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 […]


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 […]


Chilean Cuisine, Pescetarian style

by Chris on February 26, 2011

Chilean cuisine: A look at popular foods in Chile, a haven for pescetarians.
Chilean cuisine

By Michael K. Lavers, Contributing Writer I became a pescetarian nearly a year ago because I wanted to adopt a healthy diet that facilitated my weight loss. Traveling overseas can certainly prove challenging to anyone with dietary restrictions, but Chile’s nearly 4,000 miles of coastline provided an abundance of fresh seafood and shellfish that kept […]


Moai Madness: Rapanui Pride

by Chris on January 27, 2011

Polynesian Fabios? Well, yes, the Rapanui men are attractive. But that’s only one feature that makes the Easter Island native culture so fascinating.
Rapanui pride

This post is fourth in a series about Easter Island. Before I left for Easter Island, friends who had visited the island before warned me that the Rapanui men were unusually attractive. “Think Polynesian Fabios,” one travel writer told me. And yes, the men, most with long flowing dark hair, tribal tattoos and well-developed arm muscles, […]


Moai Madness: Mystery of Easter Island

by Chris on January 26, 2011

The more you learn about the mystery of Easter Island moai, the more you want to know.
Mystery of Easter Island

This post is third in a series about Easter Island. Today I plan to dive a little more into the mystery of Easter Island, focusing more on the island’s history since “outsiders” arrived. (Read my post on how the moai were built). When the first Europeans arrived on Rapa Nui in  1722 – Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen, who […]