Patagonia, a song of Ice and Fire
The name Patagonia is said to be derived from Patagones, as the Tehuelche Indians, the region's original inhabitants, were called by 16th-century Spanish explorers. According to one account, Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator who led the first European expedition into the area, coined that name because the appearance of the Tehuelche reminded him of Patagon, a dog-headed monster in the 16th-century Spanish romance Amadís of Gaul.
Desert and semi-desert cover the Patagonian tableland that extends from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. The general aspect of this tableland is one of vast steppe like plains, rising in terrace fashion from high coastal cliffs to the foot of the Andes.
South of the Negro River, the plains are much more irregular. Volcanic eruptions occurred in this area until fairly recent times, and basaltic sheets covered the tableland east of Lakes Buenos Aires and Pueyrredón.
Patagonia is known for being a place where mysteries and strange things often happen. This beautiful area invites visitors to live an extraordinary journey while learning about local life and lore.
Argentinian Patagonia is rich not just in history but also in myths and legends, transmitted as an oral tradition passed from generation to generation.
The Tehuelches tell that, a long time ago, there weren
When he realized what had he done he stopped crying and he sighed. And that deep sigh was the first wind which started blowing constantly pushing through the fog and waving the sea. That's how the fog went away and the clarity was born.
After that, the sun created the clouds which started travelling through the sky. And the wind pushed them to their liking, sometimes gently, sometimes so violently that made them collide. Then the clouds complained with thunder rumbling and threatened with punitive brightness of lightning. Then, Kooch created an island, where he put the animals, the plants, the birds, the insects and the fishes. The life was great, so Kooch went away to continue creating life.
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