The Cultured Traveler

Patagonia: past perfect

Adventurous travelers enamored of austerely beautiful Patagonia shouldn't miss Museo Leleque, a museum in the Chubut region of Argentina that traces Patagonia's 13,000-year history. Opened by Carlo Benetton, who has 2.3 million acres in the region, the museum's exhaustive collection of artifacts—which is documented in a terrific companion book sold at the museum—was donated by the late Ukrainian émigré Pablo S. Korschenewski, who convinced Benetton to open Leleque first by mailing him ancient stone orbs and old photographs. "It was his life's work," says Benetton. 54-11-4326-5156;