Visit Chile: What’s on in February

Chile may only be a thin strip of land, but it’s very, very long, so it should come as no surprise that there's always a celebration happening somewhere. Cut off from the rest of the world by the Andes to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West, it’s home to hundreds of unique communities and cultural influences that you can experience to the full at festival time. Whatever time of year you choose to visit Chile, you’re sure to find festivals and fairs aplenty, so here we take a look at what’s on in Chile in February 2013!

Patagonia Hiking: Train for the W Trek

The flights are booked, your hotel is reserved and you’re starting to get excited about your trip of a lifetime. And then it hits you. You’re going to take on the famous W Trek in Chilean Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park! Five days of back-to-back trekking up hills and down valleys. Across plains and over moraines. Come rain, come shine.

If you’re already an avid hiker, a multi-day hike in Patagonia probably won't be too much more difficult than anything you’re used to at home. But if you’re more of an armchair outdoorsman you might start to wonder if you’ve bitten off just a little more than you can chew. Never fear! The truth is that although the W Trek is definitely hard work, with a little bit of training and preparation there’s no reason you shouldn’t make it through, and have an amazing time as you go! The secret is to do the hard work before you get to Patagonia, and let everything else fall into place.

EcoCamp Patagonia’s First Ever Wedding!

Earlier this month, EcoCamp Patagonia was delighted to help to organise their first ever wedding in Torres del Paine National Park, for guests Michelle and Josh. Now back home in the US after enjoying their Patagonia Wildlife Safari and epic wedding adventure, Michelle took some time out to answer all our questions about their big day!

How to be a terrible traveller in Chile!

Chile is a popular destination for visitors from all around the world and it welcomes them with a huge range of activities, other-worldly landscapes and open arms. The vast majority of Chile’s visitors are keen to enjoy this beautiful country respectfully. But anyone who’s travelled is also all too familiar with that other kind of traveller, the kind who thinks that the rules of law and common decency just don’t apply to them. Here we take a look at the cardinal sins of terrible travellers in Chile!

The Atacama Desert: A Stargazer’s Heaven on Earth

The Atacama Desert in Chile’s arid North is a honeypot for visitors from all over the world, with a huge wealth of activities on offer. Hiking in the Valley of the Moon, visiting the Atacama Salt Flats, bathing in natural hot springs or exploring the nearby explosive Tatio Glaciers, a trip to the Atacama Desert can be a whirlwind of early mornings and long days as you try to soak up everything this unique region has to offer. So it’s easy to miss one of the most spectacular (and free!) attractions around, when all you need to do is to wait for the sun to set, take a break from the mad rush, and look up.

Argentina Glacier Tours: Watch the Perito Moreno Ice Bridge Collapse!

On the 19th of January 2013, a handful of lucky tourists were on hand at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to witness the spectacular and entirely unexpected collapse of the natural ice bridge. It might look and sound dramatic, but there’s no cause for concern, this is an entirely natural, cyclical phenomenon that delights visitors every couple of years. We’ve got the lowdown on one of nature’s greatest spectacular displays!

EcoCamp adds more flexibility with 2nd airport pick up!

We’re thrilled to announce that after a deep reflection on our environmental responsibility and our commitment to high standards of customer service, we have decided to add a second daily transfer between Punta Arenas airport and EcoCamp! We took the decision based on the volume of travellers struggling to find an ideal flight to match […]

Hiking in Torres del Paine: Why Choose a Guided Trek?

One of the reasons that Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is one of the premier hiking destinations in the Southern Hemisphere is not only because of its unique combination of mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests, but also because of its well-marked trails and extensive tourist infrastructure. So you might wonder, if the trails are so clear and the set-up so visitor-friendly, what do you have to gain from choosing a guided trek? Take a look at our reasons why choosing a guided trek is still the best way to experience Patagonia; you might just find them surprising!

Vacation in Chile: 5 Tips for Trips to Beat Blue Monday

It’s official: Monday 21st January 2013 is set to be the most depressing day of the year for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. Scientists have calculated that the third Monday in January combines bad weather and short daylight hours with the come-down from the holiday season and the disappointment of our failed New Year’s Resolutions – added to the fact that it’s Monday – to create the perfect storm of misery!

But whilst people may be feeling blue up in the Northern Hemisphere, down here in Chile it’s blue skies all the way. Here are five ideas for how to boost your mood on vacation in Chile and beat the Blue Monday gloom!

Hiking in Patagonia: Top Tips for Vegetarian Travellers

In spite of Argentina’s love of red meat and Chile’s penchant for seafood, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding tasty and varied vegetarian food when visiting Buenos Aires or Santiago. But on the celebrated hiking trails of Patagonia that spans the far south of both countries, choices for veggie travellers can be much more limited. In a land where the chargrilled meat and fresh seafood is king, what’s a vegetarian to do?

Our top tips for vegetarians heading for the hiking trails of Patagonia cover everything from how to survive the plane ride, to veggie hiking snacks, veggie hiking equipment and veggie restaurants and hotels!