The majority of Patagonia is sparsely populated and largely undeveloped. In fact, Argentina is one of the least populated countries in the world. The natural landscape of Patagonia can be very unforgiving to human occupation due to the harsh winter climate, freezing temperatures and difficult land to cultivate and irrigate. However, in the towns that do exist, the locals tend to be jovial and kind people. These days, the locals in towns like El Chalten and Ushuaia are mostly these days devoted to the tourist trade.  In addition, some locals continue to focus on sheep-raising and wool-production as well as oil and natural gas manufacturing for instance in Comodoro Rivadavia.

 

The population of Argentinean Patagonia is made up of various types of immigrants, the majority from Northern and Central Europe. Thus, there are both brown hair and blond haired, blue-eyed locals in Patagonia. In Bariloche , many of the locals came from Germany and Switzerland. Around the Santa Cruz province, many of the locals have English and Scottish blood. Regardless, the people of Patagonia are true adorers of nature with wild penchants for adventure and story telling. Some are escapees from the lights and big city of Buenos Aires, but majority have a long family history in the area and are fiercely proud of their heritage. Compared to the Chilean portion of Patagonia, the Argentinean side tends to be composed of louder, more gregarious types who are passionate about art.