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The city of Puno is rarely considered most beautiful destination on Lake Titicaca; the modern and somewhat scruffy city is a working port town. It is a destination not only for tourists, but also ...
Even if your visit to Rio de Janeiro is a short one, you should budget a day or two to travel to some of the exotic tropical islands surrounding the marvelous city in the Green Coast Region. A ...
Brazil’s third-largest city, Salvador da Bahia, is perfectly situated for taking advantage of some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, from idyllic beachfronts to historic villages. A scenic ...
Written by Anne D, USA, March 2011
I’ve been living in Ecuador now for six months, and since well before I got here I’d been hearing great things about the Quilotoa Loop in Cotopaxi Province. My boyfriend came to visit so this past ...
Written by Ernest White, January 2013
Perched almost at the easternmost tip of Brazil, Baia Formosa’s very name—“beautiful bay” in Portuguese—gives visitors an idea of its tropical charms even before arrival. Located a mere 60 miles ...
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 Ernest White, February 2013
Mountain climbing in Ecuador is but one of many adventure activities offered in the northern stretch of the Andes, and climbing Cotopaxi is often featured on the bucket lists of backpackers from ...
Written by Viator, November 2012
Because of its western location, close to the border town of Benque del Viego, San Ignacio is a relatively short ride away from Guatemala and Tikal National Park, a World Heritage Site since 1979, ...
Rio de Janiero, like most of Brazil, is riding a wave of economic prosperity that makes more developed nations sigh with envy. Last month, Brazil eclipsed the UK to become the world’s sixth largest ...
While the wet and wild city of Rio has plenty to entertain you, it also makes a most festive base for exploring Southern Brazil. So, never mind the night’s excess; instead grab a pack of Engove (the ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, October 2011
Though it sometimes seems as if our world were entirely tamed, this is emphatically not the truth. Nowhere is this more clear than the depths of the Amazon rainforest, a region—though increasingly ...
The barren altitudes of the Andes and shifting dunes of South America’s Pacific deserts are known well as a place to test oneself. From the Inca engineers responsible for South America’s first real ...
Written by Lebawit Lily Girma, February 2013
It’s likely that you’ll hear this acronym mentioned more than once when you arrive in the western Cayo District of Belize, a popular area of Belize for inland adventure activities: “ATM”. Actun ...
Written by Ernest White, November 2012
Who would expect that one of the world’s largest wetlands would be
situated thousands of miles away from the coast, virtually in the middle
of a continent? Known for its incredible biodiversity ...
Written by Paige, Nicaragua, August 2011
The vast and almost impenetrable plains of the Gran Chaco ("Big Hunting Ground") spread from Northern Argentina
in a low, sweltering swath through parts of Paraguay, Bolivia, and
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