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3 Latin American cocktails

Posted by on October 11th, 2013
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Nothing says ‘vacation’ more loudly or clearly than sipping on a cocktail in your swimsuit or your bathrobe. While Argentina and Chile might be most famous for their wines, and Peru and Brazil for their coffee, try these three Latin American cocktails and you’ll realize that each country has something to offer on the cocktail […]

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The humble potato, The Andes’ greatest export

Posted by on October 8th, 2013
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While researching a Vaya Adventures blog on Four key ingredients of Andean cuisine, I became fascinated by the humble potato and its role in Andean and world history. It started with an article in the Smithsonian magazine which then led me to an academic paper by renowned historian William H. McNeill and finally resulted in […]

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Trujillo travel guide: Jewel of Peru’s North

Posted by on September 23rd, 2013
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With colonial architecture, pre-Inca, ruins and warm weather, Trujillo has a lot to offer all who visit it. Add this to the laidback attitude that goes with being by the beach and the fact that it is far lest touristy than South and Central Peru, and you’ll find little reason not to include the capital […]

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Galapagos evolution highlights: Darwin’s finches

Posted by on September 10th, 2013
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Darwin’s finches are the unlikely poster boys of evolution. Averaging 6 inches in height and employing a dull color scheme which ranges from brown to gray to olive, they are a far cry from the brazen giant tortoises  and the otherworldly marine iguanas. Surely, then, they are one of the true Galapagos evolution highlights, and […]

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Galapagos wildlife cruise: the Galapagos sea lion

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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When discussing my favorite animals in the Galapagos, the Galapagos Sea Lion comes a close second to the Galapagos Green Turtle. The sea lion is not an animal that I ever thought would end up being such a highlight for me in the Galapagos Islands before I went there for the first time, but this […]

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Discover Quito: not just a Galapagos stopover

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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Your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos itinerary will invariably include at least one night in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. More than likely you’ll spend two nights there – one before your Galapagos transfer and one after – so it really makes sense to take the time to discover Quito. Discover Quito’s geography Quito is the closest capital […]

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Peru highlights: condors in the Colca Canyon

Posted by on August 27th, 2013
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Your Peruvian itinerary will almost certainly include Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, but this amazingly diverse country has so much more to offer. For breathtaking views, up-close encounters with condors, and an authentic slice of real Andean life, it’s hard to beat the Colca Canyon and its surrounding valleys and villages. Go back in time […]

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Arequipa tourist attractions: Peru’s white city

Posted by on August 22nd, 2013
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Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru and it’s also the country’s third most popular tourist destination, but it’s still overlooked on many itineraries. Even those who do include it in their plans often only overnight here on their way to the Colca Canyon. This is a great pity, because there are numerous Arequipa […]

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An introduction to South American wines

Posted by on August 14th, 2013
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Chile and Argentina are two of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of wine, and their wines are readily available in the US and Europe. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t loads of great wines just waiting to be discovered on your visit to the region. Use this guide to scratch the surface, and unearth […]

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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013
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If you have some free time in Quito (as I did on my last visit) you may wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride up the teleferico (gondola) to be near the summit of the Pichincha Volcano. From the top you can take in the best views of […]

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