Tag Archives: South America

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro: A Quick Guide

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arnaval is Brazil’s biggest festival of the year, and it is celebrated throughout the country – from the Amazon to the Bahia coast – with week-long street parties, samba dancing and music. While customs, celebrations and costumes vary by region and city, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval is the biggest and flashiest. More than 500,000 foreign [...]

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Samba Parade in Rio de Janeiro: The World’s Biggest Carnival

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Samba music suddenly blasts through the speakers and the crowd goes wild. On the Sambadrome’s runway, the Carnival king and queen appear in their shimmering diamond-studded costumes, dazzling the audience with their fast-as-lightning samba moves. Behind them are troupes of costumed dancers: young girls decked out in silver dresses, gym-pumped men adorning brown feather headdresses, sexy ladies dressed in glitzy rhinestone bikinis [...]

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Brazil in Photos: Waterfalls, Beaches, Street Art and Carnaval

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Over the last three weeks, I’ve been exploring the southern part of Brazil with G Adventures, discovering quite a bit of what the country has to offer. We traveled from the colonial fishing town of Paraty where we island-hopped (and drank too much caipirinhas) and feasted on fresh-from-the-sea fish, before finding our way to the earth-shattering waterfalls of Iguassu that’s so massive it straddles two countries. From there, [...]

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From the Road: Celebrating Carnaval in Brazil

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Olá from Brazil! I’m currently writing to you from Rio de Janeiro, having spent the past week or so traveling around the country with G Adventures. I’d long dreamt of visiting Brazil to explore its rugged jungles, see its endemic wildlife, and get lost in its colonial towns. On our four-month trip around South America [...]

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Highlights of Colombia: From Coffee Farms to Colonial Cities

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During my jam-packed week in Colombia, I was lucky enough to explore its mountains, valleys, and coasts. Bogotá was a blend of modern high-rises and a booming nightlife with slums stacked in the mountains surrounding it. Just outside the city, in the town of Zipaquirá, secrets were hidden underground in the mysterious Salt Cathedral. The [...]

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Cartagena: A Colonial City Off the Coast of Colombia

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Whitewashed colonial balconies overlook cobblestone alleys, where people, cars, and horse-drawn carriages navigate skinny one-way streets. A man stops to buy fresh papaya juice while a carriage driver in a top hat washes down her horse. Simply walking down the streets of Cartagena is an experience on its own: street blends into sidewalk as you [...]

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Underground Magic in the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Colombia

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ust outside of Bogotá, nestled into a mountain in the colorful town of Zipaquirá, lies the first wonder of Colombia: the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. Its entrance is unassuming: a couple of stray dogs roam around the ticket booth, and a girl smacking bubble gum offers up snacks and advice. A miner mannequin is propped up at [...]

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A Pilgrimage to Colombia’s Mount Monserrate

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If you trekked up the Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá early on a Sunday morning, you would find old women kneeling at the base of a white-washed church, or walking the steps with pebbles lodged in their soles for penance. 3,152 meters above sea level, the Monserrate Sanctuary watches over the sprawling city of Bogotá [...]

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Ushuaia: The Gateway to Antarctica

Before jumping on my Antarctica cruise, I spent a few days in the southernmost city on earth: Ushuaia, Argentina. As a tourist town that draws not just Antarctica expeditioners but also holidaymaking Argentineans, Ushuaia is a picturesque town that’s a cross between a Norwegian fishing village and ski resort. It’s all about location here: the town is perfectly poised on the southern coast of Tierra del [...]

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Why I’m Going to Antarctica

When I shared news about my trip to Antarctica, some friends and family were genuinely puzzled. In fact, they didn’t understand why anyone would want to go to such a cold, harsh and remote place. When I set sail to the Arctic last summer, a close friend from Iceland even asked me, “Why the Arctic?” [...]

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Race through South America on the Inca Rally

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Of all the trips we took in the last few decades, our 4-month jaunt through South America was definitely one of the most action-packed journeys we’ve taken. With the world’s biggest rainforest, second highest mountain range and some of the most remote and exotic islands in the world; it is a continent built for adventure. [...]

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Secret Uruguay: Beaches, Gauchos and Colonial Towns

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World-renowned for its windswept coastline and champion football team, Uruguay is gently conquering the hearts and minds of sophisticated wine connoisseurs, zealous world explorers and hidden culture aficionados. By Anya Oskolkova | Originally published in WildJunket Magazine April/May 2012 ith swagger and suaveness, Uruguay has the air of a quiet yet charismatic gentleman. Unlike its [...]

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Natural Wonders of Peru: From Forests to Canyons

This is a sponsored guest post by Virgin Holidays. Peru is home to the famed monuments of Machu Picchu and to the vibrant capital city of Lima. Both of these places are beautiful and intriguing in their own right, but it is the breathtaking beauty of Peru’s natural wonders that are the true treasures of [...]

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Canyons, Salt Flats and Vineyards of Argentina

This is a sponsored post written by experts over at exsus.com. From the magnificent Andes and Iguassu Falls to the lakes and glaciers of Patagonia in the far South, Argentina really does have it all. But recently it’s the less-visited North Western region that’s got us excited, inspired and dying to share the …

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Quito, Ecuador

Aerial view of Quito city, Ecuador.

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