Crossing over the steppe is unavoidable if you are visiting the Welsh colony in Patagonia. The Chubut valley on the Atlantic coast and Cwm Hyfryd in the Andes are more than 600 kilometres (375 miles) apart with the limitless expanses of steppe between them.
Travelling over the steppe, normally a highpoint, is an opportunity to marvel in amazement at the astonishing and striking scenery, set in an ambience of silence and tranquillity, while gazing at infinite horizons. The steppe abounds in history - in the history and place names of the old Welsh colonisers that ventured into and pioneered the steppe. Feel the thrill of finding ruts and grooves worn down by the old wagons, or a piece of chunky coloured glass, shards of old pottery, a horseshoe or a rusty piece of metal once belonging to an old bridle. Gaucho crossing the steppe, patagonia.
Although it is possible to cross the steppe in a coach, this does not give you the opportunity to stop and stay a while in any particular place, as the coaches whizz by all that is of interest, historical or otherwise. It is also possible to cross the steppe in a rented car but the landscape itself will not tell you everything about the exploits and adventures of the old Welsh colonists.
The best way of crossing the steppe, without a doubt, is in the company of a guide who is familiar with the old tales of the Welsh colonisers and the places of interest associated with their journeys and explorations. Crossing over the steppe can mean a whole day’s journey or even a journey of various days depending on your desire to roam and deepen your knowledge of the history of the Welsh colony in Patagonia. Crossing the steppe in this way is the key to unlocking the historical and heroic mysteries of the Welsh colonists in a place that was so unfamiliar and strange to them.