|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, todays 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
The stage is set. Suggestive, it is waiting to accompany us in the creation of a unique,
Patagonias immense hinterland was always desolate. An estancia or
ranch is a settlement and you can tell its 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
wasnt 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 travelers trip enjoyable and hassle-free.
The associations logo at a ranch or inn indicates that the establishment in question
observes its maxims of hospitality and comfort.