37,500-acre El Rincon donated to expand Perito Moreno National Park

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Editors Note: Bravo ! Another conservation victory in Patagonia thanks to Doug Tompkins. His aims are vastly misunderstood in the region, with the rumor mill over the years attempting to turn him into something altogether different. Who is he? At the most basic, he is a longtime climber who became incredibly successful in business and used his wealth to do something to save the planet. The world could use a lot more of that. 
 
Nadine Lehner, Conservacion Patagonica, BUENOS AIRES, MAY 16, 2013 – In an official ceremony with the Ministry of Tourism and the National Parks Administration, Conservacion Patagonica donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today. In the northwest area of the Santa Cruz Province, the 37,500-acre El Rincon will expand Perito Moreno National Park. El Rincon encompasses the Lácteo River Valley, which provides access to the dramatic—and still-unclimbed—south face of San Lorenzo, Patagonia’s second-highest peak.  Its granite walls and iconic pyramidal form make it the “Everest” of the region.
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The intrinsic value of Aysén and Chilean Patagonia

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No one doubts that the world is entering a new era. There are numerous signs, from our own natural world, such as climate change, to our culture, with the emergence of social movements and the new “springs” in diverse countries around the world.
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Running with wildlife through Patagonia’s frozen lands

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On July 28, 2012, summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of the London Olympics, two figures brace themselves against the driving snow at the foot of continental South America. Above the roaring wind and crashing waves, they scream the start of their own Olympic-sized challenge -- the “5000 mile project,"  an unprecedented run the length of South America, more than 250 marathons in a year, for the continent’s wildlands and wildlife.
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River of Desire Excerpts: Revelations at Cape Curious

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(Editors note: This is the second in a series of excerpts we will be publishing on our website from British author Simon Worrall’s book The River of Desire: A Journey of the Heart Through Patagonia. In the current issue of the magazine, we also publish the entire chapter entitled "River of Desire.")

Bruce Chatwin, the celebrated British travel writer, dismissed San Julian as “boring” when he passed through the town in 1978. What he didn’t say was that he was only there for three hours, between changing buses. Back then, most travellers, like Chatwin, at least had to pass through San Julian on Route 3. Today, many people bypass it altogether, as they fly south to more obviously spectacular sites, like Torres del Paine or Ushuaia.
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Announcing the winners of our first Patagonia Photo Contest

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In his description of the striking image above, the photographer Mariano Peppi writes:  “A young 11-year-old crosses the rapid waters of the Baker River, accustomed since a young age to help his father transport wools and grass that they trade each year in exchange for food and other items.
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