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Chile for hip travelers When thinking of trips to Chile, most travelers think of the rugged, southern frontier of Patagonia or the arid, crimson Atacama Desert in the north. Santiago, when compared to some of it austral capitol counterparts, is often overlooked. Though I personally do not find Santiago to be the most inspiring of cities, its surrounding wine country and western, more artsy sibling city on the coast, Valparaiso, are absolutely amazing and tend to go undiscovered by the vast majority of adventure travelers. When taking off on an adventure, I find that as much as I yearn for foreign nature and wilderness, I equally find myself lusting for culture and unfamiliar urban inspiration. Santiago’s neighboring areas of Valparaiso and diverse wine country offer just this juxtaposition and make for an excellent way to begin or end a trip in Chile before or after embarking out into its more far-flung back country. Take...

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Ecuador Has it All Galapagos, Guayaquil and Giant Otters Update on Ecuador's Andes, Amazon and Enchanted Island Archipelago I’ve had several weeks to reflect on my recent trip to the Galapagos Islands and the Napo Wildlife Center Amazon jungle lodge in Yasuni National Park, and remain more convinced than ever that the tiny country of Ecuador is one of the best travel destinations in all of South America for its ecological diversity and rich cultural heritage. Galapagos I voyaged through Galapagos onboard one of our three most popular yachts, the 20-passenger Eric, Flamingo and Letty. I consider these vessels to be one of the best values in Galapagos for their exceptional guides, lowest passenger-to-guide ratio at 10:1 (or less), and multiple cabin options with corresponding prices to fit every traveler's needs. These yachts also rank high on our sustainability goals with their Smart Voyager certification. Right now, our Thanksgiving voyage from November 21-December 1,...

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Galapagos Summer Specials The Galapagos, the one destination that might be on everyone's bucket list. Home to some of the most unique and diverse wildlife and plant species our planet has to offer. In addition to the extraordinary beauty the Galapagos has to offer it's also home to some of the top naturalist guides in the world and an impressive collection of small luxury yachts. That's where our summer specials come to life, we've pulled some strings and got some of our local partners to share some discounts with us, which (as always) we pass on to our Wild travelers.  2014 Specials:  Take 5 to 10% discount off our published cruise rates on our Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Eric/Flamingo/Letty departures! 10% off Dolphin deck - 5% off Booby deck including singles, shares and triples valid on these departure dates: Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5. This offer is valid through July 30,...
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,...

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A Patagonian Victory Patagonia. The word is synonymous with the rugged beauty and untamed landscapes that is an utter rarity in today’s modern world. Home to thousands of miles of old-growth forests, extraordinary species, mountain glaciers and a vast variety of other bountiful natural resources, Patagonia is a priceless refuge and heritage site that must be protected. Over the past several years, the HidroAysen Project, which intended to place five dams on two of the healthiest rivers in Chile’s Patagonian region- two on Rio Baker and three on Rio Pascua respectively- has been a looming threat. The proposed joint-collaboration between Chile’s Colbun and Spain’s Endesa companies would have cost $7 billion dollars and generated 18 gigawatt hours of power. The damage, including 1,000 miles of old-growth forest clear-cut, 1,500 miles of transmission lines stretched, 15,000 acres flooded, and the displacement of many local peoples “would have put at risk the wilderness, traditional culture,...
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