South America’s Andes are the world’s longest continental mountain range, stretching 4300 miles long the west coast of the continent. Starting in Venezuela, the Andes extend through Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, reaching its highest peak, Cerro Aconcagua, in Argentina at a breathtaking 22,841 feet. Missoula, in Montana’s Rockies — where I rest my head at the end of the day — is at about 3200 ft [...]
Over the weekend an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Chile. Our thoughts are with our friends and partners in Chile. All of our travelers are safe; some have run into issues because of flight cancellations, but we are hopeful that flights will resume shortly so our travelers can head home. LAN Airlines is working on contingencies to get people on international flights over the next few days – [...]
Late last month, less then 1/100th of an inch of rain fell in the desert city of Iquique, Chile. Typically, drizzles don’t make headlines, but when a drizzle damages roofs, shuts down schools, and even knocks out power, the press — and bloggers — take notice. Located in the heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert, Iquique AVERAGES only roughly 0.02 inch of precipitation a year. Buildings and infrastructure are made to [...]
In this tough economy, travelers are looking for the greatest deals on the planet. Adventure Life was honored with Outside Magazine’s Killer Value award in their April 2009 Best Trips issue. Our featured trip was our new Patagonia Wildlife Safari – trekking in the famed Torres del Paine. You can check it out here: http://www.adventure-life.com/chile/chile_tours/tour/PWS5-7.php5.
Trekkers in South America are daring and adventuresome – not to brag or anything. My group planned our hike to the famed Machu Picchu ruins for months. We marveled at the ruins as we massaged our tired legs. Then we flew back the United States without giving mystical Patagonia a second thought. We were right there! Why didn’t we continue our journey? Follow more than one path during your stay [...]