Tag: South America

The Whole Picture: Galapagos Hawk

The Whole Picture: Galapagos Hawk

| November 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

The high-flying Galapagos hawk enjoys its position at the top of the food chain on the islands. It is the only original predator on the archipelago, and an intimidating one with its piercing scream.

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The Whole Picture: Windows of Koricancha

The Whole Picture: Windows of Koricancha

| October 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

To build these windows, the Incas used blocks of stone that were cut so accurately that mortar was not needed and between which it is impossible to pass a knife blade.

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Lonesome George: A Conservation Icon

Lonesome George: A Conservation Icon

| June 24, 2012 | 7 Comments

Lonesome George was not just a tortoise but also a conservation icon—he was an ambassador to remind us to think about what we are doing to the world. And with his passing we are all, indeed, left a little bit lonelier.

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The Inca Trail in 70,866 Steps

The Inca Trail in 70,866 Steps

| June 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

Kathryn and I are suckers for infographics—but this one definitely just topped the list as one of our favourites. Our friend (and co-worker) Sean Russo from G Adventures recently did the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Just before he left, the team asked him to count his steps. Check it out!

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The Women of San Pedro Market

The Women of San Pedro Market

| January 3, 2012 | 3 Comments

At Cusco’s Sand Pedro market, you can enjoy a first-hand look at how locals live day-to-day outside the confines of Cusco’s tourist areas. Get off the beaten path a little bit and head to the market for a truly Peruvian experience. And bring lots of film—or make sure that you have abundant space on your memory card. It’s very photogenic.

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The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

The Whole Picture: Top of Bartolome

| December 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

With a total land area of just 1.2 sq km, the tiny islet of Isla Bartolome offers some of the most beautiful and strangest landscapes in the Archipelago.

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The Whole Picture: Chile’s Cueca

The Whole Picture: Chile’s Cueca

| August 14, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Cueca, a unique dance form native to Chile, is credited as being the country’s national dance.

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The Whole Picture: Machu Picchu Tilt Shift

The Whole Picture: Machu Picchu Tilt Shift

| August 1, 2011 | 5 Comments

This week’s photo incorporates tilt shifting. Tilt-shift style miniature photos are simply photos of real life scenes that are made to look like miniature scale models. This is done using either a special camera lens or with software, instead of a special lens.

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The Whole Picture: Caretaker’s Hut at Machu Picchu

The Whole Picture: Caretaker’s Hut at Machu Picchu

| June 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

On the funerary plain, overlooking Machu Picchu, stands the Caretaker’s Hut. The hut is one of the few structures in Machu Picchu that has a thatched roof. Open on one side—with three windows looking out to the Urubamba valley below—this is one of the best places in Machu Picchu to get the classic photo of the Lost City of the Incas—and Huayna Picchu looming above!

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Dining on Curanto in Chiloé

Dining on Curanto in Chiloé

| May 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

Although today it’s easily accessed by a short ferry ride, Chiloé’s history, customs, and language bear little resemblance to those of the mainland—or anywhere else in the world—because of its isolation.

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Beautiful Bariloche: Crossing into Argentina

Beautiful Bariloche: Crossing into Argentina

| May 9, 2011 | 5 Comments

Following a beautiful journey through the mountains of upper Patagonia, Kathryn and I crossed over into Argentina with our group and arrived at Bariloche—the entrance to northern Patagonia.

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The Whole Picture: Providencia’s Obelisk

The Whole Picture: Providencia’s Obelisk

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

The obelisk and statue located in Santiago’s Providencia neighbourhood honour Chilean President José Manuel Balmaceda Fernandez.

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Exploring Chile’s Lake District

Exploring Chile’s Lake District

| May 2, 2011 | 4 Comments

After a few days exploring Santiago, we flew south to Puerto Varas and Chile’s beautiful Lake District, the gateway to the Chilean Patagonia.

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The Whole Picture: Osorno Volcano

The Whole Picture: Osorno Volcano

| April 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

With its classical blackish dark green color and ornamented with arms of eternal snow, Osorno Volcano noted for its resemblance to Mount Fuji of Japan.

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Touring Santiago’s Wineries

Touring Santiago’s Wineries

| April 20, 2011 | 2 Comments

Santiago’s vineyard tours provide an inside view of one of Chile’s fastest growing industries—and the opportunity to taste some amazing wines that are not available anywhere else.

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Visiting Chile: Five things to see in Santiago

Visiting Chile: Five things to see in Santiago

| April 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

With such polarized opinions, Kathryn and I knew that we would either love Santiago or hate it.

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The Whole Picture: Cántaros Pond in Argentina

The Whole Picture: Cántaros Pond in Argentina

| March 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

In order to reach Cántaros Pond at Puerto Blest, catch a catamaran on the Llao Llao Peninsula, which sets sail for the long and narrow Blest Arm

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Two Go Round Chile and Argentina

Two Go Round Chile and Argentina

| March 2, 2011 | 7 Comments

Soon we’ll be exploring the streets of Santiago, sampling Chilean wines, soaking in the natural beauty of the Lake District’s glaciers and lakes, and sampling the food, wine and sophistication of the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires.

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Day Eight: Galapagos Tortoises in Santa Cruz

Day Eight: Galapagos Tortoises in Santa Cruz

| February 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

With echoes of Vonnegut’s narrator ringing in my ears, we disembarked the Millenium one last time to explore Santa Cruz, which offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild Galapagos Tortoises.

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Day Seven: Mysterious Floreana

Day Seven: Mysterious Floreana

| January 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the 1930s, the island of Floreana played host to a great deal intrigue and mystery. A German dentist, his mistress, a young family and a self-styled baroness and her two lovers came to settle on the island.

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