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Travel news, holiday tips, Chilean culture & history, how to travel in style and be eco chic along the way! The Cascada Travel Blog features interesting vacation and fun facts which can help you with your travel plans or give you an insight into something fresh. Any ideas you'd like to see written about meet our Communications Team. If you're keen to get Cascada travel blog updates subscribe to our Feed Feed or via Email.

Patagonia's Past: The French King that Ruled Patagonia

April 22, 2015 - 12:10

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.

When is the best time to visit Torres del Paine?

April 22, 2015 - 10:00
Earth Day in Torres del Paine NP

Here’s a question that all travellers to Torres del Paine have on their mind: when is the best time to visit? Here at Cascada, we understand very well why this is your number-one concern. After all, who doesn’t want to take the best blue-sky picture of the beautiful scenery, especially when you’ve travelled all the way to the tip of the continent for it? Here’s the quick answer: 

Family vacation in Patagonia

April 16, 2015 - 16:51

We all agree that the scenery in Torres del Paine is among the most stunning in the world, and that the trekking here is world-class. But at first sight, it doesn’t appear to be a family-friendly destination. All kinds of problems seem to pop up as you consider bringing your kids to the end of the world: Will there be enough space for the whole family? What if the children don’t like trekking? What is there to entertain the little ones while you unplug and unwind? 

Torres del Paine Circuit: A Journey through the Immensity

April 2, 2015 - 14:23
Marina Benedic Torres del Paine NP

Get to know four adventurers that had crossed the world to hike the Paine Circuit: Jonathan Waugh (Great Britain), Hilde Suude (Norway), Marty Papazian and Marina Benedict (USA). Read about the circuit through 138km/83mi of pristine valleys, forests and ice fields in one of the most stunning trekking routes in the world.

» Read the full story: Torres del Paine Circuit: A Journey through the Immensity

Patagonian International Marathon: running the 63K

April 2, 2015 - 10:34

In 2014, the Patagonian International Marathon attracted more than 1,000 runners from all over the world and featured four race distances: 10km, 21km, 42km and…63km! Yes, 63km, with sweat and wind. In 2013, Ryan Sandes – a well-known South African runner – won the 63K ultra-marathon in 4 hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds. What better surprise than welcoming another South-African 63K runner at EcoCamp? We traced his footsteps to gain a special insight into this famous challenge…


Hiking Torres del Paine Link Cheat Sheet - Monthly Mixed Tape

March 12, 2015 - 14:48
View of Nordenskjold Lake - Torres del Paine NP, Chile.jpg

We can feel your excitement. You’ve heard about Patagonia and there’s no going back. Your interest has been piqued, your ears have been pricked and your fancy has been well and truly tickled. Hiking  adventure, here you come!

We totally understand. Even after the decades of Patagonia trip planning we’ve notched up at Cascada, the novelty of setting foot into this wild corner of the world – and particularly hiking in Torres del Paine – never gets old. Whether you’ve just bought your tickets or are doing some final research, we’re here to help. We know there are a few loose ends to tie up before strapping on your boots and heading out into the wild.

Where to go? What to wear? What to bring? *Whew!*

Today we bring to you this ultra-top round up of must-read articles to have your Torres del Paine hiking plan come off without a hitch.

5 Reasons to Hike Torres del Paine in Fall

March 11, 2015 - 09:37
Condor in Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine offers beautiful views, dramatic peaks and miles of winding trails year-round - and luckily April hikers get to enjoy them at a discounted rate! At this time of year travelers do a collective happy dance as domestic flights and EcoCamp Patagonia tour prices all go down! As if that wasn't enough, here are 5 reasons to hike Torres del Paine in Autumn.

Special Offer Autumn 2015

Book your EcoCamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari, stay in a Suite Dome between 18 Apr 2015 and 1 May 2015, save 40% (based on prices of high season) and enjoy the best fall colors at Torres del Paine!

Planning Your Patagonia Adventure: You Asked, We Answered - Monthly Mixed Tape

February 16, 2015 - 16:55

Traveling overseas can be a headache at the best of times, but when a hiking adventure in Patagonia is on the menu, trip logistics can cause a veritable migraine.
It’s normal to have questions when organizing a hiking trip in Patagonia, and here at Cascada we’ve heard 'em all. That’s why we’ve put together this handy little link cheat sheet – to help you unfog your mind and get excited about your Patagonia adventure!