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The Folklore of the Tehuelche

June 10, 2015 - 13:29
THE FOLKLORE OF THE TEHUELCHE

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.

Cascada’s team Trip to Pichilemu

June 8, 2015 - 14:04
CASCADA’S TEAM TRIP TO PICHILEMU

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.

Patagonia International Marathon: The challenge and elegance of marathon running in Torres del Paine

May 28, 2015 - 09:23
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This September, the Patagonia International Marathon once again comes to Chilean Patagonia to enchant runners from around the world. While running is great for body and mind (and spirit when running through landscapes as eye-catching as those in Torres del Paine!) it's also highly challenging. Our own Ximena Tello tells us more about how to achieve mind/body balance while running - and we reveal the details of our special marathon deal at EcoCamp. Ready, set, go!

Top 5 Things To Do In & Around Puerto Natales

May 22, 2015 - 10:33
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN & AROUND PUERTO NATALES

Famous for being the jumping off point to Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales is fast turning into a worthy tourist destination of its own. With a growing local food scene and adventure opportunities sprouting all around the district, travelers can have a hard time knowing where to start. Hiking? Horseback riding? Glacier-spotting? There's a bit of everything waiting for you. To get you started, here are five of our favorite things to do in and around Puerto Natales.

Patagonia's Past: Shakespeare's Inspiration

May 20, 2015 - 09:01
PATAGONIA'S PAST: SHAKESPEARE'S INSPIRATION

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.

A Foodie's Crash Course in Chilean Cuisine - Monthly Mixed Tape

May 14, 2015 - 10:28
A Foodie's Crash Course in Chilean Cuisine - Monthly Mixed Tape

For foodies, hearing of those who eat "because they have to" is a little, well, sad. With a planetful of colorful cuisine to sample in a lifetime, it's no wonder trying new foods features so highly on most travelers' to do lists. Chile doesn't disappoint. From the north's tropical fruits, to its central valleys' wine regions and the gamey creations dreamed up in Patagonian kitchens, discerning palates exploring Chile won't feel bland. In this month's Mixed Tape, Chilen food (plus options for vegetarians and hikers) is our focus. Grab a fork!

Patagonia's Past: The Button and the Basket

May 13, 2015 - 09:35
PATAGONIA'S PAST THE BUTTON AND THE BASKET

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.

Patagonia Ebook Reviews: Patagonia

May 8, 2015 - 14:26
Patagonia Ebook Reviews: Patagonia

So far in this series on ebooks relating to Patagonia, we’ve reviewed Simon Worrall’s memoir The River of DesireThe Tourist Trail by John Yunker, Three Journeys to Patagonia by Nick Green, The Condor’s Feather by Margaret Muir, Patagonia - A Cultural History by Chris Moss, Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch and The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin. This time, we read Patagonia by Jaime Said (thanks to the publisher for a review copy), a recent attempt at a comprehensive survey of Patagonia - with unimpressive results.

Patagonia's Past: How Fitz Roy almost discovered Fitz Roy

May 7, 2015 - 10:02
Patagonia's Past: How Fitz Roy almost discovered Fitz Roy

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.

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