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An 'Indiana Jones' Adventure Awaits in the Andes at This Awesome Hotel

Where: Chile
March 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Chile. Want to star in an “Indiana Jones” movie? You’re in luck.

Dust off your felt fedora and practice your bullwhip crack, because the Montaña Mágica Lodge looks like something straight out of a Harrison Ford flick. In fact, the only way to access this luxury hotel, which is nestled within a 300,000-acre biological reserve in the southern Andes, is by traversing a swinging rope bridge of wooden planks.

To really up the adventure ante, request that staff hide behind thickets and assail you with poison-tipped blowgun darts! (Just kidding, they don’t do that. Well, maybe if you ask nicely.)

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How a Scuba Dive in Kauai Just Became Our Favorite Ever

March 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Dear snorkelers and scuba divers:

Have you ever experienced a trip out into the water which was so impressive, effortless, and magical that you just know you'll be comparing all future water adventures to it?

Such was our recent experience during a dive off the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, with the island's Seasport Divers.

What made it special enough to become the best scuba dive of our lives (so far)? During the long, long flight home from Hawaii, we boiled down the exceptional experience to 8 factors to look in every future dive:

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Which Of Tahoe's Three Airports Should I Fly Into?

March 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.

Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.

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Not a Hiker? Try this Train Ride Through Sedona's Canyons

Where: 300 North Broadway [map], Clarkdale, Arizona, United States, 86324
March 11, 2015 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Verde Canyon Railroad reaches its turnaround point in Perkinsville

There are endless trails that will take you into the heart of Sedona's natural beauty, but there's only one set of tracks. The Verde Canyon Railroad's depot is located a half hour southwest of Sedona and takes a slow journey through limestone canyons, red rock buttes, and river-filled ravines, providing an alternative way to leisurely take in the unique scenery of central Arizona.

The trip softly narratives the historical ties back to the days of mining the canyons, and those interested in history can certainly dive in by chatting with the historians assigned to each car. For the general interest traveler, it will be the train's scenic journey through the canyon itself that does all the talking.

Four hours in length (two hours out, two hours back along the same path), it is a pleasant train to nowhere, with each ticket providing access to an interior cart with drink and food service as well as an open-aired viewing cart.

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There's Something Else to See in Sedona: A Psychic

March 10, 2015 at 6:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sedona is best known for its beautiful red-rock landscape, but the town also has another underlying theme that makes up a segment of its culture. Amongst the New Age crowd, it carries a reputation as a place of concentrated energy, a hot bed for psychics and thinkers. This in-turn attracts tourists looking to find (or lose) themselves in the area’s energy.

When I told a fellow travel writer that I was going to Sedona, he insisted that I get a reading done. He was admittedly “into” that scene, believing in the advice of horoscopes, signs, and astrology, but he raved about the experience of a reading. I had never had a psychic reading before, but that had little to do with a lack of curiosity. I'd always wondered what the experience would be like, and I wanted to try it, if only to know what it was all about.

With so many stories out there of psychics digging deep into the soul of their subjects, and with Sedona being the psychic capital of the United States, I decided if there was ever a time to give it a shot, this was it.

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What's the Difference Between Banff's Three Ski Areas?

March 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

View of North American chairlift at Norquay

Alberta's Banff National Park has three ski areas within its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other. We took a look at the views you can expect from each of them yesterday, but what else differentiates them? Below, we break down the Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise ski areas:

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A Winter Photo Tour of Canada's Banff National Park

March 2, 2015 at 6:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

View of the North American Chairlift at Mt. Norquay Ski Area

Last week, we wrote that now is a great time to travel to Canada thanks to a favorable exchange rate for Americans. Taking our own advice, we shot up north of the border to Banff National Park outside of Calgary in Alberta. The northern part of the Rocky Mountain chain is known for its dramatic, jagged, glacier-carved peaks that shoot straight up from the sprawling, pine-covered valley floor.

