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nov 28 2013

Best Places to Hike in Patagonia

Beautiful view at Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia.

Get back to nature with a hike through Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia.

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Myer Henderson of Say Hueque, a travel company that specializes in tours of Argentina, Chile, and Patagonia.

Mountains and glaciers define the gloriously vast region of Chile and Argentina known as Patagonia, a dream for any nature or adventure enthusiast. Whether you are interested in an easy afternoon walk, a challenging multi-day hike, or something in between, this region has options for everyone. Here's a look at our favorite hikes.

oct 12 2012

The Inspiration Behind Some of Our Favorite Reader Photos

University of Wisconsin's Lady Liberty prank

University of Wisconsin's Lady Liberty prank

(Courtesy CliffK/myBudgetTravel)
Girls in kimonos in Japan

Girls in kimonos in Japan

(Courtesy dni/myBudgetTravel)
Traffic in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Traffic in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

(Courtesy ateliercypher/myBudgetTravel)
Cuban woman in Havana

Cuban woman in Havana

(Courtesy tuckerg/myBudgetTravel)
Waves on Ehukai Beach in Hawaii

Waves on Ehukai Beach in Hawaii

(Courtesy Island Gal/myBudgetTravel)
View from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral

View from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral

(Courtesy sheila78/myBudgetTravel)
Dog hot air balloon in Boyce, Virginia

Dog hot air balloon in Boyce, Virginia

(Courtesy RickCollier/myBudgetTravel)
Base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

(Courtesy lavenderdays/myBudgetTravel)
Moai at Rapa Nui National Park, on Chile's Easter Island.

Moai at Rapa Nui National Park, on Chile's Easter Island.

(Courtesy awc007/myBudgetTravel)
Balinese women

Balinese women

(Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
The Brooklyn Flyer in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Brooklyn Flyer in Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y.

(Courtesy jorgeq/myBudgetTravel)
Potala Palace, Tibet

Potala Palace, Tibet

(Courtesy jacksonn298/myBudgetTravel)
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

(Courtesy marjen/myBudgetTravel)

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

(Martrese White)

Sintra, Portugal

(Miriam Cinquegrana)

Maui, Hawaii

(David Shrader)

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris

(Jen McDonald)
Oia, Santorini Island, Greece

Oia, Santorini Island, Greece

(Courtesy laratada/myBudgetTravel)

Plaza de Armas, Cuzco, Peru

(Thomas Cox)

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

(Rebecca Wilks)

Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

(Timothy State)

In every issue of Budget Travel, we feature one of the best reader photos on our back page. Now, see the stories behind them.

Madison, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin students have a real sense of humor. Their Lady Liberty on the Lake prank is a classic image of Madison that has made it onto postcards all over the city. During the summer, I'm usually sailing on Lake Mendota, but when it's five below zero, you've got to take advantage of it, too. So one February, I decided to see it for myself. I took this shot from the Memorial Union Terrace, but I actually went out on the lake and took some close-ups as well. I know how deep the water is and it was completely disorienting to be walking on it. I've live here for 35 years, but sometimes you need to look at your own hometown through a tourist's eye.—Cliff Koehler, Madison, Wis.

feb 17 2011

Once in a lifetime cruise, once in a lifetime price

The Cruceros Australis passes a glacier. (Courtesy Cruceros Australis)

Not to sound like a broken record, but Chile's can't-miss travel opportunities just keep on coming. The latest deal to catch our eye is a $690 three-night sail through Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego—the type of trip that generally qualifies as a major splurge—on Cruceros Australis's new 100-cabin Stella Australis vessel. (Let's call this, then, a minor splurge.)

feb 15 2011

4 reasons we have Chile on the brain

Magic Mountain lodge, just one of the off-the-wall hotel options in Chile's Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve (Courtesy Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve)

We were excited to learn yesterday that Chile plans to invest $4 billion to renew its airline fleet between 2011 and 2013. Even before this news, however, we've had Chile on the brain in a big way.

In putting together our November issue a few months back, I came away with a new entry for my own personal Travel Bucket List: a week of stargazing, pisco sours, and midnight horseback rides at the Elqui Domos astro lodge, near Chile's Atacama Desert.

oct 19 2010

Raise the roof: Super stargazing

Tents at Elqui Domos in northern Chile (Courtesy Elqui Domos)

On December 21, the moon will pass through the earth's shadow, touching off a full lunar eclipse. While the phenomenon will be visible from many places, few are as perfectly equipped as the seven geodesic domes of Elqui Domos. Set on the southern border of Chile's Atacama Desert, the property elevates stargazing to an art form. Its two-story domes have detachable roofs for all-night light shows, and the staff can arrange hour-long astronomy tours and moonlight horse rides. There are six telescopes on hand, and plenty of ways to pass the time until dusk—like swimming in the pool and sipping pisco sours at the bar. And even if you miss the big event, the area's 300 annual cloudless nights ensure equally stellar views any time of year. elquidomos.com, from $105 including breakfast, horse ride $36, astronomy tour $36 per room.

feb 09 2009

A few good links: The craziest street views on Google Maps

Windows in Santiago, Chile (Courtesy alvazer/Flickr)

Packing the Right Credit Card…and also getting the right travel medical insurance. [New York Times]

Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Maps Street View A shooting, a flashing, a house on fire.

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