The view of Bariloche out of Hostel 1004's windowPatagonia is a wondrous example of one of nature’s most pristine and desolate creations. It’s mysterious lands encompasses every form of life you can imagine. Everything from the ripping seas along the Atlantic ocean to the towering peaks of the Andes mountains; from the waddling colonies of Magellanic Penguins to the native roaming guanacos; from the flat empty lands along Ruta 40 to the cinnamon colored Arrayanes National Forest – this place has got it all. The wild state of the land is one of its most intriguing, and for some, intimidating qualities.

The celebrated lands of Patagonia are those that occupy the southern territories of both Argentina and Chile. It makes up the southern most parts of South America and although the northern border to Patagonia is somewhat disputed, it is said that the Rio Colorado marks the end of the Patagonian wild lands. It is a huge area, and yet it is still one of the most unpopulated pieces of land on Earth.

The Argentinean Patagonia is broken down into six provinces: La Pampa, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz, and Tierra del Fuego. Each province has its unique and incredible characteristics that contribute to the overall ‘wow’ factor that one experiences while visiting.

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