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South and Central America

Good Eats in El Salvador

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Posted in Beach Vacations, Culinary, Destinations, Food Tours, South and Central America

Papusas at a market along the Ruta de los Flores There are few countries where you can drive from the mountains to the beach in just a few hours – with natural beauty bursting from a variety of resplendent vistas, El Salvador is certainly one of these places. Visitors might
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3 Things to Do in Boquete, Panama if You’re not a Birder or Mountain Hiker

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Posted in Activities, Birdwatching, Food Tours, Hiking, Planning, South and Central America

Perched in the misty hills some 3,800 feet above sea level in central Panama, the small town of Boquete (Spanish for ‘the gap’) has attracted countless visitors  interested in the flora and fauna of the cloud forest since its founding some 100 years ago. Boquete’s elevation gives it a dramatically different
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From Volcanoes to Ziplines: El Salvador’s Wild Side

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Beach Vacations, Birdwatching, Destinations, Hiking, River Cruises, South and Central America, Wild Life

Tour guides often refer to El Salvador as “the country of 40 minutes.”  Because it is the smallest country in Central America, flanked by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the northwest, you can easily hike a volcano in the morning, grab lunch at the beach, and end your
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El Salvador’s Historical Highlights

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Posted in Destinations, Historical travel, South and Central America

El Salvador is a country of contrasts: towering volcanoes and flat, sandy beaches; modern cities and charming historic pueblos; rambling Mayan ruins and aging Spanish haciendas.  Because this country of 6 million is the smallest in Central America, it’s the perfect place to experience the history of the region, and
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6 Spectacular Places to Spend New Year’s Eve

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Posted in Activities, Adventure, Air Travel, Beach Vacations, Brazil, Clothing Optional Vacations, Culinary, Europe, Family Travel, Festivals, Gay and Lesbian Travel, Green Travel, Historical travel, Holiday Travel, Honeymoon and Destination Weddings, Middle East, North America, Solo Travel, South America, South and Central America, The Journey, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, United States of America

Fireworks by Terrapun, Courtesy of Shutterstock Five, four, three, two, one…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cue the traditional song of Auld Lang Syne to usher in the dawning of another New Year. From Times Square in New York to Trafalgar Square in London, voices ring out, accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display
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Sun, sea, sand and…sustainability

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Posted in Activities, Africa, Barbados, Chile, Europe, Green Travel, Holiday Travel, South America, Wild Life

The Bahamas. Photo: Ethical Traveler Planning your perfect holiday involves several exciting decisions: will it be seaside or city, on-tap entertainment or splendid isolation, excellent for culture vultures or family friendly?
How well a country treats its people, its animals and its environment rarely even gets a look in. But
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Panama City – Urban, Historic and Rural Dimensions

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Destinations, South and Central America

Panama is a small nation with a capital that offers an astounding cross-section of cultural and historic experience: from the colonial legacy of its old quarter to a newly energized modern city, to the legacy and continued expansion of the Canal to the easily accessible countryside just beyond.  While all
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Roatán – Ultra-Relaxed to High Energy in Honduras’s Bay Islands

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Beach Vacations, Caribbean, Destinations, Scuba, South and Central America

View from Anthony’s Key toward Roatan (credit: Hal Peat) You might feel like you have escaped to the edge of the planet, but in fact you have just reached the edge of the south Caribbean when you arrive on the island of Roatán. Best of all, that impression of distance
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The Eternal Mystery: The Statues of Easter Island

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Posted in Chile, Destinations, Easter Island, Historical travel

Here, the winds speak. And the spirits speak, if you listen for them. But no one else here does…because no one else here knows, exactly. Lying 2,300 miles away from Chile, the country that governs it, it’s the most remote populated island on Earth. The nearest populated “neighbor” is Pitcairn
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Brazil on a Roll

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Posted in Brazil, Destinations, South America

Brazil is on a roll, and its star city of Rio de Janeiro is the hub of all the action. Already the 10th largest economy in the world, Brazil may well reach the rank of 5th by the time the Olympics make their debut in 2016. Now is a good
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Psychological Travel: Visiting Volcanoes

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Posted in Adventure, Costa Rica, South and Central America

Many travel experiences are limited to a single location: the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Roman Coliseum, et cetera. Volcanoes, however, are a destination you can visit all over the world, in a voyage that is more psychological than anything else. Volcanoes have held a place of deadly fascination for
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Where to Slumber on the Maya Trail – 2012 in the Mundo Maya

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Posted in South and Central America

Hacienda Uayamon Ruins The Maya Trail cuts through Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and even a bit of El Salvador. This is not a hiking trail, but a 1,500-mile imaginary loop with no beginning or end. Really, the Maya Trail is about hopping from one Maya site to the next depending
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DOs and DONTs: New Year in Valparaiso

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Posted in Adventure, Backpacking, Chile, Festivals, South America

Chilean Revelers Valparaiso, for want of a better word, is a shanty town on the coast of Chile. Starting from its docks, sitting in that all too commonly found water, colored grayish brown by the offal of container ships, it extends up scattered hills away from the sea. The city
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Lost your luggage? Where to find replacements for what you need

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Posted in Activities, Africa, Asia, Australasia, Australia, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, North America, Shopping, South America, South and Central America, Style

We’ve all had it happen to us — you think you’ve packed everything you need for your vacation, only to discover at some point along the way that something, or several things, have been left behind. Or worse, your luggage gets lost altogether in the endless abyss of airline travel
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