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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.

Spring in Patagonia is the best! (but don't go telling everyone)

September 15, 2015 - 12:11

We’ve got a secret tip for anyone who’s wondering about the best time of year to visit Patagonia, but we won’t be sharing it with just anyone. You see part of what makes spring one of the best times of year to visit Patagonia is that most people don’t know that it is so special, so we don't want everyone finding out! But as long as it’s just us, we’ll tell you the reasons that you should get planning your Patagonia tour for the southern spring (that’s September and October down here in Chile!)

4 ways to prepare yourself mentally for your Chilean adventure

July 1, 2015 - 12:59

So you’ve booked your trip to Chile with Cascada and are feeling excited about seeing the best that this long and narrow country at the southern end of the world has to offer. It’s going to be your trip-of-a-lifetime, and obviously you want to get the most out of it. You want to relax, educate and rejuvenate yourself all at the same time. To achieve an all-rounded travelling experience, pre-trip mental preparation is almost as important as your actual experience once there. Here we have four tips to help you get into the right state of mind before you hop onto the plane to Santiago.

Star Trek: An Interview with Astrophysicist Anthony Soulain

June 30, 2015 - 09:11

With clear skies and big telescopes, Chile is seventh heaven for astronomers. But what is the life of an astronomer really like? Cascada interviewed Anthony Soulain, a budding French astrophysicist studying his master’s degree in Santiago. He debunks many myths about what astronomers do, tells us why Chile is the best country for astronomy and gives us a peek into the cutting-edge observatory on Cerro Paranal.

The Environmental Game-Changers of Patagonia

June 26, 2015 - 11:21

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.

Sustainable Tourism on Easter Island

June 24, 2015 - 15:55

Like a tiny vessel drifting in the immense Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is an extremely vulnerable place to live in. Any disturbance in the island’s ecology or social makeup may have drastic consequences for the islanders’ well-being. With the advent of tourism, thousands of travellers flock here to see the enigmatic moai, potentially exacerbating the problems that the Rapa Nui people already face owing to the scarcity of land and resources.

The Climbing Badasses of Torres del Paine

June 23, 2015 - 13:52

When you make that last leg up Ascension Valley to the base of the Torres, puffing and panting while you pick your way carefully through the boulders, look up and consider the following thought: a select few climbers in history have succeeded in scaling those sheer walls of granite that you’re seeing. Theirs is an achievement that will likely humble anyone standing before the three towers. We take a look at the lives of the mountaineering giants of Torres del Paine, the climbing badasses of Chile’s most celebrated national park.

The Atacameños: People of the Desert

June 22, 2015 - 10:38

Arid, barren and inhospitable, the Atacama desert seems an unlikely place for early human habitation. The fact, however, is that human settlements in Atacama can be traced back to over 6,000 years ago, and evidence of human activity goes back to more than 10,000 years ago. Called the Atacameños, or the Licanantay, the descendants of these early settlers can still be found in the region of Antofagasta. In this article, we explore their history, culture and folklore.

Winter Reading: 4 Essential Chilean Novels

June 17, 2015 - 09:26

Winter has arrived in Santiago and the freezing temperatures are making us more inclined to stay in bed under a thick duvet with a good book rather than head into the Andes for a trek. To get you started, we’ve assembled a list of the essential works in the history of Chilean literature. From a short, light-hearted comedy to the dark depths of the mind of a tormented author, there’s something here for every taste, and enough pages to get through the lethargic winter days.