Central & South America Travel Tips
There's more diversity packed into this space than in any other comparably sized area on earth - and that's just Central America. Before you even go south of the isthmus (aka the Panama Canal) there's every conceivable type of adventure to be had - fun, easy, bumpy, challenging, surprising, fulfilling - that will give you conversational topics for decades to come.
South America, however, is a much bigger story, overwhelming in scale and scope and offering the full gamut of experience, from alpine skiing in Patagonia to navigating the upper reaches of the Amazon.
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, November 2012
The Spanish Colonial heart of Bogota, Colombia, is La Candelaria, and unlike other historic districts you’ll find when strolling in Latin America, this vibrant, artsy neighborhood is anything but ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, September 2012
rail system was once extensive, built in the 1800s largely to
accommodate the coffee trade and enormous rural population. By the
middle of the 20th century, the drop in coffee prices, ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, September 2011
The deal has been sealed on Brazil’s first solar stadium, just one of twelve set to go green in time for the 2014 Olympics. The flagship for this ambitious initiative is Estádio de Pituaçu ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, June 2011
Brazil is enormous: At 8,514,215 square kilometers (3,287,357 square miles), it occupies almost half of South America, an area just larger than the continental United States, and a bit smaller ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, July 2011
has long been one of the most popular destinations in Latin America for
gays and lesbian travelers. Of course, its beautiful beaches, fantastic
cities, and wild parties appeal to all ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, August 2011
Though the climate change debate remains contentious (in the USA, at least), there is at least one aspect of global warming that cannot be denied. Current conditions in the Brazilian rainforest are ...
Written by Ernest White, December 2012
While in the Northern Hemisphere, revelers shiver in cold-weather climes in the run up to the new year, New Year’s Eve in Brazil—known as Reveillon—is sizzling, as summer in the Southern Hemisphere s ...
The Buenos Aires Subte, or subway, used to be the best deal in Argentina , offering what may have been the cheapest underground mass transit in the world. Last month, however, backpackers and ...
Written by Ernest White, March 2013
Straddling three branches of the Andes, with two coasts and a blanket of jungle on either side, Colombia may not seem like an easy country in which to get around by bus, and historically, it wasn’t. ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, April 2012
Even locals can’t agree on how many beaches there are here in Armacao dos Buzios (or just Buzios, among friends) though most put the number somewhere between 20 and 25. It’s a matter of ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, July 2012
Brazil, world-famous for its beaches, bikinis and glittering nightlife. Despite its spectacular wilderness areas and fascinating culture, this nation enjoys almost mythic appeal to the hedonists, ...
Organizers Promise that Upcoming Protests and Marches Won’t Interrupt Transport or Business in Peru .
Big protests are afoot in some of northern Peru’s tourism destinations, and for the next few ...
Written by Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, January 2013
Costa Rica is full of nature reserves and wildlife parks, but one of the most popular is the Carara National Park, an easy day trip just 2 hours drive from San Jose and a key attraction for cruise ...
Written by Anne D, USA, March 2011
Carnaval in Ecuador…what to do, what to do?! Wild parties at the beaches, fiestas in the mountains…or THE JUNGLE! Yes. Fair warning from the get go: if you are in Ecuador over Carnaval weekend, you ...
Written by Ernest White, January 2013
There’s no bigger bash on Earth than Carnival in Brazil , and while Rio de Janeiro
might host the best-known celebration, cities in every corner of the
country party just as hard. Commemorating ...
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