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

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 good of access to a rain forest, without having to travel the several hours to […]

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

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

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 start in a hammock. Figuring out how to relax while away is probably one of […]

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 could not help but feel that I had made a mistake coming back to Manuel […]

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 ride, but eager to meet Katrine, the lady who was supposed to pick us up […]

Choquequirao: The Other Machu Picchu?
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Choquequirao: The Other Machu Picchu?

Not for the weary traveler, the multi-day trek to Choquequirao tests even the most experienced hikers. But what about the result? How about unforgettable Inca ruins far from the crowds of tourists at that “other” site. The streets of the former Inca Capital, Cusco, Peru, are usually filled with tourists […]

Paradise In Brazil: Salvador
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Paradise In Brazil: Salvador

Brazil: the name itself conjures images of astounding beauty. As Latin America’s largest country, not only is the terrain diverse — jungles, beaches and mountains — but the cities, too. Usually, those who have not ventured to the Portuguese-speaking country, tend to think of São Paulo, the booming metropolis, or […]

Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombia
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Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombia

This week Cartagena, Colombia, is getting the “walk-in-the-shoes-of-”blank” treatment from the NYT, with a look at the city through the eyes (and hands) of Gabriel García Márquez, perhaps Colombia’s most famous artistic export (outside of Shakira). Though they note the author never really lived there for much of his life […]

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