The giants of Yelcho

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You’re a fresh water fisherman. What you’d like to do is catch some big trout on maybe 2 – 3 x tippet, and maybe some chinook salmon? See Chile’s Yelcho lake and river. Located near the town of Chaiten in northern Patagonia, its one of the most fertile and productive stretches of fresh water in the world, particularly when guided to deadly efficiency by veterinarian Steve Selway of Puma Fishing Lodge, who, in the offseason, spends his time pampering Triple Crown winner, American Pharaoh, in Kentucky. 

Organizations announce legal actions over approval of dam project in Rio Puelo

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Puelo Patagonia, press release, Nov. 2 - After analyzing in depth the information released by Chile's environment ministry upon their approval of the Mediterraneo hydroelectric project in the Rio Puelo watershed today, organizers of the campaign "Puelo Without Towers" have announced they will pursue legal actions to stop the project.

Chilean government to decide the future of the Mediterraneo hyrdoelectric project in Puelo

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Puelo Patagonia, press release, Oct. 30 - The feasibility of the Mediterraneano hydroelectric project in Puelo, whose owners include José Cox, partner and friend of former Chile President Sebastian Pinera, and Ricardo Bachelet, cousin of the current Chile President Michelle Bachelet, will be decided by an intergovernmental Chilean committee of ministers from the environment, mining, health, economy, development, agriculture and energy ministries on Monday, November 2. 

Rada and Martinez summit highest unclimbed peak in North America

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Issue 9 - Adventure Travel Issue

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Presenting the Adventure Travel Issue, a special, 100-page edition we have published in part for the Adventure Travel World Summit this week in Puerto Varas, Chile.  For the cover story on the 25 best adventure trips in Chile, we were fortunate to have the help of Wayne Bernhardson, who has been writing guidebooks about Chile for Lonely Planet, then Moon, since the early 1990s, and Gabriel O’Rorke, a British journalist based out of Santiago who writes for some of the world’s leading travel magazines. We sought to identify the most extraordinary, high quality trips. Still, it’s just a small sample of the many amazing travel possibilities found along Chile’s incredibly long and diverse landscape.

Patagon Journal now available at 40+ stores in the United States

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Patagon Journal now on sale at the following stores in the United States via Ubiquity Distributors! Let us know if there are stores near you that want to carry the magazine..

Protecting the last refuge of the blue whale?

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 8 
Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete is the director of the Blue Whale Center, a non-profit in Valdivia, Chile, dedicated to blue whale research and conservation. Huecke-Gaete, 40, has been studying the blue whale for almost two decades. Since 2003, in partnership with diverse institutions, his Blue Whale Center has been tracking blue whales on the coasts of northern Chilean Patagonia through tagging, survey and photo identification each year.  A marine biologist with a doctorate in ecology, he is also an ecology professor at Universidad Austral de Chile. In 2008, he won the prestigious Whitley Award to support his efforts to establish a marine park for blue whales, which finally came to fruition in part last year with the creation of Tic Toc Marine Park. Patagon Journal executive editor Jimmy Langman interviewed Hucke-Gaete via Skype. Excerpts: 

Twilight on the Santa Cruz River

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Argentine Patagonia's most endangered river

Text and photos by Michael Gaige

Editors Note: The following is from Issue 8
At dawn, a rare moment without wind on the Patagonian steppe allows me to hear the birds and the rushing water. I pack my tent, ready my packraft, and wait for enough light. The morning provides a pleasant, if short-lived, window for passing through this unforgiving landscape. Calm air is fleeting on the steppe. In just a few hours the insistent winds will shove me off the river. 

Fly fishing in Magallanes

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Editors Note: The following is from Issue 8
If you were thinking about visiting Magallanes, and especially Torres del Paine National Park, you are probably going for the trip of your life. If you were also thinking about leaving your fly rod at home, think again.
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