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A Love Affair with Central and South America

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Playa Santa Teresa, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
This eclectic cafe offers delicious fresh food, great people watching, an up close look at Canadian artist Margriet Zwart's studio (owner of the studio / cafe), and a fun community of locals and travelers soaking up the "pura vida" lifestyle. If...
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Agujitas de Drake, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
If you're anything like me, the word "tourist" annoys you. Instead of conforming, you plan your travels to avoid the tourist traps. You strive to feel like a local, even if you're there for only 5 days. That's when I discovered Drake Bay, or Bahía...
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Corcovado National Park, in my opinion, is Costa Rica's number one highlight. Nothing can prepare you for this remarkable experience in the tropical rainforest. Don't let the complexity of getting there steer you away. It's all part of the...
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
As I stared at the piece of brightly colored wall in front of me created by the street artist Gaulicho – I did find it pleasing. It was bright orange and yellow with his signature psychedelic trademarks of hands and eyes. It appeared playful, and...
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Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador

19,374 feet above sea level, standing on top of Cotopaxi one of the planet's largest active volcanoes. Climbing this Ecuadorian monster has been my most physically demanding accomplishment to date.

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Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru
This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but definitely worth the diversion. Inside, funky, modern jewelry and handbags are mixed with neatly hung vintage dresses, shirts, and jackets. The walls...
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Tungurahua, Ecuador
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs...
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Central America
Adult summer camp – or a young person's retirement community, any way you cut it, Maderas Village offers a genuine experience in the art of relaxation. The sustainable community is built into the hillside of the lush jungle, overlooking Playa...
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Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala
I came to Lake Atitlan for relaxation and peacefulness and I got just that and more! As a guest for 4 days, I couldn't get over how beautiful the grounds were and how quickly I felt at home. They did a great job decorating -- everything from the...
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MAS, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Ubud & its neighboring villages have been known as the center of Balinese art for centuries. The most popular Balinese art form, which has gained world reputation, is wood carving. You can find rows of wood carving galleries in Mas, a village a...