South America

Chile: The Right Gear

SKIS: The Völkl Gotama is a tanker-wide twin-tipped board—130mm at each end—that'll hold an Andes-size turn, then stick a 540 in the terrain park. Like Portillo's...

Portillo: Los Grandes Andes

ANOTHER BLUEBIRD MORNING in Portillo, Chile, and the five-seater Llama—a dragonfly of a helicopter, all tail—lifts off from the swank old Hotel Portillo. I gawk out its buggy eye as 22...

Say When

11/03 NOV=HAWAII In the quiet weeks before the holidays, save 10 percent or more on airfare and lodging. Example: A one-bedroom oceanfront condo at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation ...

Back-in-business Bargain Days

As world events and geopolitical instabilities have driven anxious globetrotters back inside their own borders, the folks who run overseas hotels, airlines, and adventure outfits have been...

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $2,019 12. Trek/Climb PERU THE DEAL: Competition for climbing business is fierce around Huaraz, in western Peru, keeping prices low but quality high. This 22...

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $1,460 10. Island-Hop/Snorkel/Kayak FIJI THE DEAL: Spend seven days pretending you're a rescued Crusoe, cruising around Fiji's Yasawa and Outer Mamanuca...

Fu Fighters

GLENN CLOSE AND I ARE HEAD OVER HEELS. Ass over teakettle we tumble, from our raft into the spin cycle of the Rio Futaleufú;. It is a perfect day: The sun is shining and the river is...

Fresh Tracks

HIGH DESERT OASIS On June 1, the posh El MONTE SAGRADO TAOS hotel in Taos, New Mexico, will open its teak doors. A showcase for local owner Tom Worrell's waste treatment systems,...

The Wilder Amazon

SIX HOURS EARLIER, hiring a local with a four-wheel-drive pickup truck had sounded like a brilliant idea. But Luciano and his boss's Mitsubishi had proved no match for western Brazil's...

Steals

WHOA, DUDE! The C Lazy U Ranch, in Granby, Colorado, is just the place to live out that City Slickers fantasy. The working dude ranch, at 8,300 feet in the Colorado Rockies,...

On The Beaten Track

THE REGION ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT, NEPAL HOW IT RATES Conservation Efforts C Community Involvement B- Outlook

Cautionary Trails

When it comes to foreign travel, how risky is too risky? It's hard to know. But the best place to start researching is the U.S. State Department (

Future Classics

CLIMBING MUZTAGH ATA, "FATHER OF ICE MOUNTAINS" [CHINA] Already been to Everest Base Camp? Next time, head to Muztagh Ata, a raggedy 24,754-foot summit in the Karakoram Range in China's...

Take It to the Top

CONTINENTAL ICE CAP TRAVERSE [ARGENTINA] Patagonia's 8,400-square-mile slab of ice wasn't even explored until the 1960s, when British explorer Eric Shipton crossed it first. Starting in El...

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