When you think of Patagonia, a wild land with unpredictable weather and jaw-dropping, postcard-perfect vistas, you should think of Argentina’s southern trekking outpost of El Chaltén. This tiny town, which only recently paved streets and started working on anything other than a cash economy, has the privileged location that makes it perfect for a base […]
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February 12, 2015
Puerto Varas is a small city on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, with loads of evidence of the German colonists that first made this place home. There is the German architecture, including the church that overlooks the city, some street names and perhaps most importantly, the prevalence of great kuchen, or fruit desserts. Many visitors […]
January 14, 2015
For many people, Ushuaia is a port of call on a longer cruise around the continent, or a stopover on the way to sailing to the Antarctic. And while either of these options will get you stunning vistas, people who have come to Ushuaia as a destination in its own right need not worry about being disappointed by the visuals. There is loads of wildlife to spot in this area, from penguins to cormorants, seals, sea lions and much more. Below are a few ideas to get you out there among the animals.
December 31, 2014
Puerto Madryn, in Northern Coastal Argentine Patagonia, which is about 1,000 km down the coast from Buenos aires (or a two-hour flight) holds many surprises for visitors. It is close to the Welsh towns of Trelew and Gaiman, where the afternoon teatime tradition is strong, with several teahouses offering a traditional Welsh tea. The area is also of great paleontological importance, with a well-outfitted paleontological museum in Trelew that will rival anything you’ve seen back home. But it’s not all dinosaurs and afternoon tea. Many people find that when they’re visiting Puerto Madryn, that they have a hard time keeping their eyes off the ocean, and the animals on, in, and under it.
December 3, 2014
El Calafate a medium-sized city in farflung Argentine Patagonia, has a lot going for it. That said, most everyone who comes to town is in search of one thing, and that is face time with the giant Perito Moreno Glacier, located in Argentina’s Glaciers National Park, just 50 miles from the city of El Calafate. And while you’d want to go there no matter what the weather, and you could easily get a set of balmy (if windy) warmish days in the summer, it’s also quite possible to hit a cooler and less cozy patch of weather, making spending a day indoors not a bad idea. Below are four ideas of places to go on a cold or rainy day in El Calafate.
November 26, 2014
Easter Island is best known for its moai, the giant, mythical statues that were erected all around the island on ceremonial platforms. They were later knocked over (on purpose, though why is not known), and later still, starting in the 1960’s, archaeologists took pains to re-erect them on reconstructed ahus (platforms). And this is the vision that most people have of Easter Island. But before they could be moved into place, stood up, knocked over and stood up again, they first had to be carved. And that is where the quarry, Rano Raraku comes in.
November 19, 2014
Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile with commercial air service is the jumping-off point for trips to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, and cruises around Cape Horn stop here, as do longer South American cruises. You can also start a cruise to Antarctica from Punta Arenas. All this means that you might spend a couple of days in this city before heading to your next destination. And since you will have planned for the unpredictable Patagonian weather, you’ll be ready to participate in some of the following outdoor activities nearby.
November 5, 2014
At the very bottom of the South American continent, sits an island shared by Argentina and Chile. The biggest city there is Ushuaia, which is perched on a series of hills overlooking the Beagle Channel.
October 22, 2014
The south of Chile, particularly the area near Puerto Montt is often compared to Switzerland, both due to the presence of azure and turquoise lakes, and due to the German influence visible in some of the architecture, especially in nearby Puerto Varas and Frutillar. There are waterfalls, snow-topped volcanoes, long (or short) boat trips, and visits to picturesque towns that hug the shores of the areas many lakes.
October 15, 2014
On Easter Island, a five hour flight from continental Chile, is an island with a vibrant Polynesian culture with many similarities to Hawaii, Tahiti, and even New Zealand. But the thing that really sets it apart, aside from being the most isolated populated island in the world, is the giant stone statues it is known for, the Moai (say moe-I).