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Beyond Mendoza: Argentina’s Other Wine Region & the Natural Beauty of the Northwest

Posted by on March 11th, 2016

Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina. The region of Mendoza is famous for producing this full-bodied varietal, an excellent accompaniment to a big cut of Argentine steak. Yet talk to wine connoisseurs who are well-versed in Malbec, and they’ll likely tell you that some of the best and most under-appreciated Argentine wine is coming from… Read Full Post

An Alternative, Less-Traveled Lakes Crossing Route

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

The Lakes Crossing between Chile and Argentina. For those who travel to the Chilean or Argentinian Lake District (most notably, Puerto Varas and Bariloche, respectively), it’s undoubtedly a great way to see more of the fantastic scenery of these areas. It’s also the most effective way to combine visits to both sides of the border… Read Full Post

A visit to Colonia de Sacramento

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

A great day trip when visiting Buenos Aires is to Colonia, Uruguay. The high speed ferry is located at Puerto Madero (very close to many Palermo or Recoleta hotels) and is an easy and quick ride to this old walled city which used to be a Portuguese outpost. On a recent trip to Buenos Aires… Read Full Post

Argentine Polo Day – A Buenos Aires must!

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Buenos Aires I had the amazing experience of going to a local estancia just outside the city to enjoy a full day polo excursion. Given my limited ability with horses (I had only ever done very basic horseback riding excursions in the past), I wasn’t expecting much. However, given the… Read Full Post

Ushuaia – Hike to the Turquoise Lagoon

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

On a recent trip to Ushuaia I had the opportunity to hike a trail not too far from the city: the trail to the Turquoise Lagoon. This trail gets very few visitors, and has the feeling of a hidden gem. After getting picked up from my hotel by our local partner in Ushuaia and a… Read Full Post

The Zika Virus – Important Information

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

The Zika virus has recently been in the news, and we want to summarize the relevant available information for our travelers. If you’ve booked a trip or are thinking of booking a trip to South America with us, please read on! The summary version with regard to our destinations is as follows: There is a… Read Full Post

Lollapalooza heads to Bogota, Colombia

Posted by on February 10th, 2016

The 2015 Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago was evacuated amid weather reports calling for rain, hail, and intense winds that created serious safety concerns. Do you know where might be a safer place to go see Lollapalooza? Bogotá, Colombia. Yes, that’s right: Lollapalooza recently announced that they will, for the first time ever, hold a… Read Full Post

IGTOA Spearheads Pioneering Approach to Guide Training in the Galapagos

Posted by on January 8th, 2016

2015 had several highlights, but the pinnacle for me (and one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional life) was helping spearhead an innovative guide training program in the Galapagos Islands. The initiative took place during the first two weeks of November, and will raise both the level of guiding in the islands and… Read Full Post

Easter Island: Worth the Trip?

Posted by on December 8th, 2015

Easter Island is arguably one of the most unique destinations in South America, with a culture and history utterly distinct from the mainland of Chile or the rest of the continent. While it is officially a part of Chile, modern Rapa Nui (the name for Easter Island in the indigenous language of its people and… Read Full Post

A Day in the Life of a Tocaña Cocalero

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

A few hours outside of Coroico, the town that marks the end of La Paz’s infamous Death Road, lies Tocaña, a small but vibrant coca-growing community of afrobolivianos. Descendants of African slaves originally brought over to work in the mines of Potosí, the residents of Tocaña are famous for the creation of saya music and… Read Full Post