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Autumn colors of Patagonia


The great southern frontier

Famous for its wool and its visits by Darwin, Chatwin, and Theroux, Patagonia is a vast region of South America with surprising things around every corner (even if the corners are hundreds of miles apart).

What’s Left of Patagonia

Odds and ends from the odd end of the world

From seals and sea lions to sheep, Calafate berries, and a picturesque train ride, Patagonia is home to a number of interesting things that didn't manage to find their way into other Interesting Thing of the Day articles.
A shrine to Deolinda Correa

The Legend of Deolinda Correa

Unofficial saint of the desert

An unofficial saint in Argentina, Deolinda Correa is honored with shrines all over the country. As legend has it, she was able to keep her newborn son alive even after she died.
Mate in a traditional gourd with a bombilla


The national beverage of Argentina

The national beverage of Argentina is vaguely reminiscent of tea, but you shouldn't just drink it; you ought to have the right equipment and understand the rituals.
Sign outside the Ty Gwyn tea house in Gaiman, Argentina


New Wales in Patagonia

Deep in the heart of Argentina is a quaint little town founded by a Pennsylvanian and inhabited largely by immigrants who still speak Welsh.
Caleta Valdés

Caleta Valdés

Defying continental drift

Continental drift is gradually moving South America to the west, while the east cost is eroding or receding due to rising ocean levels. But in one small spot, the continent is growing eastward.
The face of the Perito Moreno glacier in December 2004

The Perito Moreno Glacier

Breaking the ice rules

Surprisingly, this river of ice in Argentina is neither retreating nor advancing. Its face divides a lake in two, and dramatic ruptures periodically reconnect the two sections.
Satellite image of Tierra del Fuego

Legends of Tierra del Fuego

The incredible shrinking southern continent

An untidy chain of islands that forms the southernmost tip of South America confounded explorers and cartographers for centuries. Magellan called it the Land of Fire.
Ushuaia, Argentina


City at the end of the world

The city at the end of the world is a hot spot for tourists, especially those going to Antarctica. Like Australia, it was once a penal colony.
Yaghan (Yámana) people in Tierra del Fuego, ca. 1920

Extinction of the Yámana

The end of the race at the end of the world

Well-meaning but misguided missionaries were responsible for wiping out an entire race of people who had managed to migrate farther than any other human group.

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