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La Vía Poética

Pablo Neruda celebrated lemons, socks, artichokes, bees, broken things. He filled his odes with clocks and memory, thread and temptation, wine and dreams...

Ferocious Beauty

Wind throttled the shelter and smashed rain against the porthole above my bunk. Patagonia is notorious for its fierce weather; the elements had defined its brutal character. And when morning arrived I’d be out in one of its storms....

Galápagos Adventure: Our Best Family Trip Ever

In almost four decades as a travel writer and editor, I’ve been blessed to be able to take my wife and two children around the world, from Japan to Jamaica, France to Fiji, Australia to Yosemite. And yet, of all the wonderful destinations we’ve visited...

A Child Explorer in the Amazon

Dad’s duffel bag was permanently damaged, but it was a small price to pay to meet a superhero, in my opinion. “Now I see why they warned us!” my mother sighed. As always, mom was right: the locals who met our group of explorers had...

25 Things I Love About Brazil

As much as I love exploring the wilderness areas of Brazil, it’s the people and culture that most touch my soul. After five months there, what I remember most are the endearing characteristics of the Brazilians I met, from Teresopolis to Rio de Janeiro to...