Hydroelectric proposals proliferate in southern Chile

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As Chile debates how to meet growing energy demand, controversial dam plans are flowering not just in the Aysén Region of Chilean Patagonia, but on several prized rivers in the south of the country.  

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Patagonia´s kelp capital

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The Parque Nacional Patagonia Austral, located along the shoreline of Chubut province south of the town of Camarones and Reserva Provincial Cabo Dos Bahías, is an unusual park, in the sense that it comprises only a strip of Argentina’s South Atlantic coastline, exactly one nautical mile out to sea and 1.5 km (nearly one statute mile) inland. 
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Soaking in Pucon

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If it’s going to absolutely, completely pour down with torrential rain, and if it’s going to be freezing cold and windy out… and if you were hoping to go hiking in the temperate rainforest but can’t walk to the car without getting soaked, count yourself lucky if you are in Pucon.
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Running Aysen: to the top of Cerro Cinchao

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Patagonia delivered a concert of strong winds, rain, hail, and even snow in some sectors of medium and high altitude. When the skies finally cleared, the sun king found me in Coyhaique, with my gear well-organized for every detail, ready to run to the Cerro Cinchao, whose visible summit (4461 feet) had fed my animosity since 2004.  
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Wineries in Patagonia: Worth the Trip?

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400400Should you go to San Patricio de Chañar and the Alto Valle del Rio Negro, the wine regions of Northern Patagonia?
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