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  • Indigenous Languages

    Indigenous Languages With approximately 350 spoken languages, South America is one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world. Before the first Europeans arrived in Latin America, there even were an estimated 1,500 languages spoken.The mayor native tongues are Quechua, with 7 million speakers in Peru and Bolivia and Guaraní with 4 million speakers in Paraguay and the north of Argentina. For example: the name of the waterfalls Iguazu comes from the Guaraní word ‘y ûasú’, which means ‘big water’. And in Quechua, an Incan language, the city name Cusco means The Navel of the World.

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  • Beef eating in Argentina

    Beef eating in Argentina Argentina has the world’s highest beef eating consumption rate in the world, at 65 kilogram per capita annually.The people from the United States eat 40 kilogram per year and those in Europe only 17 kilogram. Argentina is the third largest exporter of beef in the world after Australia and Brazil. The Pampas region,due to the humid and hot climate, is the most important and best-known cattle-producing area, as it has vast and open pastures. It’s a tradition in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil to eat beef on a grill (parilla).This form of barbequing is called asado, which is a preparing technique, as well as a social event.

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  • Realismo mágico

    Realismo magico Latin American literature particularly gained global attention during the second half of the 20th century, mostly because of the international success of the style known as Magical Realism. This genre of fiction blends magical elements with real atmospheres, therefore it gets a surrealistic character. Some of its most important exponents are Gabriel Garcia Márquez from Colombia (who received the Nobel prize for literature in 1982), he wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude; Jorge Luis Borges from Argentina, who wrote Ficciones; and Isabel Allende from Chile, who wrote The House of the Spirits.

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  • Rainforest

    Rainforest The Amazon Rainforest in South America represents more than half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and it holds the largest and most species-rich flora and fauna of tropical rainforest in the world. For example more than 2,000 different kinds of butterflies are found in the forest. The rich flora and fauna is fed by the immense Amazon River basin, whit a yearly rainfall of 150 inches. That’s a lot, knowing that this amount of rain would get most cities up to their ears in the water after a week. The jungle includes territory belonging to nine countries: Brazil (60%), Peru (13%), Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana and Ecuador.

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  • Dinosaur

    DinosaurSome interesting facts about the history of dinosaurs in Latin America. In South America many of the most important findings of dinosaur fossils were made. Fossils have been found from the north to the south of the continent, in Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile. The fossils are mainly found in the desserts and high grasslands of Brazil and Argentina. Some of the first types, like the Herrerasaurus, and later versions, like the Saltasaurus lived in Argentina. One of the mayor findings were the remains of about ten big Patagosaurus Sauropods, found in the fossil-rich region of Chubut, Argentina, in 1977. In the Dinosaur Museums in Neuquén, Argentina, you can see the remains of these.

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  • The City of Cusco

    Cusco, Peru An interesting fact about the city of Cusco, Peru is that it has the highest level of ultraviolet light IN THE WORLD. UV light is the part of radiation that the Earth receives from the rays of the Sun. Everyone has experienced it at one time or another and is aware of the consequences when painful sunburn can be the unfortunate outcome with too much sun exposure and not enough sunscreen. Make sure to carry some good sunblock. SPF 15 or SPF 30 will keep you safe when trekking through the city and in the surrounding mountains.

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