Ski Patagonia's volcanoes with Patagon Journal


In Patagon Journal’s winter edition published this month, one of our main feature stories is Snowboarding the Andes, which among other things highlights some incredible snowboarding opportunities in the Andes with one of Patagonia’s top mountain guides, Jorge Kozulj. In one such trip two years ago this September, Jorge guided a professional team of snowboarders sponsored by The North Face. They camped out at the rim of the crater, waking up to a spectacular day of snowboarding documented for a worldwide audience in the following video by TransWorld Snowboarding magazine:


Issue 2 is out!

The comforting silence of Torres del Paine El reconfortante silencio de Torres del Paine
The cold and silence feel eternal during this park’s unknown winter. El frío y el silencio son eternos durante el desconocido invierno de este Parque Nacional.
By Claudio Almarza
Interview: Amory Lovins Entrevista: Amory Lovins 
Why Chile’s current energy path is unnecessary.  Por qué es innecesaria la actual vía energética chilena.
By Jimmy Langman
Ski touring the Bariloche backcountry Esquíando en el fuera de pistas de Bariloche
Steep and deep in powder in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Aventura escarpada y profunda en la nieve del Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
By Christie Pashby

Aysen post-rebellion


“Many thanks, best wishes” was the brief response the government spokesperson sent the afternoon of February 24 in an email to the citizens group “Aysen Social Movement.” A few hours earlier, the group’s leaders had sent Chile President Sebastian Piñera and his ministers a 22-page document outlining proposed responses to 11 demands made by the group during 40 days of protest on behalf of the region’s 100,000 inhabitants.


First International Sustainable Tourism Congress

Patagon Journal is proud to be a media partner for the First International Sustainable Tourism Congress, to be held in Puerto Varas, Chile, August 16-17. More info below: 

Puerto Varas: Rain Festival 2012

A quick escape to Puerto Varas in Chile's Lakes Region is an invitation always too attractive to reject. This time its the 4th annual Rain Festival, which celebrates the arrival of the winter solstice every Southern Hemisphere winter. Time to put on the rain boots and enjoy the low season in southern Chile.


4th annual Rain Festival begins in Puerto Varas

Patagon Journal is based in Puerto Varas, a lakeside town in southern Chile. In summer, it’s bustling with tourists, mostly warm and has blessedly long days. Come winter, the days get darker much sooner, the breeze gets chillier, and the skies open up with rain that sometimes has few pauses for seemingly weeks at a time. Still, there is something to be said for rain. For example, nothing like sleeping to the sound of rain beating down on your roof. You learn in the south of Chile that its all about attitude – one needs to embrace rain with gusto.


Surprise announcement paralyzes HidroAysén


In a surprise announcement yesterday evening, Colbún –partial owner of HidroAysén and one of the largest energy companies in Chile—announced that it is indefinitely suspending the environmental impact assessment process for HidroAysén’s transmission line. This move can be interpreted as a display of discontent with an unclear government policy, or as a way for the company to get out of the increasingly expensive project. But one thing is clear: this announcement clearly demonstrates that the future of HidroAysén is a big question mark – and that investors and international financial institutions should steer clear of this project.
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