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Explore the glacial landscapes of Chilean Patagonia, one of the most striking regions in the world, where you will be surrounded by pristine nature, isolated from the rest of the world. As you hike, trek, kayak, raft or simply wander across these stunning lands, you will encounter the real Chilean traditions and way of life. Learn about the legends surrounding Patagonia as you revel in the beauty of its nature on a once-in-a-lifetime Chile travel deal.

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The dry Patagonian plateau was originally inhabited by one main indigenous group called the Tehuelches, who lived along the eastern side of the Andes, and basically relied on guanaco and rheas hunting. In the native language, Mapudungun, “Tehuelche” means “Fierce People” Only in the 18th century did they begin to domesticate wild horses and sail down the rivers towards the Atlantic coast.

The Tehuelches were extraordinarily large people. So large that it is believed that upon arrival and discovering Tehuelche footprints, Magellan and his fellow explorers exclaimed at their size, “que patagon”(meaning “what a large foot” in Portuguese), hence giving its name to Patagonia. The Tehuelches were actually around 5’11 feet tall (180cm), which was relatively tall compared to the Spaniards’ average size, 5’1 feet (155cm). After that, the Tehuelche people were often referred to as Patagons.

Tehuelches interacted with Europeans whalers in the 18th and 19th century, yet chose to remain mostly isolated from the rest of the world, and were therefore described as “semi-civilized”. The Spaniards never actually colonized these lands and let the native people live as they liked.

The granting of large land concessions by the Chilean government in the late 19th century combined with Argentinean wars of extermination against native populations in Patagonia spelled the end for the Tehuelche civilization. Today, only a few isolated groups remain in Argentine Patagonia.

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