Outdoor World

Chiles new route of parks aims to save the wild beauty of Patagonia

The country has just added 11 m hectares of land to the national parks The road to Parque Pumaln is festooned with dozens of whitewater cataracts that decline down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano is threatening sweep away the sparse human agreements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often propping populations of fewer than 100 inhabitants. The backdrop, however, unexpectedly changes at El Amarillo, a city of perfect picket fences, exquisitely designed bridges…

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