I don’t really know how Vice does it, but they do. And they do it well. For their newest episode of Far Out (remember Heimo?), Vice traveled down to Chilean Patagonia to meet Faustino Barrientos, who, since 1965, has lived alone on the shores Lake O’Higgins in a house built from the remains of a shipwrecked fishing vessel. More info below:

Lake O’Higgins comprises a portion of the border between Chile’s Aysén region and Argentina’s Santa Cruz province. Since 1965, Faustino Barrientos has lived alone on the shores the lake, in a house built from the remains of a shipwrecked fishing vessel. He’s a pastoralist, living mostly off the land and his livestock, with few modern amenities. His nearest neighbors are in Villa O’Higgins, a small community of several hundred people, 25 miles away, accessible only by a two-day horseback ride through rugged mountain animal paths. Every few years, Faustino makes this ride to sell his cattle in town.

Currently 81 years old, Faustino is reaching the end of his life, and his self-imposed isolation is being encroached upon by the forces of government, economy, and tourism. In December 2011, VICE went to document his lifestyle and speak with him about the changing face of Patagonia and the gaucho lifestyle.

Watch the video in four parts here.


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3 Responses to Faustino

  1. Desi April 5, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you so much for this. I loved watching Faustino. Fascinating.

  2. Dan April 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Just watched the entire thing. This was excellent. Can’t imagine living like that. His observations of global warming were interesting.


  1. Backcountry.com: The Goat » Blog Archive » The Story of Faustino - April 17, 2012

    [...] Faustino Barrientos lives in remote Patagonia. Since 1965, he’s lived alone on the shores of a lake in a house he built from a shipwrecked vessel. He lives off the land, and every few years, he’ll trek through the mountains for 25 miles to sell some of his livestock. Now he’s 81 years old. VICE has the story on this recluse in a four-part series, much like their series on Heimo Korth, the only full-time inhabitant of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Faustino is, well, interesting. Check out the series and wonder at how VICE is producing some of the best reporting in the US right now. [...]

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