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.

 

PATEGONIAN TRADITIONS

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

January

National Shearing Fair – Rio Mayo, Chubut Province, Patagonia

 

February

Salmon Festival – Chubut Province, Patagonia

 

March

Annual Tango Festival – Buenos Aires

 

September

National Ski Festival – Esquel, Patagonia

 

October

Eisteddfod Welsh Heritage Festival – Chubut, Patagonia

 

Classical Music Festival – Ushuaia, Patagonia

 

November

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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