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Wildlife

Clash of the Titans: Filming Battling Elephant Seals

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Peninsula Valdes: 7542 miles from London, 5389 miles from LA, 623 miles from Buenos Aires. This small rocky outcrop, where the Argentinian Patagonia meets the South Atlantic Ocean, feels a thousand miles from anywhere. There’s only one road on and off the peninsula, and as a national park with only a few scattered settlements, you... Read More


Argentina / Patagonia / Peninsula Valdes / South Atlantic Ocean / Southern Elephant Seals / Wildlife Documentary
Adventure
Jon Burrough, Riding the Patagonian Frontier

Riding the Patagonian Frontier

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My interest and involvement in South America go back a long way. Drawn by its people, its music and the infinite variety of its geography, I travelled extensively to every corner on a shoestring between 1969 and 1973, including several visits to Patagonia. I was fascinated by Patagonia and ate quantities of berries from the... Read More


Argentina / Chile / Patagonia / boundary / frontier / horse / horseback riding / pioneer / settler
Adventure
Tempest two Patagonia Snow

A World-First Adventure Triathlon in Patagonia

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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
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