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‘da Baker

'da Baker - Rapids of Rio Baker near confluence with Rio Nef, Patagonia, Aisen, Chile

The greatest river of Patagonia. Electric turquoise so clear that you can see pebbles at the bottom. Full of salmon and trout that big that fishing here is a dream of every fly fisherman in the world. Waves which can swallow rafts in a second. Lambs grazing at the banks. Fed by melting snow and ice of the Ice Fields makes its way trough canyons and valleys before it reaches Pacific Ocean at the fiords between the Patagonian Andes. The river in danger of disappearing. I see turquoise, galloping horses, snow caped mountains, fish jumping up the rapids, cabins, infinite waterfalls, wooden boats, and gauchos sipping mate. For some in offices of New York and Madrid it is an obscure geographical name from encyclopedia and billion dollars resource extraction investment opportunity. Which side are you on? Will you take your grandson on a float on this mighty river in this land at the end of the world? Or all what will be left are stories of times long gone and old photo books from grandpa’s closet?

Photo: Rapids of Rio Baker near confluence with Rio Nef, Patagonia, Aisen, Chile

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