A Brief Introduction to Patagonia

Accomplished graduate student Saree Kayne is currently working toward a PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University. Outside of her academic pursuits, Saree Kayne enjoys activities such as skiing, horseback riding, swimming, and traveling. Over the course of her travels, she has visited a number of places around the globe, including Europe, Japan, Botswana, and Patagonia.

Located on South America’s southern tip, Patagonia is an immense area that encompasses portions of both Argentina and Chile. Patagonia’s diverse landscape features mountains, valleys, beaches, lakes, and rivers that are home to wolves, penguins, and many other animals.

While in the area, tourists can take part in a number of outdoor activities, including camping, trekking, skiing, kayaking, and horseback riding. Visitors can also go whale watching, examine fossil remains, and see prehistoric cave paintings in one of Patagonia’s many natural reserves and world heritage sites. The weather in Patagonia varies from mild to cold, and visitors should base the timing of their visit to the area on the activities they plan to enjoy during their stay.