Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about...

Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about Southeast Asia and South America, areas that share the appeal of vibrant cultures and history, genuine hospitality, savory cuisine and boundless opportunities for active adventures off the beaten path. A former program director at Wildland Adventures, Kirsten is now a professional guide.

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Breaking down the puzzle of Patagonia

The Patagonia travel season is just around the corner! If you plan to travel South during our Northern Hemisphere winter season, now is the time to get your trip plans in order if you haven't already done so.   Traveling to Patagonia  or even beginning to research this fabled region of jagged peaks, windswept plains and massive glaciers can prove daunting.  Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting about the different regions within Patagonia, from Tierra del Fuego to the Valdes Peninsula to help you figure out what areas should be on the 'must visit' list for your next trip to southern Chile and Argentina. Up first, answers to two of the most frequent questions we receive; where is Patagonia and what is the best time to visit? Where is Patagonia? Patagonia is wild, windswept southern region of both Chile and Argentina that spans from the Pacific Ocean, over the Andes...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great post Kirsten! Patagonia is at the very top of my list of places I want to explore and after reading this I think I need to m... Read More
Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:25
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Torres del Paine - Update from the Field

  Our group celebrates the first night in Torres del Pain South America Program Director Kirsten Gardner spent the past month leading a group of hikers through Patagonia on one or our special anniversary trips! She's back in the office now and we will posting bits from the blogs she wrote while on the road every few days (internet connection to upload photos can be sketchy down south!) A cloudy day with Los Torres behind us   After two days of exploring the cities of Santiago and Valparaiso (highlighted by earthquake tremors on the first evening!) our group of ten hikers was ready to hit the trails in Torres del Paine National Park.  Patagonia’s famed natural beauty and unpredictable weather did not disappoint. In three days we experienced torrential downpours, clear nights with perfect views of the Milky Way, cloudy mornings, 70 degree afternoons without a cloud in the sky, perfect...
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