Wildfire at Patagonia Park

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Over 5,000 acres burn in still-raging wildfireOver 5,000 acres burn in still-raging wildfire
 
 
Friday, March 28, 6pm–Quickly, as it’s all-hands-on-deck here in Valle Chacabuco.  Everyone–landscapers, trail builders, mechanics, lawyers, architects, cooks, pilots, along with help from the Chilean Forest Service and army—is pitching in fighting the worse wildfire in memory, with over 5,000 acres burned in the past 48 hours. All of us here feel deeply grateful and proud of how this team has mobilized to protect the park.  Everyone is going far beyond the call of duty and banding together to keep morale high.
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Interview: Shannon Stowell

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 5.

By Jimmy Langman




Adventure travel has many forms, but at its core it is typically defined as combining some sort of physical activity with a connection to nature and the environment or cultural immersion. Today, the fastest growing segment in global tourism, this is a travel niche that offers especially great promise for a region with the natural and cultural characteristics found in Patagonia. A recent study shows adventure travel is worldwide a $US 263 billion industry with an incredible 65 percent annual growth rate since 2009. At the center of this booming industry is the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), a global association of more than 900 adventure tourism companies and organizations based out of Seattle, Washington, that serves as a forum for sharing best practices, creating marketing opportunities, and providing education and research.
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Fly Fishing: Patagonia's small rivers

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 5.
 
By Rodrigo Sandoval
 
 
The Futaleufú, Baker, Petrohué, Serrano, Limay, Grande, these are rivers that stick in the memory of any fly fisherman that has ever enjoyed, or dreamt of, visiting Patagonia. Many of these rivers have also won prestige for being among the most sought-after rivers for fly fishing anywhere in the world. And it is precisely nearby many of these imposing rivers where other small and medium tributaries hide some of the very best fishing secrets in Patagonia.
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Traveling Los Lagos

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Editors Note: The following is from our special Los Lagos tourism section in Issue 5.
 
By Wayne Bernhardson
 
 
In 1979, the first time I visited the Los Lagos region, I crossed the cordillera from Argentina to find landscapes that looked like the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. Over the ensuing decades working on travel guidebooks about Chile and Patagonia, I’ve explored almost every corner of the region, also known to English speakers as Chile’s Lake District. My trips have constantly reaffirmed for me that the densely forested slopes, snowy volcanic cones and azure lakes in Los Lagos are almost a mirror image of Washington State, Oregon and British Columbia.
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Saving Futaleufú

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Editors Note: The following is the cover story from Issue 4
 
The big river under threat: A global treasure in Chilean Patagonia faces an uncertain future.
 
By Jimmy Langman and Nancy Moore
Photos by Sebastian Alvarez
 
 
The summer February sun was shining on the crowd of international rafting and kayak enthusiasts in the Chilean Patagonia town of Futaleufú . They have come together for Futa Fest, and the event’s director, Mitch Sasser, gets their attention by talking through a bullhorn. In between explaining the day’s agenda, he makes clear the overriding purpose of the weekend festivities – protect the river. “Let the river flow!” he declares in Spanish.  These words are received with great enthusiasm from this audience, with someone yelling back “Patagonia without dams!” 
 
Coming from France, Brazil, the United States and diverse other countries, they are here for a weekend whitewater competition but are well aware that the powerful and magnetic turquoise blue Futaleufú  River – called by many the world’s best river for kayaking and rafting - has joined the ranks of the threatened. 
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