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Board Question #92876: Dear Ardilla Feroz, I'm going on a weeklong Patagonia tour ...

Q: Dear Ardilla Feroz,I'm going on a weeklong Patagonia tour in March and would love to hear any advice you have on where to go, what to bring, and what to do! -Soon-to-be international explorer A: Dear explorateur,Hey, congratulations! I think you'll have a lot of fun. And sorry! This took too long to be actually useful.March should be the ideal time to visit Patagonia--you'll be arriving in early fall, with fewer crowds, pleasant temperatures, and the possibility of fall foliage.My personal ...
Tags: America, Los Angeles, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Miami, South America, Buenos Aires, Magellan, Valparaiso, Tierra del Fuego, Ardilla, Hoth, Puerto Montt, Torres del Paine National Park


PHOTO: Salto Grande Waterfall in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

The tour guide promised the trail to Salto Grande Waterfall in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park was easy. “Just a 20 minute walk,” he said. As a casual aside, he advised us to take our jackets, as it “might be a little windy up there.” The first 15 minutes were a breeze. A graveled path led through a field of flower-strewn tall grass, with the famous horns of the Cordillera Paine Massif peeking over the top. A stretch of turquoise river came into view and the thunderous... The post PHOTO: ...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Cultural Travel, Torres Del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Torres del Paine National Park Chile, Cordillera Paine Massif, Salto Grande Waterfall


PHOTO: Lago Nordenskjold Viewpoint in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

What struck me most about Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonian region of Chile were the colors. Depending upon the angle of the sun, the mountains of the Cordillera Paine Massif range from the deepest black to pale gray, lavender, and Wedgwood blue. As the sun sets, abundant feldspar in the granite flanks reflect iridescent orange patches. Add snowy peaks and grass covered foothills, and the mountains of Torres del Paine become a veritable rocky rainbow. Even the name of the park is ...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Cultural Travel, Patagonian, Torres Del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Paine, Wedgwood, Torres del Paine National Park Chile, Cordillera Paine Massif


PHOTO: Waterfront in the Town of Puerto Natales, Chile

The pretty little town of Puerto Natales is perhaps best known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonian region of Chile. But I discovered an intriguing backstory. The town is located on the Señoret Channel, which connects Última Esperanza Sound with Bahía Desengaño, eventually leading to the Straits of Magellan and the Atlantic Ocean. Última Esperanza translates to “last hope,” while Desengaño translates to “disillusionment” or “disenchantment.” I stood on the shores of...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Cultural Travel, Magellan, Patagonian, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales Chile, Señoret Channel, Bahía Desengaño, Atlantic Ocean Última Esperanza


Best minimalist holiday resorts

The beginning of every new year means setting new travel resolutions and updating the bucket list. From boarding the world’s most luxurious train to glamping on a cruise ship, the options are endless, but what many travelers are turning to this year is minimalism. Packing light and traveling in a more environmentally conscious way is a major theme in 2020, and many are choosing to retreat to a cozy cabin and connect with nature, leaving their buzzing phones behind. Minimalist accommodations d...
Tags: Travel, Austria, Chile, Patagonia, Scandinavia, Columbia, All, La Fortuna, Hunter, Styria, Torres del Paine National Park, Malibu California, Wellness Resorts, Geirangerfjord, Cariboo Mountains, Trollstigen


Glamping resort Patagonia, Chile

You don’t get a whole lot of street cred for glamping. Tell your friends you’re going on a mission to Patagonia, and they’ll imagine you hiking up snowy boulders and sleeping in flimsy tents on a mountainside. Real character-building stuff. Post pictures sipping Champagne in a jacuzzi that same night, and now you’re a bougie tourist. But really, who cares? Because when you can enjoy some of the most spectacular wilderness in the world from the warmth of a finely appointed yurt, street cred d...
Tags: Travel, Post, Chile, Patagonia, Glamping, All, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Patagonia Chile, Laura Grier, Glamping Patagonia, Patagonia Camp, Valdes Peninsula, Lake Toro, Matetic Vineyard


Traditional Chilean food and dishes

Chile is undeniably beautiful. Patagonia, the lake district, the stunning Torres del Paine National Park — with all of these things to see, you’d be forgiven for looking over the country’s diverse food. However, for a real taste of Chile, you have to experience all of the eats on offer. Chilean food is a mix of ingredients and dishes from the indigenous Mapuche and the Spanish. It’s heavily influenced by the country’s 2,600 miles of coastline and varied microclimates. Naturally, you can’t co...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Santiago, Chile, Patagonia, Peru, South America, All, Torres del Paine National Park, Larisa Blinova Shutterstock, Chile cuisine, Chile food, Chilean Cuisine, Chilean dishes, Chilean Food, Ensalada Chilena


