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Patagonia, Argentina
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Paleo & Archeo
Scuba Diving
Places to Visit

Perito Moreno Glacier


Photo by Robert Wright, courtesy of Recoleta Cemetery Blog

Patagonia is an adventure traveler's paradise. And depending on the age and interest of the kids, the adventure can be soft or extreme. Travel on or off the beaten path. Watch sea life on the Atlantic coast. Scuba dive, cold water mind you, in Puerto Madryn. Dig for fossils in Neuquen. Scale mountains in El Chaltén. Visit one or more national park. Ski and snowboard in Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, El Calafate and Ushuaia. Enjoy sport fishing just about everywhere. Extending from the Rio Colorado south to the Straights of Magellan, Patagonia covers one-third of Argentina. See sparkling lakes, deep blue seas, jagged peaks, thorny plains, looming glaciers and ever-changing skies. Spend the night at an estancia. Sleep in cozy inns and quaint hotels. A family vacation in Patagonia may be remote but it is hardly a trip to the edge of the world.
Patagonian Desert
The Patagonian Desert, also known as the Patagonia Desert or Patagonian Steppe, is a semiarid region in southern South America. It is bounded by the Andes on the west and Atlantic Ocean on the east. The Patagonian Desert stretches from Peninsula Valdés south to Rio Gallegos. It covers 260,000 square miles (673,000 km2) and is the same size as the U.S. state of Texas. Only a small portion of this ecoregion is found in Chile, the vast majority is located in Argentina. The Patagonian Desert has a long winter and short summer. The average temperature is a cool 37°F (3°C). The Patagonian Desert receives little rain and, notwithstanding the frigid temperatures, it rarely snows. But the wind blows always. Some scientists classify the Patagonian Desert as a steppe; others consider it a desert. It isn't a desert of sand or gravel but rather a thorny, tree-less plain. The Patagonia Desert is inhabited by a number of animals including the burrowing owl, guanaco and Patagonian hare.
Travel Trivia
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