#A tasty local cuisine
Patagonia is also a gastronomic journey. Abundant, cheap and delicious seafood in Chile, parrilladas (charcoal meats), deer or wild boar in Argentina (especially in Bariloche)... And why not try centollas (giant crabs) in Punta Arenas or Ushuaia? Patagonian sheep, salmon or trout are a delight for the taste buds. Vegetarians in this region without apples or tomatoes will unfortunately find the diet a little... heavy!
Fascinating legends :
From the city of Caesars to the king of Patagonia or an old successful French TV show (Ushuaia), and not to mention the fashionable singers (or not) who may have gone into exile there, Patagonia is a land of myths, a fertile ground for the most monstrous or most childish parables and tales. A way of engraving our dreams on these undefined spaces, populated by solitudes and drunk souls... To go to Patagonia is to become a little, and for a while at least, a poet.
Shadows and magic lights
They marry every valley, every excessive plain, every street corner, every inaccessible peak.... They infiltrate everywhere, invite themselves at dawn, fresh and raw, in the evening, warm and sensual, and seem to illuminate the space. The shadows extend, the red disputes it with the black: it is a banquet of colors, of southern malices, of coquetries... patagonic.
A wild and untamed nature
This is of course one of the main reasons for a trip to Patagonia. Superb, wild, untamed, baroque and moody... From the peaceful region of the Chilean and Argentinean Lakes to the endless desolate steppe of the Atlantic coast, passing through the fierce Andean massifs of Fitz Roy or Torres del Paine and the frightening mass of Hielo Patagónico Sur (one of the most important ice fields in the world after Antarctica), everywhere it is revealed and rebelled, capricious and primitive.....Southern whales, penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, unusual birds or legendary monsters (the mylodon) plunge us into the heart of the animal world. In terms of flora, the vegetation is exuberant in Chile, on the foothills of the Argentinean mountain range and south of Tierra del Fuego.
The trekking paradise
Walking is to Patagonia what the metro is to Paris: essential! The ends of the world can only be discovered by the walker. Some hikes, moreover, are considered among the most beautiful in the world. And there are still so many more to discover! Whether you have a few hours or whole weeks, everywhere paths and tracks invite the walker to get lost in the beauty of the surrounding world. Attention! Weather conditions are often rough and always unpredictable (even in summer). Never commit yourself lightly and remain humble in the face of elements that are beyond our control is a patagonal necessity.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette