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Carretera Austral

Fisherman, Puyuhuapi, Chile

This portrait was taken in Puyuhuapi, Chile, a village of about 1,000 on the Carretera Austral, the highway through southern Chile that traverses 1,200 kilometers of Patagonia. Until the completion of the highway in the early 1980s, Puyuhuapi was primarily accessible only by boat or plane. Supported by a pair of crutches, this man spent the…
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On the Edge: Lago General Carrera, Chile

Or, Lago Buenos Aires on the Argentine side. The lake's 1,850 square kilometers are almost evenly split between the two countries —-970 km² are in Chilean territory, 880 km² in Argentina—- but in terms of sheer majesty, the half that lies in Chilean Patagonia wins hands down. It's also Chile's largest lake. Today's Pic du Jour was taken through…
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Dam Project Threat Still Looms Large in Chilean Patagonia

I reached the northern terminus of southern Chile’s Carretera Austral last week, just after Tuesday slid into Wednesday. All things considered, it is one of the most profoundly beautiful stretches of road I’ve ever experienced. Pristine glacier-fed lakes and jagged Andean peaks line both sides of the largely unpaved and sometimes rough road. It…
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Postcard from Cerro Castillo

Moving forward*, northward, along Chile's Carretera Austral, this is a view of Cerro Castillo from the back yard of the hospedaje where I spent two nights earlier this week. It's near the village of Villa Cerro Castillo, about 75 kilometers south of Coyhaique, Chile. About two hours later the skies opened, bringing on a rain that lasted through…
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