Aside from steak and maybe red wine, Argentina’s most famous export is tango— a sultry dance that originated in the port communities along the Río de la Plata, near Buenos Aires, in the 1890′s. Today, the dance and music are enjoying newfound popularity with young Argentines, infusing fresh energy into Buenos Aires’s nightlife.
Photo: Peter Gene
As you walk beneath the Maldonado Street bridge at the lower end of Morales Street, commonly known as La Ronda, a plaque dedicated to the Ecuadorean poet Hugo Aleman reads: “Undoubtedly Calle de la Ronda symbolizes the absolute bustle of disoriented humanity.”
Photo: Enrique Castro-Mendívil
Once I heard that the best time to be had when traveling is when you wake up before anyone else to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise. When I did this in Chaparri, Moche Sacred Mountain, and I saw it reddened by the sun, hidden in the fog, I understood why shamans still invoke it in their sessions and why the pre-Incan civilization Moches did too.
Photo: Natalie Southwick
Like most Latin American countries, breakfast in Colombia revolves around carbs. There’s a bakery on practically every block in every city or town, packed with all manner of rolls, panes and other droolworthy pastries. The most ubiquitous of all is the humble arepa, a breakfast staple across the country and in neighboring Venezuela as well. Though arepas can be found in every corner of Colombia, not all arepas are born equal. In fact, depending on who you ask, there are between 70-100 varieties in Colombia alone.
São Paulo is a monster. A grotesque concrete jungle, one of the most intimidating urban metropolises in the world, some 21 million people clambering for a leg up in the beating economic and cultural heart of Brazil. The endless skyline makes Manhattan look like a quiet suburb; the traffic makes Los Angeles seem like a free ride.
If the snow isn’t to your liking, or it’s out of season, or you’re just itching to try a new sport, there’s a great option in the north of Chile, that might remind you of snowboarding, with a touch of surfing, and a whole lot of desert. That sport is sandboarding.
Photo: Avá Araujo
Last year, American pro skier Chad Sayers embarked on a massive road trip across Argentina, covering some 2,500 miles down the windswept spine of the Andes mountain range. Along the way, he visited some of Argentina’s lesser known ski destinations, including Penitentes.
Photo: Beatrice Murch
Visiting the Equator is one of the original tourism attractions of Ecuador that never seems to lose its charm. But once visitors arrive at the “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World), about 30 minutes from north-central Quito, they should not be surprised to find two Equators.
Photo: Eric Schmuttenmaer
Getting a massage after six hours of walking, arriving at the campsite with an amazing view of the mountains, taking a hot shower followed by a delightful dinner made out of local ingredients and falling asleep on a comfortable feather pillow. Believe me, this is how you want to trek the Andes!
Photo: Eli Duke
One of Colombia’s greatest attractions is its stunning range of natural beauty – from sparkling beaches to chilly mountaintops, the country has everything. Luckily, the government and people of Colombia are generally aware of the amazing richness of their native terrain, and have taken steps to preserve it before it vanishes.
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