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Patagonia's Past: Shakespeare's Inspiration

May 20, 2015 - 09:01

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

A Foodie's Crash Course in Chilean Cuisine - Monthly Mixed Tape

May 14, 2015 - 10:28
Chilean Cuisine - Foodie Course

For foodies, hearing of those who eat "because they have to" is a little, well, sad. With a planetful of colorful cuisine to sample in a lifetime, it's no wonder trying new foods features so highly on most travelers' to do lists. Chile doesn't disappoint. From the north's tropical fruits, to its central valleys' wine regions and the gamey creations dreamed up in Patagonian kitchens, discerning palates exploring Chile won't feel bland. In this month's Mixed Tape, Chilen food (plus options for vegetarians and hikers) is our focus. Grab a fork!

Patagonia's Past: The Button and the Basket

May 13, 2015 - 09:35

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Patagonia Ebook Reviews: Patagonia

May 8, 2015 - 14:26

So far in this series on ebooks relating to Patagonia, we’ve reviewed Simon Worrall’s memoir The River of DesireThe Tourist Trail by John Yunker, Three Journeys to Patagonia by Nick Green, The Condor’s Feather by Margaret Muir, Patagonia - A Cultural History by Chris Moss, Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch and The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin. This time, we read Patagonia by Jaime Said (thanks to the publisher for a review copy), a recent attempt at a comprehensive survey of Patagonia - with unimpressive results.

Patagonia's Past: How Fitz Roy almost discovered Fitz Roy

May 7, 2015 - 10:02

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Patagonia's Past: The Lost City of Patagonia

April 29, 2015 - 09:56

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Top 5 Things To Do In & Around Punta Arenas

April 28, 2015 - 16:27
Punta Arenas Chile

The end of the world has enticed travelers for generations, and the trend south shows no signs of letting up today. For windswept and wandering travelers at the end of the world's chilly corners, the question of how to fill one's days with activities is even more pertinent - as what better way to keep out the cold than to take off exploring? Not sure where to start? We've rounded up five great picks for what to do in and around the city of Punta Arenas.

Lady Florence Dixie and the wild horses of Torres del Paine

April 28, 2015 - 14:18

Lady Florence Dixie is regarded as the first tourist to Torres del Paine, and her account Across Patagonia, published in 1880, is still a beloved classic of Patagonia travel writing. It is interesting not just for the lyrical quality of her prose, but also for the historical insights that can be gained from the book. When Lady Dixie travelled to Patagonia, there was no tourist infrastructure whatsoever. No airport, no roads, no refugios.

Patagonia Ebook Reviews: The Voyage of the Beagle

April 28, 2015 - 11:25
Patagonia Journey ebook

So far in this series on ebooks relating to Patagonia, we’ve reviewed Simon Worrall’s memoir The River of Desire, The Tourist Trail by John Yunker, Three Journeys to Patagonia by Nick Green, The Condor’s Feather by Margaret Muir, Patagonia - A Cultural History by Chris Moss and Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch. This time, we picked up the most timeless classic of all Patagonia travelogues - The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin - and set off on a journey to the Patagonia as seen two centuries ago by the world's most famous naturalist.

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