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South America Travel: Heidi’s Life-changing Walkabout…

Not too long ago, Heidi was a thirty-something, married, globetrotting professional who seemingly had it all.

Then, in one fell swoop, a tree limb knocked her out cold, breaking her neck, and stopped her hectic juggling act of a successful career, marriage, and life instantly.

During a slow, yearlong recovery, Heidi lost her career and divorced, but thankfully regained her health.

Through the loss and change, she gained priceless perspective. In order to solidify her lesson learned while honoring her second chance on life, Heidi went traveling.

Let’s get to know Heidi Siefkas, author, blogger, and most importantly an inspirational survivor…

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Cruising Patagonia; Chile and Argentina

Welcome to the end of the world. Cruising through Patagonia’s fjords, you’ll weave in and around countless inlets, islands and channels as you head towards the very end of South America.

While it may feel isolated, you are not alone. Elephant seals and Magellanic penguins are popular in this area (October is nesting season for penguins; breeding season for seals) and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to observe them in their natural habitat.

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Strange Moonscapes; Valle de la Luna, Chile

Deep in the heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert lies the Valle de la Luna (“Valley of the Moon”).

The name’s not an exaggeration.

Standing in the middle of the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountain Range) – surrounded by a barren moonscape of silence – you can’t help but feel like you’re standing on the moon.Continue

Star Gazing; San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

After being confronted with millions of piercing lights on an ink blue canvas, you can’t help but gaze into far and away universes and think how insignificant life’s day-to-day activities really are.

San Pedro de Atacama is located in Chile’s Norte Chico northern region and is one of Chile’s hottest tourist towns. Literally.  The town is found in the driest desert in the world (it reportedly hasn’t seen rain since 1870) but the rock formations here are stunning and it’s the perfect place to star-gaze since no artificial lights get in the way. Continue

Museum Tour; Santiago, Chile

Whether you’re an artist, tourist, or just looking to escape a rainy day, the museums of Santiago are some of the best in the world.  There’s no better way to understand a country than to view it through works of art.  From political contemporary to Chilean fine arts, there’s something for everyone in Santiago’s art collections.Continue