South America

Desert Boom

Life in Chile's Atacama Desert is hot, dry, and tough. That is, unless you're lying poolside at Tierra Atacama, the latest luxury hotel to open in the unlikely tourist boomtown of San Pedro....

Argentina

Thanks to its spectacular American-Southwest-meets-California-wine-country scenery, colorful Inca-rooted culture, improving infrastructure, and good value, northwest Argentina is on American...

Posada de Mike Rapu

Finally opened in December after five years of planning, much hype, and $15 million in building costs, Explora's newest hotel stamps an 18,000-square-foot, 35-room, LEED-certified mark on...

Hustle + Floe

WE'RE STUCK like Shackleton, only it's not that dire. Or, at least, I don't feel like panicking. Ice is insidious like that. For the last hour, California-whitewater pioneer Reg Lake and I have...

Coca Is It!

Something strange is happening to Carlos Villalon's trousers. We're trekking through a drenching rainstorm in the Chapare region of central Bolivia—a waterlogged sliver of primeval jungles...

True Colors

Lodges everywhere are flying green flags. So how doyou know who's for real? Boulder, Colorado–based Sustainable Travel International (STI) just launched a first-of-its-kind certification...

Slick

THE FRONT FOR THE DEFENSE OF THE AMAZON, like any progressive group whose name includes front and defense, is a no-frills outfit with ample supplies of devotion and very little...

A River Different

"SEE THAT MORPHO BUTTERFLY?" asks our guide, Don Beveridge, owner of Ecuadorean kayak outfitter Small World Adventures. "Line up right below it, heading right." We've already followed ducks over...

Bellying Up with Eric Hansen

How far would you go for a beer? For the September Outside feature story "It's Thriller Time," that's exactly the brave and daunting question correspondent Eric Hansen had the gumption...

The Long Way Home

IN THE FIRST FEW HOURS THERE WAS NOTHING, no fear or sadness, no thought or memory, just a black and perfect silence. Then light appeared, a thin gray smear of daylight, and I rose to it like a...

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