At lunch today I was discussing with a colleague travel mistakes, mishaps and/or embarrassments while on the road. One that I can vividly remember is staying at a hotel in Venezuela and confusing the owner for the restaurant waiter. Later that evening, when the owner clarified he was the “owner not the waiter” I laughed thinking it was a joke. When I saw it was not a joke I felt so embarrassed and apologized for my mistake.
What travel mishaps have you experienced? The Lonely Planet published a funny article about this topic. You can read more about it at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blog/2013/06/22/lonely-planets-travel-fails-mistakes-mishaps-and-embarrassment-on-the-road/#ixzz2cXMIgsxt
If you are visiting Santiago, the Chilean capital, take sometime to use it’s underground metro. The Chilean government implemented the MetroArte project which consists of 33 art pieces spread over different terminals. Through them the Santiago Metro has acquired its own identity which in turn has earned a spot in the Lonely Planet (placing the Universidad de Chile Metro station as one of ten ‘must see’ stations to visit in the world). The Universidad de Chile station is an authentic museum which gives the feeling of being in an art gallery with works of different styles, from Soviet art to murals. The “Memoria Visual de una nación” mural is the work of national artist Mario Toral and reviews the history of Chile. In addition to the Universidad de Chile station, stop by the Santa Lucia station which features traditional Portuguese mosaics as well as The Parque Bustamante station which features the “Vida y Trabajo” (Life and Work) mural by renowned Chilean artist Alejandro González.
Source: Turismo Chile Newsletter.
The Spanish newspaper “El Pais” highlights several amazing waterfalls in the world. In particular it highlights Latin American waterfalls found in Chile, Venezuela, Peru, Guyana and Brazil.
Guyana: Kaieteur Falls, located in Potaro-Siparuni forests in Guyana, double in height Victoria Falls, and it is five times higher than Niagara Falls. It’s drop reaches nearly 230 meters.
Venezuela: Angel Falls in Canaima National Park. The water falls is 979 meters from the edge of one of the geological formations, the plateaus known as tepuis – oldest in the world. It is named after Jimmy Angel, the American aviator who in 1937 managed to land on top.
Brazil: The Devil’s Throat is the largest of the 250 waterfalls spread over 2.5 kilometers, which exist in the Iguazu Falls located between Argentina and Brazil.
Chile: Hanging Glacier suspended between two mountains at the Queulat National Park in Chilean Patagonia.
Peru: Salto de Gocta also known as La Chorrera, in the Amazon region of Peru. Its fall 540 meters making it the fifth highest waterfall in the world.
Interested in putting your luggage to work for a good cause? Why not positively impact communities in South America by bringing meaningful contributions to the destinations you visit? All it takes is extra room in your luggage (2.27 kilograms) and a willingness to bring in what’s needed. PackForaPurpose.org. is a brilliant organization that pairs travelers with destinations that need supplies. “You can make a big impact on children around the world.”
Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice’ 2013 names Easter Island as one of the world’s 10 most popular islands and I couldn’t agree more. Rapa Nui is just mesmerizing. As the New York Time states The most remote of all places on earth, Easter Island has changed little since Thor Heyerdahl described it in “Aku-Aku,” an account of his 1955-56 voyage. See Mois – giant stones 30 to 40 feet tall and weighing up to 70 tons – that have tantalized scientists for decades! See an extraordinary collection of archaeological sites, visit Rano Kau (the ‘nursery’ of the moais), Orongo ceremonial village, Rano Raraku, Anakena Beach, Costa Oeste – Ahu te Peu, and Terevaka. It is a fascinating cultural and archaeological paradise which combines the ancient traditions of a society that, until its discovery in 1722, was unknown to the West for more than a millennium.
Learn more about our trips by visiting: Easter Island Mysteries or our Independent Rapa Nui
Getting ready for your next camping and/or hiking adventure? The Lonely Planet published an article on essential travel gear for camping and hiking. For those who enjoy the outdoor adventures, I thought this article would be interesting to read. Enjoy!
Interested in tasting Chilean culinary heritage? Why not participate in the Festival del Huevo Azul an event that brings together visitors and the indigenous communities that seek to exhibit and protect this precious culinary heritage. The festival is held annually in the town of Río Negro, in the Osorno district. It is part of a Chilean Government project which aims to preserve the genes of the Mapuche chicken, which stands out amongst almost all other specimens by laying blue eggs. The festival stands out because during the event the world’s largest omelet is prepared with over 2,000 of these rare and exotic blue eggs. Prior to this an indigenous ceremony of praying and biodiversity protection is performed, accompanied by popular music.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died yesterday, March 5, 2013. If you are traveling through Venezuela right now your trip/itinerary will probably be affected. This is just one of many reasons why it is important to purchase travel insurance before traveling. It will protect you against the unexpected.
Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.
For those looking for good insurance companies I recommend this article: Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. It gives you great tips on how to pick the best policy. We recommend (and use) the The Travel Insurance Center.
Ever wonder how to pack a suitcase like a pro? In article from Real Simple magazine experts reveal their trusted, time-honored solutions. Try out these tips on your next vacation and let me know what you think. You can also check-out more travel tips on the TIC Pinterest page.
The New York Times once again turns its attention to Chile’s tourist destinations. January 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the e legendary Torres del Paine! The 242-hectare park was created in May 1959 and is part of the National System of Protected Areas of the State of Chile. In 1978 it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
If you travel to Torres del Paine we recommend doing the famous ‘W’ trek – chosen by Lonely Planet magazine as the best multi-day tour in the world, thanks to its spectacular views and for being one of the best ways to discover Chilean Patagonia.
The newspaper published an extensive report on the national park entitled: “Chilean Patagonia’s Peaks, Up Close“. Click-on the links to read more!