Dry River Bed, Outside Salta, Argentina

A drive into the high desert from Salta, Argentina tells you why it's called a desert. Although the Andes mountains in the far distance are still covered with spring snow, down here, a hundred kilometers [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:38:39+00:00October 23, 2017|Categories: Argentina, Photo of the Day, South America|Tags: , |0 Comments

High Desert, near Salta, Argentina

High desert, near Salta, Argentina. The high Andean desert on the road between Salta and Cachi, Argentina. This particular view is from the Cuesta del Obispo, the hill of the bishop. According to [...]

By |2018-01-03T12:11:08+00:00October 18, 2017|Categories: Argentina, Photo of the Day, South America, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Land-Based Visit to the Galapagos

Sierra Negra Volcano on Isla Isabela, Galapagos, last erupted in 2005. The caldera is over 110 square kilometers and just beginning to show new volunteer plants. The Galapagos Islands’ main draw is the [...]

By |2017-11-28T21:03:49+00:00July 28, 2017|Categories: Active Travel, Ecuador, Nature and Wildlife, South America|Tags: |15 Comments

Interview with a Galapagos Guide

A first in the Galapagos Islands: me, my knees, and a Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) We’ve never kept a ‘bucket’ list of places to visit before we die. But if we had, the [...]

Otherworldly Atacama: Geysers, Buried Villages, and Lunar Landscapes

Valle de la Luna in northern Chile's Atacama Desert poses as the the surface of Mars. While Torres del Paine and Patagonia at Chile’s southern tip get heaps of inspiring coverage (including by [...]

By |2018-04-01T05:50:53+00:00May 22, 2017|Categories: Active Travel, Chile, South America|Tags: , |2 Comments

Sunset, Isla Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador

The light on the wet rocks makes this one one of my favorite sunset shots. There's not a whole lot to say about sunsets, except that they are pretty. And they're especially pretty [...]

Marine Iguana, Isla Isabela, Galápagos, Ecuador

Marine iguanas are everywhere on the Galápagos Islands, and everywhere you see them, they seem to be in colonies of dozens, or even hundreds. So it was a bit rare to see this guy alone [...]

Sea Lion, San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

One thing you learn right away is that sea lions are everywhere in the Galápagos. Sitting on the park benches, climbed onto boats moored in the harbor, on the steps down to boat pier, on [...]

Giant Tortoise, Isla Isabela, Galápagos, Ecuador

I don't think this guy has a name, like his predecessor Lonesome George, but he's enjoying the good life at the Tortoise Breeding Center on Isla Isabela in the Galápagos. One of the things we [...]

Surprises Along the W: Trekking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine

I realize now that trekking the ‘W’ in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park was something I should have been better prepared for. So when I heard recently that World Expeditions was looking for #BestMountainTrek [...]

By |2017-11-28T21:25:12+00:00September 26, 2016|Categories: Active Travel, Chile, National Parks, South America|Tags: |9 Comments