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  • Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    Exploring Chile’s Southern Highway

    February 27th, 2014Andrew Benson
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    The Carretera Austral – Chile’s Southern Highway – begins nowhere and leads nowhere. Over 1000km in length, it was hewn and blasted through the wettest, greenest and narrowest part of the country. This sliver of Patagonia is a majestic land of snowcapped volcanoes, Ice Age glaciers, emerald fjords, turquoise lakes and jade-coloured rivers, set among lush temperate forest where…

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  • Experience Tapati festival on Easter Island, Chile

    Experience Tapati festival on Easter Island, Chile

    February 10th, 2014Andrew Benson
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    Rapa Nui – Easter Island – is shrouded in mystery. How did its people get there? Where did they come from? How did they move those gigantic statues? Some of that enigma comes to life during January’s fortnight-long Tapati, a festival that combines ancient customs, such as carving and canoeing, with modern sports, such as…

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  • Spotting birds in paradise, Ecuador

    Spotting birds in paradise, Ecuador

    August 27th, 2013Andrew Benson
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     Andrew Benson recently visited Ecuador for Rough Guides. A short break spotting rare and beautiful birds was one of the highlights… Watching hummingbirds sip nectar while you breakfast is one of life’s greatest pleasures. At each of the three San Jorge eco-lodges located in the cloudforest to the northwest of Quito – the highest capital…

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  • Star-gazing at Mamalluca, Chile

    Star-gazing at Mamalluca, Chile

    June 17th, 2013Andrew Benson
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    In the northern half of Chile, the driest place on Earth, clouds are virtually unknown and the skies are of the brightest blue. At night, far away from the lights of major settlements, you can look up at a dark vault simply shimmering with stars. The near-perfect visibility almost every night of the year makes…

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  • Brave the devil’s throat at Iguazú Falls

    Brave the devil’s throat at Iguazú Falls

    May 20th, 2013Andrew Benson
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    Upon first seeing Iguazú Falls, all Eleanor Roosevelt could manage was “Poor Niagara”. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors from around the world try to evaluate the sheer dimension of this natural miracle – a collection of more than two hundred cascades thundering over an 80m cliff – and usually fail. However you spell it – Iguazú, Iguaçu…

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  • Glacier-hopping in Patagonia

    Glacier-hopping in Patagonia

    May 9th, 2013Andrew Benson
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    Pure air, tranquility and glacier-chilled cocktails – Andrew Benson sees Patagonia’s icy wilderness in style. An immense shield of pristine ice crowns the southernmost peaks of the Andes, where the Americas funnel down towards Antarctica. From this Southern Patagonian ice field gigantic glaciers toboggan into fjords and turquoise inlets set among the barren badlands of…

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  • On the trail of Gauchito Gil in Argentina

    On the trail of Gauchito Gil in Argentina

    October 19th, 2012Andrew Benson
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    Argentines are a superstitious lot – many taxi-drivers religiously garland their rear-view mirrors with rosaries; fur-clad ladies-that-lunch avidly read their horoscopes; busmen faithfully display images of the Virgin of Luján over their dashboards; nearly everyone routinely tucks a banknote under their plate of gnocchi at the end of each month in the hope of better…

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