7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Patagonia
PEANUT BUTTER DOES NOT EXIST HERE:
Unfortunately peanut butter is hard to find in Patagonia, so if you need your deliciously nutty fix, you’ll have to bring your own!
CHRISTMAS IS IN THE SUMMER:
No joke – the seasons are a little upside down from what you may be used to. December is summer in Patagonia & the high tourism season. Santa dresses down when visiting the area on December 25th.
YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW SPANISH:
That of course doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try… but you’d be surprised at the amount of English being spoken everywhere in the area.
PICTURES DON’T DO IT JUSTICE
Social media shares of Patagonia, including Torres Del Paine, look great but really do not compare to the real thing. Many new travellers are in total awe of their surroundings.
IT’S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO STAY FIT IN PATAGONIA:
Having 0 access to fast food, and an abundance of fresh organic foods at your disposal, you have no choice but to eat clean during your stay. Not to mention hours of trekking to get anywhere will keep you in tip top shape!
IT’S FULL OF DINOSAURS
Patagonia was once full of giants! A huge herbivore named Argentinosaurus huinculensis was believed to be one of the largest animals to ever walk the Earth. It called Patagonia home along with many other dinosaurs who’s fossils can be found all over the area.
“COWBOY” IS STILL A REAL JOB.
Skill on horseback is the name of the game for Patagonia’s gauchos (ranchers) and bagualeros (cowboys who hunt feral animals). The wildlands of Argentina and Chile are beautiful but unforgiving, and survival skills are an essential part of a day’s work.
Reference: Matadornetwork.com – Ecocamp.travel – Mentalfloss.com