How to Pack For A Trek: The Ultimate Hiking Packing List

How should I pack for a hike? What should I pack for a multi-day trek? What is too much? And what is too little? How am I going to carry it all? Which hiking gear and essentials should I buy in advance and which can I buy on the ground? That's where this Ultimate Hiking Packing List comes in to answer all of those questions — and much more — to prepare you for your next adventure. After receiving numerous emails, queries and comments asking about hiking gear and how to pack for hikes and mu...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Featured, US, Travel Gear, Thailand, Santiago, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, Patagonia, Peru, Dslr, Mount Everest, Inle Lake, Camino De Santiago


Fresh iceberg ruptures in Chile's Patagonia raise alarm

The breaks, which occurred on Feb. 20 and March 7, came after a larger block of ice the size of three soccer fields, (380 meters (1,247 feet) by 350 meters, separated from the glacier, which sits in a glacial lake in Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile, in November 2017. "There is a greater frequency in the occurrence of break-off in this east side of the glacier and more data is required to assess its stability," said Ricardo Jana, researcher and member of the climate change area ...
Tags: Science, Germany, Chile, Brazil, Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Ricardo Jana, Chilean Antarctic Institute INACH Researchers, INACH


Entre Rios – One of the Fantastic Day Trips from Buenos Aires

Recently, Leigh and I along with two great friends, Judy and Scot, backpacked in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park for eight days and then proceeded to the Patagonia Eco-Domes near El Chalten in Argentina to do some hiking in Los Glaciares National Park. We were well advised that Patagonia would be windy, rainy, sunny, cold and cool, might snow and did I mention windy. So our post-Patagonia plan was to fly to Buenos Aires and then take a boat up into the delta in the Entre Rios area, just o...
Tags: Travel, Chile, Italy, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Uruguay, Calgary, Buenos Aires, Judy, ParanA River, Rios, Buenos Aires Argentina, Scot, Leigh, ParanA


30 Photos to Inspire a Patagonia Hiking Trip

I’ve been drooling over photos of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks in Patagonia for a couple of decades – long before they became hot spots. Both parks are busy now, especially the W Circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park; fortunately for us the first four days on the O Circuit are quiet, at least in comparison. I feel lucky to have visited both parks – but what a lot of work it is to organize this end of the world experience. I understand now why people book tours. ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Chile, Patagonia, South America, John, Sierra, Alberta, Judy, Scot, Torres Del Paine, John Gardner, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Punta Arenas Chile, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park


Things to do in northern Patagonia

In Chile, local legend tells how that land came to be. In the beginning, God created the world and all its natural wonders. When he finished, he realized he had many leftover pieces: oceans, rivers, mountains, lakes, deserts, rocks, glaciers. Rather than let them go to waste, God put them all together and cast them off to the most remote corner of the world. And so Chile was born. Spend enough time in Chile and you’re sure to understand how this myth arose. The South American country has man...
Tags: Travel, United States, Chile, Patagonia, South America, Pacific, Lake District, Louvre, Leon, All, Chiloe, Andes, Torres, Valle, Puerto Montt, Torres del Paine National Park


Best places for solo female travel

As much as we love travel, there’s no denying it can be tough. That goes double for solo travelers. And double that for solo female travelers. Going it alone can make a trip that much more enriching and empowering, encourage you to take risks and make new friends along the way, but choosing the right first adventure is crucial to ensure solo travel doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your mouth. For women, no matter how fearless, that probably means picking someplace safer than most, at least mod...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Singapore, Israel, Tel Aviv, Ireland, Santiago, Chile, New Zealand, Denmark, South America, Michelin, Dublin, Copenhagen, Kerry, Costa Rica


Everything You Need to Know to do the Torres del Paine Trek

You are in for a treat if you head to Patagonia to trek. The O and W Circuits in Torres del Paine are nothing short of spectacular. They aren’t easy multi-day hikes, especially with full backpacks but they sure are bucket list worthy. It’s time consuming researching the Torres del Paine trek – be it the O Circuit or the W circuit. I always had questions I could never find the answers for online so I hope this blog post makes your life easier.  Here’s everything you need to know to do the To...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Santiago, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, John, Ariel, Alberta, Buenos Aires, Italiano, Grey, Trekking, Don, Frances


