Argentina

Located in South America

Today, we will tell you about Argentina.

Animals

Kodkod

Kodkods color of the coat varies from light grey and grey brown to buff or dusky brown, marked with small, roundish black spots. There are a few narrow black bands on the neck and crown, and the underparts are whitish. Their head is small with indistinct lines above the eyes and on the cheeks, and a white area around the eyes. The word Kodkod is the Araucanian Indian name for this cat, but local people call them the Guiña.
Kodkod

Robust tucu-tucu

Tuco-tuco is a rodent that lives in South America. Scientists believe that there are up to 60 different species of tuco-tuco (exact number is unknown). Tuco-tuco can be found in Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. These animals inhabit various habitats: grasslands, forests, mountain slopes, pastures and agricultural fields. They can survive at altitudes of above 13 000 feet. Main threat for the survival of tuco-tuco is habitat loss due to increased human activity. Also, farmers kill tuco-tucos to prevent damaging of crops. Because of these factors, several species of tuco-tuco are listed as vulnerable or endangered.
Tuco Tuco

Sports

Soccer

It was not until 1899 that the first team of Argentinian soccer-players was created: Argentinos de Quilmes. This was officially the first Argentinian soocer club and ever since, soccer has become practiced by men and women of all ages in Argentina. Argentina's team brags about players such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria. Since the World Cup’s introduction in 1930, Argentina has been a regular participant and are one of the most successful nations in the tournaments history, winning the title twice and becoming runner-ups another two times.
Lionel Messi vs Mexico - International Friendly - Mexico vs Argentina 2-2

Food

Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian sauce that comes in green or red. It can be added to grilled meats, pasta, or bread. It is made of finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, vegetable oil, oregano, and white vinegar.

Empanadas

An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry that can be baked or fried. They are usually stuffed with chicken or beef, as well as onions, olives and raisins. They are often served at festivals and parties. During Lent and Easter, they are commonly stuffed with fish.