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Northern Argentina and Chile Landscapes

February 22, 2018 4 Comments »

Northern Argentina Devils Desert

I always wondered how Patagonia became Patagonia. The historical answer is that Magellan in 1520 used the word patagón to describe the Indians of the region. But more than just the history, I wondered how this region became so popular among travelers. It’s a unique region that spans two countries and seems to maintain an […]

Luxurious adventures in the Atacama Desert

February 12, 2018 1 Comment »

atacama desert tours

I walked down the long stone walkway, full of anticipation. The landscape was barren and dry, and the building in front of me was simple and brown blending in like camouflage. I felt like a giddy child overflowing with excitement about what was to come. I opened the heavy wooden door and my whole world […]

Three Ways To Experience Chilean Wine in Santiago

February 6, 2018 5 Comments »

Santiago wine tours

As we drove into the city of Santiago from the airport my mouth was agape. Santiago wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I was expecting Buenos Aires or Lima, but what I saw in front of me was a modern, clean city surrounded by nearby mountain peaks. The Andes mountains were so close around […]

Mate Manners

March 28, 2013 5 Comments »

mate drink

The Cebador hands me the cuia, I pause for a moment and think about everything I have learned. I slowly extend my right hand looking him in the eyes and giving him a slight nod. I take the first drink from the bombilla careful not to move it around but instead let it sit stiffly […]

Panoramic Patagonia

March 8, 2013 21 Comments »

Patagonia is a part of the world that is meant to seen in a super wide perspective.  I spent a month in Patagonia and not a day went by where I didn’t stop, look around me and think “This is perfect”.  I felt like the sky and clouds could swallow me – I felt small.  […]

Illusive Cape Horn

March 7, 2013 3 Comments »

Via Australis anchored in Patagonia

It was 7AM, we all waiting in the lounge with our orange life jackets on, bundled in our warmest clothing listening for the announcement from the captain. The ship swayed back and forth as each of us looked around the room anxiously. It was a nervous excitement – after all early this morning we were […]

Kayaking Solitude in Torres Del Paine Patagonia

February 26, 2013 4 Comments »

A pristine view

I can see it coming. My legs tense up as the kayak rocks from side to side. The wind is a full frontal assault trying it’s best to rip my hat off my head. The brim is blown back and the string it is attached with is pulling against my chin ready to snap. For […]

W is For…

February 22, 2013 3 Comments »

The W trek is a 4 to 5 day trek in Torres Del Paine park covering approximately 50 miles. It’s the most popular route in the park and it’s named for the shape of the route. I found the route challenging – physically and mentally. What I love about hiking is that it is a […]

Trekking in Torres Del Paine with Ecocamp

February 21, 2013 6 Comments »

ecocamp patagonia

There are a number of ways you can experience Torres Del Paine Park in Patagonia – from roughing it to luxury. I was there to hike the W trek, a well known route in the shape of a W leading you to the best views in the park. Many people, like Audrey and Dan from […]

Experiencing Bad Luck When Traveling

February 19, 2013 17 Comments »

I had seen those people before – the ones with the duct taped boots or better yet the people who left their torn up destroyed boots on the trail as an offering to the hiking Gods. I always thought, “What idiots!“, I couldn’t understand how these people could be so horrible at planning. How could […]