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Patagonia

Patagonia tips the imagination of world travelers.  This region is located on the most southern point of South America, lying in both Argentina and Chile.

Trees in Patagonia
Bernardo Gut ; special collaboration, María Paula Guzzetti ; contributions by A. Díaz ... [et al.].
Basel ; Boston : Birkhäuser, c2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-263) and indexes.
     
Solitude : seeking wisdom in extremes : a year alone in the Patagonia wilderness
Robert Kull.
Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2008.
On September 11, 2001, reality changed for America and much of the world. But for one man alone in the wilderness, completely cut off from world events, the lessons of life and death were very different. Extreme adventurer Bob Kull may be the only educated Westerner to have missed 9/11 and the media blitz that followed. Alone on a remote island, Kull faced a different kind of crisis-a war between body, mind, and soul. Years after a motorcycle accident left him with one leg, Kull travelled into the wilderness with supplies to live alone for a year on a remote island in the Patagonian wilderness. He sought to explore the effects of deep solitude on the body and mind and to find answers to the spiritual questions that had plagued him his entire life. With only a cat and his thoughts as companions, he wrestled with inner storms while the wild forces of nature raged around him. The physical challenges were immense, but the struggles of mind and spirit pushed him to the limits of human endurance. Solitude: Seeking Wisdom in Extremes is a diary of Kull's tumultuous year. Filled with the details of a life distilled to its unadulterated essence - the struggle of staying alive with no outside help - Solitude is also a meditation on the tensions between nature and technology, isolation and society. Kull went into solitude fishing for enlightenment, seeking The Answer, but came back empty handed. Wilderness, he found, is a place to clearly see the insanity of denying that the world is what it is. He discovered that life itself teaches us all we need to know-once we cultivate the awareness to truly listen.
     
The South American table : the flavor and soul of authentic home cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro, with 450 recipes
Maria Baez Kijac ; foreword by Charlie Trotter.
Boston, Mass. : Harvard Common Press, 2003.
This book has 450 authentic recipes from 10 countries for everything from tamales, ceviches, and empanadas that are popular across the continent to specialties that define individual cuisines.
     

The name, "Patagonia", is thought to be named after the Tehuelche people's moccasins, where the word "pata" in Spanish means foot.

Glimpse a glacier

A trip to Patagonia begins at Rio Gallegos and then bus ride to El Calafate. Here travelers get a glimpse of the Moreno Glacier. With it's blue-hued, compacted ice, this glacier periodically lets loose a chunk of ice that crashes into the water below.

Ushuaia--World's southernmost city

Ushuaia began as a notorious penal colony.  In 1950 it became a naval base.  Its economy has relied on gold, lumber, and fishing.  But today tourism is its big industry with cruise ships filling the harbor in January and February.

Venture further south to Tierra del Fuego. Visit the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. It is hidden away beside the Beagle Channel. This city is the home for 55,000 Ushuaians.

West of Ushuaia lies the picturesque Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego. This extends from the Beagle Channel in the south, to beyond Lago Faganano in the north. However, only a small portion of the park is accessible to the public.  Hiking over easy trails, view the southern beech trees or abundant wildlife. The Canadian beaver, and the European rabbit, both introduced species, impact on this fragile ecosystem. As this is a national park, wildlife is protected.

Patagonia is a rugged part of the world that still offers a pristine view of nature. Whether exploring the ocean coast, or the inland national park, the region will captivate your senses.

Only three hours to Antarctica, a trip to awesome Patagonia will entice you to continue exploring far away lands.

The first European to cross Patagonia was George Chaworth Musters.  During his trip in 1869 he discovered a lake that later turned out to be two lakes:  Lago Colhue Huape and Lago Musters.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff