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Get to know Puerto Natales - The Gateway to Torres del Paine

March 16, 2017 - 12:07
Hotel on Puerto Natales Waterfront

Known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, the town of Puerto Natales may seen by many as a quick stopover before heading off into the surrounding wilderness in search of adventure and natural wonder, but taking a few days to explore the town and its immediate surroundings offers a glimpse into the diverse and fascinating history and culture of this part of Patagonia.

On This Day in Patagonian History: The Glacier Republic

March 6, 2017 - 15:11
Perito Moreno Glacier in Calafate - Argentina

Did you know that there’s a mini-nation located somewhere amongst Chilean Patagonia’s vast expanses of crawling glaciers?

Well, there is! On March 5th, 2014, Greenpeace - never one for subtle gestures - used a loophole in Chilean law to declare that 8,800 miles of glacier-covered land was its own independent country - a “Glacier Republic” micronation.

Patagonia's Past: The Legend of the Calafate Berry

February 27, 2017 - 12:25
Calafate berry. Picture by Quintessential Adventures

When visiting Patagonia, especially during the breezy spring and summer months of November through March, while traipsing along the well-worn trails you’ll probably encounter deep-blue, almost purple berries dangling from small bushes huddled under trees and other shrubs. While they could easily be mistaken for blueberries, don’t be deceived: these are Calafate berries, indigenous to the region, deeply rooted in Patagonian folklore, and delightfully yummy to snack on.

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