• Alaska,  Canada,  Chile,  Iceland,  New Zealand

    The best places for seeing icebergs

    “An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf and is floating freely in open water.” (Source: Wikipedia)  The first time I saw an iceberg I was amazed. A big chunk of ice, floating in a lake, without melting just like that, despite the temperature being quite high. I could have looked at it forever, slowly melting and eventually dissolving in the water, like it had never been there. Somehow, ever since, I’ve always been amazed by icebergs. Where they come from, how they are formed and where they are going. Fortunately, you don’t have to A) travel to the north or south pole and/or B) have a lot of…

  • Chile,  Patagonia Roadtrip,  We12inspire

    Volcanoes and lakes of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park

    The second half of our day in Vicente Perez Rosales National Park makes us discover the (now) silent side of this park. However, being part of the famous Lake Crossing, we learned it’s not always like this and during the high season touring cars loaded with tourists stop here for the boat / bus trip to the other side of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. However, as it’s late in the afternoon already we are lucky and have parts of the park entirely for ourselves. After exploring the Petrohue Falls and River, it’s time to make our way to our accommodation for the night. However, since it’s finally clearing up…

  • Chile,  Patagonia Roadtrip,  We12inspire

    Exploring the Petrohue Falls and River

    Upon arrival at Puerto Montt Airport and picking up our rental car, we’ve officially entered Patagonia. Our third time there, how exciting! This time we’re going to explore northern Patagonia, also known as the Lake Districts in both Argentina and Chile. We’re expecting to see volcanoes, waterfalls and lush green forests. The first part of our journey takes us to the gates of Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and it’s most famous sight: the Petrohue Falls. In our white pickup we leave Puerto Montt behind, time to get roadtrippin’! Unfortunately, within 10 minutes we are in the middle of a traffic jam. Turns out that a furniture shop has a…

  • Chile,  Mountainous Monday,  We12inspire

    Mountainous Monday: Las Torres del Paine

    Towering high out of the Patagonian steppe, Las Torres del Paine (“towers of Paine”) are the centerpiece of Chile’s most amazing national park. Located in the Cordillera del Paine, the 3 towers are visible from far away and the number one attraction in this part of Patagonia. From what we’ve been told, the Cordillera del Paine is a mountain group not officially attached to the Andes, which may explain the huge variety in shape and color. Las Torres are located in the eastern side of the park and when approaching from El Calafate in Argentina, they are visible from a far distance. The gigantic monoliths are made of granite and …