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40 Years of Complete Isolation (Part 1/4)

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Since 1965, Faustino Barrientos has lived alone on the shores lake O'Higgins' 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. Originally released in 2011 on http://VICE.com Watch the rest here! Part 1: http://bit.ly/Living_Alone_1 Part 2: http://bit.ly/Living_Alone_2 Part 3: http://bit.ly/Living_Alone_3 Part 4: http://bit.ly/Living_Alone_4
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aomayo (2 days ago)
I wouldn't be bashing society and the government too much. Personally, I wouldn't be able to live without having restaurants, malls, attractions, school, banks, supermarkets, hospitals, law enforcement. This man only has his little hut, his animals, a radio, and a beautiful environment. Sure it's possible, but would you really isolate yourself that extremely?
Angelsoslumpedd (3 days ago)
I want to live far away for society too one of my goals, Fuck the system.
Nope No (6 days ago)
Way to film yourself a bunch and try to make it about u. You suck don't care what time you had to get up to go somewhere most don't get to bad story telling on this one
webbit2012 (12 days ago)
Hes not alone,just no other humans around.
Corinne C (13 days ago)
One big expensive North Face commercial. Never stop exploring (or bothering someone that wants to be left alone in someplace that should be left alone)
Sin D (14 days ago)
I'm ready to live like this
tubo628 (14 days ago)
"complete" Isolation? With a TV?
bigal25938 (14 days ago)
Isolated but not complete isolation.
Wes Touchstone (16 days ago)
shaddy580urabazo (16 days ago)
First of all North American cowboys came from caballeros ‘ they where first before the so call North American cowboy’ come on vice get it right ! Stop feeding this false dichotomy
WarhawkWarpath (14 days ago)
Look Up Gaucho
Dylan Pruden (17 days ago)
Stop over enuciating the latin words. Pretentious much?
AsTheWheelsTurn (20 days ago)
after 40 years isolated I bet he wanted a taste of that girl.
Ricky Rick (20 days ago)
Sounds fucking fantastic !
sidious king (25 days ago)
Is love to do this
BGKookie (25 days ago)
Out Stealing Horses, anyone?
pillow talk (26 days ago)
9:10 was that a dog?
Michelangelo Chacon (27 days ago)
Why does she look like abella danger
Lucas Stidman (28 days ago)
I hope this old man got to die on the land that he loved. I hope he fell off that horse or had a stroke and did not suffer. My grandfather was a rancher and I used to pray a cow would knock him down and he would die quickly doing what he had done for more than 80 years. He didn't get that reward. Ended up kicking in a city hospital after a heart surgery gave him an infection. Not the way a cowboy wants to go.
Marcus Campos (1 month ago)
My father lives in villa ohiggins (I go there 1time per year) and those roads, that lake, that land is a real challenge to live but now, it´s getting better. i knew mister faustino time ago actually, a regular good man, just like other from villa ohiggin´s arround
My life was so much better living in desert no TV or media bull ...life was good peaceful
Ron Elderly (1 month ago)
Where can i fill out a job application to be a Vice reporter?
Lauren Gilley (1 month ago)
The way his brother pet his dog, I love it so much.
Hawk eye (1 month ago)
My pastor went on mission trip to build church amazingly beautiful
Mario Sanon (2 months ago)
Mr. Suhaib (2 months ago)
Not a very good narrator.
"Complete isolation" "Every few years, Faustino makes this ride to sell his cattle in town." OK then...
shaka mon (2 months ago)
VICE always has beautiful journalist😍
This Sucks (2 months ago)
I hope you brought him a major modern porn stash and devices to watch it.
This Sucks (2 months ago)
And I wrote that before I got far enough to see they sent a young woman. That's not nice to his pee pee.
Andy B (2 months ago)
Except for medicine, I’m not sure modern life is worth it. His life looks so beautiful.
J0SHuAllen (2 months ago)
I quit watching after about 3 minutes because I don't give a fuck about watching a documentary of the people filming the documentary. A lot of Vice content does this, and it is usually the wrong choice.
