Visiting Easter Island

Easter Island (Isla de Pascua or Rapa Nui) is one of the most remote places on earth, situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean far away from Chile (5.5 hours by plane) and from Tahiti (6 hours by plane). It is tranquil, beautiful and mysterious. The moais (gigantic heads carved out of stone) give the island an eerie […]

Hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand

The Routeburn Track in New Zealand, considered to be one of the great hikes of the world, is a 2- to 4-day, 32 km track, linking Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks in the south island. Access to the Routeburn Track is by road, with the starting point at either the Routeburn Shelter or The […]

Guide to Salar de Uyuni and Southern Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and the surrounding area are one of the true wonders of the world. Salt flats, high altitude red lakes, green lakes and flamingos are all memorable sights. This is not a luxury trip, so don’t expect fancy accommodation and comforts. The air is thin and it is hard to breath: […]

Travel guide to El Calafate, Argentina

The southern part of Chile and Argentina is vast, and there are many places to visit.  For a short itinerary we recommend visiting El Calafate for the incredible Perito Moreno glacier nearby; El Chaltén, the hiking capital of Argentina, two hours drive away overlooking Mt. Fitzroy, and Torres Del Paine national park in Chile.  It […]

Mapplr Travel Guide to Bhutan

Bhutan “the land of the Thunder Dragon” is one of those places that you should visit quickly before it changes.  Tucked between India and China, Bhutan is an excellent place to experience a culture imbued with Tibetan-style Buddhism but which has not been damaged like Tibet has been. Unlike chaotic Nepal and polluted India, Bhutan […]