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January 2, 2013 - 15:12
Eat less, exercise more, drink less, learn more... A list of New Year’s Resolutions is easy to put down on paper but not so easy to stick to. If you’re starting off the New Year with a suitcase full of good intentions and not enough willpower to go around, it’s time to think about booking a wholesome hiking holiday with Cascada to get you off to a flying start. You might think it would be harder than ever to keep your virtuous resolutions whilst travelling, but a holiday with Cascada can actually kick start your transformation into the new you and make 2013 the year your intentions come true. Check out our 6 resolutions that fit in perfectly with an adventurous trip to Patagonia.
December 17, 2012 - 13:46
With just seven shopping days left until Christmas, time is running out to find the perfect gift! If you’re stuck for what to buy for someone who seems to have it all, booking a once in a lifetime trip might be the ideal solution. And if you’ve already booked your trip with a special person in your life, why not surprise them with an exciting extension activity. We’ve put together a selection of full tours and tour extensions in Chile and Argentina for Cascada’s 12 Tours at Christmas!
December 14, 2012 - 13:27
In Daniel Defoe’s famous novel Robinson Crusoe, the hero is washed up on an island that seems to fit the description of somewhere in the Caribbean, with a variety of animals including colonies of giant turtles. However, the real life castaway island that inspired Defoe’s work is actually found in the Pacific Ocean, in the Juan Fernández Archipelago some 419 miles west of the Chilean mainland. The real Robinson Crusoe Island may not have turtles, but it is incredibly rich in flora and fauna, and many of the plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. Robinson Crusoe Island was designated as a National Park in 1935 and named a UNESCO World Biosphere in 1977 in recognition of its importance as a unique habitat for many species of plants, birds and insects.
December 13, 2012 - 13:07
When you hike in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, there’s a good argument for leaving the iPod at home and devoting all of your attention to the sounds of the birds and animals, the whistling wind and the crack-boom-splash of icebergs splitting from the giant glaciers and dropping into one of the many lakes. On the other hand, if you’re feeling tired and demoralised the perfect upbeat tune could be just the thing to keep you pushing on to the next rest stop, whilst a downbeat song can make the otherworldly scenery even more stirring. A good playlist should have as many ups and downs as the landscape of the national park itself, including songs for contemplation, songs for motivation, and songs to enjoy when you’re on top of the world. It would be impossible to put together a playlist for every minute of the long Paine Circuit Trek or even the shorter W Trek, but here are our essentials for you to build your own hiking playlist around.
December 12, 2012 - 14:24
Things are heating up in Chile: We've launched 4 brand new tours from the wild lands of Patagonia and the sand dunes of Atacama to the legendary Robinson Crusoe island!
December 12, 2012 - 13:34
Argentinian Patagonia spans a huge 2,780,400 km² chunk of land at the bottom of the South American continent, stretching from the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro all the way down to Tierra del Fuego. Given that there’s so much of it, it can be tricky to know where to begin and which sights you really can’t afford to miss. That’s why we’ve put together our Argentinian Patagonia essential top 10 highlights!
December 11, 2012 - 13:42
Here at Cascada, we spend a lot of time talking about the impact we have on the natural world - we can’t help it, if you’ve seen what the natural world looks like in Chile, you’ll understand - but there’s also room to think about the natural world’s impact on us. It’s understandable that many people have their reservations when booking eco-friendly lodging: Why, you might ask, should you spend your cherished vacation time making compromises? But we believe that you can holiday in comfort without making excessive demands on the environment and that eco-friendly living gives back so much more than it takes away. We take a look at some common questions about vacations at EcoCamp Patagonia in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and investigate how what’s good for the environment can also be good for you.
December 10, 2012 - 13:09
Patagonia, this distant land at the bottom of the world, has always been shrouded in mystery and legends. When European seafarers first travelled here they steered clear of the coast, fearing it was inhabited by a fearsome race of giant people. We haven’t found any giants yet on our trips, but there are still plenty of myths that endure about Patagonia and might affect your trip. We look at the five most common misconceptions surrounding Patagonia and set the record straight!
December 7, 2012 - 14:53
EcoCamp Patagonia is proud to present its brand new inspirational video about the story behind EcoCamp!
December 7, 2012 - 14:45
Compared with many Latin American countries, travellers to Chile generally get off fairly lightly when it comes to altitude sickness. But although it’s a thin sliver of land that rubs shoulders with the Pacific Ocean along the whole of its length, there are still parts of Chile that might be higher than you’re used to, largely thanks to the towering Andes. For that reason it’s still worth being aware of how altitude sickness could affect you and what you can do about it, because there are plenty of easy steps you can take to lessen the effects. Here we give you the lowdown on the high ground, including what altitude sickness actually is, where in Chile you might be affected, how you can prevent it and where to travel in Chile if you already know you’re a sufferer.