South America

Karanambu Lodge, Rupununi, Guyana

Karanambu is known for founder Diane McTurk's commendable work rescuing giant river otters deep in southwestern Guyana's rainforest. The McTurk family, who have lived nearby since 1927 and...

The Lodge at Valle Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Situated in the soon-to-be-opened Patagonia National Park, which has the potential to rival Torres del Paine for its remote wilderness beauty, this lodge is big news in Patagonia. Not only is...

Estancia Menelik, Patagonia, Argentina

Estancia Menelik, just outside ultra-remote Perito Moreno National Park, is a windy haven of turquoise lagoons and snowcapped Andes. Gauchos still work the steppe, and condors and guanacos...

Southern Comfort

Tierra Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, ChileBest for: Desert AdventureThe Atacama, in northern Chile, is one of NASA's preferred research destinations. Why?...

Big Shots

Bivouac jam sessions. A young Yvon Chouinard at work in Yosemite. Topless climbing in Mexico in the eighties. A generation of Patagonia Inc.'s iconoclastic photography comes packaged in the new...

Sweet Bondage

BETWEEN 1960 AND 1984, visitors to Colombia's Isla Gorgona arrived shackled and blindfolded and slept behind barbed-wire fences, on wooden bunks without mattresses. The 2,500 inmates of Gorgona...

Heart of Dark Chocolate

They called it Cru Sauvage. The impeccable Swiss packaging alluded to its aboriginal provenance, and inside were two bars wrapped in golden foil, 68 percent cacao. I'd paid $13 ...

The Outside Documentary Canon

We're living in the golden age of documentary films. Thanks to the advent of inexpensive cameras and facile editing software, the number of skilled filmmakers who are reporting from the front...

The Beautiful and the Dammed

ALLAH WAS INVOKED THAT DAY, after a wood-fired breakfast in an 18-degree dawn. The earth was cloaked anew; hoarfrost made the grass crunch under my boots. Wind ripped away the...

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