South America Travel

São Paulo’s Hottest Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The NYT has the inside on the “it” neighborhood in São Paulo, which, in fact, is not really a neighborhood at all, but the historically “bad” side of Avenida Paulista. Once known as the city’s red-light district, this “anything-goes nuthouse” is now hopping with multi-level clubs, hip restaurants and late night lounges including Astronete, “a […]

Blogging Panama, Loving Panama

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Brendan over at Jaunted has posted his first blog entry from his journey through Panama, beginning with his stay in Kuna Yala Islands, the 400-island archipelago off of Panama’s southern tip. Brendan wistfully describes the islands as an “obvious stop for a beach bum, drop-out-of-life vacation,” which is kind of the goal of most people’s […]

Falling For The “Other” Brazil In Minas Gerais

Sunday, March 29, 2009

A taste of true Brazilian culture is waiting for you just a short trip from Rio in Minas Gerais. By Lindsey Witthaus When most people picture Brazil they usually conjure up images of Rio de Janeiro and its many postcard-worthy locations such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. But let’s […]

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 […]

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