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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Iceland Workshop: Miami, Tampa & Dallas

Published on January 30, 2017

Save the date for the Promote Iceland Workshop. Enjoy a light breakfast and learn all about the awe-inspiring tourism experiences from some of the best operators. On behalf of Promote Iceland, we would like to invite you to a private event to connect…

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Taking Safe Selfies in Iceland

Published on January 28, 2017

An innovative online travel and learning website called Iceland Academy is currently offering a video guide to taking safe selfies in the land of volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and other potential natural hazards for those distracted by the process of immortalizing their…

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Luciano K and Lastarria Snatch Travelers’ Choice Awards

Published on January 27, 2017

The hip Luciano K Hotel in Santiago has been named one of the Chile’s top five Hotels for Romance in the 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards from TripAdvisor. Set inside a restored 1920s mansion in the city’s atmospheric Barrio Lastarria, the Luciano K overlook the Parque Forestal…

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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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Early Bird Special Extended

Published on January 18, 2017

REYKJAVIK, Iceland— Offering discerning travelers unique experiences both on and off the ship, Iceland ProCruises announces specials, deals and discounts for 2017 bookings. Iceland is the hot destination for travelers; now made more accessible by more affordable rates. Iceland ProCruises announced yesterday…

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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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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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