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The mysteries of Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s called by the Polynesians, or Isla de Pascua as it’s called in Spanish, is one of the most isolated places in the world; the closest landmass is about 4,000 kilometers away. The island is small but the scenery is spectacular. In addition, it boasts an extraordinary history as […]

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The spectacular lake crossing to Bariloche

“The spectacular lake crossing to Bariloche” (a page from my Travel Journal) Gosh, it seems like ages ago that I was in the deep south of Patagonia. I looked up my itinerary to check the dates and discovered that it was only four days ago that I left Punta Arenas for Puerto Montt – it’s […]

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Plane views: Atacama desert

The Atacama desert in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world – it’s so dry, even bacteria find it hard to survive here (the place is virtually sterile). I flew over the desert on a flight from Santiago to Calama, a mining town close to the Atacama desert. The views throughout the 1.5 […]

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Patagonia: Home of the Gods (photo essay)

Patagonia. The name conjures images of impenetrable wilderness; rugged and daunting. It is a huge area encompassing parts of southern Chile and Argentina that’s divided by countless channels, fjords, ice-fields, glaciers and the southern end of the mighty Andes mountains, making large parts of the region quite inaccessible. The wind is a dominating factor in […]

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Patagonia: Home of the Gods (Part II)

This is the second part of a two-part series of an article from my Travel Journal. If you missed Part I yesterday, please click here to read about my trip to the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina. Patagonia: Home of the Gods (Part II) (A page from my Travel Journal) After a few days of […]

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Patagonia: Home of the Gods (Part I)

This is a two-part series of an article from my Travel Journal. “Patagonia: Home of the Gods (Part I)” (A page from my Travel Journal) Patagonia. The name conjures images of impenetrable wilderness; rugged and daunting. The name Patagonia, given by Ferdinand Magellan, actually means ‘big feet’; it seems that when he first arrived in […]

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The Spectacular Bus Ride from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta

‘The Spectacular Bus Ride from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta’ (a page from my Travel Journal) “Hurry, hurry…,” the man said to me, “the bus is leaving in a few minutes”. I was sure I was going to miss my bus to Salta. I arrived at the travel agency, as instructed when I bought […]

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Mystical Rapa Nui

Mystical Rapa Nui A page from my Travel Journal I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place as isolated as Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s called by the locals. It was quite amusing seeing our flight path from Tahiti – it was literally from one dot to another and the rest of […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Punta Arenas II

What: A selection of wild meats of Patagonia, including wild goose, beaver, rhea and llama. Where: Remezón (Punta Arenas, Chile). Note: Patagonia is not only famous for its stunning nature. I soon discovered that the food is amazing too. Fresh seafood can be found everywhere whilst game is plentiful. Punta Arenas boasts several top-notch restaurants, […]

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Plane views: Santiago to Punta Arenas

The plane trip from Santiago to Punta Arenas in Chile was one of the most scenic flights I’ve ever been on. I was extremely lucky: the clear sunny weather made it possible to enjoy the stunning, uninterrupted views of the Andes mountains, lakes, volcanos and countless fjords. If you’re southbound, sit on the left side of the […]

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