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14 legendary natural wonders of South America

Tucked in a corner at the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, the 275 falls of Iguazu dwarf Niagara and have to be one of the most amazing …

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

Havana - a party girl of a city

It's more than just the mojitos that will make your head spin<p>I have always longed to get on a plane and command, ‘Take me to Cuba!’ Well, the other week I did just that. Sadly, it fell a little flat, the stewardess’s wintry smile telling me that she got a lot of that on the Gatwick-Havana flight. …

Oaxaca Food (An Overview of Oaxacan Cuisine)

If Mexican cuisine ranks as one of the world’s great cuisines (it was the first cuisine to receive UNESCO culinary heritage status), it’s certainly …

Spice-Crusted Carrots with Harissa Yogurt

4 Servings<p>The sugar in the spice rub can burn if cooked too long, so watch these closely.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 pounds small carrots with tops, scrubbed, tops trimmed to ½”<p>Kosher salt<p>1 tablespoon sugar<p>1 teaspoon English mustard powder<p>1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika<p>1 teaspoon ground …

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In the shadow of volcanoes: 18 images of Guatemala

Winter has been especially tough on the Northeastern United States this time around. My partner and I were looking for an escape to somewhere warm …

Mexico City: Tales of an Aztec Emperor, a Spanish Conquistador and a Flying Serpent

<i>Next time you're on a jet landing at Mexico City, try to imagine what happened here five centuries ago when Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and his 500 soldiers marched into the capital city of the Aztecs - while their emperor and a quarter-million warriors stood by. This is the story of how an</i> …

Dive Into the Wildlife-Rich Waters of the Galápagos

Discover the “living laboratory” that inspired the work of Charles Darwin.<p>The Galápagos Islands are located 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the South American mainland but a world apart from anywhere else on Earth. The archipelago and its surrounding waters, located where three ocean currents …

Pictures of Chile

See photos of Chile, including Easter Island, Torres del Paine, Santiago, and more, in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

South America

The Top Best Places to Visit in Belize

Belize has become one of the top travel destinations in the world because of its spectacular and intriguing attractions like the Great Barrier Reef, gigantic blue hole, white sandy beaches, numerous cayes and islands, pristine rainforests and jungles, abundant wildlife, eclectic and colorful …

Amazing Photos of Torres del Paine

Nestled into the center of Chile's expansive Patagonian region rests Torres del Paine, one the most iconic and coveted national parks of the entire Patagonian region. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, the park isn't known for its high-season solitude or peaceful …

Diving in Mancora, Peru

Diving in Peru? It might not be one of the <i>first</i> adventure you associate with the country (the Inca Trail just steals all the thunder, doesn’t it?) …

The Hostels of Peru: Part II

In my last Peru hostel roundup I covered places to bunk down in Iquitos, Lima, and Huacachina. This edition focuses one just one city, that epicenter …

Peru Indie Travel Guide

<b>[Updated 2016]</b><p>Peru is one of those places that is always a great value for travelers with Euros in their pockets. Hence, we've added it to our Top 10 …

First Time to Peru? 10 Best Things to Do and See

<i>Photo courtesy of Mark Adams</i><p>1.<b>Read Turn Right at Machu Picchu</b> by Mark Adams for an historic overview of the fabled Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima, amusing takes on local characters, and a heavy dose of self-deprecating humor. With the wit of Bill Bryson and scholarly research of a …

Quito, Ecuador: The Most Beautiful City In South America?

For the fifth year in a row, International Living has chosen Ecuador as the #1 retirement destination in the world. And for good reason. You can read all about it here.<p>But when North Americans come to Ecuador, they often bypass the capital city in favor of other destinations. Why? Beats us. Because …

Everything You Need to Know About Manta, Ecuador

The city of Manta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ecuador with great beaches and great tour operators offering water sports and a …

Otavalo, Ecuador: Famous Market and Fiesta del Yamor

If you're going to Ecuador, either alone or with a tour, one of your destinations is sure to be Otavalo either for the world famous market or the …

The Best Ecuador Beaches: South America's Best Hotspots

Ecuador beaches are slowly becoming THE place to visit for experienced travelers.<p>Ecuador is a country that offers a great variety of terrain, and is …

Más de las Galápagos, Exploring Ecuador's Quito & Guayaquil

What comes to mind when we think about Ecuador is often the famed Galápagos Islands, but the 18 islands that make up this Darwinian discovery and national park are only one piece of <b>Ecuador</b>. Recognized by <i>National Geographic Traveler</i> as 2013’s Best Destination, the country offers the Andes mountain …

An Advanced Guide to Light Metering in Photography

In a previous article we took a look at metering using the camera’s built in metering system, explaining the different metering modes and in what …

11 Amazing Instagram Accounts That You Should be Following

Instagram sometimes finds itself the victim of scrutinizing eyes among the realm of professional photographers and I suppose it's not all unjust. …

A South American Surprise: The Subtle Charms Of Santiago, Chile

If we’re beguiled by South American cities—the seductiveness of Rio, the colonial romance of Cartagena, the edible pleasures of Lima—Santiago typically hasn’t been one of them. “We can’t compete with Buenos Aires,” admitted the manager of the boutique hotel where I recently spent two nights. “Chile …

South America Indie Travel Guide

11 South American Pillars to Plan Your Trip Around<p>South America's thirteen countries offer a diverse travel experience. From the beaches of Brazil to …

Pacaya Volcano - Hiking an Active Volcano in Guatemala

Hiking My First Active Volcano!<p>Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala<p>It’s my first day in Guatemala and after an hour of hiking, I already find myself questioning …