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Photo essay: Beagle Channel, the strait teeming with live from the End of the World

January 11, 2016
Lighthouse, beagle channel

When in Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world and here, taking a boat trip to Beagle Channel is your number one priority.

To give you a bit of a background, the English founded Ushuaia at the end of 19th century when the British ship HMS Beagle was exploring Tierra del Fuego. They reached the channel in 1833, which is actually a navigable strait between the Pacific and Atlantic, together with two other famous passages: Magellan to the north, and Drake to the south.

So they decided to name the channel after the ship. Onboard the ship there was a young and promising amateur naturalist named Charles Darwin, who was of course so thrilled to find such a wide variety of birds, penguins and sea lions.

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Argentina, South America

El Chalten best hikes: how to make the most out of 2 days of trekking

December 29, 2015
el-chalten-fitz-roy

I’ll just start by saying that we loved El Chalten. Not necessarily the little town itself, but the trekking that can be done around it.

When we arrived in El Chalten we had already seen the magnificent glacier Perito Moreno, after some trekking in Torre del Paine National Park, Chile.

So we were already charged with some of the most spectacular landscapes South America has to offer when reaching the promised land of El Chalten, the self-proclaimed “The Trekking Capital of Argentina”.

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Ecuador, South America

Otavalo market, an explosion of the Ecuadorian colors

December 19, 2015

Saturday is market day in Otavalo, not just any market but the largest and most famous artisan indigenous market in South America. I must confess, it felt pretty big but not immense. Two main streets are closed to traffic and the sellers are setting up their stalls on each side. That, together with the stalls stretching all over Plaza de los Ponchos, makes it quite a maze for you to explore.  The little town of Otavalo becomes very busy on Saturdays, bustling both with locals and tourists.

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