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Torres del Paine: The “W” Trek, Day 1-2

Reaching Torres del Paine is no small feat. In order to enjoy the splendor that is Chile’s top national park, one must fly to the edge of the continent, secure local transport from any number of gateway cities, most of which involve will involve border crossings and indirect routing to reach the park, negotiate the…

Fitz Roy Trek El Chalten Rio Vueltas

El Chalten: At the Foot of Mt. Fitz Roy

Getting to the town of El Chalten entails a three-hour bus from El Calafate, during which time the only evidence of human life is a half-dozen estancias, some sheep in the fields, and the road itself. This is actually true of being five minutes or more outside any town in Patagonia; the steppe is vast and…

Street Art in Santiago Chile ITP Travel Report Bella Vista Neighborhood

Santiago, Chile: Arriving in South America

Chile is widely considered the most stable country in South America. Santiago, capital to the country and its most populous city, can easily be overlooked when compared to the vibrant, outgoing metropolitan cities of South America. That would be a mistake. Santiago deserves its place amongst the top cities in South America, with appealing cafe…

Patagonia Trip Flight Map

To the Ends of the Earth: Previewing our Trip to Patagonia

In just two weeks now, my friend Reuben and I will be departing on what will certainly be the most adventurous trip of my adult life. We will pass through gateway cities in Peru (Lima), Chile (Santiago), and Argentina (Buenos Aires) on our way to the far reaches of the South American continent to the…