Exploring the Patagonia Region

Torres del Paine in the Patagonia Region

After our first taste of Patagonia in Bariloche, we were ready to see more of the snow-capped mountains and pristine lakes that are the main features of the area. For our next leg of our Patagonia exploration, we flew to Coyhaique. This meant that we would skip the Queulat’s hanging glacier near Puyuhuapi. We were fine … Read more

Torres del Paine W Trek

The towers of the Torres del Paine W Trek

Jagged mountain peaks line the sky, glaciers cling to the rugged landscape, streams cascade into turquoise lakes. The lakes, at times calm with a surface of mirrors, at other times breaking waves, speak of her changing moods. This is Torres del Paine National Park. A place of extreme weather and beauty that draws people from … Read more

Hiking the W Trek in Torres del Paine

From the Q Trail Torres del Paine

Everyone we met that had been to Torres del Paine raved about it. The trek had been on their bucket list for years. It is so popular that campgrounds in the park sell out several months in advance. We were in North Brazil having just left one of the most beautiful places we had seen … Read more

The Marble Caves of Chile

The Marble Caves Chile

Imagine being in a cave with marble walls. Colorful veins in the stone make intricate patterns all around you. You reach out and run your hand across the surface and feel the cold from the stone sapping the warmth from your hand. The marble has a million miniscule ridges carved out by wind and water … Read more

Climbing a Castle: Cerro Castillo Patagonia

Snow crossing on the way to the Cerro Castillo Laguna

At 10,000 Chilean pesos (US$15) per person, the entrance fee to hike up Cerro Castillo is steeper than the climb itself. It’s possibly the most expensive hike fee in Latin America. It’s a stunning hike, no doubt, but we got to do it for free. At first, it was CLP2,000, then it jumped to CLP5,000 … Read more

She Dances on the Shores of Chiloe, Chile

The clear waters off Chiloe Chile

Claudio leaned far over the bow of the ship. The mist was so thick that he could barely see the shore. The cold dampness was held at bay by the thick wool of his chamanto. There! For just a moment he thought he caught a glimpse of her flowing, blonde hair as she danced. And … Read more

Gazing into a Galaxy in Elqui Valley

The moon through the telescope in Elqui Valley

Updated 03/02/2020 Tonight I am reminded that I am a tiny speck of dust on a small mass of matter floating in a vast galaxy. I lean over the small aperture that gives me a view into worlds far beyond us. Excitement surges through me as I see the big red spot of Jupiter come … Read more

Nature’s Prison, Pisagua, Northern Chile

Pisagua in Northern Chile

“They say Humberstone used to have a summer home in Pisagua to get away from the heat,” Pedro said as he took another sip of water and placed his water bottle back in the cup holder. “Now I think only 50 to 200 people live in this town depending on the time of year you … Read more

Fog Catchers and Ghost Towns of the Desert: Examples of Resilience

Humberstone examples of resilience

The smell of old wood and rusted walls wafts lightly in the breeze. A gentle wind cools the desert air and plays an eerie song with the loose clapboards and the corroded panels of the ancient metal roof. The song seems to be the voices of lives once vibrant in this town now only inhabited by rumored ghosts. … Read more

Cycling the Driest Desert on Earth: The Atacama Desert

Atacama Lagoon

As the rising sun chased away the morning shadows, heat began to seep through our jackets and the rocks around us began to crackle. We stood on a river of fine sand. The canyon wall to our left now in full sunlight seemed to be playing the music of the dawn, clicking and clacking like … Read more

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