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Tourism and Farming in Chilean Patagonia, by Edward James Sentenera

Patagonia is the portion of South America which is mostly in Argentina and partly in Chile. The Chilean Patagonia is well renowned for its beautiful scenery and tradition. Here the South American continent falls away in a dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers and mountains. It is truly one of Mother Nature's grand finales. It is also famous for its mouth-watering cuisines and different regional dishes. It has many tourist attractions like Perito Moreno glacier, the Valdes Peninsula, Parque National Torres del Paine and Ushuaia which are visited by more than 100,000 tourists.

Patagonia has a rich and eventful history behind it. It was a man named Fernando de Magallanes who found this place hundreds of years ago and hence its channel is called Straits of Magellan. Patagonia has its own share of adventurous treks and scenic places to offer. Attractions like the hypnotic waterfalls of Salto Chico and Salto Grande; the Grey, Pingo, del Frances and Dickson glaciers; the Pehoe, Nordenskjold, Sarmiento, Pingo and Dickson lakes; and the Verde and Azul lagoons draw hordes of tourists into Patagonia.

Farming is one of the most prominent occupations in this part of the world. Places like Rio Verde and Tierra del Fuego are well known for their lamb wool. Although farming is very common in this place, one might find it difficult to get access to a farm or a "estancia" as it is called. But some of these farms allow tourists to take a look at their working and infrastructure. The farms in Skyring Sound are lovely and the people and animals out there are amazing. Other economic activities include mining, whaling and oil extraction.

El Galpon, a tourist place near the Punta Arenas, used to be a diary in the early nineteen twenties. But now it has been converted into place called El Galpón where people come together to enjoy Patagonia's traditional cuisines like the lamb roasted in a stick which tastes delicious. Other activities in El Galpón include sheep shearing and trekking.

One can find cheap sheep and llama wool clothes and other handicraft works like Mapuche handicrafts, guanaco textiles and confectionary and preserves in Patagonia. There also exists a local group of musicians who depict the Chilean folk culture through their songs and dance.

The bird's eye view of places like Punta Arenas and the Darwin Mountain are mind-blowing with thousands of types of grass, trees and other flora and fauna. Overall, Patagonia is one of the most picturesque places on earth with great people and delectable cuisines. It is definitely worth a visit atleast once in everyone's lifetime.

About the Author

Edward James Sentenera owns http://www.woodandwine.com/ ; a website specialized on estancia , resources and articles. More info on estancia at estancia


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