Patagonia; a place of beauty, tranquility and natural wonders with heavy historical origins rooted deeply within the vast mountains, glaciers and other allurements.
The sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America spans one million square kilometres of both Chile and Argentina. As we’re talking all things Argentina this month, we wanted to share the history, culture and some extraordinary places of Patagonian Argentina with you, Fazendeiros.
The term Patagonia is drawn from the word ‘patagon’ used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the regions natives. At the time Magellan believed that the natives were giants, although it is now to be believed that these Patagones were actually Tehuelches, who were rather taller than their European equivalent.
A Taste of Patagonia
When we think of our South American homeland and Patagonia in particular, we reminisce about our favourite mouth watering classics like Cordero Patagónico – Patagonian lamb. Native to the mountains of Chubut and Santa Cruz in Argentina, this lamb has to be the best of South America, often enjoyed Asado-style.
For those who share our love of dulce de leche, this place offers some of the best homemade Alfajores. These delectable treats are dulce de leche sandwich cookies and can be found in many panaderías(local bakeries).
Natural wonders of Patagonian Argentina
Whilst our fervour for incredible food takes a high position our on list of priorities, it would be unforgivable if we were to talk only about the culinary delights found in the region.
Patagonian Argentina is home to some of the most inconceivable natural wonders across the globe with its raw beauty. This place is an incredibly popular destination for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The Perito Moreno Glacier; named after the 19th Century explorer Francisco Morenois an astonishing 19-mile long Glacier located in the icy Los Glaciares National Park, Santa Cruz.
The natural phenomenon rises an average height of 240 feet above water, spanning 121 square miles. The elegance and sheer mass of the beautifully shaped ice is something that you just have to visit.
From salmon and trout fishing to rafting, and kayaking; Bariloche offers an array of exciting activities that feed the appetite of the most adventurous explorers. San Carlos de Barlioche is a town bordering Nahuel Huapi– a large glacial lake surrounded by the Andes Mountains and was declared Argentine Capital of Adventure Tourism in 2012.
Known for its Alpine-style architecture and Swiss chocolate, Bariloche boasts astonishing terrain, rich forestry and crystal clear lakes. This place is definitely a must for those winter sports enthusiasts, Fazendeiros.
Beagle Channel & Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
A stream of islands consisting of flourishing wildlife, carved outcrops and iconic landmarks like Les Eclaireurs Lighthousebuilt in 1919; the Beagle Channel is a sanctuary with limitless exploration.
Located in the wild lands east of Tierra del Fuego National Park, the channel hosts a profusion of activities. A sailors dream, these waters make for an exploration like no other. One must visit Ushuaia, the most southern city in the planet where the Andes meet the vast waters of the channel.
Have you ever visit Patagonia, Fazendeiros? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!