South America Travel

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The 7 Commandments Of A South American Roadtrip

Monday, August 22, 2011

Take one old and, as it turns out, less than reliable Volkwagen Combi. Paint it purple, and make it convertible. Fill it with a motley and changeable crew of South American musos, European backpackers and one dog. Hit the Panamericana, and drive north. That, baby, is where the sun is. Before you do, though, you’ll want […]

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Passing Up Paradise In Colombia

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

When they felt there was enough fish to justify pulling the nets in, someone would ring a bell hanging from a palm and close to 50 men, woman and children would rush to the ropes to pull the nets in as quickly as our strained arms could muster. Teeth clenched, veins popped, and grunts narrated […]

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100 Years Of Machu Picchu, But For How Much Longer?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Travelers have been visiting Machu Picchu for 100 years now, ever since Yale University professor Hiram Bingham III rediscovered the site on July 24, 1911. But with increased traffic, site degradation, and bureaucratic wrangling, many are left wondering: How much longer will visitors be able to visit Machu Picchu? Much has changed since that fateful […]

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My 10 Ways To Revamp Argentina’s Top 10 Foods

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Every food needs a little evolutionary jump-start once in a while. As a fan of mash-ups (some of my favorite foods include shepherd’s pie and bubble & squeak — a post-Thanksgiving swirling concoction of leftovers), I think that combining one’s culinary cultural upbringing with that of another can only bring about good things. Which made me wonder […]

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What To Expect In The Galapagos

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Let’s be honest, 90% of going to the Galapagos is to say, “Yes, that’s right, I’m traveling to the Galapagos.” It’s the travel equivalent of being a fan of Mad Men: It’s basically code telling the world that you’re “in the know,” that you have discernible tastes, and that you consider yourself outside of the […]

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Lost In Uruguay

Monday, June 20, 2011

A good friend once told me: “Sometimes it’s nice to get a little dirty.” On this rock we call Earth, there are two places that I love: the country and the city. I grew up in the countryside of Canada, and even though it was wonderful, I wanted to move to the city where I […]

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Top 7 Places To Eat In Bogotá

Monday, June 13, 2011

A destination for backpackers and hip travelers, Colombia is known for its vibrant culture and friendly residents. With Medellín attracting those seeking nightly salsa partners, and Cartagena drawing travelers looking for a Caribbean beach getaway, Colombia continues to fascinate travelers and overcome its sordid reputation. Despite its image to some, one reputation that’s well deserved for this country of […]

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Video: An Unforgettable Flight To The Highest Waterfall On Earth

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It’s been a while since I checked into our “Travel Videos” group on Vimeo and — holy crap! — the group’s closing in on 1,000 members and home to 3,811 videos as of today. Check the group page out now for some great videos and true travel inspiration. Anyway, this week I thought we’d take a look […]

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Searching For Jaguars In Paraguay

Monday, June 6, 2011

“Be Careful,” he shouted at me in clearly articulated Spanish as I began to walk towards the glowing green foliage of Cerro Cora National Park. “We’ve seen the jaguar out there three or four times already this month. It rained last night, so any prints you see will have been fresh.” As the park warden continued […]

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Buenos Aires: Living In A City Of Passion (And The Comedown)

Friday, June 3, 2011

I remember when I first walked the streets of San Telmo — a neighborhood in Buenos Aires — and becoming hyper aware that I was no longer in North America. The people, the architecture, the steak, the all-night partying was all very grandiose. The young ladies talking loudly on their phones, the groups of guys […]

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