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Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael – A Park to Yourself (Almost)

Published on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 | 20:02:13 | 0 comments

When travelers choose a Patagonia navigation route, one of their motives is often the opportunity to see sights off the beaten path. Even if the region has become more fashionable and is now on many more bucket lists, Chile’s glacier-studded Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, southwest of the regional capital of Coyhaique, remains one of [...]


Stilts and Shingles of Chiloé

Published on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 | 16:02:36 | 0 comments

  On a tour of Chiloé – or any Patagonia travel vacation, really – landscape and wildlife are the traditional highlights. Still, no Patagonia ferry itinerary should overlook the region’s cultural attractions, including its architecture. In southernmost Patagonia, for instance, there’s a distinctive “Magellanic” style of metal-clad wooden houses, many in a derivative Victorian style [...]


Natales Gourmet – Puerto Natales Restaurants

Published on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 | 19:45:53 | 0 comments

When I first saw Puerto Natales, Chile more than three decades ago, it was primarily a wool-industry service center, and a stopover for backpackers headed to Torres del Paine – and, at that time, few people even thought about a Patagonia travel vacation. Accommodations were mostly basic, and the supplies themselves limited – the plainest [...]


In the Volcano’s Shadow

Published on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 | 21:26:01 | 0 comments

Almost every year, when I head to South America for the summer, I look forward to revisiting the Chilean port of Chaitén – which is not the obvious choice for Patagonian navigation routes, but rather a ferry terminal that connects the major port of Puerto Montt, Chile with the Carretera Austral, the southern highway that [...]


Whitewater and Wineries?

Published on Mon, May 16, 2016 | 21:12:39 | 0 comments

In northern Chilean Patagonia, surrounded by mountains near the Argentine border, the scenic village of Futaleufú has become a world-class adventure destination – primarily because of the Class 5 wild whitewater of its namesake river, which has led several international operators to set up operations here for weeklong (or longer) rafting and kayaking holidays. Chilean [...]


Ice, Ice Cream, or Both?

Published on Wed, May 11, 2016 | 14:16:28 | 0 comments

Everyone who travels the Patagonia navigation routes while on vacation looks forward to seeing the great glaciers of Chile’s Fuegian fjords or the massive southern icefields that culminate in Argentina’s Moreno Glacier. There are other cool treats that await visitors, though – on their palates, in the form of ice cream (or gelato, if you [...]


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