Peace, tranquility and silence in Torres del Paine

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Text and photos by Clara Ribera
Translation by Katy Harris
 
It is 8:00 am and still dark. I am in the minivan with three Scottish guests, the guide and the driver. My eyelids are still stuck together as I think about the bed that I abandoned far too early at 5:30 am. I can feel my stomach being thrown around on the winding gravel road that we have taken from some cabins to Hotel Las Torres. It isn’t the best circumstances for keeping my senses alert.
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Finding hidden beauty in Pumalín Park

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Text and photos by Ignacio Palma
 
At the entrance to Pichicolo (15 kilometers north of Hornopirén), there is a large sign, almost worn away by the Patagonian wind and the dust from the rugged Carretera Austral, which reads: “He who does not know the Chilean forest, does not know the planet.” This iconic line, written by the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in his memoir “I Confess That I Have Lived,” welcomes visitors to this small cove on the obscure coast of Hualaihué.
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An explosion of colors at Conguillio

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By Clara Ribera

“Please forgive the artists. They ran out of paint and couldn’t finish the masterpiece." This is how I was welcomed to Conguillio National Park, a popular destination during summer and winter but during the fall this park hides a real treasure -- a festival of colors.

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Crisis in Chiloe: The Nuño phenomenon

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Photo: Thousands of dead clams recently washed up on the shores of Chiloe Island. Photo: Thousands of dead clams recently washed up on the shores of Chiloe Island.

 
By Hector Kol
Translation by Katy Harris
 
On April 2, 2011, National Television of Chile broadcast a documentary about the helicopter pilot and documentary maker Sergio Nuño. The documentary addressed how the Cruces River was being destroyed by toxic emissions from liquid industrial waste produced by a wood pulp mill in Valdivia owned by Celco of the Angelini Group. 
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Till the last hope: The ISA virus, the salmon industry and Patagonia

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At least 70 percent of the Chilean salmon industry is found in the Los Lagos region, but due to the contamination its left behind, companies are migrating further south into Patagonia.
 
By Hector Kol
 
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 1. 
 
Salmon exports in Chile began in 1984. The industry experienced steady growth and with it, salmon cages in Chilean waters multiplied fast.  Two decades later, Chile became the second largest producer of salmon in the world.  Nothing seemed capable of slowing this booming industry. 
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