Travelogues

Skiing in Valle Nevado

It was quite a restless night. After arriving here yesterday, we had been up late, not yet having adjusted to the shift in timezones. By the time we did finally fall asleep, we had two separate instances of strangers bounding into our hostel room looking for someone else. It’s a wonder we didn’t sleep right through the alarm and the [...] Read more ››

September 18th

For those who don’t know, “the dieciocho” is a national holiday in Chile, taking place on September 18th, with the 19th being a holiday as well. With most people booking off time from work on the day that falls nearest to the weekend, it works out to be a 5 day break filled with merriment for Chileansand tourists. I sometimes [...] Read more ››

Santiago

Santiago is often the springboard or ending point of many a South American journeys, and I had heard some poor things about, which I was quite surprised in retrospect after visiting it. It just goes to show that you can’t take everything you hear at face value. Some travellers are just cranks I suspect. Maybe because many people start their [...] Read more ››

Summer time Christmas in San Pedro

This was surely one of the strangest Christmas days I’ve yet had. I had always spent Christmas with my family, at home, in the snow (sounds nice, but snow’s not all it’s cracked up to be for those who haven’t experienced it). Waking up on Christmas Day in the blistering heat of Chile was extremely odd, but I had no [...] Read more ››

Torres del Paine National Park

I’m not often one to throw around superlatives haphazardly, but Patagonia is really deserving of many. It was simply a beautiful place, awe-inspiring and pristine. It’s an incredibly diverse area of the world that really should be experienced by everyone at least once in their lifetimes. You have towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, green valleys, glaciers, and so much more. [...] Read more ››

Penguin style in Southern Patagonia

We were up at a rather unconventional 3:30 am, in preparation for our 3 plus hour drive to Punta Arenas from Puerto Natales. On the docket for today was a trip by boat to Isla Magdalena, an uninhabited island. Well uninhabited by humans that is. Penguins on the other hand run wild here, with as many as 150,000 on the [...] Read more ››

From San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Salt Flat

I’m writing this from La Paz, Bolivia, and we’ve had a quite a journey from Chile in the past week to get here. Strap yourselves in as I recount the ups, downs and in-betweens of your journey. Our journey begins in Calama, in the middle of the Atacama Desert. The airport we landed at didn’t even have a proper runway, it’s [...] Read more ››

Penguins in Chilean Patagonia

We recently spent a week in Patagonia, which is our usual vacation time, and thought we’d share some of the highlights of our trip, as well as tips for other travellers to the region. Travellers generally try to cram too much into each trip, which results in their minds getting so overloaded with info that it can’t process it all. [...] Read more ››

Patagonia Ushuaia

I’ve been to Patagonia before, and it’s still as impressive as ever. Yet even though I get nearly the same impression from it now that I did the first time, I still envy anyone who has yet to lay eyes on this region. There’s nothing like the first time. I guess if I was going to get amnesia, the one [...] Read more ››

Our Navimag ferry trip

At first we were unsure about whether or not we should take the Navimag, as maybe some of you are. We had heard some conflicting reports about it, mostly because the weather can at times be awful, all but restricting you to your cabin, which would amount to a pretty expensive reading trip. We decided to go for it at [...] Read more ››