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Ever since I read Bruce Chatwin’s “In Patagonia,” I’ve wanted to follow in his footsteps. And at the end of 2012, I was poised to realize my dream when Conservación Patagonica hired me to teach English at the nascent Patagonia National Park. My plan was to stay for three months; I ended up staying nearly five times that long. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this remarkable park in progress.

Where Do You Want to Go in 2013?

National Geographic Traveler staff answer the question “If you could visit just ONE place in 2013, where would it be and why.” Check out what’s at the top of our travel to-do lists next year, then let us know where you would go for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue of Traveler magazine.

Extra Padding in Patagonia

Campsites have long been the main option in Patagonia, a challenging prospect as freezing rain and gale-force gusts threaten much of the year. Now, less hardy travelers can rest easy at local operator Vertice Patagonia’s new series of affordable eco-lodges linking the region’s popular attractions.

Last week, our Food Fridays story was all about the Cuban sandwich and its roots in Tampa, Florida. Inspired by the idea of the “signature sandwich,” we started itching for more. We asked you to share the sandwich that makes your city sing, and you answered (and made us drool a little). Without further ado, here are 15 local favorites from around the world.

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Alban Chauveau, My Shot.

With the majority of the world’s people now dazzled by the urban glare, an age-old pursuit has again come into the spotlight: stargazing.

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés. That’s why we ask you the same question on Facebook every Friday: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you — or readers like you — went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Want to share your photos with the National Geographic community? Upload your favorites…

Today’s I Heart My City guide to Santiago comes courtesy of Chile expert and guidebook author Kristina Schreck. Check out Kristina’s insider picks of the best places to eat, drink, shop, and play in the capital city. And for more Chile travel advice, you can catch Kristina in Washington, D.C., on November 1 when she…

An Expat’s Valparaíso

The Chilean port city of Valparaíso was a correct answer in this year’s big GeoBee competition and, back in 2009, it showed up twice in our November/December issue: We ranked it respectably in our annual Places Rated assessment and we wandered its hilly streets with writer Andrew Evans in the issue’s On Foot section. While…

Experience the city like a local on this walking tour through downtown Toronto. [Journey Woman] A recent study of 24 frequent-flier programs ranked airlines by award seat availability. Southwest Airlines made the top of the list, having award seats available for 99.3 percent of the queries made. U.S. Airways and Delta scored the worst, not…

Talk about an adrenalin rush. Our friends over at Gadling found this terrifying helmet-cam video of a racer participating in Chile’s annual downhill bicycle insanity, the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race. Watch this adventurous rider speed along narrow pathways, fly over treacherous jumps, and (around 36 seconds in) navigate past a dog that wanders onto the…

It’s summertime in Chile, which means vineyards are gearing up for a busy harvest season. The ripe, plump grapes are ready for picking, and wineries welcome travelers to roll up their sleeves and help with the process. Although the popular and obvious choice of activity when visiting a winery is typically grape-centric, Chilean vineyards offer a host of other experiences that go beyond the vine.

Traveler staffer Giovanna Palatucci writes about her trip to Chile, where she quickly discovered there’s more to this South American country than the dry Atacama Desert to the north and the snowy peaks of Patagonia to the south. This is the first post about her trip. When I stepped off the plane in Santiago, not…

Places Rated: Chile’s Gorgeous Fjords

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re highlighting some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Chile: Chilean Fjords…

  By: Cindy Scott Chile, the surprising Group H leaders, will take on European champion Spain today at 2:30 p.m. EST. Chile only needs a draw to move forward, while Spain seeks a victory to secure advancement. The historical relationship between both nations provides a compelling dynamic that is reminiscent of the U.S. and England…

Patagonia is pure, dramatic nature–craggy peaks that seem to signal the end of the Earth (the tip of South America is nearby, after all); panoramas of grassy foothills, each topped with a single guanaco on the lookout for pumas; waterfalls and glaciers seeping into lakes colored a startling blue. Every windblown inch of it screams…

Have you ever gone sailing in a pool? It’s possible in Chile, according to our friends at National Geographic‘s Blog Central: Covering 20 acres and stretching half a mile, the swimming hole at Chile’s San Alfonso del Mar resort is a 115-foot-deep, 66-milliongallon monster. (An Olympic-size pool is “only” 164 feet long, 6 feet 7…

Chile Puede

Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy arrived in Santiago, Chile a week after the earthquake struck on February 27th, and reports on how the city is recovering. Santiago, Chile — I saw a broken window yesterday. That’s a first. I’ve been commuting all week from the glass-sheathed high-rises of “Sanhattan” to give presentations and training at the…

Bus2Antarctica: Scared Strait

Nobody said getting to Antarctica by bus would be easy, but even Andrew Evans didn’t think he’d feel this close to death as he crossed the Strait of Magellan. I almost died on my last bus. I think it was the “almost” that was so terrifying. Never mind my crossing of militarized Colombia or dodging…

Stay Warm, Get Buff!

Contributing writer Cathy Healy reports from snowbound Washington, DC, where the snowfall has broken all previous records.  How to stay warm in such weather? She reveals a tip from a friend who’s just back from Patagonia.   The snow stormed down on us like an emptied sack of flour and we slogged back under the…

Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the magazine’s annual Tours of a Lifetime issue, is just back from a trip down South (way down) to Cape Horn, the Straits of Magellan, and Tierra del Fuego. It’s the dawn of a new decade. And I’m at the end of the world. Specifically, it’s 01/01/10 and I’m at…

The Other Patagonia

When Andrew Evans left Chile’s Patagonia region, he had multiple filled notebooks and a camera that kept blinking “insufficient memory.” Here, he shares some of his sufficient memories from his trip. Some countries just don’t get along–just the way people do. France grumbles at England, America shakes its head at France. The Swedes mock the…

Penguin Places

IT Contributor Andrew Evans offers an all-inclusive guide to all things penguin. Penguins are never passé. Be they marching or tapping their happy feet toward another sequel, the little black and white birds are still very much in everybody’s minds and hearts. I also imagine that kids who play with plastic penguins in their Happy…