Patagonia

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Most people tour Patagonia for the stunning hikes and nature travel experiences around the Andes. However, exploring the cultures of the people who have inhabited these rugged peaks for centuries adds a particular sense of beauty and connection to this vast wilderness.

At the extreme southern reaches of South American, people have been building civilizations for centuries. However, it was not until the 16th century that they first made contact with Europeans.

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Andean condors offer the ultimate in viewings for avid birders and amateurs alike. The massive birds are some of the largest flying creatures in the world, and are a highlight of nature travel through the Andes. A particularly good place to spot these awesome animals is at Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

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One of the last remaining wild frontiers, Patagonia is a beautiful and natural expanse of land that expands across the southern tip of South America, incorporating both Argentina and Chile.

February 09, 2010

5 Questions for Jorge Salas

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Expedition Leader Jorge Salas is a star among IE guests, having led small-ship cruises to the Amazon, Orinoco, Antarctica, Patagonia and Papua New Guinea.

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Renowned ornithologist and Expedition Leader Claudio Vidal weighs in on his native Chile. Not only is Claudio excited about our December Patagonia tour, but he will also be hosting tasting of famed Chilean wine!

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Who's on the other side of the phone when you call IE? Some of the most passionate travelers on Earth!

Tales from Patagonia by Travel Planner Charlie Weaver:

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