Argentinian Patagonia is one of the few refuges of wilderness left on the planet. We just need to hear that name to feel a vague memory of what we have been taught about this untamed corner of Argentina. It is indeed a magical place that takes us back to a time when man lived together with nature, respecting its cycles and ecosystems, a time where what mattered was not to exploit natural resources but to share them with other species.
This idea of Patagonia is not far at all from the reality that exists today in the southern corner of the Americas. So natural, wild and unexplored as it was decades ago, it provides a much more natural overview of the world, much slower. Its people enjoy a lifestyle in which they respect the environment, something that makes the visitor enjoy very beautiful places and nature in all its splendour.
Patagonia is divided into two large areas: Northern Patagonia, which is composed of the provinces of Black River and Neuquén and Southern Patagonia which includes the provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands. Overall it occupies an area of 1.7 million km², including Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands. Its size makes it an area of outstanding natural value, hence it is one of the most visited places in Argentina.
A big attraction is found in the province of Black River where we find the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, which is the third most visited city in Argentina. San Carlos de Bariloche is located on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, and in this small city there is the largest ski resort in South America, Cerro Catedral. In Argentina, a curious tradition linked to this city is respected, students of senior year go to Bariloche as their end-of-year trip. This custom is called "graduation trip."
In coastal areas there are extraordinary cliffs, amazing for their size and beauty, other areas offer the quietness sought by those who travel more for pleasure than for adventure. A clear example is found in Las Grutas, a Patagonian resort that has become the most important and one of the most crowded in the country, among other attractions it has beautiful sandy beaches and cliffs that contrast with the blue ocean.
There is a lot to see in Patagonia, such as glaciers, marine life or the Alps, however it will be discussed in the next article. Meanwhile, think of going to Patagonia, few places are so awesome.