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Chile: Our New Travel Destination

After traveling to Chile in April 2012, Turpial Travel is happy to announce the grand opening of its new destination! Please visit our website and check out our new tour packages at www.turpialtravel.com. The packages were handpicked and designed based on our experience while traveling through this magnificent country.

What does Chile have to offer? Amazing destinations such as:

  • Patagonia one of most famous regions of Chile. It offers dramatic landscapes that include dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. As the Lonely Planet states, “it is an ultimate outdoor cathedral”. In the northern part you find Parque Pumalin that offers sublime settings of waterfalls, turquoise lakes, hot springs, misty fjords, fern-choked trails and ancient forests. Laguna San Rafael is awe-inspiring as it is a national park that has one of the most magnificent glacier a million years in the making and melting steadily. What about traveling through a dusty wash-road to nowhere? Drive through Carretera Austral, a 1200 km romp through Andean backcountry dotted with parks and pioneer homesteads. Lastly, for a true Wild West experience, don’t forget to visit Palena, a true a sample of Patagonia’s cowboy country! Southern Patagonia hosts the incomparable Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Atacama Desert, specifically San Pedro de Atacama, a precordillera oasis village turned into a tourist boomtown. Its popularity stems from its position in the heart of some of northern Chile’s most spectacular scenery.

  • Easter Island famous for its Moai statues which are symbols of what was and what was lost and Robinson Crusoue Island (Juan Fernández archipelago), a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve declared a national park in 1935 and once an anonymous waypoint for pirates, sealers and war ships, Juan Fernández is a real paradise for outdoors lovers who are great hikers up staircase-steep hills.

  • Central Valley (Valle Central) Region which hosts world class vineyards in the Aconcagua, Casablanca, Maipo, Colchagua and Maule.

  • Lake Region/District famous for its spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanos, pristine beauty of alerce (larch) forests, popular resorts, year-round sports, and traditional folklore, handicrafts and legends.

  • Santiago the capital is a focal point of Latin American commerce and the point of entry for nearly all international travelers. Places to visit include: Plaza de Armas, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombiano, Placio de la Moneda, Mercado Central, Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Bellas Artes, La Chascona (Pablo Neruda’s house), Cerro San Cristobal, Barrio and Barrio Brasil. Top acitivities inlcude: skiing. trekking, horseback riding, surfing, and rafting.

  • Valparaíso located 120 km northwest from Santiago and in 2003 declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. In its golden years, it was known as “Little San Francisco” and the” Jewel of the Pacific.” Its historical importance, natural beauty, and unique architecture make this city a place worth visiting. Valparaiso is the birthplace of significant figures, such as Augusto Pinochet and Salvador Allende. Here you also find the residence of famous artists like Pablo Neruda and Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario.  Viña del Mar, considered Chile’s most luxurious beach resort town, attracting visitors from all over the world. A beach to see Reñaca. Other major attractions to visit include the Municipal Casino founded in 1930, the famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival in the striking natural tree lined hill of Quinta Vergara Amphitheater; and the Viña del Mar Film Festival, founded in 1967 as the First Latin American Film Festival and was also the first gathering of Latin American filmmakers

We look forward to creating memorable traveling experience for you!

The Turpial Travel Team

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Roraima & Angel Fall Trek – Jonathan’s experience

I just came back from Venezuela with Turpial Travel, and I cannot say enough good things about them. I am a pretty experienced traveler, but Venezuela provides some unique challenges that I was not prepared for. Good thing Joanne over at Turpial was already anticipating those possible issues, and took care of them beforehand. I dont think I would feel safe traveling in Venezuela without an amazingly professional team behind this trip to help me. Thank you so much to Joanne and anyone else that helped make this an outrageous adventure that I will never forget!!

Jonathan Bickoff

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The largest snake in the world

Did you know that the anaconda is the largest snake in the world, when both weight and length are considered? It can reach a length of 30 feet (9 meters) and weigh up to 550 pounds (227 kilograms)! Kids, learn more about this fascinating specie at: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/anaconda/

The anaconda is found in Los LLanos region of Venezuela  Turpial Travel promises extraordinary encounters with the anaconda. Visit our website at http://www.turpialtravel.com

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Did you know?

Did you know that Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world? Did you know that the region is the site of six of the world’s most biodiverse countries—Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest? South America alone has more than 40 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests. UNDP Report: Latin America and Caribbean are “biodiversity superpower”; 02 December 2010.

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Are you an adrenaline junkie?

Rafting in the Siniguis (IV – V) and Acequia Rivers (Level III) is said to be the best water coaster in all of Venezuela. You can also find good rafting in Puerto La Cruz and the Gran Sabana, but none like these. These rivers are born in Pico Bolivar “Bolivar Peakand as there is no population between Guamanchi and the top of the mountain the water is clear and wonderful to raft in. I did rafting in Chile, where I am, but the levels here are tremendous! “Qué cosa tan buena”!

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Andean Mountains

Sierra of La Culata

Bound by the Sierra Nevada and Sierra de la Culata, the Venezuelan Andean  ecosystem consists of mostly glacier formed valleys and plains with a large variety of lakes, peat bogs and wet grasslands intermingled with shrublands and forest patches. Read more

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Country of astounding variety

Venezuela is a country of astounding variety and remains a land largely undiscovered and undervisited by international travelers. Venezuela offers an astounding range of place to see and things to do. It is exceptionally rich in biological diversity and pure natural beauty. With 43 national parks and a number of natural monuments and protected areas it is a fabulous destination for nature lovers, birdwatchers, and adventure travelers. Those seeking adventure will find activities such as hiking/climbing, trekking, snorkeling/scuba diving, kitesurfing, canyoning, windsurfing, paragliding, mountain biking, white water rafting and much more within a one-day bus trip or a short flight from each other!

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Harrison Ford had been in Venezuela

After I learned Harrison Ford had been in Venezuela, I thought there might be more to him than Hollywood. I started researching his life “behind the scenes” and learned that he has been part of Conservation International (CI) Board of Directors for over 15 years. Check out his latest public service announcement for CI’s climate change campaign. The campaign focuses on the critical issue of stopping deforestation which is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to significantly reduce global carbon emissions. Very cool!

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Lost Worlds: Life in the Balance?

Last week I was having dinner with a couple of friends and I found out that actor and conservationist Harrison Ford narrated a nature and wildlife documentary called Lost Worlds: Life in Balance. The movie, directed by Bayley Silleck, takes viewers on a global exploration on how all living things interconnect in our planet. The documentary leaps off the top of Angels Falls – the tallest waterfall in the world; it dives into active volcanoes; and it climb to the top of tropical rain forest which allows you to participate in the epic story of biodiversity and its profound importance to human life. I must say I was quite impressed with the documentary. I even bought the video!

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Angel Falls

Have you ever seen/been to Angel Falls? Would you say it is as spectacular as the video portrays it?

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