Patagonia

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Patagonia is beautiful, suggestive and solitary. Through its expanses have passed nomads, canoe Indians, navigators, adventurers, explorers, pirates, men of the cloth, pioneers. Each and every one of them left marks that are visible or part of the oldest and choicest stories of this part of the Americas.

Despite the efforts of mankind, it has remained one of the most sparsely-populated, least-polluted places on the planet.
Fascinated by its natural landscapes, its apparent immutability in the face of time, the history of its people and the promise of personal adventure, today’s visitors are also attracted by its environmental purity, the apparent tranquility of the steppe, and ways of life that no longer exist in cities.

Everything is there: the form the earth assumes to tell its stories, luminous skies and pristine waters, moving, enigmatic rock paintings, the spirit of the navigators of the Roaring Forties and the pioneers in their obstinate struggle.
The stage is set. Suggestive, it is waiting to accompany us in the creation of a unique, personal view.

Patagonia’s immense hinterland was always desolate. An estancia – or ranch – is a settlement and you can tell it’s there long before you arrive. Those who traveled out of need always found lodging and help at ranches.
During the past few years, the ranches began to also provide lodging for people who travel for pleasure. The installation of inns in rural establishments broadened the panorama.
It soon became evident that a reservation system would be convenient for both travelers and ranchers. Thus visitors could be sure of encountering incomparable accommodations in places with limited lodging capacity throughout the enormous, varied territory of the province of Santa Cruz.

Guests said that what they valued most was being able to stay in a home with all amenities possible, home cooking, conversation and stories about the past; excursions enjoyed in a leisurely manner, and the knowledge that they would receive help whenever necessary.
This is precisely the type of hospitality one finds on a Patagonian ranch, so it wasn’t hard for the ranchers to give a quality service that they always had given as a matter of course.

Once it was decided to work together, the objectives of Estancias de Santa Cruz, Patagonia were defined. It guarantees the quality of the services its members give to travelers, provides travel information, takes reservations and arranges other services that make the traveler’s trip enjoyable and hassle-free.
The association’s logo at a ranch or inn indicates that the establishment in question observes its maxims of hospitality and comfort.