Story time: Patagonia – Gauchito Antonio Gil

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Gauchito Gil holds a place on the hearts and imagination of the southern population in the way Robin Hood does those of us in the north. Though, they take the commemoration a step further, keeping shrines and bestowing on him an unofficial sainthood. Shrines dot the south. Families and modern day desperados alike come to the roadside shrines to make requests ranging from new cars to children’s health. While they do not speak these requests aloud lightly, testament stands in the commemorations they leave upon fulfillment of the wish. For, you see, the request goes both ways. A petition is made alongside a promise upon its fulfillment.
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Story Time: Misión Salesiana Graveyard

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Across Route 3 from Misión Salesiana lies a cemetery. Herein are about 150 grave markers bearing no names or identification, these mark the final resting place of island natives.

It is a story I have been told several times along our hike of the history of this land, telling of the transition from when the native tribes had control to the beginnings of modernization.
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Story Time: Chile – El Viejo del Saco

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“I have not thought of this story in 20 years,” Isidro reflected, “but here in Chile they tell the children of El Viejo del Saco.”

While they are used similarly, unlike el Coco, el Viejo del Saco is an old man who mothers have on call when children do not finish their dinner, bathe, or go to bed on time. He wanders the streets after dark, scooping naughty children into his bag and taking them away to an unknown place where some say he cooks them into stew.
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