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Hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park- How to See the Park on Foot

Tierra del Fuego National Park (Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego) is the southernmost national park in Argentina and one of the top attractions near Ushuaia, the world’s most southern city. The park is known for its coastal scenery, subantarctic forest, and having the southern terminus of the Pan-American Highway within its boundaries. We had a...

Salisbury Plain, South Georgia- Visiting One of the Island’s Largest King Penguin Colonies

If there ever was a place you have to see to believe, it’s Salisbury Plain on South Georgia Island. Before our expedition cruise to South Georgia and Antarctica, I’d heard about the massive king penguin colony at Salisbury Plain, packed tight with hundreds of thousands of beautiful, buzzing birds. It was actually a picture of...

Grytviken, South Georgia- Visiting an Abandoned Whaling Station

The isolated settlement of Grytviken on South Georgia Island is a place that few people visit, but those who do will discover interesting stories of human exploration and environmental exploitation, all set in a place of stunning natural beauty. As a former whaling station, stopping-off point for polar explorers, and base for scientific research, there’s...

French Valley Day Hike- Hiking to Mirador Frances in Torres del Paine National Park

The hike to the French Valley in Torres del Paine National Park is a scenic route that takes in plenty of quintessential Patagonia scenery, from glacier-fed turquoise lakes to distinctive mountain peaks. Valle del Frances, as it’s known locally, is home to the French Glacier (Glaciar Frances) and several points for admiring Cerro Paine Grande,...

Wildlife in Antarctica- A Visitor’s Guide to Antarctic Wildlife

The abundance of animals in Antarctica make the continent a bucket list destination for wildlife lovers, bird watchers, and those looking to see some of Earth’s most well known creatures. Antarctica is a wonderfully wild place where you can see huge concentrations of marine mammals and seabirds living side by side, thriving in one of...

Mirador las Torres- Hiking to the Base of the Towers in Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chilean Patagonia, is known for its spectacular hiking trails, but the most iconic hike is to Mirador las Torres, a lookout at the base of the park’s three distinctive granite peaks. Known as Torres del Paine, or the “blue towers”, these rocky peaks overlook a dazzling turquoise lake nestled...

Beautiful Places in Japan- 17 Scenic Spots to Visit

Pretty places abound in Japan. From the man-made beauty of Japanese temples and Shinto shrines to the natural landscapes that have become icons of the country, there are countless beautiful places in Japan to visit. Japan is a country that cares about aesthetics. City streets are clean, gardens are perfectly manicured, and architecture is in...

Antarctica Trip Itinerary- Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands

I’ve found myself at a loss for words but filled with emotion ever since our trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. I know I’m not doing our Antarctica cruise, and the places we visited, any justice when friends ask about it and all I can say is, “It was incredible! Best trip...

Kodai-ji Temple- A Beautiful Zen Temple in Kyoto

Kodai-ji Temple is an outstanding Zen temple in Kyoto offering one of the best sightseeing experiences in the southern Higashiyama area. At Kodai-ji, you can admire a traditional Japanese garden, visit important cultural properties, wander through a bamboo grove, and relax at a tea house- all without the crowds that flock to Kyoto’s more famous...

Things to Do in Jasper National Park- 17 Experiences for Your Jasper Bucket List

Jasper National Park has long been a favourite place of mine. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated by Jasper’s rocky mountains, pristine lakes, icy glaciers, roaring waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. It wasn’t hard for Jasper to capture my heart, but even after countless trips, I’m still head over heels in love...

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