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Four ways to visit The End of the World

Four ways to visit The End of the World

Antarctica. Patagonia. Tierra del Fuego. The names alone are enough to unleash your inner explorer and make the hair on your neck stand on end. Read on to find out more about four of our favorite ways to experience the end of the world. Spoiler alert: all four choices feature untamed landscapes and awe-inspiring wildlife…
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When to visit Argentina’s incredible Peninsula Valdes

When to visit Argentina’s incredible Peninsula Valdes

​​​​​​​Peninsula Valdes, on Argentina’s desolate southern coast, is famous for its fascinating marine wildlife, which includes sea lions, penguins, walruses and elephant seals. But it is perhaps best known for being the spot where orcas (killer whales) willfully beach themselves while hunting sea lions at Playa Norte.
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Gateway to the glacier: Choosing your El Calafate lodge

Gateway to the glacier: Choosing your El Calafate lodge

El Calafate is a gateway to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia. In keeping with its status as a major tourist destination, the area boasts a broad selection of hotels, lodges and estancias that range from perfectly comfortable to ineffably luxurious; from seamlessly modern to ruggedly authentic.
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4 Santiago neighborhoods we love

4 Santiago neighborhoods we love

Visit these four neighborhoods in Santiago to sample Chilean cuisine, explore antiques markets and see how the locals live, work and play. Featuring everything from historical enclaves and artistic havens to glitzy business districts and upmarket ’burbs, Santiago is the complete package.
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Choosing your Torres del Paine lodge

Choosing your Torres del Paine lodge

​​​​​​​The Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is one of the most naturally spectacular places you’ll ever go. It’s also home to some really fantastic lodges – but which one is right for you?
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5 unmissable Patagonian highlights

5 unmissable Patagonian highlights

​​​​​​​Every inch of the vast untamed wilderness that occupies the lower half of Argentina and Chile is incredible in its own right. But if time is short these are the spots you simply have to see…
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When to visit Argentina

When to visit Argentina

Spanning 30 degrees of latitude and encompassing everything from the balmy lowlands of Iguazu to the towering heights of Aconcagua, Argentina is a year-round destination if ever there was one.
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All you need to know about Argentina’s Cueva de las Manos

All you need to know about Argentina’s Cueva de las Manos

The enigmatic Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands) in Argentine Patagonia is one of the finest examples of ancient rock art on the planet. Read on to find out more... What is it? The Cueva de Las Manos Pintadas (Cave of the Painted Hands) is not so much a single cave as a series of rock overhangs at the base of a cliff-face in the remote and spectacular Cañón de Río Pinturas in Patagonia. The site is most famous for its breathtaking collage of more than 800 black, white, red and ochre handprints, painted over 9,000 years ago, but there are also excellent depictions of guanacos (a relative of the llama and the artists’ main source of food), rheas (a large flightless bird that still roams the Patagonian plains), puma prints and human beings. In addition to living creatures there are also representations of geometric shapes, zigzag patterns, red dots, the sun, and hunting scenes. Photo credit: David Of the 829 handprints most are male, one has six fingers and only 31 are of right …
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In pictures: The sheer magnificence of Northern Patagonia

In pictures: The sheer magnificence of Northern Patagonia

Many first time visitors to Patagonia assume that the further south they venture, the more spectacular the landscapes they will encounter. In some ways this assumption is entirely correct: the rugged, raw beauty of Torres del Paine, Tierra del Fuego and El Calafate is indeed very hard to beat. But the more northerly (and thus more easily accessible) sections of both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia are picture-postcard-pretty too.  Known as The Lake District to some, it really is the kind of place to which words do no justice, so I'll stop rambling and let you take in the jaw-dropping magnificence of the photo gallery below. Simply click on the thumbnails to view in full size. Or sit back and let autoplay do the work... Happy (armchair) travels.  
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WATCH: 'The Far South' a short film about Tierra del Fuego

WATCH: 'The Far South' a short film about Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is the kind of place that grabs a lot of headlines. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and the Drake Passage near Cape Horn is the most treacherous piece of ocean on the globe. The region is associated with world-famous names like Darwin, Magellan, Theroux and Chatwin. But the reality of life in such a desolate, windswept outpost is far less glamorous. This short film about the only permanent residents of Puerto Toro, the most southerly settlement in Tierra del Fuego, is both unsensational and grimy, which is why I like it so much. I hope you are similarly moved by it... Full credit to filmmakers David Gacs and Frances Anderson
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A comprehensive travel guide to Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia

A comprehensive travel guide to Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia

Last week’s blog was an introduction to Tierra del Fuego. This week we get up close and personal with The Land at the End of the World. To make it easier for you we’ve listed Chilean and Argentinean attractions and activities separately. Enjoy the ride… Things to do on the Argentine side Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world, so first things first you’ll need to snap a selfie and update your status message accordingly. If you’re really into such things you could also play a round of golf on the southernmost course in the world, or drink the most southerly microbrew on the planet. You get the picture… When Bruce Chatwin visited Ushuaia in 1974 it was a very unwelcoming place: “The blue-faced inhabitants of this apparently childless town glared at strangers unkindly. The men worked in a crab-cannery or in a naval yard, kept busy by a niggling cold war with Chile. The last house before the barracks was a brothel. Skull-white cabbages grew in the garden.” A lot has changed …
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Introducing Tierra del Fuego: The land at the end of the world

Introducing Tierra del Fuego: The land at the end of the world

Few places inspire images of rugged desolation more than Tierra del Fuego, but this mysterious and desolate archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American landmass is actually surprisingly easy to visit these days. Regular flights service the Argentine city of Ushuaia and Punta Arenas in Chile (which is actually situated on the mainland) and there is a well-developed tourism infrastructure throughout the area. Don’t let this put you off, however: Tierra del Fuego is just as remote, windswept and jaw-droppingly beautiful as it always has been (as a visit to the national park or a boat trip on the Beagle Channel will confirm) and the Chilean island of Isla Navarino (just North of the legendary Cape Horn) is an adventure-seeker’s paradise which is as desolate and far-flung as you’ll find…on this planet, at least. History Tierra del Fuego has been inhabited since about 8,000 BC, when the Yaghan people settled there. The Selk’nam people didn't arrive much later. Tierra del …
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