Winners of our Colombia Green and Gold sweepstakes, Tom L. and Mary A. are back from their trip to Colombia with rave reviews.
“The arrangements and accommodations were excellent, the guides knowledgeable and personable, and the itinerary flowed smoothly and effectively. It was a terrific vacation for us – educational, entertaining and very enjoyable. All around, a truly pleasurable week in a beautiful and friendly country.” they write.
Tom and Mary report some of the highlights included visiting Bogota’s Monserrate in the evening, a coffee tasting while touring the Museo del Oro and a mountain hike and boat trip in Tayrona National Park. Check out some of their photos from the trip.
by Michaela Trimble
Rio de Janeiro rightfully wears the title of cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), as it’s the epicenter of Brazilian culture and soul. Part city, part sprawling jungle, Rio is a maze of spiraling hills, each containing a different neighborhood with its own distinct charm. With a direct flight on TAM Airlines from the US, you are transplanted into a tropical paradise, where samba, caipirinhas and acai are king in mere hours. Here’s how you can experience Rio de Janeiro in just three short days.
For decades, Brazil’s international image has been synonymous with its festive Carnival season. And while Rio is ground zero for the action, it is certainly not the only place to celebrate. In a country as large and diverse as Brazil, various regions and cultures have created their own rendition of Carnival, differing from state to state. But to truly understand the diversification of Carnival, we need to take a look back at the party’s origins.
Contrary to popular belief, Carnival isn’t actually a Brazilian creation; it’s a Catholic one, which is why Carnival is celebrated around the world. Introduced to Brazil in the early 1700s, the festival is essentially a chance for Catholics, or anyone looking to engage in a bit of revelry, to get in a few last bits of sin before Lent. In 1641, the first Brazilian Carnival celebrated the crowning of John IV as King, beginning a long and storied history of celebrations throughout the country.
Although Rio Carnival is the most famous, it’s by no means the only festival worth visiting in Brazil. Here’s a look at where else to celebrate.
Every real adventurer knows life is sweeter with the wind whipping through your hair, blood pumping with endorphins, and a board firmly planted under your feet. And if you can do it all while exploring a new country or two, well, that’s even better. South America is the best of well, everywhere – combining the dream slopes of Europe with the rocking waves of the South Pacific and the sand dunes of the Middle East. There’s no other way around it, it’s a thrill seeker’s paradise.
Whether you’re dreaming of snowboarding, surfing, or sandboarding, we’ve scoured South America for the best adventure spots so you can spend less time planning and get straight to the good stuff.
Congratulations to Annie H. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Grand Prize Winner of our Footsteps of The Incas sweepstakes.
The 28-year-old registered nurse, originally from San Francisco, is very comfortable with a backpack loaded on her back. She spent years trekking through the Rocky Mountains, first as a student at the University of Colorado in Bounder, then as a young professional living in Denver.