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I would like to take a minute to point out the Refugios in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. I understand that all types of people wish to visit the park, and clearly, everyone including the old and young, poor and rich should be allowed to enjoy it. However, the refugios in the park are clearly just trying to make money off of the land and everyone that visits. The refugios compare themselves to hostels but they are more like swanky hotels. Each one offers a nice bathroom and living and dining area for the guests. First of all, they like to overcharge. Staying in a Refugio is even more costly than staying in a nice hotel in a Chilean city. Secondly, we set up camp and the staff did everything they could to keep campers out of the refugio, even though you STILL have to pay to camp (rather costly too considering its your own tent). I believe that everyone should visit the park but i do not believe that the beautiful Patagonian land should be exploited by a few companies looking to make bank on everyone that visits.

Posted by Ramiro D 15:59

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