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'Like a Fairy Tale', Chile, Torre, del, Paine, Salto Grande Waterfall | by WanderingtheWorld (www.ChrisFord.com)
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'Like a Fairy Tale', Chile, Torre, del, Paine, Salto Grande Waterfall

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Below is an excerpt from my travel blog. Cheers.

 

Torre del Paine national park in Chile is like a fairy tale. The park is not incredibly huge, but the amount of spectacular sites that include, mountains, glacial lakes, glaciers, forests, animals, rivers... is unbelievable. This waterfall, called Salto Grande is one of the main attractions of the park.

 

I did a little reading about Patagonia last night and it's interesting to understand the economic forces at play down in the region. The area, although absolutely stunning, is not suitable for agriculture and farming. After the demand for wool declined in the early 1900s, the area has struggled to find a suitable industry. It now mostly comprised of tourism and wealthy foreigners attempting to grab a piece of one of the last pristine and untouched-by-human areas of the world. It is because of Patagonia's lack of a viable industry for the last 50+ years that has characterized this area as mostly underdeveloped. Cities appear like they have been thrown up overnight and most of the roads are still unpaved. When you drive through the area you may not see a single car, house, or person for hours at a time. It really is one of the last uninhabited areas of the world. So if you enjoy isolation and unbelievable scenery, Patagonia is the place for you. Good luck finding a job though.

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Taken on March 11, 2011