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October 17, 2012 - 16:22
We kick of this blog series with a review of The River of Desire by Simon Worrall, with thanks to the author for the review copy.
October 16, 2012 - 17:31
On the face of it, you might not think that hiking in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia would require a great many guidelines. After all, how many ways can there be to go for a  walk? But in fact there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure that everybody has an enjoyable, safe experience that causes as little damage as possible to the environment that they’ve come to see. Enjoyment, safety and preservation; these are the three principles that underlie Cascada’s ten commandments for trekking in Torres del Paine National Park.
October 12, 2012 - 15:58
Located more or less halfway down Chile’s length, the capital city Santiago is the ideal gateway for visitors moving on to adventures in Patagonia, the Chilean Lake District and the Atacama Desert to name just a few incredible regions. However, it’s worth remembering that it is also a fantastic tourist city in its own right. In fact, Santiago has just been named the second best city in Latin America in a survey by City Rep Trak (although we think it should be first!). Rather than heading home straight from your hiking tour in Patagonia or your trek in the Atacama Desert, why not take an extra day in Santiago and Cascada will show you how to make the most of just 24 hrs, no matter who you are or what you’re into.
October 11, 2012 - 17:12
A hiking holiday in Patagonia, the remote expanse of wilderness at the end of the world, used to be a means of leaving all modern technology behind. However, with the advent of smartphones, there is an increasing understanding of how technology can now enhance our enjoyment of our natural surroundings. Like a Swiss Army Knife for the 21st Century, a smartphone equipped with the right apps can replace multiple bulky pieces of equipment, cutting down valuable weight and enabling you to trek further for longer. There is a huge range of apps out there aimed at the outdoors sports community, especially if you’re hiking in less remote areas of North America. But what if you’re planning a trek in Patagonia, where phone signal is patchy to non-existent and only major roads are marked? Well, we’ve yet to come across an app dedicated to hiking in Patagonia, but in the meantime, here is our pick of best apps for this unique environment.
October 10, 2012 - 15:50
The jaw-dropping landscape of Chilean Patagonia is the ideal location for all kinds of outdoor pursuits including trekking and hiking. While they are often used interchangeably, the terms ‘trekking’ and ‘hiking’ are distinct but it can be hard to pin down exactly what the difference is. To complicate things even further there is also regional variation between American, Australian and British English, whilst if you’re from New Zealand you might even go ‘tramping’ instead! To help you choose the right activity for you, Cascada defines what the terms hiking and trekking mean to them.
October 9, 2012 - 16:02
Torres del Paine National Park in the far south of Chile is dominated by the Paine Massif, a spur of the Andes Mountain Range that looms above the Patagonian steppe.The dramatic landscape was formed by the collision of the South American and Nazca Plates, and has been carved and shaped over thousands of years by the force of colossal glaciers. The resulting geographical features create a spectacular natural exhibit on a scale that has to be seen to be believed. With such unique beauty on offer, it’s no wonder that hiking trails in the Torres del Paine National Park often rank highly on lists of best treks in the world. To ensure you don’t miss a trick, here is our potted guide to the stand-out natural monuments to take in on your trip.
October 8, 2012 - 16:24
For many people, the idea of setting off alone on an adventure overseas is the stuff of nightmares; the loneliness, the expense and the feeling of vulnerability. But if you thought that the only way to travel solo is to backpack along the tired old tourist trail, sharing a dubious hostel dormitory with five even more dubious strangers, then think again! It turns out that the secret to a successful holiday alone is as simple as choosing the right destination. Here are three reasons why we believe EcoCamp Patagonia is perfectly suited to single travellers, so stop waiting around for someone to share your plans and take yourself on the adventure of a lifetime!
October 5, 2012 - 14:04
So you’ve decided to visit Patagonia? Excellent choice! You’ve probably even picked out exactly which stunning landmarks you can’t wait to hike to. But you may not yet know that there are many other ways to explore this spectacular natural landscape at the ends of the earth. Take a look at our suggestions below, because the best part of your Patagonian adventure may not just be what you see, but how you see it.
October 4, 2012 - 15:16
World Tourism Day was celebrated on the 27th September 2012, with the theme of Tourism & Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development. The idea behind this year’s theme was to promote the use of sustainable energy sources in tourism and draw attention to the efforts that many tourism providers have already made in the field of sustainable energy.
October 3, 2012 - 15:24
Temperatures may be dropping by the day in the Northern Hemisphere, but here in Chile, spring is only just beginning. With hiking routes all the way from the Atacama Desert in the North to Patagonia in the far South, there’s never been a better time to dust off your hiking boots and start planning your trek in Chile. This list brings together the routes you wont want to miss.