ecoDestinations - Patagonia

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...the raft floats quietly along a shore lined with bushy lenga trees and bright orange calafate flowers. Arratia, who grew up a few hours south of here in the coastal village of Caleta Tortel, leans backward from his captain's perch, fills his water bottle with river water, and takes a good long swing. "No hay mas puro," he says. It doesn't get any purer than this.

Excerpt from 'Disappearing Destinations - 37 Places in Peril and What Can Be Done to Help Save Them' by Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen

Photos: Kim Lisagor

Development Threatens Rivers in Aysén, Chile

Photo Story: Twelve Scenes from Patagonia's Most Threatened Terrain

Photo: Bridget Besaw/ iLC

Photo Story: Twelve Scenes from Patagonia's Most Threatened Terrain

By Jason Wire - Aysén is Chile's third-largest region, about the size of Tennessee, and the most sparsely populated. It’s among the most remote and undisturbed areas of Patagonia, and could be changed forever by the largest hydroelectric project in the history of Chile. This is not just another forest. This is the largest river in Chile. These are among the most powerful rapids on the planet.

	 It's a Sad Day in Patagonia: Chilean Government Approves Mega-Hydropower Project
Photo: Kim Lisagor

It's a Sad Day in Patagonia: Chilean Government Approves Mega-Hydropower Project

By Kim Lisagor - Despite a grassroots opposition effort that had spread across the globe in recent years, the Chilean government finally caved to corporate pressure and approved a $7 billion dollar hydropower project that will destroy one of the world's most pristine places. The Aysén region's last two free-flowing rivers will be dammed to create up to 2.75 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes.

   

 

Enjoying the Patagonian Wilderness Responsibly

The EcoCamp Patagonia Experience in Torres del Paine National Park
Photo: EcoCamp Patagonia

The EcoCamp Patagonia Experience in Torres del Paine National Park

EcoCamp Patagonia is located at the very tip of South America, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.


Cascada Expediciones: Enjoying the Patagonian Wilderness Responsibly with EcoCamp Patagonia Photo: Cascada Expedicione

Cascada Expediciones: Enjoying the Patagonian Wilderness Responsibly with EcoCamp Patagonia

EcoCamp Patagonia, owned and operated by the Chilean in-bound tour operator Cascada Expediciones, is carbon neutral, 100% renewable energy, and carefully designed to minimize environmental footprint. EcoCamp's dome design was inspired by the ancient nomadic Kaweskar inhabitants, who relocated within the park without leaving a trace.

Patagonia Travel Stories


Photo: Eva Mossberg

Ecotourism in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina

By Eva Mossberg - San Martín de los Andes, a town of 24,000 residents in the Nequén region of Patagonia, Argentina, can easily be referred to as "Chamonix Mont Blanc of the Andes". Much like its French counterpart, tourism is the main socioeconomic activity here, due to the abundant natural resources in the area. The influx of tourists during peak seasons is remarkable, filling every café, hospedaje, kayak, and lift chair.

 

Latest News and Articles on Patagonia

Hiking on the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (Photo Credit: Matthew Barker)     By Jack McCabe (Vaya Adventures)   As home to both one of the fastest growing, most developed economies in South America, and also some of the most beautiful landscapes and pristine, untouched nature in the world, Chile finds itself in a delicate balance between the drive towards continued development, and a critical need for the conservation of the natural beauty that makes it such an amazing place to visit and explore. Environmental conservation efforts are currently being undertaken...
TAHOE CITY, CA, June 26, 2012– The active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, AdventureSmith Explorations, earmarks some of the best places in the world to watch the antics of penguins.   Todd Smith, company founder and director, reminds that there are 17 species of penguin, all of which, except for the Galapagos Penguin, live in the Southern Hemisphere. For example, there are six common penguin species in Antarctic regions alone: Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo, King and Macaroni....
Eco-Certified Vacations in Alaska, Galapagos, Sweden, Patagonia   Vienna, Virginia/United States, February 15, 2012 - Sustainable travel trail blazer Greenloons announces the addition of Alaska and Galapagos cruise companies as well as land operators in Sweden and Patagonia, all eco-certified by qualified third parties, to its growing list of resources for travelers seeking sustainable vacation options.   Irene Lane, Greenloons founder, said the "green travel" market is estimated to be growing 5% annually worldwide, representing 6% of the world's GDP and...
Photo by Linde Waidhofer   Unknown. Exceptional.   These are two of the primary attributes used around the world to describe Patagonia, a space known for its elusive geography, culture, and climate, located at the end of the world, where it sits cradled between the Antarctic, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Shared by Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is one of those special "must-know" places, like the Amazon or Nepal.   Within Patagonia, one of the most unique territories is Aysén: 110,000 km2 of forests, rivers, lakes, glaciers, and wild prairies...
Photo by GiroVai.com What Is GiroVai? GiroVai.com is an online tourism company formed by a group of travellers with different professional backgrounds and different nationalities. Our aim is to break the geographical barriers of the southernmost region of the world and offer a high standard service to those interested in experiencing the same adventurous spirit of pioneer explorers. What we offer on our website are just options of many other things you can do in this area. All of our programmes are totally customised. Patagonia Travel Tips All of our destinations involve outdoor...
Photo by BikeHike Adventures Patagonia: A Must for Active Explorers Breaking away from the common aspiration to travel in a warm and tropical destination can be difficult – but Patagonia makes it EASY. Mixing immense natural beauty, rich wildlife and satisfying activities makes Patagonia a must for active travellers.   Patagonia is located at the southern end of South America and spans over parts of Chile and Argentina. Covering roughly one third of Argentina and close to half of Chile, there is a lot of Patagonia to go around. Combine that with its low low population...
About EcoCamp Patagonia EcoCamp Patagonia is located at the very tip of South America, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Guests enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and Chilean food and wine at night, before falling asleep gazing up at star-filled skies in their...
EcoCamp Domes: Designed to Blend In Situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, EcoCamp Patagonia has gained an award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology. EcoCamp Patagonia, owned and operated by the Chilean in-bound tour operator Cascada Expediciones, is carbon neutral, 100% renewable energy, and carefully designed to minimize environmental footprint.   EcoCamp’s dome design was inspired by the ancient nomadic Kaweskar inhabitants, who relocated within the park without leaving a trace...

 

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