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Patagonia's Past: The Lost City of Patagonia

April 29, 2015 - 09:56
Patagonia's Past: The Lost City of Patagonia

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.

Top 5 Things To Do In & Around Punta Arenas

April 28, 2015 - 16:27
Punta Arenas Chile

The end of the world has enticed travelers for generations, and the trend south shows no signs of letting up today. For windswept and wandering travelers at the end of the world's chilly corners, the question of how to fill one's days with activities is even more pertinent - as what better way to keep out the cold than to take off exploring? Not sure where to start? We've rounded up five great picks for what to do in and around the city of Punta Arenas.

Lady Florence Dixie and the wild horses of Torres del Paine

April 28, 2015 - 14:18

Lady Florence Dixie is regarded as the first tourist to Torres del Paine, and her account Across Patagonia, published in 1880, is still a beloved classic of Patagonia travel writing. It is interesting not just for the lyrical quality of her prose, but also for the historical insights that can be gained from the book. When Lady Dixie travelled to Patagonia, there was no tourist infrastructure whatsoever. No airport, no roads, no refugios.

Patagonia Ebook Reviews: The Voyage of the Beagle

April 28, 2015 - 11:25
Patagonia Journey ebook

So far in this series on ebooks relating to Patagonia, we’ve reviewed Simon Worrall’s memoir The River of Desire, The 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 and Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch. This time, we picked up the most timeless classic of all Patagonia travelogues - The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin - and set off on a journey to the Patagonia as seen two centuries ago by the world's most famous naturalist.

Patagonia's Past: The French King that Ruled Patagonia

April 22, 2015 - 12:10

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.

When is the best time to visit Torres del Paine?

April 22, 2015 - 10:00

Here’s a question that all travellers to Torres del Paine have on their mind: when is the best time to visit? Here at Cascada, we understand very well why this is your number-one concern. After all, who doesn’t want to take the best blue-sky picture of the beautiful scenery, especially when you’ve travelled all the way to the tip of the continent for it? Here’s the quick answer: 

Family vacation in Patagonia

April 16, 2015 - 16:51

We all agree that the scenery in Torres del Paine is among the most stunning in the world, and that the trekking here is world-class. But at first sight, it doesn’t appear to be a family-friendly destination. All kinds of problems seem to pop up as you consider bringing your kids to the end of the world: Will there be enough space for the whole family? What if the children don’t like trekking? What is there to entertain the little ones while you unplug and unwind? 

Torres del Paine Circuit: A Journey through the Immensity

April 2, 2015 - 14:23
Marina Benedic Torres del Paine NP

Get to know four adventurers that had crossed the world to hike the Paine Circuit: Jonathan Waugh (Great Britain), Hilde Suude (Norway), Marty Papazian and Marina Benedict (USA). Read about the circuit through 138km/83mi of pristine valleys, forests and ice fields in one of the most stunning trekking routes in the world.

» Read the full story: Torres del Paine Circuit: A Journey through the Immensity

Patagonian International Marathon: running the 63K

April 2, 2015 - 10:34
accolades

In 2014, the Patagonian International Marathon attracted more than 1,000 runners from all over the world and featured four race distances: 10km, 21km, 42km and…63km! Yes, 63km, with sweat and wind. In 2013, Ryan Sandes – a well-known South African runner – won the 63K ultra-marathon in 4 hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds. What better surprise than welcoming another South-African 63K runner at EcoCamp? We traced his footsteps to gain a special insight into this famous challenge…

 

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