Vitor Oliveira (2 months ago)
this is how horror movies start Just saying
Smokin Kat (2 months ago)
People saying this is not complete isolation, you motherfuckers can't even live a day without yer phones and throw fits if bitches don't write you back. What the fuck you on about losers...
Mr. Sotack (2 months ago)
How does Vice even find this guy to document?? How were they made aware of him?
Kurt W (2 months ago)
Well after this he is not alone.
Michael Morgan (2 months ago)
Interesting story, BUT. Poor production values. The title is dishonest clickbait. VICE lol
mysteriousfrog gaming (2 months ago)
How did you people even get into contact with this guy?
mysteriousfrog gaming (2 months ago)
Isolation would give me worse anxiety than I already have...isn't that fucked up!! I really think it would.
justin g (2 months ago)
you can tell the video was released before the YouTube algorithm change because it's a four-part series of videos that are all less than 10 minutes
Rayan Agarm (2 months ago)
Why 12 bags. Look like 3 peeps
DMVconARTists (2 months ago)
This is actually just this journalist's grandfather... she wanted vice to pay for her vacation 😂
DMVconARTists (2 months ago)
I've lived alone in the woods for 47 years and I'm only 32!
Disney and Fox OWN Vice News. Just so you know
TwasButNowAint (2 months ago)
Hard to say "complete isolation" if he goes to town to sell livestock....LOL
Barbara Beate Nitsche (2 months ago)
What a fine life !!!
paul grape (2 months ago)
Hello fellows
Le Chalet (3 months ago)
This is how all humans are supposed to live .. free from the modern, synthetic world and a whole lot healthier.
Bmwryder (3 months ago)
So this is what the most interesting man is doing in retirement!
Jwayne Pattillo (3 months ago)
This name O'higgins is all over Chile. Who was this guy?
Jason Alexander (3 months ago)
Boo radley ?
Lucifer Apollo (3 months ago)
The amount of time humankind has spent NOT living in this fashion is but a blink of an eye.
Lucifer Apollo (3 months ago)
Too bad this encroachment now also includes the likes of Vice. Pretty much the worst out of anything else listed.
Jacob Watson (3 months ago)
"40 years of complete isolation". 56 seconds in and I see he has an animal. Weak.
Anthony Momo (3 months ago)
I could see myself living like this!!! Just imagine no more money problems, taxes and worries about rent
Taf taf (3 months ago)
40years being a virgin
Dilki (3 months ago)
How does vice find about lonely people like this
Rick Yerena (3 months ago)
2019 bro
scott warwick (3 months ago)
You are on your own even in a crowd.
profd65 (3 months ago)
The female host is a total hottie.
Jugs Mc bulge (3 months ago)
Who else is watching this when they should be sleeping??
gtrick64 (3 months ago)
No nut decade for this guy...
"Asked to clear land to make it more fertile." Wrong ecological approach and clearly in favor of land exploitation. His lifestyle, while beautiful and quiet, was based upon a land design flaw that destroyed a lot of the worlds ecology for economic profit. The most important thing we can do (aside from learning from this man's way of life) is understand how this is an unethical approach to lifestyle and land design, and fundamentally exposes the fact that his orders and understand of the world did not take into account the idea that the land there already had value and was worth keeping in tact in the first place. The actions of the early 1900's are still affecting the world today.
Jonathan Sakks (3 months ago)
Got an envy boner. Halp
JJ (3 months ago)
This guy is living the dream, damn.
Naheim Googolla (3 months ago)
Must be no Democrats here they have guns.
Naheim Googolla (3 months ago)
They must poop in their sinks.
febreroseis (3 months ago)
Media wea, voy pa allá de vacaciones todos los años po ql
Dr. Barber (3 months ago)
Must be a peaceful feeling far away from the bullshit and all. People don't always want to be with people.
Kalupz (3 months ago)
He's so stereotypicaly old school Chilean, really reminds me of my grandfather.
Desert Explorer (3 months ago)
Watch happy people series..
