What is Patagonia
Patagonia is a huge area of land at the southern end of the South American continent, both located in Argentina and Chile. This land offers highly varied landforms, underscoring the area’s stunning beauty and obviously many people dreams of traveling here. The area is one of the best places for hiking and trekking in the world. The reason is simply: Patagonia offers all types of landscapes and climate.
Patagonia’s original inhabitants, “tehuelcherne”, lived fairly undisturbed until the end of the 19th century, protected by an inhospitable coast. After Desert Campaign 1879, they got displaced and the area was colonized by Welsh, Scottish and English sheep farmers, whose descendants in some areas have maintained their language. In the far south Chileans struck down to Tierra del Fuego.
Largest Glaciers in the world
Patagonia offers snow-capped mountains and glaciers surrounded by big lakes and sprawling grasslands, home to millions of sheep. You can also meet shy guanacos (lamas) and gauchos (cowboys). Some of the largest glaciers in the world outside Greenland and Antarctica are found in Patagonia (cf. Perito Moreno, see picture below). Due to climate changes the ice masses have, however, undergone major changes and many small glaciers have already melted away.
Strong westerly winds dominate the entire region, while rainfall is low and very unequally distributed, large areas are shrub steppe. To the north, mild winters and hot summers is dominant, while frost is normal appearing in south temperate zone.
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Travel to Patagonia
Travel to Patagonia is like stepping into a true natural paradise, which are unknown. The natural beauty of Patagonia is just waiting for you!