On a rare cloudy Friday afternoon in Santiago, Vicky and I went on an E-bike tour of Santiago, taking in the sites with minimal effort - but still getting the rewarding feeling of powering your own adventure (sort of). E-Bikes are a great way to travel around a city like Santiago, especially if you are thinking of getting the best view from the top of Cerro San Cristobal without drenching yourself in sweat!
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Picture the scene: You wake up to the crisp morning air as the sun begins to peep over the jagged mountain tops. You eat your fill of a hearty, warming breakfast and hit the trail. The only sounds are the birds, the wind, the trees and your own footfall. You and your hiking group are the only people around for miles. Patagonia is all yours...
The reality of travelling to Patagonia is often a little different. Visitors from all around the world flock to this area of outstanding natural beauty in their thousands each high season and you might have to work to find your little piece of personal Patagonia. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We take a look at five reasons you should consider visiting Patagonia during April’s blissful Indian summer.
At Cascada Expediciones we are sad to have heard of the death of Douglas Tompkins. Tompkins died after a kayaking accident on Lake General Carrera, aged 72. Whilst it my be of no comfort to his family and friends, one can only say that it is a fitting way to go for this passionate protector of the Patagonian wilderness - out in the nature he loved so much.
Successful conservation is not just a matter of leaving nature as it is. It is the fruit of many years of effort of dedicated environmentalists and ecologists. In Patagonia, large swaths of virgin land have been saved from development thanks to the work of people who have had the foresight to start the campaign before it’s too late. Who are these indefatigable environmental game-changers of Patagonia? In this Cascada post, we meet the Tompkins', a couple who has left a formidable environmental legacy in Patagonia.
"Where's that coming from? That rhythmic pounding, that galloping sound. Starting off from far away, it's getting closer...as if about to pass right in front of us!”
Thankfully, it's not a guy hiding behind a tree clapping coconut shells together! Far better, that galloping signals the arrival of a herd of baguales, or wild Patagonian horses, who roam the steppe after escaping the gauchos’ domesticity.
EcoCamp is proud to have received the prestigious Greenleaders certification. The first Geodesic Hotel in the world is also the first in Chilean Patagonia to be rewarded for our commitment to sustainability with the Platinum level - the highest level of distinction. The Greenleaders program rewards hotels who are committed to environmentally friendly tourism.
To ensure that we’re giving you the best deal throughout the 2015/16 season for our EcoCamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari, we’ve broken down the season into low, shoulder, high and peak season. Our rates have gone down up to 45% for September and first two weeks of October -- off-season travel has never been more appealing! Here’s a breakdown of the new price seasons.
The Atacama Desert has been receiving a fair amount of media attention recently, thanks to the miniscule amount of rain which has given life to a carpet of pink flowers. These flowers may not rear their gorgeous heads for very long, but this desert, the driest of its kind on our planet, has a lot more to offer in terms of breathtaking beauty.
For traveling foodies, the pleasure of perusing a foreign menu, ordering from a street vendor's unusual snack selection, or savoring a new dish's unique flavors is the very heartbeat and reason for travel. Sharing meals is such an integral part of the travel experience that the very names of many countries evoke images of food almost immediately - just try whispering sweet nothings of "Italy, India, Japan, France, Vietnam, Peru, and Greece..." to a food traveler and challenge their mouth not to water! But how do travelers with dietary concerns fare when on the road?