I once read somewhere that the world’s worst roads will take you to the world’s best grapes. And on my recent trek to Salta, helping lead out our Vision and Vine tour of north-west Argentina, those words never rang truer. After snaking our way up twisting roads through a spectacularly colorful valley, the thin blue skies pierced by jagged snow peaks, we found an oasis of viticultural calm. And some truly sublime wines.
I’ve been hooked by this charming country, the eighth largest in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful I have ever experienced. Argentina (with its strong Italian influences) was on my bucket list, but when I saw this photo of the Colorful Andes mountains by Ossian Lindholm, I knew it was time to trust my travel instincts and say Vamos! That was two years ago and ever since, the Salta and Jujuy regions of Northwest Argentina have captured my heart, stirred my soul (and inspired me to create one of our most unique waking tours yet). I guarantee you'll feel the same.
Imagine this: You enter into a magnificent landscape with a team of professional naturalists whose job it is not only immerse and teach you about the wildlife, but to allow you to experience close up encounters with creatures great and small, from a mother skunk carrying its young across the tundra to a Puma exploring its world to the curious glance of the rare Darwin Fox. Most importantly, their dedication to conservation and protecting this wild world in it most pristine state was infectuous. My sense of responsibility and urgent desire to protect the world in which I was so small yet my impact has been so great, expanded and took hold of my heart
In all my years of adventure travel, I have never experienced a "hotel" that is so lovely, friendly, peaceful and sustainable all at the same time as the EcoCamp Patagonia. In addition to its award-winning reputation for its eco-friendly policies and innovative use of green technology, they are leaders in environmentally responsible travel to areas of fragile natural resources and minimizes the footprint of every visitor in Torres del Paine National Park.
I am still glowing and overwhelmed with wonder and joy from one of the most amazing landscape and nature experiences of my life: my 10 day scouting trek of our Myths, Mammals & Mountains adventure in Torres Del Paine National Park and Chiloe Island in Patagonia, Chile.
Is Argentina, Chile or Brazil on your bucket list? Would you like to experience these fascinating and gorgeous locations AND learn how to capture their essence with a native professional photographer? Read my 16 Reasons to take a Travel Vision Photo Tour and one compelling bonus reason:
Discover the wonders that Darwin saw on his journey to Patagonia in Southern Chile. This photography and walking tour is an idyllic blend of nature, culture and wildlife, but the star for many will be the food and beer (there are 483 microbreweries). Below we highlight some of the decadent Chilean food you will sample.
The Hills are Alive in Switzerland! Here I am descending and taking pics of the views...while I do NOT recommend this for everyone. With the LUMIX on my back, it was easy to fip around and shoot