Huemul watching at the future Patagonia National Park

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Recently, a group of us set out in search of the elusive huemul, the rare and shy deer living in the forests of the future Patagonia National Park at Valle Chacabuco in the Aysen region.  We had little chance of spying a huemul on our own: the 150 or so animals living in this area camouflage themselves well as they mosey through the woods and thickets.  But we were headed to Daniel’s puesto; we had hope.  

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All you need to know to visit Torres del Paine

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Why go?
 It’s the undisputed icon of Patagonia and it’s the best place to see the wide range of landscapes and ecosystems that are concentrated in that region (grasslands, forests, glaciers, mountains, lakes, rivers, etc.). In addition you can observe a large amount of wildlife. Because the animals don’t feel threatened by people they don’t run away and you take pictures from only a few meters away. 
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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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