Rio de Janerio is not just a sizzling, seductive beauty, it’s also a convenient launching point for a number of other exciting destinations in South America. Just look at some of the places you can visit from Rio (or São Paulo, for that matter) in just a flight of five hours or less.
Restaurantes a puertas cerradas, or closed-door restaurants, are on the rise in Buenos Aires, where Argentine and international chefs alike are delivering some of the city’s best culinary offerings in the elusive quarters of their own homes. These private gatherings have been around for years, with the dinner party circuit allowing chefs complete creative control to invite a limited number of guests to their in-home establishments.
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As a traveler or expat, experiencing the holidays outside the U.S. can be an eye opening and life changing experience. As we usher in a new holiday season and begin to reflect upon the past year, on the surface, traditions around the globe may appear very different, but dig a little deeper and you’ll see that we’re all just searching for a cause to celebration. With each country having their own interpretation of food, family and fun, you may be surprised to learn at the core just how similar we actually are, despite personal beliefs and rituals.
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Holiday traditions vary wildly around the world from gift giving to elaborate festivals. But in South America, one tradition has stood the test of time no matter where you are—raising a glass of holiday cheer. Here’s a look at six of our favorite South American countries and their spirited holiday offerings.
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Every country in South America has its own holiday traditions, but some aspects of seasonal celebrations are universal: being surrounded by family and friends, plenty of food and drink and Santa Claus…or at least a variation on the Santa Claus theme.
In Chile, for example, children write their letters to the Viejito Pascuero, who comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve. As in many countries, Chileans take the tree down after January 6th, the popular Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day), which in Chile is known as, Pascua de los Negros.