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You've probably already figured out that I'm not actually standing on top of that water bottle. Ok, you're right. I was standing about 30 feet behind, posed and my friend snapped the photo. The salt desert of Salinas Grande in Northwest Argentina...
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Pretty much everywhere you turn in Buenos Aires, some couple has broken out into tango and attracted a crowd. To be fair, this spectacle is mostly for tourists but no where in the world does anyone else do this. As kitschy as it may appear, it's...
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Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, 20220-310, Brazil
The first time I came to Rio, about 15 years ago, favelas were horribly dangerous and completely segregated from the rest of this slice of paradise. While it's still quite dicey in some areas, the situation has noticeably changed for the better....
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San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
About two hours north of bustling Buenos Aires lie the flat, fertile grasslands of the Pampas - gaucho country. Farms and ranches abound as do these friendly Argentine cowboys. In the center of this region is a sleepy town called San Antonio de...
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Tafí del Valle, Tucumán, Argentina
Deep in the Argentine Southwest lies an area little known to travelers - Tafi del Valle - a verdant and hilly enclave with more cows than people. Not far from bustling Tucuman, also pretty much off the tourist map, Tafi, as it's known among...
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rua S José 189 - to, Ouro Preto - MG, 35400-000, Brazil
I have made it a recent habit to spend my birthdays somewhere outside of NYC, ideally traveling to a far away destination. Luckily, my day is at the end of May, generally a great time of the year to visit many places. On this particular...
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Blvd. 9 de Octubre 101, Guayaquil 090313, Ecuador
Comprising four coaches—with interior designs ranging from pre-Hispanic to neoclassical—the Tren Crucero takes four days to mosey from the Pacific coast to Ecuador’s capital in the Andes. An open terrace car provides unbroken views of the Devil’s...
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Saquisilí, Ecuador
Everyone who visits Ecuador knows about Otavalo market: the weavings, the sweaters, the friendly vendors. Well, Saquisili has all those and more. There's street food (grilled chicken feet anyone?), a shoe section, a live animal market and more...
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Latin America
Salta in Argentina is known for its colorful mountains, giant cactus, and beautiful cathedrals within the city center. Cafayate is known for its wine. Take a chance to enjoy these both parts of beautiful northern Argentina by jumping on a tour...
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Zorrilla de San Martin 494, 37000 Carmelo, Departamento de Colonia, Uruguay
The UNESCO World Heritage town of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay, is just a one-hour ferry ride from Buenos Aires. From the ferry landing, drive another hour to Carmelo, where the lodge at Finca Narbona makes a great base for exploring the wine...
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Av. Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, 8401 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Called Argentine Switzerland for its wooden chalets and alpine setting, this area is home to some of South America’s best spas. The Latin America travel specialists at Blue Parallel arrange yoga classes with views of lakes and the Andes. Guests...
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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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With the highest snow peaks in Colombia situated to the East, the Caribbean coast to the west, Los Pinos Hostel sits high nestled amongst the Sierra Nevadas overlooking the lush green top of the jungle's canopy. A former military base/finca, this...
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Maipú, Mendoza Province, Argentina
For a great day trip from Mendoza, catch the number 10 bus and in about 20 minutes you will arrive in Maipu where you can rent a bike for about $30 pesos in one of the numerous bike rental companies along the main crossroads. The company will...
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Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Pantanal is one of the best wildlife-spotting destinations on the planet. Cox & Kings offers a five-day trip to the remote Jaguar Research Center, where guests may also encounter hyacinthine macaws, anacondas, and giant river otters Brazil’s...
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Riobamba, Ecuador
Ride along the Riobamba to the Devil's Nose on top of the train. Enjoy the sights as you pass traditional villages and rural life of local people farming and going about their daily business. In many cases, children will run alongside the train,...
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. A trip through the Coffee Triangle, the coffee- growing region of central Colombia, takes you into the small towns and wildlife-rich mountains of the Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda departments. Base...