South America Travel​​

Jujuy: A Financial Crisis That Allowed Argentines To See The Beauty Within
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Jujuy: A Financial Crisis That Allowed Argentines To See The Beauty Within

The other day, someone asked me, “If you were flat broke and could never travel again, would you be happy?” I could sense his curious frustration with my constant sighs of travel nostalgia. At times, […]

When You Think Nicaragua, You Think Mark Twain, Right?
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When You Think Nicaragua, You Think Mark Twain, Right?

It’s classic travel writing fodder: choose famous author, research trips they took during their lifetime, emulate one such trip. In fact, Rolf Potts wrote about this “tidy narrative formula” in his recent book “Marco Polo […]

Peru: Your Guide To Eating Cute, Cuddly Things
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Peru: Your Guide To Eating Cute, Cuddly Things

Let me just start by saying that when I was a kid, I had Guinea pigs as pets. Those Guinea pigs had babies. Those babies then had babies with their parents. Those babies had an […]

Exploring Recife Away From The Famed Coastline
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Exploring Recife Away From The Famed Coastline

It’s probably safe to say that if you really want to get to know a city, stay away from where the scenic beaches and high-rise hotels are located. Far from the pulse of the city, […]

Exploring The Other Rain Forest In Brazil
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Exploring The Other Rain Forest In Brazil

The Amazon — with its 1.4 billion acres — may get all the glory when it comes to Brazilian rain forests, but visitors to Rio and the southern part of the country have just as […]

Five Ways To Learn Spanish In Buenos Aires (And Maybe More . . .)
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Five Ways To Learn Spanish In Buenos Aires (And Maybe More . . .)

You can admit it, that whole “I’m moving to Buenos Aires to learn Spanish” ruse may work on your parents (who are shelling out the dough for your college education), and your friends back home, […]

Wanted: Gringos With Lax Morals
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Wanted: Gringos With Lax Morals

Here in Guatemala, we call them, “The Token Gringos.” Sometimes, when we send our attorney or other high-ranking employee out to a governmental meeting, we´ll have a foreign volunteer with feeble Spanish tag along, often […]

A Hammock Cruise: Getting Into The Swing Of Things
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A Hammock Cruise: Getting Into The Swing Of Things

There are some people who choose to remain busy, and there are those that are able to take things as they come. Then there are those people who can do both. Finding a balance may […]

In Search Of “Pura Vida” In Costa Rica
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In Search Of “Pura Vida” In Costa Rica

Finding the “pura vida” in Costa Rica these days takes a little patience and some luck, but once found, well worth the wait. By Maria Russo As beads of sweat trickled across my forehead, I […]

Hotels Are So Passe, Alternative Lodging’s The Thing
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Hotels Are So Passe, Alternative Lodging’s The Thing

Seven months ago, we had arrived in Buenos Aires, on schedule, from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. There were three-and-a-half of us — the half person was Benito, my friends’ cat — exhausted from the plane […]



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