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On the 16th of July each year businesses and shops throughout Chile come to a halt for a public holiday in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For many, this is a great opportunity for a hiking day trip in the Andes Mountains or a long ski weekend getaway, but if you want to see where the real action is on the 16th of July, you’ll have to head to La Tirana. For just a few days each year, this sleepy town in Chile’s desert north explodes in a carnival of music, dancing, prayer and wild costumes. The Fiesta de la Tirana is one of the biggest and most spectacular religious festivals in Chile, see why with our guide in words and pictures:
The Torres del Paine W Trek is a classic route around the most breathtakingly beautiful national park in Chilean Patagonia. Threading its way around megalithic mountains, splashing through icy streams, creeping past grumbling glaciers and winding through elegant verdigris forests, it’s not hard to see why the W Trek is one of the most iconic hikes in South America. But as you’d imagine for a multi-day hike at in the unblemished wilds at the bottom of the world, there’s a certain amount of kit, clothing and preparation that goes into completing and enjoying this unique challenge. That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate packing and preparation list for the Torres del Paine W Trek. This is it. The daddy of all W Trek checklists. The only one you’ll ever need!
If you’ve been doing your research for your Patagonia vacation, the chances are you’ve already come across Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno, Los Glaciares National Park and more. There’s a reason that these unforgettable places come up time and again in the Patagonia guide books, they’re the classics, a combination of spectacular scenery and a well-developed infrastructure that makes them a must for anyone passing through. But perhaps you’re looking for something set away from the established visitor trail through Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia, somewhere that feels completely off the map, perhaps you’re looking for one of the region’s hidden gems. The trouble with hidden gems is that they tend to be, well, hidden. But here at Cascada, we know a thing or two about Patagonia, so we’re letting you in on five of its best kept secrets.
For most people, a Patagonia hiking tour is a one-off, epic adventure that they get to experience only once. Patagonia’s remote location at the far southern tip of Latin America and it’s unspoiled wilderness mean that it’s a far cry from most peoples’ nine-to-five. But there is a select group of individuals who love hiking in Patagonia so much that the idea of leaving it all behind for a desk-job in the city just won’t do. For those people, landing a spot as a hiking and wildlife guide in Patagonia is a dream job in “one of the best places to work on Earth”. Read our interview with EcoCamp Patagonia guide Isidora Cruz to see what life as a guide is all about, with big thanks to the lovely Isi for taking the time out to chat with us.
Horseback riding in Chile is a wonderful way to get off the beaten track and see parts of the Chilean countryside that you might never reach on foot or in a car. Proficient riders and novices alike can enjoy a horse riding vacation in Chile, but you may have heard that riding in South America is slightly different from what many people are used to. Whilst “English Style” horse riding is the dominant fashion in Europe and many parts of North America, most of Chile’s horses are trained to be ridden “Western Style”. Most people who are familiar with riding English style should be able to pick up Western style without too many difficulties and it’s often considered easier for complete beginners too. Here’s our guide to how to ride Western style in Chile!
The beleaguered HidroAysén mega dam project that aims to build five hydroelectric power plants in Chile’s Aysén region is looking less and less assured by the day, as it wavers in the face of fierce campaigning by environmentalists and the local population. But the Aysén region and Chilean Patagonia as a whole still lives under the shadow of the threat of more dam projects. To understand the reasons why these projects would be so devastating both environmentally and economically for Chile, we sat down to interview Javier Lopez, one of the co-founders and co-owners of EcoCamp Patagonia and Cascada Expediciones. As a trained engineer and a self-starter in Chile’s ecotourism sector, he is in a unique position to provide an intriguing insight into the problems posed by mega dam projects in general and in Patagonia in particular.