Galapagos… You Tell Me That It’s Evolution

In my mind it appears so remote, stuck far out in the ocean somewhere off South America, a few specks in the Pacific. There were questions that needed an answer. How do you get there?  Will it take forever?  Who goes there and why do they go? And what is there?  Why is it so…

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Getting Up Close and Personal With Galapagos Wildlife

I was scrambling to finish reading On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection – a book that most will have read or at least heard of – as I packed for the Galapagos Islands trying to imagine what these bizarre and significant islands would be like. We boarded a flight in Quito,…

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Mashpi Lodge

One of only 5 properties in South America to gain a spot on National Geographic’s impressive ‘Unique Lodges of the World’ list, Mashpi Lodge uses unique architecture to blend seamlessly within the lush greenery of the 3,200 acre cloud forest in which it is nestled. Eco-centric, community minded and dedicated to sustainability, I immediately fell…

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Chilling Out In Chiloé

I’ve been to Chile a few times now, but nothing ever surpasses that amazing feeling of flying in across the Andes mountain range. It’s stunning and you just know that what you are going to experience in Chile will be special. I’d never even heard of Chiloé Island prior to this trip.  No bucket list…

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Close To Nature In The Heart Of Torres Del Paine

Patagonia is a magnificently beautiful rugged region stretching across part of Chile and Argentina. In the heart of Patagonia is Torres Del Paine National Park.  Here the weather is extreme and can turn in an instant and you can find yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature as she throws it all at you. No…

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Cycling, Tango and Steak in Buenos Aires

This was not my first visit to Buenos Aires, but this time we decided to stay in the local area of Palermo outside the main city area.  Such a great location for restaurants, bars and shopping and still easy to access all areas of the city. A highlight of our time in Buenos Aires was…

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The Beauty of Chile

We arrived in Santiago and had pre-planned to spend the night in the city rather than at the airport, and we’re so glad we did. Our hotel, the Luciano K, was a welcoming introduction to Chile.  We enjoyed a few drinks and delicious tapas at the rooftop bar before wandering to the nearby nightlife.  The…

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Ushuaia, The End of the World

The very name Ushuaia conjurers up ideas of far away places and the “fin del mundo” or “end of the world” certainly didn’t disappoint. Its geographical isolation makes its charm feel all the more impressive. Here below watchful snowy peaks we looked out down the magnificent Beagle Channel towards the Antarctic wilderness. Our journey across…

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Bolivia

One of only two landlocked countries in South America, Bolivia is the highest, most rugged and isolated country in the hemisphere. Its innate charm lies in its contrasts: the clash of indigenous and European culture; landscapes (unspoilt by modern development) that include Andean mountains, steamy Amazonian rainforest, salt plains and savannahs; and a diverse range…

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