Leader of the Pack: Marcelo Gallo

Published on August 11, 2017

During his recent visit to the US — and just before he headed back to Patagonia to prepare for the upcoming cruise season — we recorded a webinar with Marcelo Gallo. As expedition leader on the brand new Ventus Australis, Marcelo is…

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The Park at the End of the World

Published on August 10, 2017

It’s not the southernmost national park on our planet — that honor goes to nearby Cape Horn in Chile — but Tierra del Fuego National Park at the bottom end of Argentina comes in a close second. Located just 20 minutes west…

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Coiron Crowned King

Published on August 10, 2017

With more than 220 user reviews, Coiron restaurant has been crowned the number one restaurant in Torres del Paine National Park on TripAdvisor. The gourmet eatery at Hotel Las Torres bested 16 other restaurants in the park. It garnered top marks for…

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What in the World is a Refugio?

Published on August 10, 2017

For anyone who’s hiked in the Spanish-speaking world, refugio is a familiar term, a place you come across on trails both short and long. There isn’t an exact English equivalent. The literal translation is “refuge” — as in mountain refuge. Which could…

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We Make Greenland Easy

Published on July 31, 2017

One of that biggest issues that travelers have with Greenland is the fact that the huge North Atlantic island is difficult to reach from just about anywhere but Copenhagen — capital of the country (Denmark) that has nominally ruled the territory for…

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Walking Reykjavik: The Viking Trail

Published on July 31, 2017

With a small and compact city center, meandering coastline and lots of parks, the Icelandic capital is ready-made for walking. Here’s the first of our favorite urban hikes, what we like to call the Viking Trail: Grab a bird’s-eye-view of Reykjavik from…

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Trekking the “W” in Winter? You Betcha!

Published on July 17, 2017

If you thought the southern hemisphere summer was the only time to hike Patagonia, think again. Because Fantastico Sur has launched an incredible winter trekking program at Torres del Paine. Spread across six days and five nights, the brand new “Winter W”…

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Patagonian Glaciers: Bucking the Trend

Published on July 17, 2017

Bucking the global trend, some of Patagonia’s 50 plus glaciers are expanding rather than retreating — including at least one that can be easily visited before or after a cruise with Australis. In keeping with global climate change, most of the region’s…

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The 360 on Stella Australis

Published on July 17, 2017

Determined not to be left behind in the technology race, Stella Australis recently introduced 360-degree views of cabins and common areas on the Australis website. The twirl-around images include seven different cabin categories (gotta love those huge picture windows) as well as…

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For Sale: Blue Lagoon, slightly used, good condition

Published on July 7, 2017

 Iceland Magazine reports in its May issue that the Blue Lagoon — one of the nation’s premier tourist attractions — is up for sale. Or at least a third of it is. HS Orka, the power utility that has owned a large…

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Ethiopia: Gondar Castle and World War Two

Published on June 22, 2017

As we celebrate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy landings this month, it’s worthwhile to note that Ethiopia also played a role in World War Two. The so-called Abyssinian Campaign — which played out between June of 1940 and November…

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The Northern Five — Kenya’s Alternative Wildlife Bucket List

Published on June 21, 2017

We’ve already told you about the “Ugly Five” and “Tiny Five” of Kenya wildlife. But did you know there is also a “Northern Five” of iconic creatures that are primarily found in the national parks and conservancies north of Nairobi? While traveling…

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EcoTraining Joins Emerging Destinations

Published on June 15, 2017

Emerging Destinations is pleased to announce a brand new client — EcoTraining Guides & Guardians — a South African company that offers inspirational wildlife courses, accredited wildlife career courses, gap year opportunities and high school programs. The company traces its roots to…

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Sussing Out Santa Lucia Hill

Published on June 12, 2017

What’s that heavily wooded hill sticking up in the middle of downtown Santiago? It’s called Cerro Santa Lucia and it’s the geographical feature around which the young city took shape 500 years ago. Located less than a ten-minute walk from both the…

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Torres del Paine for Fashionistas

Published on June 11, 2017

Whether you’re trekking the “W” Circuit with Fantastico Sur or taking day hikes from your comfy digs at the Hotel Las Torres, it’s important to pack and wear the right type of clothing. And, of course, look cool while you’re doing it….

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Tucking into the Tuckers

Published on June 10, 2017

They’re mighty tiny but very important — both the Tuckers Islets and the small penguins that call them home for half of the year. Located near the western end of Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo) in the Fuegan Archipelago, the remote islands sustain…

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Beware Iceland’s Hidden People: Trolls, Elves and Fairies

Published on June 3, 2017

Huldufólk is what they call them in Iceland — the “hidden” or “secret” people. Not human beings per se, but rather fairies, elves and especially trolls. While the legendary creatures are part of general Scandinavian culture, their legacy is especially strong in…

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They Really Should Have Called it “Greens” Land

Published on June 2, 2017

With more than 60 golf courses catering to a native population of only 330,000, Iceland boasts the highest number of links per capita of any nation in the world and even more courses per person than American golf hubs like Palm Springs,…

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Innsæi: The Icelandic Art of Intuition

Published on June 1, 2017

Before you’re cruise this summer, be sure to catch the new documentary InnSaei – The Power of Intuition about an Icelandic concept that allows humans to connect with one another through empathy and intuition. Produced by Zeitgeist Films and directed by Icelanders…

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The Queen of Uganda’s National Parks

Published on May 30, 2017

Primates aside, Uganda’s most spectacular game viewing experience is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Unlike Bwindi and Kibale — which are both densely forested — QENP features a typical East African savannah landscape and the creatures that relish that mix of grasslands and…

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