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).
Category: Things to Do
October 8, 2014
For many people, visiting Antarctica, the seventh continent, the white continent and whatever other nicknames you can come up with for this majestic piece of land at the bottom of the world, is a dream come true. You know going into the trip that you’ll see penguins, glaciers and icebergs, and every tone of […]
September 24, 2014
Bariloche, the picture-perfect city in the Lakes Region of Argentina, which sits along the shores of the vast Nahuel Huapi Lake, is Argentina’s adventure tourism capital. That means that not only can you walk past quaint colonial architecture, visit museums (including the chocolate museum), taste chocolate at more than a handful of specialty chocolate shops, try spit-roasted lamb together with a glass of Argentine Malbec. You can also get out into the clean, fresh air of Bariloche, and enjoy it from above. Below are three hills around Bariloche, with a little something for everyone, whether you’re a skier, hiker, walker, or simply someone who enjoys a great view.
August 27, 2014
Patagonia is many things to many people. A land of gauchos, wide open spaces, wild rivers, soaring granite spires, heavy winds, changeable weather, a gigantic sky. It’s also a great place to check out wildlife that you’d be unlikely to see at home, other than at a zoo. There are birds and sea mammals, cormorants, brown-browed albatrosses, sea lions and fur seals, dolphins, and a little something for the biology geek in all of us.
July 16, 2014
When travelers talk about Patagonia, they tend to think of wide-open spaces, towering granite spires, milky turquoise lakes and the occasional glacier. But that’s not all Patagonia has in store for you. One of the richest spots for wildlife sightings in all of Argentina is accessed from the city of Puerto Madryn, in a part of the country that could be referred to as northern coastal Argentine Patagonia. Here you’ll see whales, sea lions, penguins, and several other types of animals you may not have heard of.
July 2, 2014
El Calafate is the entry point to the Patagonia of your dreams. Glaciers, bright blue glacial-melt lakes, craggy terrain and national parks are all easily accessible from this small city in windswept Argentine Patagonia. The unusual terrain makes El Calafate a great place to base yourself for adventure tourism. And while the city is remote, a healthy amount of tourism ensures that there are comfortable places to stay and world class food, including traditional Patagonian spit-roasted lamb. Have a glass of Argentine Malbec with your meal and toast to a memorable day.
April 24, 2014
Ushuaia is the southernmost city in Argentina, or in the world, depending on who you ask. Tiny Puerto Williams across the Beagle Channel also claims the distinction of southernmost, but one thing is for sure, which is that for tip-of-the-continent tourism, Ushuaia is the real deal, with cruise ships and souvenirs, many museums, day hikes, fancy hotels and backpackers and some of the finest hot chocolate known to the continent.
April 9, 2014
There are a few reasons you might find yourself in Puerto Montt, the southernmost city in continental Chile, the last city on the continent before the it splits into a maze of islands and fjords. The city, which lies along the Reloncaví Sound, is a starting point for explorations overland and by boat of Northern Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. It’s a spot from which to visit the turquoise and blue waters of the waterfalls at Petrohué, or a jumping off point to take the ferry to the large island of Chiloé. And it has one of the most picturesque markets for a big seafood lunch before you take off to your next destination.
March 26, 2014
Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier stands out for being one of the Patagonia’s only advancing glaciers. It’s 97 square miles of ice, measuring 19 miles in length, and is the earth’s third largest reserve of fresh water. It, along with 47 other lesser glaciers is fed by the Southern Patagonian icefield. Perito Moreno is also extremely accessible (as glaciers go), as it is just a few hours from the Argentine Patagonian outpost city of El Calafate. There are several ways to experience the towering glacier, which stretches some 240 feet from base to top at the lagoon below, accessed through Argentina’s Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares. We detail them all below.
March 12, 2014
If the United States has Montana as big sky country, Argentina has Patagonia. And the seat of adventure activities in Argentine Patagonia may well be Bariloche. This lakefront town has more outdoor activities than you could easily do in a week, so you’ll have to pick and choose carefully. And there’s something for everyone, from the most active, winter-sport loving ski aficionado, to hikers, to people who prefer to sit peacefully in nature and just watch it go by.