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Santiago by Bike

April 19, 2018 - 12:52 -- Helen Cordery
Santiago

It’s a glorious day. The sun is shining and the air is cool. You have just arrived in Chile’s capital of Santiago, and you are excited to get out and start exploring.

While you can just as easily walk around the city’s compact sights, here at Cascada we want you to have an experience that’s just that little bit more exciting. Bike riding ticks that box because it allows you to cover ground fast and stop when you like, making it much easier communication with the local people, many of whom are now choosing to bike their way around the city too.

5 Places to Stop Between Santiago and Patagonia

April 13, 2018 - 00:00 -- Helen Cordery

So you´ve decided to realize a lifelong dream and come to Chile, and you want to see as much of it as possible, right? Instead of skipping the interior in favour of the jewels to the north and extreme south (the Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine), why not linger for a bit longer and get right off the beaten track?  Chile is a long skinny country that has a surprising amount of natural wonders along its length to reward even the most travel-weary of travellers. Let's have a look at our top five places to visit between the capital of Santiago and Patagonia.

What is Cascada Expediciones?

April 11, 2018 - 00:00 -- Helen Cordery

Sunlight filters through branches touched by green. The wind sings, edged with birdsong and the rhythmic calling of insects.  The air, once brushed over you, is crisp and cool while all around the colours are freshly washed. As you push yourself onwards, you feel each breath fill up your lungs and each muscle pull and stretch in a way they never did before. Moments are exquisite. Suddenly - a sound. Up ahead, there! The graceful puma, a mountain lion all sleek strength, grace and muscle. For a brief second your eyes meet.

Top 10 Must-Have Adventures in Easter Island

April 5, 2018 - 00:00 -- Helen Cordery
Moai on Easter Island

A remote speck between the waves of the Pacific Ocean and the far reaches of the Polynesian Triangle, Easter Island is well-known for being an archaeological paradise and home to the unnerving moai statues. However, Rapa Nui (as the locals call it) is actually bursting with things to do, with enough adventures to keep the adrenaline junkies happy as well as all you history buffs.  Here are our top ten picks to immerse you in the culture and nature of this incredible Pacific island.

 

The Best Time of Year to Visit Patagonia Is Not When You Think

July 18, 2017 - 14:10 -- Zoe Baillargeon
Not necessarily anyway. After all, everyone is different. You may be looking for an adventure sports vacation, a nature-spotting penguin boat trip or a specialist Patagonia photography tour, so what works for one person may not be ideal for the next. And don’t forget, Patagonia is not a small place, covering 1,043,076 square kilometres of southern Chile and Argentina, so it stands to reason that conditions can vary dramatically across the vast expanse of grassy plains, toothy mountains, mammoth glaciers and fathomless forests. It is, however, still possible to discover the best time to visit Patagonia for you and your trip using our easy guide below!

10 Reasons Not To Be Afraid of Hiking in Patagonia

July 11, 2017 - 00:00 -- Amy Turner
Do you feel the fear? If so, then you’re not alone, a surprising number of people suffer from vacation anxieties that can make travelling abroad uncomfortable or, in extreme cases, can keep people from pursuing their dream trip altogether. Add to that the fact that Patagonia is a remote and untamed wilderness at the far southern tip of Chile and Argentina and you can see why it gives some people the heebie-jeebies! Yet the truth is that hiking in Patagonia is actually incredibly safe and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year with no problems at all. We take a look at the top 10 fears that might be standing between you and your Patagonia hiking vacation. We’ll decide if there’s any truth behind the trepidation and see what you can do to overcome your anxiety once and for all.

Photography in Patagonia: 10 Wildlife Photography Tips

June 26, 2017 - 15:27 -- Amy Turner

To celebrate the launch of our Pure Patagonia Premium Photo Adventure we’re taking a look at ten ways you can improve your wildlife photography. Our new program, under the expert guidance of animal tracker and wildlife photographer Diego Araya, gets you as close as it’s possible to get to the flora and fauna of Torres del Paine National Park. As well as his expertise as a wildlife guide, Diego is a professional wildlife photographer so he’ll be your go-to guy for any photo once you arrive in Patagonia. But in the meanwhile, here’s our list of the top 10 tips and tricks for tackling the unique challenges and one-off rewards of wildlife photography in Patagonia!

Patagonia Bucket List

June 13, 2017 - 00:00 -- Amy Turner

Patagonia, the curling tail of raw nature at the bottom of the South American continent, is pure bucket list material. There’s something about the remoteness, the scale and the mystery of this place that make it perfect for a once in a lifetime trip. But with an area so big and so varied, it’s not enough to scrawl “Patagonia” at the top of your list and leave it at that. There are enough adventure experiences and incredible sights to make a whole bucket list just for your Patagonia tour. If you’re after some inspiration, take a look at our Patagonia Travel Bucket List:

Visit Chile's 5 World Heritage Sites

February 7, 2017 - 00:00 -- Amy Turner

When you think of Chile, do you picture the Andes Mountains, standing row upon row like sharks teeth? Do you imagine wistful Patagonia with its sleepy glaciers? Perhaps the Atacama Desert’s ochre moonscape is what springs to mind. Well you’re not wrong, Chile does have an outstanding natural landscape to explore. But what about its cultural side? Chile is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites that recognise places of special cultural significance, with many more applications in the pipeline. Exploring Chile’s World Heritage sites gives you an insight into the human story threaded into the majestic landscape!

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