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Cape Horn: The Southern Tip of South America

Posted by on November 18th, 2013

What is it about the geographic extremes of the earth that appeal to us so much as human beings?  Several years ago, while teaching and traveling in India, I visited one of these extreme sites: Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, where the the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean converge. … Read Full Post

Chasing icebergs in Patagonia

Posted by on July 10th, 2013

I just finished watching the award winning 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, a visually stunning film that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.   His project captures time-lapse images of receding glaciers in Greenland and Alaska, a phenomenon he describes as “a miraculous, magical, horrible, scary thing.” The film reminded me of my own… Read Full Post

A visit to Isla Chiloe in Chile’s Lake District

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

I recently had a chance to visit Chile‘s mythical island in the Lake District called Isla Chiloe. Among other places, I went to see and stay at a new high-end hotel, Refugia, located in a tucked away and picturesque area of the main island of Chiloe, roughly 20 minutes by car from Castro, the island’s… Read Full Post

New Hotels in Puerto Natales

Posted by on April 3rd, 2013

One of our most popular itineraries, the Highlights of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, includes a one night stay in the charming fishing village of Puerto Natales. Over the last few years Puerto Natales has seen a boom in boutique, all-inclusive hotels that cater to travelers on their way to the nearby Torres del Paine National… Read Full Post

What’s That Gourd? An Introduction to Yerba Mate

Posted by on January 28th, 2013

My first experiences in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay all involved mate… In Argentina the guy who sold me my bus ticket from Puerto Iguazú to Córdoba was drinking some strange green substance from a sawn off plastic flask, but my Spanish was at that stage not sufficient to ask anything of it. I had to… Read Full Post

Kayaking in Patagonia

Posted by on January 18th, 2013

Many of our travelers head to Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina, with the desire of seeing the park’s namesake: glaciers. The Perito Moreno Glacier is famous for its incredible rate of movement (up to 2 meters per day) and the fact that you can hike on it and gaze into its eerie blue depths. For… Read Full Post

People actually live in Patagonia: the films of Carlos Sorín

Posted by on December 11th, 2012

Patagonia, especially the wide coastal plateau on the Argentine side, is not all staggering rock faces, glistening glaciers and abundant forests. On the contrary, there are enormous swatches of it which wouldn’t even come close to making it into a tourist brochure. These parts of Patagonia have always been desolate but in the 21st century,… Read Full Post

The Estancias of Argentine Patagonia

Posted by on December 6th, 2012

When many people picture Argentine Patagonia they envision the famous granite towers of Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. In their eagerness to visit these stunning peaks many travelers stay in the transportation hub of El Calafate, but to do so is to miss the opportunity to experience another essential part of Patagonia: the estancia…. Read Full Post

Visiting The Life-Changing Perito Moreno Glacier

Posted by on November 27th, 2012

El Calafate, like a teenager who has just experienced a growth spurt, is awkward in its newfound popularity. Dusty, wind-chilled streets play host to the lavanderias and locutorios; pizzerias and albergos which have sprung up to cater for the throngs of tourists who come here in search of ‘the politically incorrect glacier’, the one which… Read Full Post

El Chalten: My Patagonia Highlight

Posted by on November 15th, 2012

Vaya Adventures is fortunate to serve so many travelers across the US and Canada. While it’s great to speak with folks from all over, it isn’t every day that I get the opportunity to meet them in person.  However, a few weeks back was an exception and I had the pleasure of hosting a group… Read Full Post