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Lollapalooza heads to Bogota, Colombia

Posted by on February 10th, 2016
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The 2015 Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago was evacuated amid weather reports calling for rain, hail, and intense winds that created serious safety concerns. Do you know where might be a safer place to go see Lollapalooza? Bogotá, Colombia. Yes, that’s right: Lollapalooza recently announced that they will, for the first time ever, hold a […]

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IGTOA Spearheads Pioneering Approach to Guide Training in the Galapagos

Posted by on January 8th, 2016
Training of Trainers Course

2015 had several highlights, but the pinnacle for me (and one of the most rewarding experiences in my professional life) was helping spearhead an innovative guide training program in the Galapagos Islands. The initiative took place during the first two weeks of November, and will raise both the level of guiding in the islands and […]

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Easter Island: Worth the Trip?

Posted by on December 8th, 2015

Easter Island is arguably one of the most unique destinations in South America, with a culture and history utterly distinct from the mainland of Chile or the rest of the continent. While it is officially a part of Chile, modern Rapa Nui (the name for Easter Island in the indigenous language of its people and […]

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A Day in the Life of a Tocaña Cocalero

Posted by on November 9th, 2015
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A few hours outside of Coroico, the town that marks the end of La Paz’s infamous Death Road, lies Tocaña, a small but vibrant coca-growing community of afrobolivianos. Descendants of African slaves originally brought over to work in the mines of Potosí, the residents of Tocaña are famous for the creation of saya music and […]

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A Unique Stay at Torres del Paine’s EcoCamp

Posted by on October 22nd, 2015

Torres del Paine National Park, located in the south of Chile, is incredibly beautiful and a highlight of any trip to Patagonia. There are plenty of options for lodging in and around the park, and many of them offer a distinct experience. On a recent trip I stayed at EcoCamp, a property composed of individual […]

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Santiago’s Lastarria district gets several new hotel options

Posted by on September 5th, 2015

In one of Santiago’s top barrios (districts), there have been several recent positive developments in hotel options. While the Lastarria Boutique Hotel remains a great option and highly recommended, here are a few more new additions to the neighborhood that are worth considering: Singular Lastarria: A five star full luxury hotel that is small enough […]

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Time Flies but Memories Last

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

Days can come and go in rapid succession. But while time whizzes by, when I stop and reflect on past travels, the clock tends to tick just a little bit slower. For me, that is one of the most beautiful things about travel. The memories aren’t left in baggage claim or on a camera’s memory […]

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Cruising the Amazon Aboard the Tucano

Posted by on August 17th, 2015

On a recent trip to Manaus, I was fortunate to experience a 4 night / 5 day cruise on the Tucano. If you are looking to have a quality wildlife experience in the Brazilian Amazon, the Tucano is one of the very top options. This cruise offers just the right amount of comfort while allowing […]

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Canoeing with Caimans in Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park

Posted by on August 13th, 2015

“Back, back, back!” exclaimed our native naturalist guide, Sergio, as he and two members of the local Añangu indigenous community paddled our canoe back into the reeds along the wild shore of Laguna Añangucocha. A large Black Caiman, a carnivorous crocodilian species known as the largest predator in the Amazon Basin, was swimming menacingly toward […]

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Central Chile: More Than Just a Layover

Posted by on August 6th, 2015

Santiago and Central Chile have long been afterthoughts for travelers coming to Chile, who tend to focus on the southern parts of the country, particularly Torres del Paine and the Lake District. Logistically, it’s easy to spend just one night in Santiago, do a few hours of sightseeing to say you’ve been, and leave it […]

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