South America Travel

Can You Really See The Best Of Costa Rica In 8 Days?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Probably not, but you can make a valiant effort and try, so long as that nasty sunburn doesn’t totally incapacitate you, you survive that skull-crushing fall from the Class IV rapids, and you don’t react too badly from that orange-kneed tarantula bite (actually the venom is unlikely to kill you — more like getting stung […]

Are Rio’s Slums The City’s Trendiest Areas?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blessed with stunning views and located in what seems like worlds apart from the overcrowded, tourist-friendly sections of the city, Rio’s slums or “favelas” may soon become the city’s trendiest destination. Favelas like Vidigal, which overlooks Ipanema Beach and the Cagarras Islands (and was the filming locale for “City of God“) are being eyed for […]

Machu Picchu: One Of The World’s Greatest Wonders That May Be Gone By 2011

Thursday, February 26, 2009

One of the world’s most spectacular sights, Machu Picchu may be a victim of its own success, so says David Rich in this article over at GoNomad. Now, roughly 100 years from the day it was discovered, over 400,00 visitors a year make the 28-mile trek along the Inca Trail to set eyes upon this […]

Blogging Colombia For Carnival

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Amanda, over at Jaunted, is blogging her trip down south to Colombia (sound familiar?). I’m looking forward to following this trip. I don’t know why it is, but don’t you always like to hear about someone else’s trip to somewhere you’ve recently been? I’ve heard a lot of other travelers say this too, and I’m […]

Drop The Attitude, You’re In Mendoza Wine Country

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mendoza offers all the quality wines, scenic vistas and epicurean escapism as its sister wine-growing regions — Bordeaux and Napa — but good luck getting an up-close, intimate experience while in either of those two places. As Laura learns while exploring the region in this BT piece, ” . . . it’s a more intimate […]

How To See The Real Venezuela

Friday, February 13, 2009

One night as I was returning to my hostel in Santa Marta, Colombia, I ran into a group of guys from Ireland who had just arrived from Venezuela. “How’d you guys like it?” I asked. “It’s a very beautiful country,” one of the guys responded. “Just avoid Caracas. I never want to go back there […]

Buenos Aires Poised For The Return Of The Mondeda

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

As has been widely reported during the last few months, it’s been almost impossible to find Monedas (one peso coins) in Buenos Aires for various reasons, but mainly due to their necessity to ride the city’s buses. Well it looks like BA’s upgrading and instituting an electronic ticketing system, which should free up the coveted […]

Looking To Experience The Real Central America? Head To Guatemala

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

These days, it’s more than likely that you’re going to be around many other travelers¬† when you’re in Central and South America. But as Anna points out in this article, Guatemala offers a rare opportunity to see and experience a culture that “remains remarkably untouched by modernity.” In the South you can visit Tikal, one […]

Videos From The South or Videos From Places I’d Rather Be On My Birthday

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Well it’s not officially my birthday yet for another hour — unless you’re in the Canadian Maritimes, in which case let the revelry begin — but I thought I’d go ahead and imagine spending it in a couple of places I’d rather be today, an annual tradition that I usually partake in given the fact […]

Buenos Aires On Zero Pesos A Day

Friday, January 23, 2009

As the Traveler points out, Buenos Aires is pretty cheap for most foreigners anyways ($1 equals about 3 1/2 Argentine pesos as of today, 4.8 for one British pound) but for the real cheapskate, myself included (not by choice) BA has a ton of things to see and do for approximately zero dollars/pounds/pesos. One of […]

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