Fantasico Sur Trek of the Month — W Express

Published on December 17, 2017

For people who are in peak physical shape and want a really challenging mountain trekking experience at Torres del Paine, point them in the direction of the W Express. Available until the end of April (2018), this four-day, three-night Fantástico Sur itinerary…

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Weddings in the Wild

Published on December 15, 2017

From small, simple ceremonies to gala multi-day extravaganzas, Cheli & Peacock can arrange the ultimate destination wedding in the African wild. Romantic destination weddings can be arranged anywhere in Kenya or Tanzania — at an elegant lodge, under canvas on an Indian…

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What does “Torres del Paine” mean?

Published on December 13, 2017

Given the extreme geology — and how difficult it is for even the most experienced climbers to summit the peaks — it’s tempting to think that Torres del Paine means “Towers of Pain” in English. But that interpretation is only half right….

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Patagonia’s Other Predator — The Wily Fox

Published on December 9, 2017

You might see one scampering through the woods near the Hotel Las Torres or while you’re hiking the “W” Circuit with Fantástico Sur. For many years, an especially friendly one used to hang around Lago Sarmiento Gate, fraternizing with the rangers and…

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Paine Pampering: Spa Las Torres

Published on December 2, 2017

No one can deny that hiking Torres Del Paine is an exhilarating experience. But it’s also pretty hard on the body. So what could be better than a relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatment at Hotel Las Torres to get your body ready…

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Trip Report: Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda (Part One & Two)

Published on November 28, 2017

PART ONE I (Jessie) recently joined Adventure Consults for an “Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda” safari in East Africa. This is the first installment of my trip report — on the places I stayed in urban Uganda. This was one of the most…

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Indonesia in Focus: SeaTrek Launches New Video

Published on November 27, 2017

Seatrek Bali just released a new video that gives a glimpse of the laidback fun, adventure and top-class service aboard their two wooden pinisi ships that sail exotic itineraries through the islands east of Bali. The video also provides a hint at…

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Chinese Group Join Masai Mara EcoQuest

Published on November 25, 2017

EcoTraining instructor Andreas Fox recently shared his memories of a group from China that took part in the Masai Mara EcoQuest Course in Kenya. Transported to Africa by Ye-Travel, the group of seven were lucky enough to see lions on every game…

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Cruising the Avian World of East Sulawesi

Published on November 22, 2017

Whether your clients are already card-carrying feathered fanatics or new to birdwatching, they’re sure to love SeaTrek Bali’s ornithological-focused cruises in Indonesia. Birding on the exotic island of Sulawesi is out of this world. Ninety of the 507 bird species that have…

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Trip Report: Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda (Part 3)

Published on November 20, 2017

I (Jessie Bligh) recently joined Adventure Consults for an “Ultimate Uganda & Rwanda” safari in East Africa. This is the third installment of my trip report — on the camps and lodges I encountered at Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) and Bwindi…

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Read All About It!

Published on November 16, 2017

The Star newspaper in Toronto recently ran an article on EcoTraining Guides & Guardians safari guiding course at Botswana’s Mashatu Reserve. Quotable quote: “Trollip and his fellow students, hailing from Africa, Europe and North America, have signed on to undergo a year…

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The Flavors of Patagonia: Coirón Restaurant

Published on November 14, 2017

Patagonian cuisine is largely unknown to those who have never ventured to the bottom end of South America. But our regional cuisine is blessed with many distinct flavors and dishes, a tradition that we like to pass along to our guests at…

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Five Reasons to Visit Torres del Paine in the Off Season

Published on November 13, 2017

It’s spring in Patagonia, the snow is slowly starting to melt, the trails drying out, the wildlife tending their newborns, and both Hotel Las Torres and Fantástico Sur are gearing up for the hectic summer of adventure in Torres del Paine National…

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What Are You Waiting For? Take a Hike!

Published on November 13, 2017

Are you one of those people who think that hiking is just for the wimps who can’t hack a full-blown gym workout? Think again. Because studies show that hiking not only keeps you physically fit, but also mentally sharp. But there is…

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Land & Life Foundation Wildlife Warriors

Published on November 8, 2017

Given the fact that much of East Africa’s wild animals actually lives outside the protection of national parks on private or community lands, Cheli & Peacock shares the belief with other eco experts that local residents must be able to see, understand…

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Fixed Date Departures on the “W” Trail

Published on November 7, 2017

For those who know exactly when they want to hike the “W” Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park, Fantástico Sur is now offering guaranteed fixed departure dates for its guided treks along the legendary South American trail. Guaranteed with a minimum of…

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If We Could Only Talk to the Guanacos

Published on November 3, 2017

Thanks to Dr Doolittle, just about everyone knows what a llama is — a large, furry South American mammal with an ornery temperament and a bad habit of spitting on people. Oh, and the animal that literally carried the Inca Empire on…

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Tap Into Your Kundalini with SeaTrek Bali

Published on October 30, 2017

Among its many journeys, SeaTrek Bali Sailing Adventures offers yoga and wellness cruises for travelers who wish to begin (or continue) their voyage of self-discovery with a little help from the magical islands of Indonesia. Breathe, Balance & Bliss: an Exhilarating Yoga…

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Ocean Diamond: Following the Trail of the Ancient Norsemen

Published on October 29, 2017

His actual name was Erik Thorvaldsson, but people simply called him Erik the Red. A legendary 10th-century Norseman who was renowned both during his lifetime and centuries later for his violent temper, exploratory feats, uncanny salesmanship and the famous children that he…

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SeaTrek Bali: A Tale of Two Ships

Published on October 28, 2017

They may have all the comforts, safety and technology of modern sea craft, but the story of our pinisi sailing boats started long ago on an island on the other side of the Java Sea from Bali. The seafaring Bugis people settled…

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