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Wayne Bernhardson


Author of guidebooks to Argentina, Chile and Patagonia for Moon Handbooks and National Geographic Traveler

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I am the author of Moon Handbooks to Argentina, Buenos Aires, Chile and Patagonia, and the National Geographic Traveler guidebook to Argentina. I have also contributed to print and online publications including Business Traveler,, National Geographic Traveler, Latin Trade and the San Francisco Chronicle. I spend four to five months every year traveling in southernmost South America, where I own an apartment in Buenos Aires and my own car in Chile. I have traveled through every Argentine province and Chilean region, and lived more than year in the Falkland Islands. I am familiar with Uruguay, and have also visited Antarctica.

In the course of doing so, I have spent extended periods in the region's prime fishing areas, including Argentina's subtropical Río Paraná (resembling the Mississippi), the Andean lakes districts of northern Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, and more remote areas such as Chile's Aisén region and Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, not to mention the Falklands. I have extensive experience with travel and tourism services here, and can help plan efficient itineraries and make contact with providers.

I was born in North Dakota (Fargo, in fact!), grew up in Washington State, and earned a PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley; I now reside in nearby Oakland, California. I have taught at Berkeley, George Washington University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and California State University East Bay (Hayward). From 1990 to 2000, I dedicated myself to Lonely Planet guidebooks on southern South America and some other destinations, before switching to Moon Handbooks and other freelance outlets.



Moon Travel Handbooks (Perseus Books)
December 1999 - present

Wrote and regularly updated detailed guidebooks to Guatemala, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Chile and Patagonia (including the Falkland Islands).

Freelance Travel Writer

Southern Cone Travel
October 1990 - present

Author of print, online and guidebook material, as well as the Southern Cone Travel blog (


Lonely Planet Publications
October 1990 - April 2000

Contract author for guidebooks to Argentine, Buenos Aires, Baja California, Chile, the Rocky Mountain States and South America.


University of California, Berkeley

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1979 - 1988

Included M.A. thesis on llama and alpaca pastoralism in the Chilean Andes, and doctoral dissertation on environment and historical geography of the Falkland Islands. Recipient of Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship.

University of Washington, Seattle

Bachelor's Degree
1967 - 1969

Undergraduate degree in Political Science.




National Geographic Traveler
November 2014

A comprehensive guidebook to Argentina, from the Atlantic coastline to the Andes, and the Bolivian border to the tip of Tierra del Fuego.


Moon Handbooks
March 2013

A comprehensive guidebook to Chile, from the Peruvian border to the tip of Patagonia. It also includes adjacent parts of Argentine Patagonia, including the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.


Moon Handbooks (Perseus Books)
January 2015

A comprehensive guide to southernmost South America, one of the world's top adventure travel destinations. This book covers both Argentina and Chile from the southern oceans to the heights of the Andes, and also includes the wildlife-rich Falkland Islands. The capital cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago serve as gateways to the adventure.


English (native); Spanish (non-native fluency in speaking, reading and writing): German (reading, basic conversation); Portuguese (reading, basic conversation)

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