The term “pampa” is from the Quechua word for ‘flat surface’ or ‘plain’. Pampa is also an extensive plain in the southern part of South America including parts of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru.
Here are some fun facts about the Pampas South America for kids.
The word Pampas is from the Quechua language.
The Quechua language is one of the most widely spoken in South America. It is currently among the popular indigenous languages, ranking seventh according to UNESCO’s list of the most significant languages.
The Pampas is also referred to as “the Argentine Plain.”
The Argentine plain is one of the largest continuous natural grasslands on Earth. It covers more than 440,000 square miles (1.14 million sq km). It is the home to diverse animal and plant species, including 3 natural reserves.
The Pampas hold the country’s largest industry
The cattle and agricultural industries are the main source of livelihood for most inhabitants of the Pampas. The region also has one of the biggest meat packing plants in Argentina, which makes it a top producer as well as exporter of beef.
The Pampas are rich in culture, history, and folklore!
Argentina is home to different cultures from its population which accounts for a total of 40% of South American origin European people. It has a huge variety of folk dances that the gauchos perform in special festivals and local parties.
The first European to discover the Pampas was Amerigo Vespucci!
Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian merchant and explorer, born in Florence, who is credited as being the first European to explore the eastern coast of South America as far as Brazil. According to records as such, he voyaged along the Pampas after being shunned from his first trip to the New World.
The Pampas is the setting of the world-famous novel, “The Motorcycle Diaries”
The novel chronicles the young Che Guevara’s travels around South America as told by him and his then-lover, Evgenia. Based on their experiences during those trips is where they decided to join the Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro.
The Pampas are also surrounded by beautiful cities!
Cities surrounding the Pampas South America are known for their beautiful architecture and historical buildings. Some of which you can visit include Buenos Aires, Rosario, and Montevideo.
The Pampas have a diversity of vegetation!
The different regions surrounding the Pampas South America have different vegetation depending on their climate and altitude. One region might be in forests, with another having a variety of ferns. From the forests in northern Pampas to the tropical dry forests in southern regions.
The Pampas are known for their wavy landscapes!
The landscape of the Pampas South America is by its undulating hills which vary from small bumps to rolling slopes that dot the whole landscape. You can find many ponds and lakes between the hills, along with creeks that are sourced by farmers.
The Pampas is home to one of the most abundant animal species!
The Pampas South America is rich in biodiversity, making it a popular destination for different forms of eco-tourism such as fishing and bird watching tours. Depending on where you go around this region, you would find that each area has its unique animals and plants, which you can also find in other countries such as the Galápagos Islands, Brazil, and Australia.
These are some fun facts about Pampas South America. So if you have any relatives, friends or even business partners in this part of the world, it would be a great idea to learn more about what they are doing! And it’s never too late to discover something new.