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Patagonia Park, Argentina, offers numerous possibilities to design your bike-packing circuit, traversing valleys, steppe, and canyons while encountering wild animals—a gem for Sol and Javi, a bike-packing couple known as Nación Salvaje (Wild Nation). Get out in Patagonia Park and let the wild discover you.
“What is the wild for you?” The question pops into my head as I finish climbing a steep final ascent to a volcanic mesa on what would be the first leg of the race, the Koi Trail. It’s 6:50 in the morning, and it’s one degree Celsius on the edge of the Sumich Plateau.
Sharing millenary trails with the wild critters that walked them from ancient times in Patagonia is new for Tomás Roy Aguiló, who’s been exploring it since a kid on foot, skiing, rock-climbing, and on a bike. In Patagonia Park, get out and let the wild discover you.Pinturas Canyon Gateway, 56 km South of Perito Moreno, Northwestern Santa Cruz, Argentina. Free access all year round.
The Austral Rail, or water-fowl, is one of the rarest and probably the most endangered birds in Argentina. It is a very small bird that lives hidden in the few reed beds of the Patagonian steppe. There are some records in other environments, such as the Pampean plain, where its presence seems to be only a memory. So rare is it that even for almost 40 years it was thought to be extinct, until it was rediscovered in the province of Santa Cruz in 1998.