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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
How did some fallen-down statues lying on the shores of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific come to attract the attention and stir the fantasies of millions worldwide, giving rise to elaborate and bizarre theories involving UFOs and sunken continents? It’s a long story that began with Katherine Routledge’s journey to Easter Island and the publication of The Mystery of Easter Island, which recounts her experiences and archaeological findings on the island.
Ever wondered why the condor has a ugly bald head? Or why the ñandú can't fly? Why does the whale live in the sea? In their legends and myths, the peoples of Patagonia offer their own explanations for these observations of the natural world. Through these stories, perhaps related by an elder to the young seated round a fire, the native religion and vision of man's relationship with nature were passed from one generation to the next.
After such an intense 2014/2015 season, the Cascada team could not refuse a fun, relaxing, memorable trip far from the never-sleeping Santiago de Chile. On the 2nd of June, we headed to the Pacific coast to spend two days with the sweet melody of the waves at Pichilemu, the famous beach resort city located southwest of Santiago. The destination is a national highlight for surfing, so we knew we could not avoid taking a surfboard and play with the whitecaps on the Pichilemu beach.