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Región - Patagonia

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n the anteroom of the end of the world, Patagonia Argentina exhales its rebellious nature. It is a prelude in the Argentine Pampas, that of the distant horizon. Occasionally cut by some mountains. In the Lihué Calel National Park­—in south central province of La Pampa, a guanaco brags in the Cerro de la Sociedad Científica hill.

It is also a green cry in the Andean forests, a whisper in constant effervescence in the ocher steppe.

In the province of Neuquén a forest of monkey puzzle trees puts up a fight against the flames of a fire and seeks to continue providing shelter to countless animal species that inhabit the Lanín National Park. While in Santa Cruz a receding glacier rebels to its sad fate of moraine and water. While on a sandbar in Monte León National Park—also in Santa Cruz—, some coarse crabs challenge the capricious waves of the Argentine Sea.

Patagonia Argentina, Tehuelche melody penetrating the silence.  

Stunted vegetation that in Laguna Blanca National Park—located near the town of Zapala, Neuquén—tolerates wind, snow and last but not least the lack of water, always tied down by their deep roots. Vegetation that resists, as does a long-standing larch that, in Chubut, revolts against the passage of time.

Austral biodiversity in constant turmoil. Penguins, sea lions, dolphins and whales dive into the sea while in the forest some south Andean deer dodge the bullets of a poacher. Various species of birds, among which petrels, albatrosses and Andean condors stand out, fly through the Patagonian blue sky. As if that were not enough, some guanacos and Darwin’s rheas tame the steppe.

Wilderness that knows no limits or borders. An ulmo (Eucryphia cordifolia) and a tique (Aextoxicaceae punctatum)—trees from the Valdivian forest—put down roots in Lago Puelo National Park after emigrating from Chile. In autumn red leaves of some beech of Tierra del Fuego challenge the summer green and the winter white. While in Río Negro a fallen branch seeks to return to be a myrtle.

To reach the Lighthouse of the End of the World (Faro San Juan de Salvamento), it is preferable to first traverse the Patagonia: walk through its arid steppe or seek refuge in an evergreen forest, stir up the senses or temper the spirit. Then remain blinded by that situation or become petrified like the trunk of an araucaria over one hundred and fifty million years. There is time to marvel at some stories or write your own adventure. In Patagonia, the rebellious nature still awaits.

Author: Fernando Fuentes 

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