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Month: December 2011

Patagonian Wildfire Forces Chile to Close Torres del Paine Park – Businessweek

Patagonian Wildfire Forces Chile to Close Torres del Paine Park – Businessweek

Patagonian Wildfire Forces Chile to Close Torres del Paine Park – Businessweek. We are following this news closely as we have some of our clients currently traveling in Patagonia. Explora in Torres del Paine has notified us of the closure of the lodge. This is yet another good case for purchasing travel insurance as Mother Nature has its way of altering our travel plans. 2011 has witnessed its share of disasters, Chile earthquakes, the eruption of Volcano Puyehue and now…

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iTravel to Argentina

iTravel to Argentina

It used to be that we traveled with maps and guidebooks in hand and for the most part we still do. But as the technology advances and personal electronic devices get smaller and more sophisticated we are able to take those maps and guides and enjoy the wealth of info in a changed format and without the weight. More travelers take on the road their laptops, notebooks, iPhones, iPads or iPods. We listen to music, email, write blogs, share pictures, post…

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Christmas in summertime, childhood memories from Haedo.

Christmas in summertime, childhood memories from Haedo.

As we fast approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve I wanted to find out and write about the Holidays from the perspective of the Southern Hemisphere.  So I recently asked Ana about her memories of Christmas in Argentina. She remembers that on Christmas Eve was the only time during the year her Mom would make all the girls take a nap so that they would have some energy for a long day and festivities going on well past midnight. We also…

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Around the world in 23 days – latimes.com

Around the world in 23 days – latimes.com

An interesting article from Sunday LA Times where author David Lamb describes his adventure of circumnavigating the globe on a National Geographic Expedition. The first two sites on his trip were Machu Picchu and Easter Island. While the budget of this trip is not for the average traveler it is an inspiration to learn about some of the most exciting places on the globe. I still think 80 days around the world as penned by Jules Verne was a more…

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Glamping – roughing it in style in Chile.

Glamping – roughing it in style in Chile.

A couple of days ago I was browsing through Conde Nast Traveler magazine online and I learned a new term- glamping. This was definitely a new approach to being out there in Nature. The magazine article referred to a pampered and luxury version of camping (hence glamour+camping). EcoCamp in Torres del Paine National Park,  was the first one on the list of places such as Patagonia, North Africa, India and United Arab Emirates. The camp holds a prestigious Environmental  Management…

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Flags of South America part 6 – Brazil

Flags of South America part 6 – Brazil

Brazil, the largest country on the South American continent and undoubtedly of the most recognizable and colorful nations in the Southern Hemisphere. Brazil is famous for many things: soccer, beautiful and exotic beaches, exciting cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, distinctive musical culture, the largest tropical forest on Earth, sultry women immortalized in songs such as The girl from Ipanema by Carlos Jobim, and its undisputed rising economic power.  It gained independence in 1822 from Portugal. The…

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Bizarre and unusual destinations around the world – Salar de Uyuni

Bizarre and unusual destinations around the world – Salar de Uyuni

In a recent online article in Los Angeles Times, Salar de Uyuni was named as one of the 79 bizzare and unusual destinations in the world. Indeed, Salar de Uyuni would qualify on the account of its sheer size, the largest salt flat on the planet. In fact, it is so flat, big and its surface so reflective that NASA uses it for calibration of the altimeters of its satellites. We visited the Salar in 2009 during our trip to…

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Bariloche’s historic landmark burns down.

Bariloche’s historic landmark burns down.

With great surprise and sadness we found out that on November 30th in the late afternoon hours the famous Refugio Berghof succumbed to a fire which destroyed the entire structure. The building which belonged to the Club Andino of Bariloche housed a concession restaurant and a mountain hostel. The voluntary fire brigade could not save this historic structure dating back to 1939. The refugio and two other, smaller structures were built by Otto Meiling, a local mountaineering figure of the early…

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