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June 22, 2015 - 10:38
Arid, barren and inhospitable, the Atacama desert seems an unlikely place for early human habitation. The fact, however, is that human settlements in Atacama can be traced back to over 6,000 years ago, and evidence of human activity goes back to more than 10,000 years ago. Called the Atacameños, or the Licanantay, the descendants of these early settlers can still be found in the region of Antofagasta. In this article, we explore their history, culture and folklore.
June 17, 2015 - 09:26
Winter has arrived in Santiago and the freezing temperatures are making us more inclined to stay in bed under a thick duvet with a good book rather than head into the Andes for a trek. To get you started, we’ve assembled a list of the essential works in the history of Chilean literature.
Katherine Routledge The Pioneer Archaeologist of Easter Island
June 12, 2015 - 13:54
How did some fallen-down statues lying on the shores of a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific come to attract the attention and stir the fantasies of millions worldwide, giving rise to elaborate and bizarre theories involving UFOs and sunken continents?
June 10, 2015 - 13:29
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.
June 8, 2015 - 14:04
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.
May 28, 2015 - 09:23
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!
The Wild Horses of Patagonia: An Interview with Victor Moraga
May 25, 2015 - 11:35
Are you dreaming of an encounter with the mysterious wild horses of Patagonia in a little-known part of Torres del Paine? As the final part of our series on baguales, we interviewed Victor Moraga, an expert on baguales who runs Patagonia Bagual, to take a closer, more scientific look on these fascinating creatures.
May 25, 2015 - 09:15
Since 2000, we’ve been buoyed by the challenge of running a sustainable hotel in Torres del Paine, one of the world’s most-loved tourist destinations. EcoCamp is the answer to environmentally-conscious travelers’ dreams: physical outdoor adventure, sustainable living and an intimate atmosphere all rolled into one.
May 22, 2015 - 10:33
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.
May 20, 2015 - 09:01
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.