, Argentina.
Half of its population lives in Buenos Aires and its province, together with the big estuary of the Río de la Plata. Buenos Aires is famous for its wonderful residential neighbourhoods and its parks and gardens.
Together with Buenos Aires, there is the plain of the Pampa, that is famous for its prosper ranching and for being the cradle of the legendary gauchos, who were cowboys of the plains, romantic heroes in the Argentinian imagination, as the cowboys of the North American Far West.
In the South there is the vast steppe of Patagonia, which is characterized by its solitary immensity.
This region of the South of Argentina covers a third of the country, but only the 5% of the population lives there. Certainly, it is the territory where most of the natural resources are concentrated, especially petroleum, natural gas and carbon.
The big mountain chain of the Andes is the natural barrier between Argentina and Chile.
In the Andean zone of Patagonia, the ice melting creates mountain lakes.
Some of the most beautiful lakes of the South are in the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapí, in the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro.
The landscape is a wonderful evergreen, and there is an abundance of mountain fauna, as pumas and condors.
Inside of this park there is another National Park, Los Arrayanes. The arrayán is a mountain bush, but that park is the only place of the world where those bushes formed an extended forest where they developed as trees.
In the North of the Nahuel Huapí Park there is the Lanín National Park, where the majestic Lanín Vulcan dominates the view of the surroundings.
The San Martín de los Andes skiing station is one of the most popular of South America.
A curiosity: the house of the Argentinian Parliament has a pink colour.
This particular aesthetic election is the symbol of the union of Argentina.
The president Sarmiento decided to mix the colours of two factions that fought for the control of the country for decades: the red of the Federalists and the white of the Unitarian.
That color comes from a compost of cow and slime added to the painting to preserve the exterior of the house from humidity.
This is the origin of the Pink House.
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