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  • 3 Top Nature Destinations

    Peru is considered one of the most- biodiverse countries in the world with some unbeatable records such as number one in diversity of butterflies and number two on birds species. If you are a nature lover, Peru offers not only lively culture but unique experiences in diverse ecosytems.

  • Quito Eterno: The Past Comes Alive with Historical Tours

    It all started more than 33 years ago when Quito was the first city to be named a world heritage site by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural branch. Quito’s architecture, history, and overall cultural legacy meant that it was a city which should never be forgotten.

    And in the ensuing three decades Quito’s value as a cultural site has grown beyond the vision of most, precisely because it has not been discarded.

  • Photo: Andy Price

    Chile: Enjoying Hot Springs in the Winter

    When visiting Chile in the winter, why not plan on taking a relaxing bath in one of the many hot springs (termas) around the country?

    There are different types of hot springs, such as a natural hot springs, mud baths, swimming pools, and therapeutic massage, among others.

    Hot springs are known to have a therapeutic effect on the nervous system, skin illnesses, stress, rheumatism, lumbago and other types of back pain.

  • Photo: Cyril Prudhomme

    Great Things to Taste in Ecuador

    Aromas y Sabores  – GUAYAQUIL

    September 20-22, 2012

    Crystal Palace, Malecon 2000, Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Exhibiting the best in coffee and chocolate products in Ecuador, this fair aims to promote and position the country as the top exporter of high quality coffee and chocolate.

  • Oktoberfest in Córdoba

    If Argentina is associated with any one beverage, it’s usually wine, not beer. But many families in Argentina trace their roots back to Germany, and nowhere is that heritage more evident than in the massive Oktoberfest celebration each spring in Villa General Belgrano, a picturesque town in the province of Córdoba.

  • Strolling Guayaquil

    Carved by the rivers and estuaries, which find their outlet to the sea in this warm and humid expanse of urbanity, Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, offers visitors a blend of nature, history, and tradition. Here are eight great places to check out as you stroll around the city:

  • Chile’s Independence Celebrations

    Chile celebrates its independence from Spain in September and the entire month is recognized as the “Month of the Nation.” The weather has begun to change, spring has almost arrived and the sun sets the mood for a celebration.

    Fiestas Patrias, or more commonly, Dieciocho, are the names given to the holiday celebrations that take place on September 18 and 19. This year festivities will also take place on Monday the 17th. But don’t be surprised if you discover that the celebrations already got started. Because Chileans are patriotic and like to always have fun, the Fiestas Patrias provide a great excuse for a party.

  • Polo in Argentina

    Polo has long been the favored pastime of Argentina’s elite, and for years, there were few opportunities for visitors to experience the sport themselves. In Argentina, polo is usually played mainly at exclusive members’ only clubs, and the few tournaments each year can be expensive to attend.

    But recently one polo club, located on a picturesque estancia about an hour’s drive outside the center of Buenos Aires, opened itself up to non-member visitors for daylong excursions. The program is simply called Argentina Polo Day.

  • Quito: Luxury Hotels in the Historic District

    If you came to Quito ten years ago and visited the central historical district, you probably thought you would never need to return again. The city was dirty and the streets overcrowded with vendors. And those with more refined tastes had no choice but to head to the international chains to spend the night.

    Fast forward to today. The city streets are free of vendors (all have been relocated to indoor markets), old town has been dramatically restored, and luxury hotels adorn what was once an eye sore.

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