Patagonia

Patagonia is a region located in Argentina and Chile, integrating the southernmost section of the Andes Mountains in South America. The name Patagonia comes from the word patag√≥n used by Magellan from Spain in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. It is no believed the Patagons were actually Tehuelche people with an average height of 5’11” compared to the 5’1″ average for Spaniards at that time.

Patagonia contains the world’s third largest glacier fields with Antarctica being the first followed by Greenland. The National Parks in both Argentina and Chile contain natural landscapes as impressive as anywhere else in the world. I was in Patagonia April of 2011. This was in their fall when the beech leaves were changing colors and the nights were cold. I have seen a lot of glacier ice but never have I seen ice as blue as it was in the Grey Glacier in Chile.