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Environment

The Future of The White Continent

Swoop Specialist

The bedrock of east Antarctica is more than three billion years old. Pause for a moment and say that out loud: “three billion years”. It’s difficult to imagine a time line that long, or to try to visualise what earth would have been like three billion years ago, a time when multi-cellular Read More


Antarctic / IAATO / Tourism / Wildlife
Culture

Sheltering Hearts, Creating Smiles

Friend of Swoop

While on a trip in the Peruvian Andes, my brothers and I got to experience first hand the harsh reality in which these high Andean communities live in. We decided they had to do something, something that would alleviate this recurring event, the “heladas” (cold winter frost), that takes Read More


Community / Peruvian Andes / Social Enterprise
Environment

Antarctica – The Last Great Wilderness

Friend of Swoop

Antarctica is the last great wilderness on Earth, far away from the troubles of modern civilisation thousands of miles away. However, the effects of Global Warming are beginning to change that beautiful landscape that has remained isolated from human interference for thousands of years Read More


Antarctica / Tourism / Wilderness
Culture

Nature & Freedom: Guiding in Patagonia

Swoop Partner

I ended up landing a job as a mountain trekking guide on Osorno Volcano in the Chilean Lakes then started guiding on Grey Glacier in Torres del Paine. After gathering enough experience, I eventually started to work freelance, hiring my services to different operators in Torres del Paine Read More


Isla Navarino / Patagonia Guide / Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine / Wildlife
Environment

Do we all have the Right to Roam?

Swoop Specialist

Argentina has the third oldest national park system in the world and Chile has one of the most extensive. These national parks are a matter of great national pride: they conserve huge areas of land and they also give people the right to access some of the most beautiful and wild areas Read More


Hiking / National Park / Torres del Paine / W Trek
Adventure

Through Patagonia on Wheels

Friend of Swoop

My friend Faye and I have now been pedalling, or rather pushing, uphill for 11 hours. We’ve ascended 2,550 metres over a painstakingly slow 25km and we’re not done yet. The incline steepens, and steepens until both of us are wedged firmly into the hillside. We appear like frozen statues Read More


Andes / Careterra Austral / Cycling / Wild camp
Environment

The Call of the White Continent

Swoop Specialist

I remember the feeling of embarking on my first expedition to Antarctica very clearly. Cruising the Beagle Channel during the first day in early March 2006 brought back that incredible sense of freedom that I had only ever experienced sailing. It also awakened many memories of my family, Read More


Antarctica / Penguins / Whales / Wildlife
Adventure

Big Moraines and Hanging Glaciers in Deepest Aysen

Swoop Customer

Transport to and from the treks is a challenge. Public transport is very limited, and the roads south of Coyhaique are nearly all gravel surface, even the highway to the south, the Carretera Austral. These surfaces deteriorate quickly with use, and any sort of road transport is rather a bone-shaking Read More


Aysen / Camping / Chile / Patagonia