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South America

Galapagos

Gallivanting in the Galapagos

At first it seems simple.  You want to explore the iconic Galapagos islands—the incubator for Darwin’s belief-shattering research.  You find a flight and a hotel and plan to see everything from giant tortoises to playful sea lions.  What you may…

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Patagonia

Patagonia: The bottom of the world

No TVs.  No internet.  No cell reception. If you truly want to connect, you must first disconnect. And for that, there is no place like THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.  It is here, like nowhere else,  that you can connect…

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Brazil, Sao Paulo

Street Art of Sao Paulo

Street Art of South America is famous for its beauty and, often, political statements or social  movements. From Valpo (Valparaiso, Chile) to Colombia to Brazil, street art turns grey concrete into vibrant color and comment. What could be more fun…

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Amazon River

The Mighty Amazon River

If you think travel is all fun and games. You’ve only been as far as the corner Stop N Go. Anonymous Traveling on the Mighty Amazon, a river that is 4,000+miles (6,516 km) long, spans the South American continent-east to…

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Ecuador

Mindo, Ecuador: beautiful Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism is what brings nearly 200,000 tourists annually to Mindo, usually to decompress after visiting the Galapagos. Eco-tourism is key to the beauty of this town located in the Mindo-Namillo Cloud Forest of Ecuador, a short 2.5 hour bus trip…

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Ecuador

Ecuador: Puerto Lopez

The small fishing village of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador offers relaxing entertainment:  exploring Isla de la Plata, ocean kyaking, whale watching, cloud forest with birds and monkeys, or simply relaxing on Playa los Frailes (Ecudor’s most beautiful beach). Tours Isla de…

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Ecuador

Chocolates Pacha: Bean to Bar

Tourists visit Puerto Lopez, Ecuador for three major reasons: Isla de la Plata, whale watching and the beach. What they miss is a lesson in fine chocolate making at Chocolates Pacha. Angel Zurita and Veronica Alvarez, owners, begin by cultivating…

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