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8 Reasons Chile's Central Wine Valleys are the Perfect Romantic Getaway

January 16, 2017 - 10:17

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start figuring out how to mark the occasion. But this year, in place of the usual fancy dinner with wine, why not go right to the source of that aphrodisiac libation and spend Valentines in the heart of South American wine culture: Chile’s wine valleys.

Watch the Skies: Stargazing and Astronomy in the Atacama Desert

January 4, 2017 - 12:09
Star gazing Atacama

When poet Pablo Neruda wrote about the bright stars and night sky of his beloved Chile, he used simple but strong phrases, evoking color and movement. With a few words - “...the night sky is full of stars, and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance..." - he captured a sense of peaceful vastness, coupled with both fascination and helplessness at the grandness of the night sky.

Feliz Año Nuevo: Chile's New Year's Eve Traditions and Epic Fireworks

December 30, 2016 - 21:18
bubbly champagne new years

Pop open the bubbly and raise a glass, it’s New Year’s Eve!

All around the world, many countries and cultures have their own regional ways to ring in the new year. For Chileans, it’s an occasion to party and be merry until the wee hours of the morning, drink traditional drinks like cola de mono, travel to the coast to see Valparaiso’s annual fireworks or watch the fireworks in their hometowns, and run through a laundry list of customs to ensure a prosperous and successful coming year.

Desert in the Sky: A Visit to the Atacama Desert with Cascada's Conzuelo Zamorano

December 27, 2016 - 10:02
tatio geyser field atacama desert

Would you like to go to Mars? Bounce around on the moon? Walk through a rainbow? Float through the stars? Be somewhere truly out of this world? You can do all that in the Atacama Desert.

Step into the otherworldly majesty of this high altitude desert with Cascada’s Expediciones’ key account manager for Latin America and Europe, Conzuelo Zamorano, while she embarks on a trip through the highlights of the Atacama Desert, and see and experience this incredible part of Chile through her eyes.

A Very Merry Chilean Christmas: Chile's Holiday Traditions

December 19, 2016 - 14:27
christmas stock pic

Deck the halls and light the lights, it’s that special time of year!

Countries around the world each have their own unique holiday traditions, and Chile knows exactly how to celebrate this joyous season. But you’ll find no White Christmases here (but lots of cheer!). With the holiday season taking place during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, instead of chilly weather and warm fires, holiday revelers enjoy their shopping and festivities in warm, sunny weather, cooling off with trips to the beach or seasonal foods and beverages.

9 Reasons Argentina Should Be on Your Travel List for 2017

December 6, 2016 - 11:27

There’s a lot more to Argentina than just Buenos Aires, Mendoza, or Bariloche. To the north, you’ll find spectacular mountainous valleys, luscious vineyards, and cities filled with classic architecture, and to the south, some of the most amazing glaciers, mountains, and wildlife in the world. Here’s some off-the-beaten-path reasons why Argentina should be on your travel list for 2017!

Anna's Argentina: A trip to Argentine Patagonia with our trekking and adventure specialist

December 5, 2016 - 17:28

Hear what our own staff have to say about our programs in Argentina - for a limited time now 10% off!

At Cascada Expediciones, our goal is to give you the best quality travel programs possible, showcasing the marvels of Chile and South America through experiential and life-changing trips. We believe in our trips so much, in fact, that we have members of our own team go on them as well to experience all the fun and adventure for themselves! Then, they can share their experiences with you to help you pick your dream vacation.

Chile: Zika-free!

December 5, 2016 - 14:38

As many people wishing to travel to South America probably know, the Zika virus has become a big concern over the past year. The mosquito-born virus presents with short-term flu-like symptoms, but is known to be a danger to pregnant women because of a high risk of birth defects.

For travelers still wanting to travel to South America but hoping to avoid contact with mosquitoes potentially carrying the virus, Chile is a great option. Why?

Chile is Zika-free.