How to Spend a Day at the End of the World in Punta Arenas, Chile

Chances are high if you’re planning a visit to Patagonia that you’ll fly from Santiago into Punta Arenas, Chile – a seaside city known as the “end of the world.” It certainly has that sense about it. It’s both bigger, windier and more colourful than I imagined it to be with an overriding sense of loneliness about it, largely because I hardly saw a soul, except on the boardwalk late in the afternoon. Despite its location near the tip of South America, it’s still another 2,000 kilometres from Anta...
Tags: Travel, Santiago, Chile, Antarctica, Patagonia, South America, John, Alberta, Darwin, Shackleton, Magellan, Don, Fodor, South Georgia Island, Scot, Strait


W Trek in Torres del Paine views

The W Trek of Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is one of the must-do multi-day hiking trails in the world. Winding in a “W” shape from one end of the Paine Massif mountains to the other, the trek takes hikers past some of the regions best sights: the Grey Glacier, the Torres, and the French Valley. At almost every step along the way, backpackers come face to face with some of the most stunning natural vistas anywhere in the world, from mountains blown and ground into incred...
Tags: Travel, Chile, South America, All, Torres, Torres Del Paine, John Gardner, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia, Paine, Los Cuernos, Lake Pehoe, Refugio Paine Grande, French Valley, Paine Massif, Grey Glacier


How to Prepare for Trekking in Patagonia

This post is sponsored by Sporting Life but I hope you’ll keep reading as it’s packed with useful information. I’m heading to Patagonia this week to hike both the “O” Circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and to do a few day hikes in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. I have spent in excess of 30 hours researching, planning and preparing for this trek in Patagonia. Four of us are doing it on our own and good information seems to be really hard to come by. Some of the advice mi...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Preparation, US, Canada, Chile, Gear, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Clothes, Alberta, Buenos Aires, Packing List, Grey, Trekking


10 Instagram Worthy Spots in Paine National Park

I’m super excited to be heading to Paine National Park in Chile’s Patagonia region in January. It’s a real holiday – though I’m sure a few of my armchair readers might think that trekking for 8 – 10 days in conditions that can include gale force winds, rain and possible snow doesn’t sound like much fun. However the mountains in Paine are like no other place on the planet – and they’ve been calling me for a long time. There are four of us going with the plan to hike the full “O” circuit – which a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Instagram, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Alberta, Buenos Aires, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Paine National Park, Leigh McAdam, Paine


5 Top Hikes in Patagonia, South America

Patagonia is a vast area between the oceans at the bottom of South America, spanning Argentina and Chile. Parts of it are flat and agricultural, but this is also where the Andes Mountains end, offering some dramatic scenery for hikers. There are great opportunities for hiking on both sides of the border. Here are five of the highlights for trekking in Patagonia, suggestions from Andrew Gilchrist of Lost World Adventures. Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier One of the most ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hiking, Chile, Antarctica, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Adventure Travel, Trekking, Argentina Travel, Travel Life, Adventure Tours, Andes Mountains, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park


Horseback riding in South America

Since Europeans first brought horses to South America over five centuries ago, horses have become an integral part of South American culture. From the legendary gauchos of Uruguay and southern Brazil to the estancia lifestyle of Chile’s Patagonian ranches and the world’s best polo players in Argentina, horse culture has a treasured place in the hearts of people in this part of the world. To really understand the countries of South America, you should get to know them through their horses. Fro...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Chile, Lionel Messi, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Uruguay, Diego Maradona, Buenos Aires, Horse Riding, Atlantic Coast, Patagonian, Castillo, Torres Del Paine


The Best Places In The World To Visit For Your Bucket List

Travelling can be considered as one of the most effective therapy for relieving stress. When you travel, you get to experience new things which will make you forget about your problems. If done with friends and family, travelling also allows you to create and strengthen relationships. There’s just so many things travelling can do to your mind and body! And if you’re looking for the best places in the world to visit for your bucket list, you’ve come to the right article. Everything that’s writte...
Tags: Travel, Greece, Chile, Hawaii, Tenerife, Switzerland, Peru, Bucket List, Machu Picchu, Travel Blog, Unesco World Heritage, Valley, Torres del Paine National Park, Incas, Santorini Greece, Moraine Lake


Epic treks in Patagonia

Most backpackers to Patagonia these days are going to take on the W Trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and visit Mount Fitz Roy and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina’s Los Glaciares. These are certainly stunning locations, but with all that interest comes oversaturation. These two parks now attract hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who crowd the trails and campsites, especially from December to March, and make these wilderness destinations feel more like packed amuseme...
Tags: Travel, Virginia, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Darwin, Trek, All, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonian, Castillo, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres Del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, El Chalten


