Patagonia is a geographic region that covers the southernmost portion of South America. The two rivers Rio Colorado in Argentina and Rio Bio Bio in Chile are considered the region’s northern border, and the Strait of Magellan its southern border. Patagonia is shared between Argentina and Chile. The southern part of the Patagonian Andes is covered by a huge ice cap year-round, known as the northern and southern Patagonian icefield (Campo de Hielo Norte y Sur). This immense ice cap is the largest connected ice field outside both pole areas. To the south, is the ‘pampa’ – a steppe (shrub and grassland) empire of an enormous size, while the heavy rainfalls to the west nurture a wide area of evergreen rain forests. The name Patagonia comes from the word “patagon” used by Fernando Magellan to describe the huge footprints of the Tehuelche Indians. This impressively wide and wind-burnt region with its richly colored pampa, its steeply rugged rock mountains and icy glaciers is definitely the “El Dorado” for every adventurer, hiker and nature lover.