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November 7, 2012 - 16:52
If you’re looking for a unique travel adventure, you can’t do better than Chile. Here are the top ten reasons to visit Chile for a cultural, biological and geological experience that you literally cannot find anywhere else in the world.
November 6, 2012 - 15:10
The capricious climate of Patagonia is one of the things that attracts thousands of visitors a year to experience this wild frontier. In the fierce Patagonian winds, rain and sleet clouds scurry across the sky at a pace, unexpectedly blotting out and then revealing the sun, constantly displaying the extraordinary scenery in a new light. That’s all well and good, and makes for some unbelievable photos, but how do you pack clothing for a multi-day hike when there’s no way of predicting what the weather will be like in an hour’s time, never mind two days from now?
November 5, 2012 - 15:16
Choosing to take a tour in Patagonia is a no brainer, with its exceptional mountains, bright blue glaciers, twisty fjords, deep forests and glassy lakes. Deciding whether to visit Chilean or Argentinian Patagonia, on the other hand, is much trickier. So we resolved to settle the debate once and for all and pit these big hitting tourist attractions against each other in the ring. Here they go head to head to see which country comes out on top!
October 31, 2012 - 16:48
Last time, we started off our blog series on ebooks relating to Patagonia with a review of Simon Worrall’s memoir The River of Desire. In this blog we take a turn in the thriller-fiction genre with The Tourist Trail by John Yunker, with thanks to the publisher for the review copy.
October 30, 2012 - 16:37
Chile has no shortage of eerie offerings for those who enjoy a few chills with their thrills, including a whole host of ghost towns. Many, like the famous Humberstone Saltpeter Works, were abandoned as a result of the collapse of nitrate mining. But there is an even more mysterious town that was abandoned not once but twice; the ghost town of San Bartolo.
October 26, 2012 - 18:10
Whether you’re planning a vacation to indulge an outdoor hobby you’re already passionate about or you’re looking to try something new while you're away, Chile is the perfect adventure playground for outdoor sports fans. Its explosive natural landscape includes the highest volcano in the world, the driest desert in the world, the longest mountain range in the world and the deepest fjord in the whole of the southern hemisphere, so its no wonder that there’s almost no limit to the outdoor pursuits you can get up to. Here is Cascada’s pick of the top 5 adventure travel activities available in Chile and how to enjoy them to the full.
October 25, 2012 - 17:27
With interest in ‘glamping’ - or glamorous camping - at an all time high, lightweight dome hotel rooms are popping up like large and unusual mushrooms all across the world. Although they look somewhat futuristic, the modern geodesic dome has now been with us for over eighty years. So what lies behind the enduring popularity of these simple constructions and what does their future hold?
October 24, 2012 - 17:37
What’s the best way to train for trekking the Paine Circuit? How about hiking the W Trek? If you’re thinking of booking a hiking tour in Torres del Paine National Park - or if you’ve already booked it - you’ve probably asked yourself these questions. The answer is to find whichever way to train that suits you and stick to it. After all, when the time comes you’d rather be gasping in awe at the unforgettable granite towers than gasping for breath halfway through the hike. The good news for those who struggle to commit to a fitness routine and maintain motivation is that technology can lend a helping hand. Your iPhone can’t do the workout for you (yet!) but it can help to make the training regime for your Patagonia hike more well-rounded, better targeted and, most importantly, a lot more fun. We’ve rooted out the best iPhone apps and combined them into five simple steps to help you get into shape and tackle the Paine Circuit or W Trek head on.
October 23, 2012 - 16:33
Our vacation time is precious, so when we do head off on a trip with family or friends it’s really important that we get exactly what we want. Sometimes taking a quick browse of the many tours available is all you need to find your dream trip straight away. But everyone is different, so don’t be surprised if you can’t find what you want straight off the shelf. Maybe you’re looking for something extra, or maybe there’s a tour with everything you want but also some things you don’t. Fortunately, Chile has as many different landscapes, climates, activities and cultures as there are people, so you can be sure your perfect trip is out there and Cascada knows just how to find it. Take a look at the queries below, and see if a customised tour might be the best fit for you.
October 22, 2012 - 17:53
Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is a rugged landscape of rocky mountains, open grasslands and forests crisscrossed by fjords and rivers. As a result, the region benefits from a huge variety of birdlife, including 118 separate species. Many people choose to enjoy birdwatching as a sideline to the W Trek or Paine Circuit, or on increasingly popular wildlife safaris and with a few extra details even those with no twitching knowledge can get even more out of their Patagonia experience. This beginners guide to ten of the most exciting birds explains what you can expect to see, when and where you can see it and how to recognise it when you do.