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Culture

Sheltering Hearts, Creating Smiles

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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

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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
Adventure

Through Patagonia on Wheels

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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

Protecting Torres del Paine National Park

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From soaring granite spires to plunging glacial valleys, the magnificence of Torres del Paine is best experienced in person. Considered by many as the 8th wonder of the world, the national park is visited by 250,000 travelers, like you, every year. However, intensive use and Read More


Conservation / Patagonia / Torres del Paine / Volunteering
Adventure

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
History

Ernest Shackleton: Death or Glory

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Several times when we were out on the sea during the expedition in rough weather, snow and ice accumulated on the sails and ropes. Down below in the living space ten of the team lived in fairly squalid conditions, every so often getting a boot in the face, or picking reindeer hair out of the food. Read More


Antarctica / History / Shackleton