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10 overlooked eco-tourism destinations

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 30, 2012, 5:31 p.m.
Chilean Patagonia

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Chilean Patagonia

The austere and stunningly unusual landscapes of Patagonia have been drawing thrill-seeking trekkers, landscape photographers and nature-lovers from around the world for decades. Mountains, glaciers, untouched valleys and rugged coastal areas characterize this place in southernmost South America. Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago divided between Chile and Argentina, is also usually considered part of Patagonia. With few people and limited infrastructure, this is not a place for casual nature-seekers, but a land for those for whom the phrase “get away from it all” is not a mere cliche, but a lifelong mission.