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Southern Chilean Patagonia

Stark Natural Beauty at the End of the Earth

Patagonia is a wind-swept wonderland, a wilderness of free-flowing rivers and stark mountain peaks. Condors wheel on thermals thousands of feet above forests of mountain beech, glaciers spill blocks of ice into azure lakes at the foot of the Andes, and cowboys gather around campfires on the desolate plains, sipping from their mate gourds and spit-roasted lamb. Split between Chile and Argentina, Patagonia covers a vast area, from the ski mecca of Bariloche in the north all the way south to Tierra del Fuego, the very end of the earth, it seems. Most visitors to Patagonia come for outdoor adventure. From fly-casting for massive sea-run brown trout in the Río Gallegos to trekking across the Perito Moreno Glacier to hiking in Torres del Paine National Park, a trip to Patagonia can feel like a walk through the pages of Outside Magazine. But for all the natural glory of this relatively unsettled land, the human history of Patagonia is especially fascinating. This is where Argentina's current president built his political power structure, and where Charles Darwin began to formulate his theory of the survival of the fittest. Something about the enormous sky and the epic landscape of Patagonia triggers wide-open wonder and fresh pathways of thought. Patagonia is a place where you will think big -- and feel small.

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