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  • Photo: Prayitno

    Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires

    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

    Artisans in Old Town Quito

    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.” 

  • Discovering the Moche Route

    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

    Most Popular Arepas

    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.

  • Welcome to the Equator…Both of Them!

    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.

  • Little Known Ways to Trek the Andes

    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!

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