Tourism and sustainability in Chile

By Robert Currie Ríos
Editors Note: The following is from Issue 9
Sustainable development is that which meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The term was first coined by the World Commission on Environment and Development nearly 30 years ago, and since then has seen a number of efforts from the international community to promote a more fair and respectful development model. These efforts include, for example, the creation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Millennium Development Goals, and most recently the Sustainable Development Goals.

The giants of Yelcho

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

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



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


Issue 9 - Adventure Travel Issue

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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