Sri Lanka Highlights: Wildlife and UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Ancient Buddhist ruins, huge stretches of highland tea plantations and a richness of wildlife that makes most other South Asian country’s claims of biodiversity pale in comparison: Sri Lanka is a truly fascinating country to visit. So here are our top Sri Lanka highlights for adventurous travelers. Spot majestic wild elephants in UdaWalawe National Park With […]

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The Gambia: Wildlife to Encounter in West Africa

As the tiniest country on the African continent, The Gambia has established itself as a bewitching place for wildlife watching. With over 600 bird species and numerous animals inhabiting its namesake river, this small African nation doesn’t disappoint when it comes to observing fauna in its natural habitat. Here’s a short guide to some of […]

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All You Need to Know About Spotting Patagonia Wildlife

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Although Patagonia might be better known for its superlative landscapes, it’s inhabited by a hugely diverse selection of animals. If you’re planning a trip here to enjoy the region’s access to untouched wildernesses and plethora of outdoor activities, you’ll find that it’s easy to combine this with a little bit of Patagonia wildlife spotting. Let us introduce […]

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Huemul-Watching in Patagonia

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One highlight of any expedition cruise to Patagonia is wildlife-watching. South America’s best-known beast is probably the camel-like llama, but that’s a domestic animal most common in the central Andean countries of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. In Patagonia, though, the rangy wild guanaco – a close relative to the llama – is a common sight […]

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Puerto Bories Historical Museum

  Long before the city of Puerto Natales became a gateway for Patagonia vacations and a ferry terminal for Chile’s northern fjords, tiny Puerto Bories was one of the region’s economic powerhouses. A century ago, when the granite needles of Torres del Paine symbolized little more than the presence of pasture to graze sheep, Bories […]

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Architectural Chiloé

When you’re planning a Patagonia vacation, architecture is probably not one of the first ideas that comes to mind. Without the grandeur of its mountains, forests, fjords and waterways, the region wouldn’t have the worldwide reputation it does, but its cities, towns and countryside display a wealth of memorable vernacular constructions. To see the richness […]

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Penguins at the Lighthouse

Almost everybody who takes a Patagonia expedition hopes to see penguins, and there are many places to do so. Passengers sailing Cape Horn from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, though, sometimes miss one of the top penguin-watching destinations, on Isla Magdalena in the Strait of Magellan. Still, that doesn’t preclude a trip to the island – […]

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El Chaltén: Argentina’s Trekking Capital

Some travelers who are visiting Patagonia confine themselves to either Argentina or Chile, but many if not most see both countries, which offer similar but often complementary attractions. In 1979, when I first saw the startling granite needles of Torres del Paine, it was hard to imagine anything more exhilarating than the time I spent […]

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Patagonian Fauna as Art

Some two decades ago, Argentina toyed with the idea of moving its capital from Buenos Aires to the city of Viedma, in its northern Patagonian province of Río Negro. In the end, Porteño politicians preferred visiting Patagonia to permanent residence there, but Buenos Aires still offers reminders of the far south – one of my […]

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My Patagonian Diet

Food is an important part of any Patagonia excursion, as I recently wrote in describing the one such dining option in Buenos Aires. It’s worth noting that, before or after heading to Patagonia, Chile’s capital of Santiago has similar options, as I found in one recent lunch in the city’s increasingly fashionable Barrio Lastarria neighborhood. […]

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