Torres del Paine National Park in Chile

29 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks Reading Time:  9 minutes

Looking at the Cuernos del Paine from the Lago del Toro in the morning © flickr.com - Ajay Suresh/cc-by-2.0

Looking at the Cuernos del Paine from the Lago del Toro in the morning © flickr.com – Ajay Suresh/cc-by-2.0

Torres del Paine National Park(Spanish: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory. Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay, while Torres means “towers”.   read more…

Theme Week Chile – Punta Arenas

23 November 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Nao Victoria, Magellans ship replica, in the Museo Nao Victoria © Juanmatassi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nao Victoria, Magellans ship replica, in the Museo Nao Victoria © Juanmatassi/cc-by-sa-3.0

Punta Arenas is the capital city of the southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed as Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arenas. It is the largest city south of the 46th parallel south. As of 1977 Punta Arenas has been one of only two free ports in Chile. Located on the Brunswick Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas was originally established by the Chilean government in 1848 as a tiny penal colony to assert sovereignty over the Strait. During the remainder of the 1800s, Punta Arenas grew in size and importance due to the increasing maritime traffic and trade traveling to the west coasts of South and North America. This period of growth also resulted from the waves of European immigrants, mainly from Croatia and Russia attracted to the gold rush and sheep farming boom in the 1880s and early 1900s. The largest sheep company, controlling 10,000 square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, was based in Punta Arenas, and its owners lived there. Since its founding Chile has used Punta Arenas as a base to defend its sovereignty claims in the southernmost part of South America. This led, among other things, to the Strait of Magellan being recognized as Chilean territory in the Boundary treaty of 1881 between Chile and Argentina. The geopolitical importance of Punta Arenas has remained high in the 20th and 21st centuries because of its logistic importance in accessing the Antarctic Peninsula.   read more…

Portrait: Douglas Tompkins, environmental activist and eco-entrepreneur

28 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  6 minutes

DouglasTompkins © LatinTrade.com

DouglasTompkins © LatinTrade.com

From time to time we portrait people with exceptional CV’s who try to make the world a better place with a lot of engagement:   read more…

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