Laberinto Patagonia

Patagonia, Argentina | C.1996

Photo Credit: Diega Neuman

With origins dating back to ancient times, labyrinths are elaborate mazes designed to confuse and confound those who enter. Since 1996, the Laberinto Patagonia has enticed & enchanted those who wander its green corridors. Lucky for them, a menacing Minotaur does not await them inside…

In Greek mythology, the labyrinth was created for King Minos of Crete to contain a ferocious creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The legend goes that when the Athenian hero Theseus volunteered to kill the beast, he used a ball of thread to navigate the Labyrinth and successfully slayed the beast.

But these winding structures are not exclusive to Greek legend. The early beginnings of labyrinths are actually pretty mysterious, having been documented for thousands of years all over the world with the earliest reports coming out of Egypt.

Today, the Argentinian countryside is dotted with many man made mazes, but none as expansive as the Laberinto Patagonia – the largest in the country. More than 2,200 meters of trails and living fences were planted over 25 days with the help of trigonometry, tape measures, and aptly, a large ball of thread. However, no Minotaurs were harmed in the building of this labyrinth.

Written By: Kelly Murray

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