International Expedition Planning and Leadership
PATAGONIA (CHILE & ARGENTINA)
Instructor: Randy Pielsticker Phone/Voice Mail: 416 816-5191
Office: OM 1255 E-mail: email@example.com
Student: Oscar Daigo Shirahata Phone: 250 572-5148
Martin Fipp Phone: 250 372-3342
Student Number: 9588131 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
Patagonia is a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America. It is located in Argentina and Chile, integrating the southernmost section of the Andes mountains to the south west towards the Pacific Ocean and from the east of the cordillera to the valleys it follows south through Colorado River towardsCarmen de Patagones in the Atlantic Ocean. To the west, it includes the territory of Valdivia through Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed the Patagons were actually Tehuelches with an average height of 180 cm (~5′11″) compared to the 155 cm(~5′1″) average for Spaniards of the time.
The Argentine portion of Patagonia includes the provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut and Santa Cruz, as well as the eastern portion of Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The Argentine politico-economic Patagonic Region includes the Province of La Pampa.
The Chilean part of Patagonia embraces the southern part of Valdivia, Los Lagos in LakeLlanquihue, Chiloé, Puerto Montt and the Archaeological site of Monte Verde, also the islands south to the regions of Aisén and Magallanes, including the west side of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.
2.2. PATAGONIAN CULTURE
People, Customs, Language
The population of Chilean Patagonia is made up of various types of immigrants from all over the world, though majority is from Europe originally. Forinstance, the German influence in Chile can be obvious at times, as in Puerto Montt, it is possible to eat Kuchen, which are German cakes, and savor delectable home-made chocolates. Thus, there are both brown hair and blond haired, blue-eyed locals in Patagonia.
The Chilean portion of Patagonia tends to be quieter than the Argentinean portion and may not be as openly friendly and can be knownto keep to them. Travelers should be conscientious of being polite and respectful. One sure way to start conversation is to go to a bar during a Chilean futbol (aka soccer) match. Also, Chileans are known for their Parrillada displays (much like Argentines) where they barbeque the stomachs, livers, and flanks of cows. Overall, travelling through the smaller towns of Chilean Patagonia can give atraveller a good sense of what life is really like there, rather than some of the more touristy towns in Argentinean Patagonia, which is more spectacle than reality. Regardless, when travelling in Chile, some parts of Patagonia are not inhabited and it can be days before seeing another traveller.
Cuisine, just like Patagonia itself, is very well differentiated in mountain range, centraland coast regions.
At the mountains the typical dishes are prepared on trout, salmon, deer base and some dishes were brought by the immigrants from Central Europe: Chucrut, Raclette, Fondue, and others. It also had some influence the food of the mapuches natives, the most known example is curanto.
The central area has an essential element for food: lamb, it's the same situation for theAtlantic coast that also has the presence of fish and seafood. And in Chubut they have the famous Welsh cake.
Friends from our Patagonia are already sending us their recipes, take a chance, cook them and if you have any suggestion do not hesitate to contact us.
Patagonia's unit of currency are the Chilean Peso ($ or CLP) in Chile and the Argentinean Peso (ARG$) in Argentina. In...