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The start of the O Trek

Ten Reasons Why You Should Do the O Full Circuit over the W trek in Torres del Paine

I, Antie, must admit, I took a little bit of persuasion from Pete to undertake the eight-day O trek in Torres del Paine. I was concerned about carrying our backpacks for that length of time and also whether my fitness levels were up to the challenge but I could not […]

Patagonia

How to Do Patagonia on a Budget 

Travelling in Patagonia is not cheap, especially compared to other places in South America, such as Bolivia and Colombia. We suddenly went from having our own rooms in hostels and eating three course meals to camping, eating pasta and salami on a daily basis and drinking boxed wine (which is […]

Santiago from Cerro San Cristobal

Top Ten Tips for Travelling Chile

We completely fell in love with Chile over the course of the three months we were there. This diverse country stretches 4,300 kilometres from arid desert in the north to wild and beautiful national parks in the south. Not to mention, a handful of very cool cities.   1. Learn […]

A heron sleeps

When the Earth Sank

In 1960, the region around the town of Valdivia in Chile, was hit by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded. It is believed to have been between 9.4-9.6 on the Richter scale and affected an estimated 400,000 square kilometres (for context, the UK is only slightly over half of that […]

Sunrise on Fitz Roy

Crossing from Villa O’Higgins to El Chalten

If you’ve come as far as the end of the Carretera in Villa O’Higgins, it’s unlikely you’re going to turn tail and head north to take the easier route via Chile Chico and Los Antiguos. In which case, you’re in for a treat. The crossing this way is definitely the […]

Hike to Cerro Castillo

The What, Where, Why and How of the Carretera Austral

I’m not entirely sure when I first became aware of the Carretera Austral. It might have been a talk at the Royal Geographic Society, when Bradt Guides launched their new guide to the road, or possibly before that when we started planning our trip and realised we wanted to travel […]