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Visiting Patagonia: Dos and don’ts for a great trip

June 13, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Visiting Patagonia: Dos and don’ts for a great trip

They say it’s a “once in a lifetime trip” but we disagree. Patagonia is a life-changing adventure into the heart of Mother Nature herself, worth taking many times.

The Argentine side is a vast expanse of arid steppes, grasslands and deserts. Chilean Patagonia is a labyrinth of glacial fjords and temperate rainforest. Together, they make up some 400,000 square miles of untamed wilderness.

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Why Patagonia is the safest place on Earth

June 8, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Why Patagonia is the safest place on Earth

Why Patagonia is the safest place on Earth

“Is Patagonia a safe destination?” It is one of the most searched topics on the Internet regarding tourism in one of the remotest regions of the world. And the answer is: yes, it is!

Granted, Latin America continues to have a bad reputation given its political and economic history, regardless of tourism booming in the past decade. 

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Chaitén: In the Volcano’s Shadow

May 3, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Chaitén: In the Volcano’s Shadow

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 winds through an area as wild as the Alaska Panhandle.

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Trail to Hanging Glacier (Ventisquero Colgante) in National Park Queulat

May 3, 2017 in Travel Activities, Travel Destinations
Trail to Hanging Glacier (Ventisquero Colgante) in National Park Queulat

National Park Queulat covers an area of more than 150,000 hectares   that reaches from Rio Cisnes (Swan River) to   Río Risopatrón in the Aysén region. The Carreterra Austral in Chile runs through it for 85 kilometers among channels, Patagonia fjord routes, forests, falls, lagunas, rivers, hills, eternal snow and glacial formations. Queulat Park houses glaciers along 260 km of Its perimeter. But by far the most famous attraction at the park is the Ventisquiero Colgante or, Hanging Glacier, a 1.4 km long glacier spanning two mountains.

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Futaleufú: Whitewater and Wineries?

May 3, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Futaleufú: Whitewater and Wineries?

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 operators have followed suit, and all of them also offer day trips on the “Fu” and other nearby rivers. It’s even possible to paddle over lakes and rivers all the way to the Pacific Ocean – a genuine Patagonia travel expedition.

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Car-Free Caleta Tortel

May 3, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Car-Free Caleta Tortel

In the late 1990s, when I first drove the southernmost segment of Carretera Austral in Chile through the thinly populated Aisén region, a steep-sided A-frame alongside the highway at Puerto Vagabundo – barely a wide spot in the road a couple hours beyond the town of Cochrane – grabbed my attention.

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Chaitén: Up the Volcano

May 3, 2017 in Travel Destinations
Chaitén: Up the Volcano

This southern summer, though I was on a working trip rather than a Patagonia vacation, one of my goals was to climb a volcano. My original idea was to strap on crampons to reach the crater of Chile’s Volcán Villarrica (Rukapillán to the indigenous Mapuche), near the resort town of Pucón, but a seismic alert that culminated in a startling eruption on March 3rd postponed that option.

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