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Christmas in Argentina

Posted by on December 22nd, 2019

For those used to a white Christmas, the experience of the holidays in Argentina, and South America as a whole, is very different. The main celebration is on Christmas Eve, when family and friends gather to share in festivities much like 4th of July in the States. It’s the middle of summer, often very hot,… Read Full Post

A Traditional Chilean Culinary Class

Posted by on December 12th, 2019

A reporter once asked famed chef Anthony Bourdain what his least favorite cuisine was. He replied that he didn’t have a least favorite cuisine, but when pressed, he said he found Chilean cuisine “boring.” I’ve lived in Chile for four years at the time of writing this post. While it is true that the capital,… Read Full Post

Ode to the Tomato

Posted by on December 2nd, 2019

My husband is a native of Chile, and we lived there for several years before moving to the United States. Like every Chilean I know, he is justifiably proud of Chilean agriculture, which produces some of the creamiest avocados, sweetest apples, and juiciest grapes I’ve had the pleasure of consuming. During our years in Santiago,… Read Full Post

Alone in the Devil’s Cave in Atacama, Chile

Pukara Quitor

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

Alone and deep in a cave beneath the Pukara de Quitor archeological site in northern Chile’s Atacama desert, I lost sight of the last light from the narrow entrance I’d come through and shuddered in the utter darkness.  “Hmm… I wonder why they call this cave La Cueva del Diablo (The Devil’s Cave),” I pondered. … Read Full Post

Luxury River Cruises in Northern Peru

Posted by on November 11th, 2019

An Amazon River cruise in northern Peru is a great way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Amazon jungle without forgoing the comforts of a luxury accommodation. During a recent trip to Peru, I embarked on a luxury Amazon River cruise out of Iquitos.  The cruise traveled through the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve,… Read Full Post

The Magic of the Coca Leaf

Posted by on November 7th, 2019

It may come as a surprise and sound a little strange at first, but every hotel you encounter during your adventure to Machu Picchu will almost certainly offer you a hot cup of mate de coca, tea made from coca leaves (yes, the very same leaves that cocaine comes from, but the tea is non-addictive)…. Read Full Post

Book Report: Darwin’s Ghosts

Posted by on November 1st, 2019

It seems safe to say that we all know the name Charles Darwin. Widely credited with proposing the theory of natural selection, Darwin is considered one of the fathers of evolutionary theory. In the Galapagos Islands, where his travels as a young man led him to many of his theories, his name and story are… Read Full Post

The Unexpected Side of Easter Island

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

Easter Island is probably best known for its moai, the enormous and mysterious stone heads that cover the island, but on my last trip there I spent 10 days digging into the more unexplored and unexpected parts of the island. While a full two days is sufficient to explore the moai and the highlights of… Read Full Post

So-Called “Dark” Tourism: Incorporating Difficult Stories into your Journey

Morrinho Project

Posted by on October 22nd, 2019

South America offers a number of attractions for travelers: beautiful scenery, friendly people, vivacious music and dance, delicious food, fun activities and interesting cultural experiences. Many of the destinations also offer the opportunity to learn about the darker side of local history. So-called “dark tourism” can be tricky. Difficult stories must be told respectfully, with… Read Full Post

SCUBA Diving in the Galapagos Islands

Posted by on October 11th, 2019

At 7:20 a.m. we headed down the Tiburon Martillo Dock to board the Wreck Bay diving boat for our full day SCUBA excursion in the Galapagos Islands. The day before, a representative of the dive shop had met us at our hotel in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to fit us with our wetsuits, BCDs, and fins,… Read Full Post