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tierra del fuego

CHILE: PORVENIR — CAMERON — RIO BELLA VISTA — LAGO DESEADO — LAGO FAGNANO

The ferry from Punta Arenas arrives in Porvenir, a scene of former glory, current decrepitude, and undeniable charm .

Everywhere there are old wooden boats with evocative names: Luz Mar = Sea Light

Ricketty wooden structures...

... and abandoned buildings.

I leave the faded glory...

... in exchange for dirt roads and lowering skies.

A bus stop break reveals bicycle traces - I met these guys in the Atacama desert in the north Chile back in December.

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The former glory, it transpires, was funded by gold mining.

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Guanaco's are everywhere on Tierra del Fuego and they stand about wheezing at cyclists with aggressive disapproval before bounding over fences with casual elegance.

But there is evidence that fences do, in fact, pose a hazard to these lovely animals...

...and are responsible for many a sad accident.

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A 'historic' and abandoned estancia building.

Chile is plagued by introduced beavers and their dams are everywhere.

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Lake Fanango.

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