While some people like their winters with a side of woollen socks and cough medicine, others get adventuring. And where there are winter adventures, there’s Chile! From skiing in the Andes to select wine tastings in the Central Valley and trekking in Torres del Paine, we’ve got a program for you.
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With friends, at a barbeque, in front of a fire, when celebrating, for romance, with great food, to toast an achievement, savor a moment, or simply because your day’s work has ended - whatever the reason, wine is a welcome addition to so many of life’s moments! In Chile, we know this all too well. After centuries of production, Chile’s wines have recently experienced a boom in popularity and the country is now a major player as a grape and wine producer and exporter.
Chile is a vibrant and culturally varied country where there’s always something going on. Whether you’re looking for something cultural, musical, sporting or religious, a one-off experience or an annual treat, you can guarantee there’ll be something for you. Check out our month-by-month guide to the best events in Chile for 2016!
Chile is a country whose shape makes a road trip quite ridiculously simple. Long and thin, the Andes a constant companion to the east and the calming knowledge that the west coast is never far away, it is difficult to lose your bearings. Pretty basic - head south and the mountains are on your left… head north and they are on your right. The sun sets by the sea and takes its time to rise over the height of the mighty Andes in the east. Around 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Santiago lies the adventure destination of Pucon.
On a rare cloudy Friday afternoon in Santiago, Vicky and I went on an E-bike tour of Santiago, taking in the sites with minimal effort - but still getting the rewarding feeling of powering your own adventure (sort of). E-Bikes are a great way to travel around a city like Santiago, especially if you are thinking of getting the best view from the top of Cerro San Cristobal without drenching yourself in sweat!
Picture the scene: You awake to the crisp morning air as the sun begins to peep over the jagged mountain tops. You eat your fill of a hearty, warming breakfast and hit the trail. The only sounds are the birds, the wind, the trees and your own footfall. You and your hiking group are the only people around for miles. Patagonia is all yours...
The reality of travelling to Patagonia is often a little different. Visitors from all around the world flock to this area of outstanding natural beauty in their thousands each high season and you might have to work to find your little piece of personal Patagonia. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We take a look at five reasons you should consider visiting Patagonia during April’s blissful Indian summer.
At the Cascada Expediciones offices it is pretty standard for the team to rock up to work in hiking boots or sports gear, even though we are situated in the middle of the Santiago business district - we just like to feel as though we are ready for anything.
At Cascada Expediciones we are sad to have heard of the death of Douglas Tompkins. Tompkins died after a kayaking accident on Lake General Carrera, aged 72. Whilst it my be of no comfort to his family and friends, one can only say that it is a fitting way to go for this passionate protector of the Patagonian wilderness - out in the nature he loved so much.
Successful conservation is not just a matter of leaving nature as it is. It is the fruit of many years of effort of dedicated environmentalists and ecologists. In Patagonia, large swaths of virgin land have been saved from development thanks to the work of people who have had the foresight to start the campaign before it’s too late. Who are these indefatigable environmental game-changers of Patagonia? In this Cascada post, we meet the Tompkins', a couple who has left a formidable environmental legacy in Patagonia.
"Where's that coming from? That rhythmic pounding, that galloping sound. Starting off from far away, it's getting closer...as if about to pass right in front of us!”
Thankfully, it's not a guy hiding behind a tree clapping coconut shells together! Far better, that galloping signals the arrival of a herd of baguales, or wild Patagonian horses, who roam the steppe after escaping the gauchos’ domesticity.