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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Iceland Talking

Published on December 20, 2016

  Even the Emerging Destinations team has trouble pronouncing the names of the ports of call along Ocean Diamond routes in Iceland, and we thought you might, too. Click on the audio files below to see how locals pronounce place names like…

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Peter Frinton’s Iceland

Published on December 15, 2016

One of 10 travel agents that accompanied Jessie to Iceland in September, Peter Frinton blogged about the experience (see link below). Iceland is such a place of contrasts that no two people can expect similar experiences . . . except possibly lacking…

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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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Wild and Beautiful (Elewana) Places

Published on November 23, 2016

Northern Kenya is one of the stars of a brand new National Geographic book called Wild Beautiful Places – Picture Perfect Journeys Around the Globe. Lavishly illustrated with National Geographic photography, the books includes a lengthy description of a region that includes…

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Mountain Gorilla Baby Boom

Published on November 22, 2016

Virunga National Park is in the midst of a baby boom. Located right across the border from Uganda, the legendary Congo reserve has witnessed the birth of four mountain gorillas since mid October. Mafuko, a mother from the Bageni family, gave birth…

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All the Talk about Traders Walk

Published on November 19, 2016

Located at on the grounds of the Arusha Coffee Lodge, Traders Walk is a unique African experience center where visitors can browse African art and artifacts sample typical local cuisine and sip wondrous Tanzanian coffee. Among the cluster of retail and food…

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Uganda Slashes Visa and Gorilla Fees

Published on November 18, 2016

In a move to promote tourism, the Ugandan government has slashed the price of a single entry visa to US$50 (down from US$100). The good news came just days after the government introduced an online visa application service. In addition to making…

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Riddle of the Sands

Published on November 16, 2016

Anyone who has already flown across Namibia with African Profile Safaris knows that sand dunes are one of the more compelling and most colorful subjects for both your eyes and camera. From the Kalahari to the Namib, there is certainly plenty of…

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And the Award Goes To . . .

Published on November 15, 2016

The Elewana Collection received a staggering 28 nominations across 20 different categories in the finals of the 2017 Safari Awards organized by the UK-based Good Safari Guide. No other African safari property group was even close to being nominated so many times…

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Iceland’s Main Airport Finally Gets Its First Domestic Route

Published on November 15, 2016

If Iceland wants to do a better job spreading its massive influx of visitors around the country, it’s going to need to more than one domestic flight out of Keflavik. — Jason Clampet If you’re flying to Iceland, in all likelihood you will…

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In Case It Comes Up on Jeopardy! . . .

Published on November 11, 2016

Although the Andean condor, puma and penguin seem to get far more attention, Chile’s national animal is actually a rather shy and seldom seen creature called the huemel. A brand new blog on the Australis website delves into Eight Fascinating Facts about…

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Land of Ice, Wind and White Rainbows

Published on November 11, 2016

Hotel Las Torres also features prominently in a travel story that appeared earlier this year in Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper — Land of Ice, Wind, White Rainbows. “This is what the end of the world looks like,” writes travel correspondent Lee Siew…

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Wild & Beautiful Places . . . Where Australis Goes

Published on November 11, 2016

Alberto de Agostini National Park is one of the stars of a brand new National Geographic book called Wild Beautiful Places – Picture Perfect Journeys Around the Globe. Lavishly illustrated with National Geographic photography, the book includes a lengthy description of the…

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Australis Launches U.S. Office

Published on November 11, 2016

For those of you who don’t already know, Australis has just opened a sales office in Miami to support our rapidly growing business in the U.S. and Canada. Felipe Castro was just appointed Australis’ Sales Director for North America on October 1st. A…

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Las Torres All-Inclusive

Published on November 11, 2016

One of the best ways to experience Torres del Paine National Park is booking one of the All Inclusive Packages offered by Hotel Las Torres. These multi-day packages include accommodation inside the national park, three meals per day, all of our full-day…

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