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An Epic Trip to Mexico, Central & South America, and Antarctica

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Brush up on that Spanish, amigos, and strap on a backpack. These areas are all about adventure and exploration, whether it's trying every kind of taco in Mexico City or hiking through Patagonia. And once you reach the southernmost tip of South America, Antarctica isn't too far away.
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If you're up for an adventure of a lifetime, add Peru's Salkantay Trek to your "must do" list. On a recent adventure with Pure Quest Adventures and Lima Tours, we traversed 40 miles through mountain passes and trails on the Salkantay trail before...
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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
Hiking the French Valley is part of the W-trek through Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park. It's about 16 mi round-trip from Refugio Paine Grande to the French Valley Mirador, to see the French Glacier and the Paine Massif as close as you...
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RP94, M5663AHA Los Sauces, Mendoza, Argentina
The Vines of Mendoza Tasting Room is owned by a private real estate group of the same name. It is not to be confused with The Vines Wine Bar & Vinoteca located in the Park Hyatt Mendoza hotel, which too is owned by The Vines of Mendoza. A pioneer...
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Baltra Island, Ecuador
I spotted my first sea lion moments after landing in the Galapagos on Baltra Island; this fellow was a sight more bashful than I thought he might be, but he certainly wasn't shy. The most surprising aspect of a visit to the islands is the...
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Colombia
I was strolling around the old town of Cartagena recently when I stopped to admire the exotic fruit on a street corner. I pointed to pile of apple-sized red fruit and asked what it was. The fruit seller replied: "mejillas del gringo." Translated,...
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Córdoba 100, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Galeria OMR, sitting on the periphery of a park in Colonia Roma, has been an art institution in Mexico City since 1983. Among the many artists it has exhibited or represented in the 30+ years since are Rafael Lozano Hemmer, a Mexican artist living...
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R. Marquês de Sapucaí - Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20220-007, Brazil
Every year before Ash Wednesday, Rio throws one of the world’s best parties. Drawing on African, Indian, and European traditions, Carnival features five days of street fairs, free concerts, and costumed balls. The festival culminates in a colorful...
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Antarctica
No matter which Antarctic cruise you embark upon, you will come to rely heavily on Zodiac boats. These rigid inflatables are used around the world—by beach patrols, the military, and thrill seekers—and you will depend upon them throughout your...
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Antarctica
OK, since there aren’t any polar bears in Antarctica (they’re Arctic inhabitants), maybe we should call this the Penguin Plunge. Whatever you name it, though, it’s a heck of a story to share with friends back home. While many expeditions offer...