When Darwin visited Chiloé in 1835, he described the island as “the border of Christianity”, both in the geographical and spiritual sense. The brilliant researcher was marveled by the co-habitation achieved between Mapuche Indians and the Spanish conquerors over three centuries. This relationship has helped bring about a culture which can be appreciated today in […]Read More
Clare’s Review of Patagonia: “One day I was sunburnt and the next day it snowed!”
Name: Clare Age: 34 Occupation: PR Consultant Claire at Perito Moreno Glacier What operator did you go with or did you organise it yourself? I organised it all myself. If you had a local guide, what was he like? I didn’t have any guides, except in Antarctica. Did the logistics of getting to Patagonia run […]Read More
Lucy’s Video Review of Kayaking in Patagonia
For a chance to do a trip similar to Lucy’s check out the examples below: Colours of Tyndall – A 4 day kayak trip along the Serrano river, started out from Torres del Paine, and coming up close with the Tyndall and Serrano Glaciers. Tyndall Glacier & Blue Lake – Over 4 days paddle to the Serrano fall […]Read More
Mate. The traditional Argentinian national drink that boasts multiple health benefits.
More than just a drink, mate is an elaborate ritual, shared amongst friends, family and colleagues. Nothing captures the essence of Argentina as well as the preparation and consumption of mate (pronounce mah-tay). Yerba mate is a dried, chopped leaf similar to the common evergreen member of the holly family. It supposedly contains ingredients that […]Read More
National Capitals of Argentina and Chile.
Although the Chilean and Argentine national capitals are not without their charms, trekkers impatient for the Patagonian wilderness and adventures that await them will be disinclined to lose too much time in these large metropolises. However, those with a bit more time or for those who want to experience the hectic, vibrant city life; start […]Read More
Puerto Montt, Patagonia.
Puerto Montt is the hub for anyone wanting to travel to the Chilean Lake District. The city of Puerto Montt has a beautiful view to the Orsno and Calbuco volcanoes, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví (seno de Reloncaví), in the western area, and is protected by the Tenglo Island (Isla Tengo). Calbuco […]Read More
Mount Aconcagua. The Facts.
Its name has roots in the indigenous Quechua language, the Quechua word Anco (white) and Cahuac (sentinel) and when translated means “The Sentinel of Stone”. However, in the Aymara language there are two terms, Kon and Kawa which mean snowed and mount respectively. Therefore, in this language the name Aconcagua would translate as “snow-capped mountain”. Aconcagua, […]Read More
Patagonia’s hidden gem: Los Alerces National Park
The Los Alerces National Park is a national park in Chubut Province, Argentina, some 30 miles from Esquel. The park borders Chile and was established in 1937 with the main purpose to protect the forests of the “alerce” (larch) tree, from which the park takes its name. The alerce tree is an endangered confier from the […]Read More