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Fire in Torres del Paine

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On the last day of Trekking we arrive at the famous viewpoint of Torres del Paine really tired. But I had hair!


For a lover of South America and nature as I am, this news leaves you frozen.

I arrived at Puerto Natales - Chilean village since it serves as a base for 90% of people who want to explore Torres del Paine - with Rober in March 2004. Despite being summer in the Southern Hemisphere, the temperatures were quite low and there we rented equipment to face the 4 days of trekking we had planned to do.

We did not have time to travel the entire W but we had 4 intense days of trekking with walks of 9 hours a day that tested our physical endurance.

I remember Rober telling me that he didn't like the landscape very much and that after so many trekkings in Nepal, Thailand and New Zealand, he knew little. He didn't like him much Patagonian lunar landscape, populated with shrubs and lakes, lacking other vegetation and whipped by an inclement wind and a harsh climate in general.

However, I was fascinated. It was pure and hard Patagonia.

Today, reviewing our written articles about Chile, I have realized that I did not write about those days of walking in the southernmost area through which we never passed in that first round the world in the distant 2004. I promise to do it as soon as the parties pass. It will be hard to remember but the flames of this fire have fueled many memories and I have the logbook of my defloration in the world of great journeys.

Today 11,000 hectares have already been consumed by fire and, although 237 brigades have been displaced - both Chileans and Argentines - and international assistance has already been requested, the forest continues to burn out of control and an average of 2,500 hectares per day is consumed. A colossal disaster.

The strong winds and bad weather In general, it has limited the action of the air means displaced to the place and favors the expansion of the flames that mercilessly devours the habitat of the llamas, deer and so many unique animal and plant species in the area.

The weather forecast seems to be somewhat more favorable in the next few hours and more tankers are arriving in the area.

Hopefully the first good news of 2012 is that the fire is off.

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