Kenneth (3 months ago)
I don't understand a FUCK of the narrator... bad voice casting
mo1414ha (3 months ago)
There is an animal face on the mountain maybe a bear or a dog 7:36
Theo Lewis (3 months ago)
How the fuck did they contact this guy
Pink Lover (3 months ago)
Its interesting that he has a veru strong mind and different perspective
Diane R (3 months ago)
I love being alone, because everyone I know is toxic and neurotic.
Renee` Hill (3 months ago)
The narrators speech & the writing isn't up to standard for a real documentary. She speaks too quickly & slurs her words. Also, the title ia misleading.
Livie QueenB (3 months ago)
My antisocial ass came here to learn from the master 🙇‍♀️🙏
Miss Mick (3 months ago)
I have severe anxiety living alone and being alone, anyone have tips for surviving with just myself and not going insane. Comment below, thanks!
Franczesco Bautista (3 months ago)
Patagonia makes very nice and warm clothing
Precious Pecans (3 months ago)
I wish to be this guy but I know it would be selfish to do so...
CWBush73 (4 months ago)
Just because you live in a city does not mean you are isolated. Some of the loneliest people are married.
Pleasent Weather (4 months ago)
They paid this old broken man to do this video. Yeah...! Nothing is real in this world nowadays... Those who are serious by watching this should slap their faces and wake up...
Maggie P (4 months ago)
Everyone on 4chan and Tumblr in like 15 years
Oos Sum (4 months ago)
Lucky guy for real But where'd he get The Dog????
Dan (4 months ago)
Winning! As Charlie Sheen would say
Amy Bukouras (4 months ago)
At least he seems happy & content
Christopher Teasdale (4 months ago)
Colonizers... really??! lol
Christopher Moltisanti (4 months ago)
2:00 am I the only one who was like *finger snap* "Chilean! So that's what it was. I was gonna say Italian!"
Dracowolf (4 months ago)
Nice me too always hate pp since little rather stay at home only going out to buy weed food videogames or working than going out and wacht all those faces;well i only love my family but never mix with pp from the outside even at work i only say hi and that s it;i love being at my house
Salma dan (4 months ago)
20 for me
Angel Tenorio (4 months ago)
Scary things is not being bothered after 40 years of isolation then one day camera crews on your face
Mac Ben (5 months ago)
I love this piece from Vice. I used to watch this faithfully every night because it brought me some sort of peace. Years later, I’m back here.
George Michael (5 months ago)
This is bullshit this is that satanic world of television it's all a lie where did he get that calendar and what about the film crew I call bullshit
Shunya (5 months ago)
It must be really interesting to live 40 years in isolation.
jes nemo (5 months ago)
i've watched the other parts as well but wanted to comment back here for those just starting out the video. if you're going to split hairs over the fact that Sr. Barrientos isnt living in "complete isolation" because he requires infrequent trips for supplies or to sell livestock you're probably too cynical to see the point of the story. I deeply respect this man's choice to live how he deems suitable and find meaning in that, instead of following a herd mentality of what is acceptable. It took me until my early 30s, and at that time I was subsequently suffering from mental health issues, to realize I wasn't happy living in a manner that was considered "acceptable", and over time as I've actualized it, granted I am not nearly as far off the grid as I'd like to be(im still on youtube arent i?) and nowhere near Faustino, it has changed me dramatically. Again, thank you for this story, I know it isn't new, but I just happened upon on and it was a breath of fresh air.
nobody v (5 months ago)
apart of me wants to be like him
Dave Stuart (5 months ago)
Sounds great....
Manuj Madan (5 months ago)
Been 2 years for me
Rafael Felipe Barros L. (5 months ago)
Medio reportaje mierda!
JGH _ (5 months ago)
I wonder what animals he mates with ?🐐
Jo Hig (5 months ago)
This is a simplistic explanation, but according to psychologists, there are two types of loners: (1) the guy who has mental health issues, and (2) High-IQ individuals who usually don't see a benefit having friends who are boring.

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