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Photo Essay: Aysén — Unspoiled beauty of the Chilean Patagonia Special

Coyhaique Alto - Patagonia, a land located at the southernmost point of South America, near the end of the map, is a remote territory of great diversity of landscapes: mountains, rivers, lakes, islands and fiords, which still remains semi-virgin.
 

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Impressive views of the Lake from “Carretera Austral” (the “Southern Highway”)  which is a g...
Impressive views of the Lake from “Carretera Austral” (the “Southern Highway”), which is a gravel road running along the region.
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The natural scenery of Lake General Carrera is magnificent and often breathtaking.
The natural scenery of Lake General Carrera is magnificent and often breathtaking.
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A narrow bridge over the waters of Lake General Carrera  Aysen Region.
A narrow bridge over the waters of Lake General Carrera, Aysen Region.
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There are some lodges near the lake catering mostly to foreign sport fishermen.
There are some lodges near the lake catering mostly to foreign sport fishermen.
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Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state  untouched by human development.
Most of the Aysén Region of Chile remains in a pristine state, untouched by human development.
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Inside the Marble Cathedral  one of the three marble caves in Lake General Carrera  Aysen  Chile.
Inside the Marble Cathedral, one of the three marble caves in Lake General Carrera, Aysen, Chile.
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Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
Lake General Carrera has beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by virgin forests.
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Some sections of the  Carretera Austral  in the Aysen Region are connected by small wooden barges ab...
Some sections of the "Carretera Austral" in the Aysen Region are connected by small wooden barges able to cross the river with a few vehicles.
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Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera  the largest lake in Chile located in t...
Cliffs and mountain scenery surrounding Lake General Carrera, the largest lake in Chile located in the Chilean Patagonia.
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A Chilean flag flies over the waters of Lake General Carrera  Aysen Region.
A Chilean flag flies over the waters of Lake General Carrera, Aysen Region.
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Canada has a unique opportunity to preserve its boreal forest and the rich water reserves within it ...
Canada has a unique opportunity to preserve its boreal forest and the rich water reserves within it, setting an example for worldwide conservation efforts.
Photo courtesy Steve Kallick
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Because of its isolation  there are just a couple of villages in the shores of Lake General Carrera.
Because of its isolation, there are just a couple of villages in the shores of Lake General Carrera.
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Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake  Aysén Region  Chile.
Side view of the karst rocks forming the marble caves at General Carrera Lake, Aysén Region, Chile.
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The upper sections of the Baker River have many class I and II rapids  great for rafting and kayakin...
The upper sections of the Baker River have many class I and II rapids, great for rafting and kayaking.
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Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions  the weather is ussually fine  adding to the bea...
Because the region enjoys micro-climatic conditions, the weather is ussually fine, adding to the beauty of the area.
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The great lake has many islands contrasting with the beautiful turquoise-blue waters.
The great lake has many islands contrasting with the beautiful turquoise-blue waters.
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Canada  boreal forest is home to a staggering number of  wildlife species  including the woodland ca...
Canada' boreal forest is home to a staggering number of wildlife species, including the woodland caribou. As its waters empty into the northern oceans and seas, it provides critical habitat for some of the planet's most endangered birds.
Valerie Courtois/Pew Environment Group
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The Baker River flows for about 200 kilometres in a south-west direction from Lake General Carrera a...
The Baker River flows for about 200 kilometres in a south-west direction from Lake General Carrera and Bertrand Lake towards the Pacific Ocean.
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One of the entrances to the marble caves at General Carrera Lake  Aysén Region  Chile.
One of the entrances to the marble caves at General Carrera Lake, Aysén Region, Chile.
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Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support t...
Approaching the karst rocks that contain the marble caves at Lake General Carrera. Pillars support the great rocks over the water of the lake.
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