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Tempest two Patagonia Snow

A World-First Adventure Triathlon in Patagonia

Friend of Swoop

Patagonia seems to have a mystical aura surrounding it that attracts those wishing to push themselves that little bit further in life. It remains one of the last truly untouched landscapes on our planet, and a place of profound contrasts. Read More


Cycling / Patagonia / adventure racing / stand up paddle board / ultra-run / ultra-triathlon
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Penguin Post Office

Postcard from the Penguin Post Office

Swoop Specialist

As you approach the Penguin Post Office at Port Lockroy, located on a tiny island off the Antarctic Peninsula, three days of navigation from Ushuaia, you are greeted by the “roo roo roo” sound of 600 pairs of nesting gentoo penguins. Early in the season, you may have to climb up a snow staircase or later in the season Read More


Antarctica / British Antarctic Territory / Penguins / Port Lockroy
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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
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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
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One of the World’s Greatest Road Trips

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I’m a travel writer, which means I’ve swanned around some glamorous places over the years in the name of writing wafty prose about my experiences. But my journey down Chile’s southern highway last November with Swoop Patagonia ranks among the most invigorating, challenging, absorbing Read More


Aysen / Carretera Austral / Chile / Horse Riding / Road Trip
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John’s Guide to Polar Plunging

Swoop Specialist

Polar plunges are quite literally the coolest thing you can do in Antarctica. On my last voyage 48 out of 92 people jumped into the icy water; that’s quite a lot. I’m going to take some credit for that enthusiasm. I was ready for the jump well ahead of time, walking around the lounge of the Read More


Antarctica / Polar Plunge
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A Basecamp Adventure

Swoop Customer

My favourite activity was definitely the camping; sleeping in the snow on a still summer solstice night was something so special it is hard to put into words. It was total peace and serenity; the majesty of the landscape was idyllic and we also had some curious penguins Read More


Antarctica / Camping / Kayaking / Penguins / Whales