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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.