South America Travel

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Machu Picchu And The 5 Best Ways To Get There

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

James Gilland is the marketing coordinator at AdventureLink.com and associate editor of its blog. AdventureLink is a site that helps travelers find and book the world’s best adventure trips. For more information about visiting Machu Picchu, visit AdventureLink’s Machu Picchu tours page. 1) Machu Picchu Was Never Actually Finished Archaeologists believe that construction on Machu […]

The San Blas Islands: Where Leo Would Have Gone If The Beach Took Place In The Caribbean

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Has it always been this hard to find an island that hasn’t been overdeveloped? If isolation is your thing, look no further than Panama. The San Blas Archipelago off the country’s Caribbean coast is a handful of islands (378 to be exact) where travelers can expect to find some of the most isolated islands in the […]

Buenos Aires Was Really Romantic In 1932 (And Kind Of Sexist Too) [Video]

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This movie short by MGM from 1932 shows Buenos Aires during its glory years. Well, glorious for the rich men who lived there, a little less so for the natives, the cows and the women who also inhabited “The Argentine” at the time. Check out the great shots of Plaza deMayo at 2:49, and BA’s […]

Southern Nicaragua: Bargain Paradise

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions Part Two “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. Don’t assume that you need lots of money to travel. […]

In Search Of The Real Lost World: Scaling Mount Roraima

Monday, January 30, 2012

My trek the top of Mount Roraima was an accidental adventure. Serendipitous? Yes. Rewarding? No doubt about it. However, there were times when I would have given anything to be anywhere other than on that mongrel of a mountain in Venezuela. A table-top mountain or mesa — synonymous with this part of South America — […]

Time Lapse Video Of Traveling Through The Panama Canal [Video]

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On one recent trip through the Panama Canal, an intrepid cruisegoer (an oxymoron, right?) perched out on top of his ship for the 10-hour trip through the 51 miles it takes to travel from one ocean to the other. If you’re wondering why it takes so long, keep in mind that Gatun Lake, near the […]

Pan-American Transmissions Part One: Northern Nicaragua

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pan-American Transmissions Part One “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. The Land Belongs to Those Who Work it It begins. […]

Climbing Rio’s Sugar Loaf James Bond Style

Monday, December 5, 2011

I had been enchanted with Sugar Loaf Mountain ever since I saw it in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, in which Bond battles with Jaws on a cable car traveling up Rio de Janerio’s most famous landmark (along with the Christ the Redeemer statue that sits at its top). The grey granite massif that rises […]

My Salsa Lessons From A Prostitute In Colombia

Monday, September 26, 2011

“Dude, if you wanna meet local girls you gotta be able to dance.” I avoided the tango in Buenos Aires, but it’s going to be hard to avoid salsa in the Caribbean. “I hate dancing.” “You’ve just gotta move your hips.” “I’ll need a few more of these first.” I take another sip of watery […]

Ideas For Travel To South America This Fall

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Is there nothing better than shipping off on a red-eye flight in the depth of a cold winter night and arrive, half-a-day later far on the other side of the Equator (assuming you’re coming from the north) in warm South America? Plants are budding, locals are excited about the onset of summer, and you’re just […]

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