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Patagonia cowboys

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National Geographic - This is a story about blood, courage, and tradition, and like most stories of this nature, there are horses involved, and men of unlikely skill and reticence, and yes, of course, lives and limbs are at risk. Also, like most stories of this nature, the landscape is mythically wild, partly because it is so remote and therefore almost impossible to reach by ordinary, convenient means. If you know where to look, you can see Sutherland on a topographical map, a finger of land pointing into Chile’s Última Esperanza Sound, in southern Patagonia. But there are no roads near the place, and no settlements. To the north—but again, not accessible by ordinary means—there is Torres del Paine National Park, and beyond that the wild and impassable northern ice fields that cut off Chile’s Patagonia from the rest of the country. To the west, scores of little islands make a puzzle of the southern Pacific. To the east, there is the sound—often thrown into a fury by the infamous wind here, and therefore not always safely navigable—and at last Puerto Natales, with its pleasant, touristic shops and restaurants.
 

Seeking refuge in the wild: Hiking in Chilean Patagonia

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Washington Post - The icy wind whipped and swirled, nearly knocking me off my feet. Snow lashed my face. My husband and I struggled to see the Torres del Paine summits through the fog. After a wet, cold, three-hour uphill hike, I hoped the slushy precipitation might clear, even for a moment, so I could glimpse the Torres — the trio of granite mountain peaks that are arguably Patagonia’s most iconic sight. On a clear day, their jagged gray edges scrape the sky hundreds of feet above a snowfield and a meltwater lake, but at this particular moment they were hiding.
 

Chile to host the 2015 Adventure Travel World Summit

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ATTAChile has won the bid to host the Adventure Travel World Summit (ATWS) in 2015. The adventure tourism industry’s foremost annual gathering will take place from October 5th to the 8th in the town of Puerto Varas, in the Lake Region of Chile. The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA;  www.adventuretravel.biz) announced the location at the start of TravelMart Latin America. A long-time member and partner of the ATTA, Chile is committed to adventure travel as a path toward sustainable tourism in the country.
 

South Georgia Island: The last Godforsaken place

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Outside -  a 25-degree austral summer day, loose clouds spackled the sky, and the dark skyline of South Georgia Island, a battering ram of 9,000-foot peaks, 160 glaciers, and frayed coastline, loomed off the bow of the ship. I stood on the lower deck, wrapped in industrial-strength rain gear and giant rubber boots rated to minus 40, about to step into a dinghy to venture to shore, when the captain suddenly ordered us to halt.
 

Patagonia gets ready for winter

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Chile Travel Winter is coming up quickly and the Aysen Region is preparing itself to receive it the best way possible, with a wide selection of events to enjoy during this time of year.
 

Trekking and the great outdoors in ice-capped Argentine Patagonia

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GoNomad.com - The windswept, dramatic landscapes of Patagonia dwarf the few tiny towns spread across the colossal land. Enormous jagged peaks, turquoise lakes, and snaking glaciers prevail – it is a place for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and anyone who appreciates awe-inspiring natural beauty.
 

An expansive, privately funded park in Patagonia will open to visitors this winter

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Smithsonian.com - Chile already has 36 national parks, 49 national reserves and 15 natural monuments, but they will soon get one more, without having to build any of the welcome centers, trails, or other infrastructure projects that are required to create an accessible public space. 
 

Argentina to relaunch Patagonic train

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Business News Americas - Argentina will re-launch the suspended Patagonia railway service in southern Río Negro province, the interior ministry said in a statement.
 

Travel: Chile's land of ice blue lakes

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BBC - The Carretera Austral could be one of the most spectacular and challenging cycle tours in the world. It is made of endless stretches of empty dirt roads surrounded by forests, mountains, glaciers and lakes, with scenic villages, free campsites and hot springs along the way. The route is so remote that some days you might only see a jinete (horseman) trot by with his band of dogs. But the journey is not unachievable – all you need is a sturdy bike, a knack for light packing and a sense of adventure to make this the cycle tour of a lifetime.
 

Travel: In the land of lost giants

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National Geographic Traveller - Getting lost can be a good thing. For some reason, I’d noted the name of the hotel in northern Patagonia — La Escondida — but hadn’t double-checked to make sure it was the only one. When I arrive and ask for my key, the reality dawns: I’m five hours south of my destination, hungry and worn out.
 
I change plans and stay put for the night. La Escondida means ‘the hidden one’. Perhaps it’s fate.
 
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