Destinations out of cell phone range

Over a decade ago , two Steves — Jobs and Wozniak, that is — blew the collective mind of our generation by democratizing the smartphone. Today, we consider it normal to walk around with some of the most advanced technology available tucked into our back pockets, constantly connected to our friends, family, and complete strangers (AKA “followers”). While most of us can agree that putting down our phones every once in a while is beneficial, it’s hard to ignore the allure of dinging messages and ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, India, West Virginia, Canada, United States, Chile, Patagonia, Central African Republic, Himalayas, John, British Columbia, Bhutan, Indian Ocean, All, Rocky Mountains


Marathons around the world

The marathon was inspired by the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier who raced from Marathon to Athens with news of the Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. While the modern marathon is still the same 26.2 miles (42K) in distance, most races are held on boring stretches of city pavement — hardly motivating scenery for someone who needs the extra push. Thankfully, though, more and more races are popping up throughout the globe in some of the most picturesque and surre...
Tags: Travel, California, China, Russia, South Africa, Athens, Running, Patagonia, Marathons, Myanmar, Jordan, Greenland, Marathon, Pacific, Jones, All


Chile and Argentina part 2 adventure to Torres del Paine

March 18 Adventure to Torres del Paine National Park. This park encompasses 181414 hectares of mountains lakes glaciers and rivers in the area known as Chilean Patagonia. The simple version of the geology is layers of metamorphic rock and granite whic
Tags: Travel, Chile, Argentina, Torres del Paine National Park


Know before visiting Patagonia

After seeing so much of South America , Patagonia is still my favorite place. Incredibly vast, unbelievably diverse, and stunningly beautiful, it’s a region made of superlatives. But with high prices, unforgiving weather, and frustrating infrastructure, it’s not the easiest of destinations to navigate. A bit of planning and research goes a long way. Here are 10 things I wish I knew before visiting Patagonia. 1. Patagonia straddles two counties — should you visit one or both? Patagonia is s...
Tags: Travel, Germany, US, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, South America, Bariloche, All, Don, Patagonian, Buenos Aires Argentina, El Calafate, SANTIAGO Chile, Torres Del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park


W is for....Wonderful

Booking accommodation in the Torres del Paine National Park has been an ordeal. There are three providers all of which operate in complete isolation of the others. All have websites and all of these are unrelated to reality. The threat is that if you arri
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We’ve Been Nominated for an AFAR Award!

Please vote for us in the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards! If you’ve got an opinion about your favourite places to travel, or your favourite operators to travel with, then please vote in the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards. If you’d be willing to vote for our Patagonia Hiking Adventure ‘Condor’ trip, in the category of Photography Expedition (that’s question 6 of the survey!) we’d really appreciate it! Click here to vote now! We’re absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the AFAR Travelers’ Ch...
Tags: Patagonia, Condor, Patrick, Torres del Paine National Park, Paine National Park, Fitz Roy, Active Adventures New Zealand, AFAR Travelers, AFAR Travelers Choice Awards, Patrick Nguyen, Mt Fitz Roy, Justin de Beer, Sarah Lundeen


Stay in a cozy geodesic dome at this amazing Patagonia retreat

Set in the stunning landscape of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, EcoCamp Patagonia is a sustainable retreat made up of upscale geodesic domes. Offering amazing views of the surrounding nature (including the park’s majestic granite towers), the domes operate on renewable energy and were built to be low-impact on the landscape. Tucked into the otherworldly landscape of the Andes mountain range, the award-winning EcoCamp operates completely on environmentally sound principles. The guest ...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Gallery, Chile, Energy Efficiency, Patagonia, Sustainable Design, Eco Travel, Andes, Torres del Paine National Park, Sustainable Hotel, Geodesic Domes, Sustainable Hotels, Eco Hotels


How to prepare for Patagonian W trek

There is horizontal, freezing cold rain hitting my face. I can’t feel my nose or fingers, and yet my torso is boiling hot, and sweating under a cheap plastic poncho, which is doing a fantastic job of keeping the heat in but not such a great job of keeping the rain out. My silhouette through the rain is that of a hunchback. Also cramped under the giant poncho is the 26-lb backpack I’m carrying, which is the only thing stopping the gale force wind from blowing me over. Welcome to Patagonia. “Wh...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Chile, Patagonia, Peru, South America, Grey, Trekking, All, Steven, Andes, Patagonian, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia, Ines