Wicked Witches of the West

Published on March 4, 2017

For hundreds of years, the West Fjords harbored one of Iceland’s darkest secrets – sorcery. Given the area’s long winters, extreme isolation and dire poverty, locals turned to witchcraft to solve their everyday troubles. By the 17th century, West Fjords was the…

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Bussom Buddies

Published on March 3, 2017

The “Free the Nipple” movement continues to make headlines (and raise eyebrows) in Iceland. Launched in the U.S. in 2012, the high-profile pushback against prudery reached Icelandic shores two years ago when an 18-year-old activist Adda Þóreyjardóttir Smáradóttir took up the cause…

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Segue Into . . . Iceland as a Television Hot Spot

Published on March 3, 2017

For years, Hollywood has been seeking out Iceland as the backdrop to films about outer space, ancient Vikings and fantasy worlds. More recently, the North Atlantic island has become a hotspot for television production too. Iceland’s specialty is murder mysteries including several…

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Iceland on the Rocks

Published on March 3, 2017

Like so many northern countries, Iceland produces its own vodka — Reyka — which is handcrafted and made only in small batches at a distillery in Borgarnes, a small coastal town 43 miles north of Reykjavik. According to the company website, “It’s…

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They Love Lucy

Published on February 17, 2017

Maybe they’ve never seen I Love Lucy in Ethiopia, but the feminine moniker has great significance nonetheless. Two meanings as a matter of fact. Lucy No. 1 is the famed “missing link” discovered in Ethiopia’s Afar region in 1974 by an archeological…

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Santiago’s Urban Star — Barrio Lastarria

Published on February 10, 2017

Home to both the Luciano K and Lastarria Boutique hotels, Barrio Lastarria is one of Santiago’s most interesting areas, a trendy blend of arts and entertainment, eating and drinking, bookstores and boutiques in historic buildings that flaunt many different architectural styles. Wedged…

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Helping Dreams Comes True

Published on February 8, 2017

Hotel Las Torres helped Álvaro Silberstein, a 31-year-old tetraplegic from Santiago, release his dream of becoming the second person to navigate the famous “W” Circuit in a wheelchair. Currently an MBA student at UC Berkeley in California, Silberstein suffered a spinal cord…

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Focus on the Skeleton Coast

Published on January 22, 2017

For a completely different take on Namibia, check out the latest issue of Travel News Namibia magazine, which features a photo essay on the Skeleton Coast by Xenia Ivanoff-Erb, a locally based graphic designer, brand consultant and photographer. Swakopmund Through A Different…

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The Tiny Five

Published on January 19, 2017

Following up on our alternatives to classic “Big Five” of the animal kingdom, we present the “Tiny Five” of African wildlife — miniature creatures that mimic certain characteristics or behaviors of their full-sized doppelgangers. With lots of attitude, armor-like outer shells and…

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Discover Your Inner Gaucho

Published on January 12, 2017

Lasting between three and ten hours, Hotel Las Torres full- and half-day equestrian excursions give guests an opportunity to explore the mountains, forest, pampas and lakes of Las Torres del Paine on horseback rather than foot. Our full-day guided Enchanted Valley ride…

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A Tale of Two (South American) Cities

Published on January 12, 2017

  What are the “must see” things one should do in Punta Arenas and Ushuaia before or after your Australis cruise or before heading off to Torres del Paine? The colorful seaport cities at the outer edge of the world are fun…

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Spot the Difference

Published on December 13, 2016

Continuing our series on Patagonian wildlife, we take a look at the Leopard Seal. One of three pinnipeds that frequent the waters off Tierra del Fuego and southern Patagonia, the leopard seal is easily distinguishable from the much larger leopard seal and…

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Sour Grapes? No, They’re Actually Berries

Published on December 13, 2016

What are those pinkish-purple cocktails they serve aboard Australis cruises? It’s called the Calafate Sour, a Patagonian take on the Pisco Sours you find throughout Chile and Peru. There’s actually a long-running debate between Chile and Peru on who invented the Pisco…

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Of Course They Know

Published on December 8, 2016

Bob Geldof and Live Aid certainly had their hearts in the right place with their 1984-85 campaign to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. But the thing that’s always bothered us is the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Of course…

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The Baby Boom Continues

Published on December 7, 2016

For those of you who have missed the news (and the special email we sent out earlier), East Africa is in the midst of a mountain gorilla baby boom. Adventure Consults is keeping on posted on all of the motherly developments including…

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How To Hike Torres del Paine

Published on December 6, 2016

We just came across an interesting article by Danish travel blogger Nana (who now lives in Puerto Natales) on how to make reservations to hike the “W” and other popular trails in Torres del Paine National Park. Trekking in Torres del Paine…

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