Welcome to the online home for tour guide & guidebook author, Robert Wright. His company, Endless Mile, has guided thousands of visitors around Portugal & Argentina… with guides for Spain currently being written. Robert has also maintained a blog since 2001, sharing his explorations & travel advice. His insight makes Endless Mile a great source of inspiration for your next adventure!



Beginnings

Working 20 years for Rick Steves, my responsibilities include everything from guiding groups around Europe to updating & writing new content for his guidebooks. I’ve even helped develop several new tours. The experience has been an incredible learning process over two decades.

When not wandering around Europe, I explored my home at the time: Buenos Aires. Seeing the city on foot & observing details became a passion. I shared those experiences in a previous version of my blog, now merged & hosted here. Writing about those adventures helped me meet locals who would share their family history or even invite me to photograph their homes. I came to understand much more than I ever expected about Buenos Aires & learned a valuable skill: how to investigate a city.

Those discoveries formed the basis of Urban Explorer, a tour company I founded in 2003. During guided walks of four hours, I explained what makes Buenos Aires so unique. Tours were very successful, but I had an increasingly difficult time balancing work on two continents. Deciding to transform those tours into a different format, I also wanted to rebrand. How to take into account this desire to explore a city on foot & apply it to destinations as diverse as Buenos Aires, Lisbon & beyond?

One day, the phrase “I’d walk an endless mile for you” stuck in my head. A perfect fit! Walking is still how I prefer to discover a city & connect with its daily rhythms. All Endless Mile guides are written from this perspective. Focusing on history, architecture & current events, EM guides also facilitate independent travel by providing themes to explore on your own. All current publications covering Lisbon, Alcobaça & Buenos Aires are listed below…



Lisbon

Lisbon, Lisboa, Endless Mile, guides, PDF, Portugal

One of the most visually stunning of all European capitals, sunlight reflects off the Tejo River onto pastel buildings stacked high among several hills. Amazing views are everywhere… if you can survive the hike up! Lisbon has a marvelous public transportation system but is also an ideal city for walkers since distances are quite manageable. Unafraid to mix a bit of the modern along with its stunning Baroque past, the city remains pleasantly lived in, homey & welcoming —at least outside the now overrun Baixa. The following guides reveal the city in fascinating detail: Azulejos, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos & Catholic heritage.



Mosteiro de Alcobaça

Portugal, Alcobaça, mosteiro, Endless Mile, Robert Wright, PDF, guide

At the junction of two rivers on a former frontier, Cistercian monks used know-how, determination & prayer to create the most influential monastery in all of Portugal. But after war with Napoleon & a later rejection of monastic orders, the national government dissolved the monastery & sent monks away. Fortunately restoration projects have helped preserve their legacy. The following guide reveals the Mosteiro de Alcobaça in fascinating detail:



Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Endless Mile, guides, PDF, Argentina

With an urban area of almost 13 million people —32% of the nation’s population— Buenos Aires is an urban explorer’s paradise. Its grid street plan is easy to navigate, remarkably flat terrain makes getting around easy & the city’s immense size urges walkers to continue on & on. Buenos Aires experienced a long, overdue rebirth after the 2001 financial crisis & its charm continues to bring tourists back… even if economic troubles continue. Possessing a rich & complex history, Buenos Aires has much of interest often hidden in plain sight. The following guides reveal the city in fascinating detail: Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza de Mayo, a discounted bundle of both Recoleta Cemetery & Plaza de Mayo guides together, Art Nouveau, Once/Calle Paso & Domes (free to download as a sample of our style).



It’s easy to see what makes Endless Mile unique: these are guides written by a guide. I take advantage of local research facilities to demystify urban legends as well as recover long-lost connections between people & events. No other guidebook contains this amount of investigation. Also, I add many custom graphics & maps to each guide. Although attention to detail & original research sets Endless Mile apart, so does my unique style of presentation. I hope you enjoy exploring with me!