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3 things you must know about the Patagonian culture

June 27, 2019 in Patagonia Specials
3 things you must know about the Patagonian culture

If you want to gain a deep understanding of Patagonia, you mustn’t ignore its history and culture. Learning about how life is and was in this remote corner of the world will make your trip an unbeatable experience.

Are there surviving first inhabitants? How was the region colonized? Which traditions last until today?

Here we’ll tell you 3 things about the Patagonian culture that will bring the region to life for you.

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The Redwood of the South

May 3, 2017 in Patagonia Specials
The Redwood of the South

When residents of the Pacific coast of the United States and Canada take a Patagonia vacation, they often feel surprisingly at home, because coastal Chile is, in many ways, a mirror image of their own home region.

To cover all possible comparisons would make this article ten times longer, but one feature that makes me feel at home – as a longtime California resident – is northern Patagonia’s forests of coniferous alerce trees. Standing in a grove of alerces is like being in a forest of California redwoods.

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The Country of Kuchen

May 3, 2017 in Patagonia Specials
The Country of Kuchen

As the departure for a Patagonia travel vacation approaches, travelers eagerly anticipate the lakes, forests, mountains, fjords and other wildlands of this scenic, thinly populated region. Until they actually arrive, though, they don’t usually give much thought to the food that will sustain them – except for Argentine beef and Chilean seafood, the cuisines of both countries have a low profile, but be ready for some surprises.

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Mapuche Brews

May 3, 2017 in Patagonia Specials
Mapuche Brews

Whenever I’m on assignment – I never really have a “Patagonia vacation” as such – I have the opportunity to revisit places that, for most others, are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In mid-January, for instance, I was driving north on Chile’s Carretera Austral and stopped in the tiny town of La Junta to visit the Hotel Espacio y Tiempo – the best place to stay and dine in a long stretch of graveled highway that’s presently being paved. Screened from the highway by a corridor of mature conifers and other evergreens, it offers the sense of being an isolated mountain lodge.

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The Huaso and the Rodeo

May 3, 2017 in Patagonia Specials
The Huaso and the Rodeo

Visitors who book a Patagonia ferry itinerary expect to see Argentine gauchos, but few are even aware of their Chilean counterpart – less celebrated than the Argentine gaucho, the huaso resembles him in many ways but differs in others. Both, of course, are horsemen, but the gaucho arose from a background of fierce independence on the Pampas, while the more subservient huaso originated on the landed estates that dominated economic and social life in colonial and republican Chile.

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