How to get from Puerto Natales to El Chaltén

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Patagonia is a huge region, spanning the entire southern tip of the South American continent. Taking in parts of Chile and Argentina, it would take numerous trips to explore this astonishing landscape in its entirety. However, if you want to create a trip that includes what are arguably the highlights, […]

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What vacation insurance should I get for South America?

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If you’re gearing up for the adventure of a lifetime, administration like vacation insurance might be the last thing on your mind. However, it’s extremely important to remember that sometimes, vacations aren’t plain sailing. Hitting the road without insurance is a big mistake – and if you’re not covered, you […]

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Did you know there are 8 different types of tango?

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Tango is a dance that emphasizes playful movement, intense expression, flair, and romance. First popularized in Argentina in the late 19th century, the dance has inspired numerous different types of tango throughout the world. Rooted in a blend of African and European styles in the streets of Buenos Aires, these […]

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The 5 must-read sailing books of 2019

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What could be better than relaxing on deck with a good book? Or want something to get you warmed up before you embark on your next adventure? In this article, we run down our top five sailing books of 2019. From riveting biographies to gripping memoirs, this list has something […]

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Christmas in Chile: 5 Chilean traditions

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Thinking of getting away this festive season? Although you won’t get a white Christmas in Chile, Chileans definitely know how to do festive cheer. Chile is in the Southern Hemisphere, so Christmas Day actually falls in the middle of summer. Temperatures hit upwards of 80°F, which means that a roaring […]

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Patagonian scallops and 4 other dishes you have to try

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When most people think of Patagonia, they think of glaciers, mountains, big skies, and vast untouched wilderness. While many travelers will head to Patagonia for long hikes, extreme sports, and a simpler way of life, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the finer things in life during your […]

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Patagonia up-close: Zodiac ocean rafting excursions

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The best way to experience the Patagonian landscape is undoubtedly by boat. Cruising through Chilean fjords is breathtaking, as grey mountains frame gleaming glaciers that pour down into the ocean below. On a cruise ship, you can see these astonishing natural wonders from the best possible vantage point, as the […]

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15 Chilean slang words and phrases to remember

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Chilean slang can confuse even the most advanced Spanish speaker. Chilean people’s idiosyncratic pronunciations – such as dropping ‘s’ sounds in phrases like más o menos so it becomes “mah-o-meno”, meaning “more or less” – can throw off those who are used to European Spanish. Furthermore, as with many other […]

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Causes and effects of pollution on the Polar regions

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The planet is warming up – since 1906, the average surface temperature has risen by almost 0.9°C. In the sensitive Polar regions this number is even greater, with average temperatures reaching up to 4°C higher than those recorded 50 years ago. However, today scientists prefer to use the term ‘climate […]

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