But instead of keeping tourism at bay, Germán has chosen to embrace it. “I never expected that I would work in tourism one day. At first, I hated tourism. But my wife said that tourists are just happy people who walk around. And once I understood that, I started to like it.”
Indeed, the development of adventure tourism in the region, if kept in check, could be the key to protecting and preserving the land for future generations.
Germán knows he won’t be around long enough to see what becomes of his beloved Tierra del Fuego, but he hopes travelers will continue to take pleasure in its remoteness.
Tierra del Fuego reminds us how fortunate we are to walk in the footsteps of those intrepid explorers, adventurers, and pioneers who came before us. Germán should take solace in the fact that, no matter how much tourism pokes and prods, this place will remain wild forever.
Watch the new video by GLP Films, “The Man at the End of the World,” to discover the beauty and mystery of Tierra del Fuego through the eyes of Don Germán. This film is nominated for Best Adventure Travel Film in the 2017 Adventure in Motion film contest. Watch and cast your vote at www.bit.ly/voteChile.
By Jenny Ersbak, Associate Producer for GLP Films
Related links (from Eagle Creek blog):
Fireland: On Location in Tierra Del Fuego
How To Travel Safely in Chile
What To Pack For A Patagonia Adventure