South America

A look at The Singular, a luxury expedition-style lodge in Puerto Natales, Patagonia.
The Singular from the water

The craft beer brewed at the end of the world comes to the table in an official-looking bottle, emblazoned with the logo of The Singular hotel, where its Chilean creator, 27-year-old Dario Matus, works. Matus serves as the sommelier at the hotel outside Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia, making sure that the boutique property’s wine list […]

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Photo Friday: Going over the rainbow in Patagonia, undoubtably the best natural scenery that I’ve seen all year.
Rainbow in the Andes

This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s Photo Friday theme is BEST. That’s a pretty all-encompassing topic. I’ve decided to tweak it more than usual, and put up some pictures from some of the “best” natural scenery that I’ve seen this year: Patagonia, and the rainbows that […]


This week’s #FriFotos theme is shopping. My photo is from a jewelry stall at Plaza Serrano, located in Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood.
Jewelry for sale in Plaza Serrano, Buenos Aires

This post is part of my weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is FOR SALE, and people are sharing photos of markets, souks and stores around the world. Now I’m not a huge shopper. But I do indulge once in a while when I’m on the road, particularly on jewelry, […]


How I packed for the extreme winds and weather of Patagonia and Torres del Paine, in Chile.
Patagonia weather, Torres del Paine, Chile

This is the third in a series of articles on my visit to Torres del Paine and Patagonia, Chile.   As I rose in the dark for the two-hour drive to Torres del Paine, the piercing winds coming off Last Hope Sound in Puerto Natales reminded me that the environment in Patagonia remains a force to […]


Photos of Torres del Paine after a fire ravaged the park in December.
Torres del Paine fire

This is the second in a series of articles on my visit to Torres del Paine and Patagonia, Chile. The iconic mountains, glaciers and waterfalls of Torres del Paine, named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, seem timeless, and sturdy in their grandeur. Yet recent events have proved that the Chilean national park is all too […]


The first question people had when I told them I’d be visiting Torres del Paine in Chile: How do you get to Patagonia?
Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile

This is the first in a series of articles on my visit to Torres del Paine and Patagonia, Chile “How far is it? And how do you get there?” Last year, I noted that those were the main questions that friends and family asked when I traveled to Easter Island. As I planned my trip […]


May 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

by Chris on April 30, 2012

May 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: A picnic by The Singular hotel, in Patagonia, Chile
May 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

This is the latest in our 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper series. Get your May 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  Pictured is the gourmet lunch spot with a view that The Singular, a historic luxury hotel based in Puerto Natales, Patagonia, sets up for guests. After an excursion to Serrano glacier, our group enjoyed smoked salmon sandwiches and quiche, paired […]


Something I’d like to see more of: Powestrips for tech-y couples, included with your hotel room.

This post is part of my recurring series of hotel trends I’ve seen on the road: One of the biggest problems I’ve had in recent years is being able to charge all of the electronic devices that I bring on trips. Between the iPad, the iPhone, one of my cameras and a laptop, the outlets […]


My expectations were nil. But in Lima, Peru, I found enough history, charm and chic cuisine that I’d love to go back. Call it the best surprise of 2011.
Cathedral of Lima, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Peru

One of my favorite “best of” categories, the Biggest Surprise award goes to the destination that surpassed expectations or defied preconceived notions. And in 2011, Lima, Peru certainly fit the bill. As I noted in one of my posts from the trip, everything I read in mainstream guidebooks about Lima made it sound like a place you […]


Visiting La Alboroza, home of Mendoza artist Sergio Roggerone, during the Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine Festival
La Alboroza, home of artist Sergio Roggerone, Mendoza

One of the more glamorous events of the Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine festival that I attended  last month in Mendoza was a decadent brunch at La Alboroza, the luxurious home of artist Sergio Roggerone. Sergio Roggerone greeted our group as we entered the front gate of his hacienda. Definitely not a struggling […]