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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; 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

E-mail Print - 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

E-mail Print - 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.

Travel: Picking Patagonia parks

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Huffington Post - Not everything has a Hunger Games ending where two winners are chosen. So, what happens when you have two equally gorgeous parks in one of the most picturesque places on the globe, but can only choose one? The vast region of Patagonia covers two countries, 800,000 square kilometers, and is one of the more remote and least populated areas on the globe. It's home to beautiful parks spread out across the region. But, once you start planning your Patagonia vacation, you quickly come to the conclusion you won't have enough time to cover it all. You may be forced to decide -- if you could only see and spend time in one of Patagonia's famous parks, which one should you choose?

NYT: Churches and cheap seafood off the coast of Chile

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New York Times - Around dusk on my last day in Chiloé, an archipelago just off the coast of southern Chile, I finally made it to the farthest point on the island of Lemuy, winding around sheep farms on tidy dirt roads to a little town called Detif, home of one of Chiloé’s traditional wooden churches, which are recognized as a World Heritage site by Unesco.
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