Steppes, Parque Nacional Pali Aike


I was enthralled by the steppes of Patagonia. Of all the types of places we visited in Chile this is the one I would most like to return to.

Beautiful, austere, open, and wild are all words that come to mind. Perhaps Charles Darwin in the afterword to his Voyage of the Beagle says it as well as anyone can:

"In calling up images of the past, I find that the plains of Patagonia frequently cross before my eyes; yet these plains are pronounced by all wretched and useless. They can be described only by negative characters; without habitations, without water, without trees, without mountains, they support merely a few dwarf plants. Why, then, and the case is not peculiar to myself, have these arid wastes taken so firm a hold on my memory?"
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