How to get to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales bus station

puerto natales bus station

The Torres del Paine is the jewel in the crown of Chilean Patagonia. Lying on the border with Argentina, the park features wonders like the infamous W trek, abundant wildlife, and the imposing Paine Massif. However, despite its fame, the Torres del Paine is somewhat of a challenge to get to – but that’s what […]

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Christmas in Chile: 5 Chilean traditions

christmas in chile

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 log fire is off the […]

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Patagonian scallops and 4 other dishes you have to try

patagonian scallops

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 stay. Both Argentine and Chilean […]

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Patagonia up-close: Zodiac ocean rafting excursions

ocean rafting

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 ship’s deck provides uninterrupted, panoramic […]

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15 Chilean slang words and phrases to remember

chilean slang

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 Latin American dialects, Chileans use […]

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Causes and effects of pollution on the Polar regions

causes and effects of pollution

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 change’ rather than global warming. […]

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Cape Horn boats: Which yachts can navigate the notorious headland?

cape horn boats

At Cape Horn boats face a challenge like no other. As one of the most unpredictable shipping lanes on the planet, only the most experienced sailors dare take on the crossing. The cape’s conditions are as a result of several factors, largely to do with its extremely southerly latitude. This location creates fierce prevailing winds […]

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Mountain activities in Argentine Patagonia’s adventure capital

mountain activities

El Chaltén is a paradise for adventurers. Nestled deep in Argentine Patagonia, this small town is the gateway to the dramatic landscape of Los Glaciares National Park. El Chaltén is a three-hour bus ride from the larger, busier town of El Calafate – making it the ideal place to disconnect and get back to nature. […]

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Torrentes to Semillon: Argentina white wine in focus

argentina white wine

Argentina is one of the most prolific wine producers in the New World. The South American nation’s mountain deserts and rich soil have given rise to an excellent wine industry, producing several delicious grape varieties. Perhaps the most famous Argentinian wine is Malbec, which thrives in the east Andean climate. Originally from Bordeaux, Argentinian vineyards […]

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5 reasons outdoor yoga benefits the body and mind

outdoor yoga

Outdoor yoga can enhance your practice in a whole new way. Nature connects us to our roots; our relationship to the earth, the grass, the trees, and the ocean plays an important role in our evolution. For example, a recent study found that the naturally occurring patterns in organic forms have calming, focusing qualities. Therefore, […]

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