Photo: Natalie Southwick
As more visitors start to flood into Bogotá and residents become more conscious about the benefits of eating local and organic food, the dining scene has followed. Recent popular movements on behalf of the country’s farmers have put locally-sourced food right in the middle of the public consciousness, and many restaurant owners are responding by increasing their emphasis on organic and local products –great news for vegetarian and locavore diners! Bogotá is filled with healthy and environmentally-friendly eateries if you just know where to look. Here are a few standouts in some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods:
Photo: Sol Robayo
Santiago is a large, modern city with multiplex theaters at all the malls (of which there are many), and some freestanding ones as well. But if you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, a bit more indie, there are a few theaters to choose from that show both Chilean and international independent films.
Photo: Phillip Capper
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best – upon seeing Iguazu Falls for the first time, the First Lady of the United States reportedly exclaimed, ‘Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet.’ Indeed, the famous Cataratas de Iguazú, straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, are one of the most spectacular natural sights in all of South America – and spring is the perfect time to visit.
Photo: Ilan Greenfield
I get a backache when I kneel the wrong way for a few minutes, and here I sit contorted on a raggedy armchair (preparing myself mentally for the discomfort to come) talking to my buddy Miguel Andrango in his humble abode-slash-workshop, located along the back roads of Agato, Otavalo. Maybe it’s the sheer sight of him sitting on a hand-woven estera mat on the earthen floor, gyrating his spinal muscles like an Olympic rower that brings on my back pain…
If you are in the country for business and don’t have enough time to visit Machu Picchu, you can explore many archaeological sites in Lima known as Huacas, a Quechua word which refers to any sacred object or place. The National Culture Institute registered 250 archeological sites across main districts of the city. These three are my favorite:
The Park of the Reserve, located in downtown Lima, became an important tourism attraction after the municipal government transformed it into a colorful experience of water and lights. There are 13 fountains in the park and the largest one is called Magic Fountain. With its 80 m in height it is also considered the “World’s largest fountain complex in a public park” by the Guinness Book Of World Records.
Each year, hundreds of humpback whales make the 8,000 km journey from the frigid sea off Chile to the warm waters of Colombia’s Pacific coastline, gathering in bays and coves by the dozens or even hundreds to mate and calve their babies before beginning the long trip back. In recent years, as the security situation in the region has improved, local tour operators have begun to capitalize on this event’s natural appeal, offering guided tours and boat rides to view the gentle visitors. Though it requires a certain level of commitment to reach the remote area, it’s made worthwhile by the payoff upon arrival: hundreds of miles of untouched coastline, jungles filled with some of the world’s most amazing plants and animals, and whales that come so close to shore that, legend has it, you can see them from your hammock on the beach.
There are no two bones about it: São Paulo, Brazil’s financial heart and the Latin American capital of everything from food to fashion, is an unforgiving concrete monster that will totally overwhelm you. You’ll need to be willing to get your hands dirty if you want to conquer Brazil’s most modern megalopolis. Historically, the city was most visited by business travelers the world over, anxious to share air (and broker deals) with many of the continent’s most successful movers and shakers. These days, that hasn’t changed one bit, but tourists are starting to discover Sampa – so goes it affectionate nickname among locals – and are hitting the ground running, anxious to take in the city’s endless excursions: Gastronomy, museums, nightlife, shopping. You won’t want for anything here.
Chile attracts some of the best, brightest and luckiest astronomers to come and do research in some of the clearest skies in the world. With more than 300 nights of cloudless skies, the north of Chile, with its pristine atmosphere, is ideal for stargazing by professionals and amateurs alike.
With or without a telescope, in the north of Chile, once you get away from the cities, a stunning array of stars, and quite often, even the white blur of the milky way is visible. Below are four observatories that up the ante for night sky lovers.
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