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Emily G Richards

Hi Everyone, I’m Emily! Shortly after graduating from college a volunteer/ internship brought me to South America. I fell in love with the food, landscapes, and endless adventure!

How did you get involved in travel?

"Growing up I was always interested in Latin America, but didn't have the chance to travel. Living in Lima gave me the opportunity to pursue my interests of exploring the region!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My friend and I were backpacking in Southern Mexico. Our hostel was a really neat tree house property located about 20 minutes outside of town. During the day we were easily able to take local buses to and from the hostel to the town, but we didn't consider in the evenings. One afternoon, we lost track of time and missed the local bus. We decided to hang out and have dinner at the main square before heading back to the hostel; we figured we'd just take a taxi that night. Turns out there were no taxis at that hour.

We ended up hitchhiking and getting a ride in the back of an old pickup truck. As I stood in the truck bed I stared at the summer sky above. The stars glowed, we listened to faint mariachi music, and I thought to myself, these are the unique experiences we travel for!

Santiago at sunset
Chile: Santiago, Pacific Coast, Patagonia, & More - 13 Days

Explore many Chilean highlights in just under two weeks. Arrive in Santiago and embark on a city tour, followed by a day trip to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso. Then, discover Maipo Valley’s peaks and streams, along with a wine tasting excursion through Casablanca Valley. Then, it’s off to Patagonia to discover the Aysén region, home to beautiful glaciers and stunning marble caves. Next, fly to Punta Arenas to view native wildlife, explore the best of Torres del Paine, and visit a local estancia—before one final evening in Santiago.

Laguna de los Tres
Santiago & Patagonia: From Chile to Argentina - 13 Days

Few other places in the world can compete with the wild, jagged mountains, incredible glaciers, and enormous panoramas of Patagonia. On this ultimate 13-day adventure, enjoy the best of the region. Following a quick tour of Santiago and a day along the coast, fly to Chilean Patagonia. Embark on the famed W Trek, a four-day hike that covers the furthest reaches of Torres del Paine National Park. Then, bus over to Argentinian Patagonia to view Perito Moreno Glacier and iconic Mount Fitz Roy.

Torres del Paine National Park
Chile Grand Tour: Santiago, Atacama Desert, Torres del Paine, & Easter Island - 13 Days

Experience the highlights of diverse and beautiful Chile in less than two weeks. Begin in the capital Santiago with some sightseeing, before flying off to the Atacama Desert. Discover the lagoons, geysers, salt flats, and more. Then, fly to Punta Arenas for your Patagonian adventure. Visit the native wildlife of the islands, and then head into Torres del Paine National Park for two days of private tours. The final leg takes you to Easter Island to explore the ancient moai figureheads, volcanoes, and stunning beaches.

Glacier Grey
Southern Chile: Patagonian W Trek, Wildlife, & Wilderness Adventure - 13 Days

Conquer the highlights of Southern Chile on this 13-day adventure. After a quick stop to tour Santiago, hop a flight to Punta Arenas for your first glimpse of Patagonia. Then, visit penguins on Magdalena Island and enjoy a wildlife tour along the Straight of Magellan. Next, spend four days discovering the unparalleled beauty of Torres del Paine National Park along the W Trek, the famed Towers to the ice fields of Glacier Grey. The trip concludes with a kayaking excursion out of Pueblo Serrano—with more incredible glacial views along the way.

The Perito Moreno glacier
Buenos Aires and Southern Patagonia - 12 days

This amazing 12-day trip gives you a chance to see so much of what Argentina has to offer: from the cultural richness of Buenos Aires to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, with stops in El Calafate, El Chaltén, and Ushuaia. Sway to the dramatic tempos of tango, sail through the Beagle Channel, gaze out on the icy vastness of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and hike around the spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy on this spectacular itinerary. 

The Lakes District near Bariloche
Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 11 Days

This amazing 11-day trip will give you a chance to see some of the most spectacular scenery that Argentine Patagonia has to offer. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll head to Ushuaia—famed for being "the Southernmost City in the World," where you'll get the chance to see penguins up close and go canoeing in Tierra del Fuego. Then head to El Calafate, the jumping-off point for Los Glaciares National Park to see the Perito Moreno glacier. Finish off your adventure with a day of hiking in El Chaltén at the foot of the spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy.