HISTORY & OVERVIEW of PATAGONIA
This magnificent land of grasslands, glacier lakes, and tall peaks was inhabited for thousand of years as early as 13th century BC by the Tehuelches tribe and other Indian tribes.
Magellan in his voyage in 1520, named the land Patagonia, which referred to the Land of Giants with big feet. Legend has it that local people used snow walking shoes which made big imprints on the ground, hence the name “big feet” came across.
The Argentinean culture has been heavily influenced by the vast majority of European immigrants from different ethnic background who brought their traditions and customs. That includes architecture, music, clothing, cuisine, festivals, and way of life.
WHERE IS PATAGONIA?
The region of Patagonia is in the southernmost tip of South America, shared between the countries of Chile and Argentina with the Andes Mountains dividing them. The Argentine side features arid steppes, grasslands and deserts, while the Chilean side has glacial fjords and temperate rainforest.
We visited Patagonia, Argentina in November during the beginning of the Spring when everything was blooming. Its picturesque surroundings are the result of glacial and geological transformations shaping the region for millions of years.
Driving along south on Route 40 (RN-40) the famed highway running north/south direction in Argentina, gave us an unforgettable view of vast steppes, Andes Mountains and deserts.
ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENTS IN PATAGONIA REGION
National Shearing Fair – Rio Mayo, Chubut Province, Patagonia
Salmon Festival – Chubut Province, Patagonia
Annual Tango Festival – Buenos Aires
National Ski Festival – Esquel, Patagonia
Eisteddfod Welsh Heritage Festival – Chubut, Patagonia
Classical Music Festival – Ushuaia, Patagonia
National Lamb Festival – Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Patagonia
LOCAL PATEGONIAN FUSION CUISINE
At the row of restaurants in El Chaltén the taste of the dishes were outstanding, using local ingredients. Many restaurants offer fusion of Italian and South American dishes made of local trout, lamb, and vegetables. Local tea shops serve organic teas from the region, especially Yerba Mate.
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