Patagonia is the name given to a large area of land in the southern parts of Chile and Argentina covering over a million square kilometres. Technically I arrived in Patagonia at the city of Temuco in Chile, but it didn’t count. It didn’t feel like Patagonia.
Patagonia is a land of luscious green mountains and valleys, snow-capped peaks, endless hiking trails and beautiful clean rivers and lakes. In the winter it offers winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, and in the summer hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and water-rafting. Obesity does not exist in Patagonia. Though it has the best chocolate in the continent, since so many Swiss immigrants moved here, finding the picturesque landscape reminiscent of their own.
Temuco, whilst being a reasonably nice city visually, doesn’t quite capture all that natural beauty. I took a bus over the border to Argentina and arrived at a town called Villa la Angostura.I found hospitality with a married couple I had a tenuous connection to thanks to a friend my mother had worked with in her first professional job. Villa la Angostura is in the valley of the mountains, a place of clean air and beauty. My first real experience of Patagonia