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    When you think of Rio de Janeiro, lots of exciting and intriguing images come to mind, but a forest? The Tijuca Forest is a Brazilian national park located in the city of Rio, and considered the largest urban forest in the world. It covers over 12 square miles, and contains plenty of interesting attractions to discover.

  • The Iron House of Iquitos

    During the height of the Amazonian rubber boom of the 19th and 20th centuries, thousands flocked to the Peruvian city of Iquitos, hoping to get in on the bustling trade. As the demand for rubber increased worldwide, rubber producers in Iquitos amassed great wealth, and the city on the banks of the Amazon flourished. Not unexpectedly, the newly-rich citizens were eager to show off their new fortunes, and built extravagant homes made of imported materials. The best example of this the Casa de Fierro, or Iron House, found in Iquitos’ Plaza de Armas.

  • Historic and Hip

    In the early 20th century, the well-to-do of Lima would flock to the cliffside town of Barranco to escape the chaos of the city. As Lima continued to spread, the wealthier residents moved out and the area became a bohemian haven for artists, writers and musicians. Now a mix noteworthy landmarks, eclectic art spaces, and chic eateries, Barranco has done well with maintaining its historic identity while embracing its reputation as Lima’s hippest neighborhood.
  • Top Five Stops Along the Colca Canyon Trail

    Just a few hours drive from Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city, is the Colca Canyon. One of Peru’s most astonishing natural attractions, the Colca Canyon is approximately double the depth of the United States’ Grand Canyon, and the second deepest in the world.        Compared to the tourist-heavy Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu, the Colca Trail receives only a fraction of the visitors, but the number is growing as word spreads about the canyon’s stunning views, historic villages, and rare species of wildlife. Much of the Colca Canyon can be experienced in just a few short days, with or without a guided tour, and these five places should be on any itinerary into the canyon.

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