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.
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The city of Puno, located at the shore of Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world), is a gateway to fascinating cultures and breathtaking Altiplano landscapes. The city that boarders Bolivia is also a Ramsar Site (wetland of international importance) due to its large population of water birds.
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Day One: Old Town
8 AM: Wake up to a leisurely breakfast at Casona de la Ronda, the boutique hotel located along old town’s iconic, cobblestone street. After some traditional helpings of local fare, mixed with international dishes, and a great cup of coffee, take a walk. Depart to the west, exiting La Ronda onto the 24 de Mayo Plaza until you reach Benalcazar Street. Turn right and head toward the Plaza San Francisco. Other hotels in old town: Casa San Marcos, Casa Gangotena, Hotel Patio Andaluz, Hotel Plaza Grande.
Santiago, Chile, a city of more than 6 million people has ultramodern glassed-in towers, colorful traditional markets, a resurgence of interest in old folkloric traditions, a sparkling metro, a large hill-turned-backyard to take it all in from and is overlooked by the towering, often snowcapped Andes. There’s way more than 72 hours worth of sightseeing and activities in and around Santiago, but if you had to limit it to just a long weekend, here are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, and give you a good overview
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Just three days to see Buenos Aires, the second-largest city in South America? Que bardo (what a situation), a porteño might say. Forget visiting all the sights and focus on absorbing some of the city’s heady blend of old and new – Italian architecture, edgy street art, tango music, modernist cocktails, classic cafes – a dichotomy that makes Buenos Aires unforgettable.
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Colombia’s historic walled city is known for its stunning architecture, romantic atmosphere and excellent seafood. But with only 72 hours to spend in the city, how best to maximize your time there? There’s a month’s worth of activities and sightseeing to do, but here are a few suggestions to make the best of a long Caribbean weekend.