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Patagonia Region
Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts; a western one towards the Pacific Ocean and an eastern one towards the Atlantic Ocean.The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia. The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Reloncaví Estuary.

Surroundings

Atlantic Zone
In this area we can swim and sunbathe on the beaches of Puerto Madryn and tour the Valdes Peninsula,internationally known for its wildlife. There we will find the southern right whale, sea lions and elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, among others.
Also in the coastal zone you can see the bottlenose dolphin on the beautiful Playa Unión nearby Rawson and Trelew. In the latter city you can visit the Paleontological Museum Egidio Feruglio and then go to tea at  where recid a Welsh colony that has lost none of their traditions.Continuing along Route 3 south, we find the protected areas of Punta Tombo with penguins and Cabo Dos Bahías with guanacos, besides being able to visit the sealions and bathe on the beach of  a few kilometers from Comodoro Rivadavia.

Central Zone
On the plateau the climate is harsh and poor rural population are in small nuclear centers or villages, or is scattered in positions of livestock farms devoted almost exclusively to the breeding and care of sheep.
Touring this area means go throguh the Patagonian desert with steppe landscape and get to the ridge of mountains, forests and lakes, whose main city is Esquel. If you are encouraged to gravel roads, you will know tiny villages whose inhabitants know how to enjoy the solitude and will told you stories of life yo will remember.
You can see along the route the wind farms that generate electricity or, if you prefer, you can visit the wind farm in Comodoro Rivadavia.
Taking to the west you will find the Petrified Forest Sarmiento, you can practice sport fishing and learn about rural tourism in Río Mayo, reaching the lakes Fontana and La Plata at the border with Chile.

Mountain range zone
This region has all the outstanding beauty of the Andes mountain range, where mountains, lakes, rivers and forests combine to leave you breathless. Adventure tourism in this area is unlimited: 4x4 tours, mountain climbing, skiing, rafting, paragliding and hang gliding. But if your heart will not let you do this you can go horseback riding, camping and trekkin. It is also the ideal area for fishing in rivers and lakes and enjoy the cuisine with local products such as trout, herbs, mushrooms and fine fruit.

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