If you’ve ever attended a concert or been a fan of music, there’s little doubt you have wondered what goes on backstage. You’ve probably even tried to sneak back there! Although there’s much more to this privileged world than you might think (and we know what you might think), if you were the third installment of Lollapalooza Brazil, which parked itself at Brazil’s Formula One Grand Prix racetrack, Autódromo José Carlos Pace (commonly referred to as Interlagos) in São Paulo last weekend, the answer would be: Not a whole helluva lot.
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To be sure, two of the things that Chile is best known for are its skiing, and its wine. And if you plan it right, you can experience both in one day, either as a day trip from Santiago or up on the mountain at the resort at Valle Nevado.
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Traveling with children? Any guidebook will outline the places to take kids in Buenos Aires: the parks, the zoo, the wonderful Museo de los Niños. But what’s more notable than actual sights and activities is the way that the local culture generally embraces babies and kids – not necessarily with hands-on museums and children’s menus, but by warmly welcoming little ones into areas that are often considered exclusively adult spheres in other cities.
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Galapagos’ monument par excellence, its Tower of Pisa, is known as Pinnacle Rock. Although it is a natural monument (let’s just say it’s some kind of hill), legend has it, it is also partially manmade.
Its peculiar figure, like a shark’s tooth jetting out from the sea, was purportedly created during US Navy shooting practice. I can only envision some kind of missile blowing off what joined the monolith to the rest of the geological formation found to one side of it. In any case, it is quite the spectacle.
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Three hours and 5,000 years from Peru’s capital is a land once lost, that has only recently been found. Archaeologists believe this city is the Americas’ oldest, rivaling the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt in its complexity, and the city of Troy and the prehistoric Stonehenge in age.
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Vancouver, Canada. Queenstown, New Zealand. Cape Town, South Africa. And…. San Gil, Colombia?
San Gil may not make most publications’ list of Top 10 Cities to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping, but that’s just because the folks writing those lists don’t know about it yet. This formerly sleepy town in the northeastern Colombian department of Santander has recently re-branded itself as the “Adventure Capital of Colombia,” and so far it seems to be living up to that reputation, if the legions of happy visitors are any indication.
As recently as just three years ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find a beer in Brazil that wasn’t watered-down lager serving a single purpose: Beat the tropical heat with a buzz. Brazil’s most common beers (Brahma, Skol, Antarctica, Nova Shin) are all about as interesting as television static, despite being drunk in copious amounts by millions of Brazilians on a daily basis; in bars, at the beach, at barbeques – wherever you are in Brazil – you’ll find the majority of Brazilians quite happily content with more or less tasteless lagers, served on draft in small cups at least half full or more of foam (the entire country has been duped into believing a massive head keeps the beer cold longer - it doesn’t; it’s a lie perpetuated by Brazil’s biggest breweries and immortalized by bars the country over so they may serve the population half a beer for the price of a whole one!). For a beer country, it was all so distinctly average.
More and more, parents are realizing that children can make great travel companions. They keep you focused on smaller details, give you lots of time to run around (or sit still while they do), and to see parts of a city you might not visit if it was just you and your other adult companions. You’ll find people in Santiago are very friendly to families. And children stay out until fairly late with their parents to eat at restaurants being the norm. Here are a few places to help your kids (and you) truly enjoy your stay in Santiago.
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