When we embark on our glamping Wales vacations and we stay in beautiful glamping tents it’s often to find some space away from the crowds and to find some solitude, which is a wonderful thing to enjoy in today’s fast-paced way of living.
Faustino Barrientos is one man who took it upon himself to enjoy the solitude of living alone and has done so since 1965. Residing on the shores of Lake O’Higgins in a house constructed from the remains of a shipwrecked fishing vessel the pastoralist chose to live mostly off the land and his livestock, with very few modern amenities. His closest neighbours are in Villa O’Higgins which is a small community of not much more than several hundred people, around 25 miles away, reachable only by a two-day horseback trek through rugged mountain animal tracks. Faustino makes the trip once every few years to the village in order to sell the cattle he has at the market.
Currently 84 years old, Faustino is by no means a young man anymore, and his self-imposed isolation is being eaten into by the forces of government, economy, and tourism. In December 2011, VICE magazine went to document his lifestyle and speak with him to get his thoughts and views on the changing face of Patagonia and the gaucho lifestyle.
You can watch the amazing four part documentary into this phenomenally interesting man’s life and his thoughts here: