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Light, Desert, Wine and the Andes- Argentina’s Northwest Treasures In light of a recent New York Times article entitled, “In Argentina, Wine, Art and Altitude” by Alessandra Stanley, I felt inspired to take a moment to highlight our Wine, Cultures and Canyonlands: Mendoza and Northwest Tour, and put a special emphasis on Argentina’s Northwest. In Stanley’s article she tackles a grand feat of successfully painting a picture of the rugged beauty and oddities that thrive at Donald Hess’ Colome Vineyard and his James Turrell-dedicated Light Museum in the northwest corner of Argentina. “Together, the Hess winery and art museum may well be one of the most puzzling one-man grand projects since the Pyramids of Egypt”, Stanley only half-jokingly points out. She indulges in the, somewhat comical and rather imaginative contradiction that is the rigid, traditional and extraordinary Colome winery of Swiss businessman, Donald Hess, and his contrasting obscure light museum, which poses as a shrine to James Turrell’s work,...
National Park Authorities in Argentina have recently mandated a strict adherence to the age restriction guidelines that were previously not enforced for travelers embarking on the Mini Trekking or Big Ice Expedition trek on Perito Moreno Glacier.  Of the more than 350 glaciers within Los Glacieres National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier is easily the most famous due to its massive size (more than four miles across and a height of over 180' above the water level), the high frequency at which it calves and the accessibility.  It is one of the few places in the world where individuals without previous mountain experience can don crampons and hike along the glacier's surface, exploring crevasses, ice caves and shallow pools, after just a quick catamaran ride across the lake and a short approach hike.  Previously, age restrictions were not enforced and travelers with good physical fitness could participate at the discretion of...

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Argentina’s up-all-night capital is divided into 48 distinctive neighborhoods (known as barrios) each with a unique personality and history. Where you decide to base yourself depends on what type of traveler you are and the kind of hotel you prefer. Following is a rundown of a few of the most popular neighborhoods for travelers to stay in and our favorite hotels located within each. Use this guide to determine where you want to stay in Buenos Aires on a custom-designed trip to Argentina! The Barrio: San Telmo  Profile: The gritty, historical heart of Buenos Aires; there’s a lot of romance beneath the grime and graffiti that decorates many a buildings. Behind every weathered door you might find a marble-tiled courtyard or secret garden dating from colonial times. San Telmo is the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires and dates back to the 17th century. It has, throughout the years, been a...

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Wildland Adventures traveler and professional photographer Steve Limentani journeyed to Patagonia in December of 2012 to capture the famous wild beauty of the region.  Here he shares his tips on what equipment to bring, how to pack and offers tips will help prepare you to take great photos on your next trip to Patagonia. Photos from his trip are found at the link at the end of this post. My wife and I recently had the opportunity travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures. Since I work as a professional photographer shooting sports (primarily soccer) and concerts I was very interested in pretending to be a landscape photographer on this trip. I have been asked to provide some thoughts on taking pictures during a trip like this.  Preparation If you are not a landscape photographer then trying to prepare is daunting. Although I spend a lot of time on forums, the...
When you travel to Patagonia with Wildland Adventures, you have the opportunity to make a donation to Conservacion Patagonica, a non-profit organization headed by Kris Tompkins with the mission of "creating national parks in Patagonia, in collaboration with neighboring communities, and local, regional, and national governments." A sister trust, the Conservation Land Trust, also headed by Doug and Kris Tompkins, made history today with one of the largest land donations in Argentine history; 37,500 privately held acres given to Argentina to expand Perito Moreno National Park to include Patagonia's second-highest peak, San Lorenzo. Amazing news for climbers and conservationists alike! Read on for the full story, reprinted from Conservacion Patagonica's newsletter. "In one of the largest land donations in Argentine history, Doug and Kris Tompkins donated Estancia El Rincon to the national parks system of Argentina today, in a formal reception in Buenos Aires. In the northwest area of the...
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