South America Travel

Forget Pandora: A Trek Into Earth’s Oldest Rainforest

Monday, August 30, 2010

By Justin Calderon Button-faced gibbons lankily toss themselves through the canopy, a petite mouse deer gnaws at a bush below, and Betek — the chief and shaman of his tribe — methodically whittles another blow dart to such slender precision it nearly becomes invisible to the eye. He sheathes the final product into a vacant […]

A Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Culture At Lake Atitlan

Monday, August 23, 2010

I will be honest: the sound of the word “lake” causes an instant yawn reflex. Mention “beach” or “miles of sand and sea,” and you’ve caught my attention for the next hour. As a seasoned traveler, it is slightly embarrassing to admit that I almost always search for the perfect seascape to relax and unwind […]

Traveling Cheap In Central America, The Frugal Traveler Way

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Have you been following the exploits of the newly-installed Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel, this summer as he’s been making his way from São Paulo to New York? This month alone he’s traipsed around Los Zorros, a seaside fishing village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, with his parents; shacked up with a local family in […]

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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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, he would notice that my gaze was distant and forlorn. I fidgeted with a loose string on my cut-off shorts, afraid […]

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

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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 Didn’t Go There,” where he pointed out how this classic format is a great angle to pitch to editors. Which […]

Peru: Your Guide To Eating Cute, Cuddly Things

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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 odd number of limbs. Regardless of my pet’s incestuous behavior, I loved them. When my mom finally decided that it […]

Exploring Recife Away From The Famed Coastline

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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, these upscale, over-developed, tourist-friendly locales not only attract the crowds of tourists you’re likely trying to avoid in the first […]

Exploring The Other Rain Forest In Brazil

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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 good of access to a rain forest, without having to travel the several hours to the north. We’re talking about […]

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

Thursday, July 1, 2010

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, but we all know your real reasons, and they likely include food, culture, nightlife, Patagonia-excursions, siestas, and maybe even a […]

Wanted: Gringos With Lax Morals

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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 in a suit and tie. It´s usually a good learning experience for the volunteer. It´s also good for us; gives us […]

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