Author Archives: Pradosh

Weekend in Bekal, Kerala

August 17, 2020 9 min to read

Weekend in Bekal, Kerala

Category : Beach, Driving, Resort

Soon after we returned to India, we had to head to Mangalore for a wedding. A chance look at a map made us realize that Mangalore is right next to the Kerala border – and very very close to the town of Bekal (65 km away). It had been 8 yrs since we had last visited Kerala and we didn’t need any more prompting to plan a weeke...

North Chile : San Pedro de Atacama

March 27, 2019 30 min to read

North Chile : San Pedro de Atacama

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

The Atacama desert was our final destination in Chile, as we completed our south-to-north traverse of the country. The Atacama is famous for being one of the driest places in the world, with some locales not recording a single drop of rain since weather stations were set up! On average, the whole region receives only 1.5 cm of rain ...

North Chile : Elqui Valley and Lauca National Park

March 21, 2019 17 min to read

North Chile : Elqui Valley and Lauca National Park

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

After two months of blissful travel in South America, we hit our first obstacle in North Chile. Unprecedented rains in the driest place in the world led to flooding in parts of the Atacama – specifically near San Pedro de Atacama, which we really wanted to visit! https://www.straitstimes.com/world/americas/extreme-weather-h...

Santiago

March 15, 2019 18 min to read

Santiago

Category : Urban

After almost two full months of tramping around Argentine and Chilean countryside, including 6 weeks in Patagonia, we pulled into Chile’s capital Santiago. It is a proper metropolis – with a population of about 7 million, a functioning subway, international food options and an overall great vibe. For two Indians desperately ...

Patagonia: Carretera Austral

March 10, 2019 31 min to read

Patagonia: Carretera Austral

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

This is the third part of our epic 16-day road trip in Northern & Central Patagonia, across Chile and Argentina. Carretera Austral (“Southern Highway”) or Chile’s Ruta 7, refers to the 1,240 long km road that runs from the town of Puerto Montt in Northern Patagonia, to the village of Villa O’Higgins in the south. ...

Patagonia: Ruta 40

March 8, 2019 13 min to read

Patagonia: Ruta 40

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

This is the second part of our epic 16-day road trip in Northern & Central Patagonia, across Chile and Argentina. For the rest of the roadtrip, see Lake District and Carretera Austral. Argentina’s famous Ruta 40 (or just La Cuarenta) is one of the longest highways of the world and an internationally renowned classic road ...

Patagonia: Lake District

March 6, 2019 27 min to read

Patagonia: Lake District

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

From the windswept glacier lands of Southern Patagonia, we travelled to the Lake District in Northern Patagonia. It is a milder, greener landscape, with a high concentration of stunning blue lakes, Andean peaks and picturesque alpine towns, spread across both Chile and Argentina. We kicked off another memorable adventure here –...

Patagonia: Torres del Paine

March 2, 2019 27 min to read

Patagonia: Torres del Paine

Category : Driving, Natural Wonder

Torres del Paine is a huge national park in the extreme south of Chile, and is known internationally as having the best treks in the world. This spectacular combination of towering granite mountains, enchanting blue lakes and rivers, large glaciers, golden grasslands and lenga tree forests, is THE most beautiful place we have ever s...

Patagonia: Glacier Cruise in Chilean Fjords

February 24, 2019 13 min to read

Patagonia: Glacier Cruise in Chilean Fjords

Category : Natural Wonder

Patagonia is many things for many people. For most, it is probably the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. Or it would be the glistening Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Or it could be the azure lakes around Bariloche, or the ‘End of the world’ experience of Ushuaia. But a lucky few get to...

Patagonia: Penguins in Punta Arenas

February 18, 2019 12 min to read

Patagonia: Penguins in Punta Arenas

Category : Natural Wonder

Punta Arenas is the southernmost “major city” of Chile, situated on the Magellan Strait, at 53° South latitude. Magellan Strait is a narow sea passage at the tip of the South American continent – between mainland South America and the island of Tierra del Fuego, and is named after the famous circumnavigator Ferdinand Magellan...

Patagonia: Ushuaia

February 3, 2019 20 min to read

Patagonia: Ushuaia

Category : Natural Wonder

At 55° South, Ushuaia is the southernmost city of the world*, and tags itself “Fin del Mundo” (The World’s End). It is situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego, on the Beagle Channel (one of the narrow seaworthy passages at the tip of South American continent, which is shielded from the wild Antarctic winds). Before the Pan...

Patagonia: El Chalten

January 28, 2019 19 min to read

Patagonia: El Chalten

Category : Natural Wonder

Patagonia is synonymous for the beautiful outdoors and the town of El Chalten is synonymous with hiking in Argentinian Patagonia. “El Chalten” means “the smoking mountain” in Tehuelche language and refers to Mt. Fitz Roy, the tallest peak in the region which is usually covered with clouds. The town is very young, founded in ...

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