Summer is the primetime season to explore its infamous alpine lakes - such as Moraine - but it is also an underestimated and often overlooked ski destination. Banff has three ski areas inside its borders, all within a 45-minute drive of each other: Norquay, Sunshine, and Lake Louise.

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Headed to Colorado? This Adventure Travel App Can Help You Get Off the Beaten Path

February 18, 2015 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers looking to discover lesser known outdoor adventures in Colorado should worry not - there's an app for that.

Gociety, a Denver-based startup, is a social network for adventurers. The free site allows members to share and connect with the rest of the Gociety community about outdoor sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Users can get recommendations from locals or join in on already planned outings with other members. Aka - you can meet up with locals who might be hiking or climbing in an area that you would not have discovered otherwise.

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A 17-Day Cruise to Antarctica and Beyond, as Illustrated by Emoji

February 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (2)

How do you remember a voyage of 4,500 nautical miles? For Jaunted Editor Cynthia D, who sailed on the Azamara Journey for 17 days last month, the answer is with emoji. Allow her to explain.

I'd never been on such a lengthy cruise before, and certainly never to Antarctica. From Buenos Aires, we'd stop at Montevideo, Uruguay and continue to the Antarctic Peninsula, then Ushuaia, Argentina and the Falkland Islands before returning to BsAs. I traveled with a colleague, and the internet onboard was so great that we'd use Twitter DMs like walkie talkies. Emoji quickly crept into these exchanges, and nearly took over as my captions and comments on social media when words proved inadequate to describe the scenery, the experiences, and the feels that developed as the ship sailed on.

Plus, one time I asked Jaunted contributor Andy how his trip to Hong Kong was going, and he replied with a descriptive stream of emoji so brilliant no further explanations were needed. It was awesome.

So, without further ado, a 17-day cruise as seen through emoji:

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There ARE Affordable Cruises to Antarctica and We're Just Back from One

February 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)


The 'Azamara Journey' off Port Lockroy, Antarctica

The Antarctica travel season is an extremely short one, lasting from December through February. Owing to mercurial weather, strict regulations on tourism, complicated logistical planning, and the high price of what are considered once-in-a-lifetime trips, some ships will only squeeze a few voyages into those few months. As such, planning for your trip to Antarctica is best accomplished early and armed with as much first-hand information as possible.

And here's a little nugget we feel compelled to share after our own 17-day sail on Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Journey: taking a "big ship" to Antarctica is not only possible, but it's potentially the travel deal to rule all travel deals.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego

January 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Ships sailing up the Beagle Channel and into the port city of Ushuaia wish they could always have the view above. Blue skies, majestic mountains, and a slight froth to the waves from the area's infamous high winds. It's optimal weather for setting out in exploration of the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego region, but it only arrives several times every year.

Ushuaia, owing to its location at the "bottom of the world," (Fin del Mundo), is a perfect gateway for Antarctica travel. Expedition ships, cruise ships, and research vessels squeeze in to the single main pier, welcoming thousands of passengers for the start of epic adventures. As such, those travelers much first find their way to this frontier city, and there are definitely differences to the tourist seasons.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to the Brazilian Amazon

Where: Manaus, Brazil
January 22, 2015 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Fun fact: the exotic wilds of the Brazilian Amazon are only a 3-hour flight away from Miami. Even better, the airfares on TAM go on special often enough to make a long weekend’s trip to this natural wonder very possible.

Venturing “off the grid” to lounge in hammocks with monkeys and dine on piranha isn't as crazy difficult and potentially dangerous as it sounds, so long as your preparations go beyond saying “hey, let’s go to the Amazon!" To help, we’ve already detailed how to get the Brazilian visa, what to pack, and even what NOT to do there when you arrive.

The Brazilian Amazon is tropical, humid, and appropriately exotic year-round, but there are some times when it’s best to go and best to stay away.

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