Travelers Against Plastic

Detour is a member of Travelers Against Plastic, (TAP, Single use plastic is a problem everywhere in the world, but it is an especially large problem in major tourism destinations in developing countries, where waste disposal is limited and recycling is virtually nonexistent. We strongly discourage the use of disposable water bottles, even if offered […]

New Years in Argentina

Argentina loves a good party and it seems this is never more true than on New Years Eve.  My own experience celebrating New Years in Argentina will remain one of my most memorable ever, but I wanted to know how typical Argentinians celebrate as well.  The experts over at Wanderlust Expediciones let me know that […]

What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure travel is another of those terms that can mean many things, as there is no official definition for it. We use the term to mean traveling with an adventurous spirit. Basically, if you want to take a trip that is just like being at home, that isn’t an adventure. Having an adventurous spirit means […]

A prophet who spurned profit – Yvon Chouinard’s Patagonian odyssey

Environmentally-conscious business practices are the norm these days, so much so that that any major clothing company that never mentioned the “e” word would be viewed as a pariah. But this was not always so. Up until 30 years ago the profit motif was the only consideration. Yvon Chouinard, one of the world’s greatest businessmen-environmentalists, […]

5 of the best beaches in South America

South America has many fine beaches – and ones that can be far more unspoiled than those found in traditional European hot-spots. We have, however, concentrated on those accessible to Detour travelers, although we have also included an add-on for those who want to see the beach near Argentina’s capital. Detour offers many packages that allow […]

We have an odd-number group trekking together, what sort of accommodations can we expect?

As an odd-numbered group, you will have an extra passenger who will have to abide by the single passenger policy for accommodations: You can request private accommodations and you will have to pay a single supplement fee. This applies whether you are camping or using lodges/hotels along the way. Tents and hotel rooms are typically […]

What is the Weather Like in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego?

The weather in Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego is a mix of sun, rain, snow, and wind.  With the right planning, you can maximize your sunny, bluebird days and forgo trekking in the snow. Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, aka the Southern Cone of South America, is famous for its remoteness, wild beauty, and, yes, […]

What vaccinations do I need before traveling to Patagonia?

The Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile require no vaccinations to enter the country, except for passengers coming from countries where cholera and yellow fever are endemic.  Also, a Hepatitus A vaccination is usually highly recommended for visiting both countries. It’s best to check the Center for Disease Control for up to date information on […]

What is the weather like in Patagonia?

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Icefield influence makes the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather […]