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From the Falklands, I flew to Punta Arenas in Chile and then took the
bus up through Argentine Patagonia to Bariloche. There are mountains and
lakes and trees. Lots of trees. You really appreciate trees if you
haven't seen them for a long time (there are none in Antarctica and very
few in the Falklands or southern Patagonia).

The statue of the man on the horse is of General (and later President)
Julio Argentino Roca. He's remembered chiefly in Argentina as the man
who led the "campaign of the desert", a wholesale extermination of the
indigenous people of Patagonia conducted in the early 19th century.
Nowadays his statue is covered in red paint and graffiti'd slogans
saying "el pueblo Mapuche vive" - "The Mapuche people live!" -
spray-painted, presumably, by the descendents of those who escaped the
slaughter.
17th May 2007, 18:37  

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Rachel says:

Patagonia and Chile are also high on my to do list, so I am feeling particularly envious today (as if Antarctica wasn't enough!)

18th May 2007, 15:21

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