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A little-known Mexican gem: 11 reasons to visit gorgeous Guanajuato

If you think Mexico is all about beaches and wrestling then you need to check out Guanajuato.<p>The colonial capital of the state with the same name was …

Mexico

Have 3 Days? Here Are the Best Things to Do in Bogota

Colombians are known for their gregarious personality and knack for living the good life. Join them while partaking in the vibrant range of food, …

Travel

Cuernavaca: A side trip into opulence, only an hour away from Mexico’s capital

In the 1950s and ’60s — nearly five centuries after Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés built himself a palace in Mexico’s lush Cuernavaca — Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper and Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton followed suit with their own lavish hideaways. Other notables attracted to the city have …

In Peru, a Still-Hidden Alternative to Machu Picchu

I was standing in a cloud forest in northern Peru, 10,000 feet above sea level. Quiet cloaked the more than 400 cylindrical homes and ceremonial buildings that make up the most important settlement of the Chachapoyas, or “Cloud Warrior” culture. Farther out were limestone walls up to 65 feet high. …

South America

Isla Holbox, Mexico's best barefoot beach

<b>(CNN) —</b> Isla Holbox is a small, slender island just north of Mexico 's Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexicans have long been in the know about this laid-back, go-everywhere-in-flip-flops getaway, but the news of Holbox's beauty and ease of living has started to get out.<p>Though it's in the …

Mexico

36 Hours in Oaxaca

Even as strong earthquakes have shaken the region, the centuries-old city of Oaxaca remains largely unrattled. In the shadow of Monte Albán, the hilltop capital of the Zapotec civilization, this multicultural hub in the highlands of southern Mexico was once a quiet regional center. In recent years, …

Mexico

Law-abiding Canadians are turning into high-priced cheese smugglers

Clara is a college student in Toronto, and in a few days, she's flying home to Paris to visit her family and friends. She also stopping at a <i>fromagerie</i> to buy some cheese to bring back to Canada, specifically Comté, a cousin of Gruyere made under strict rules in the French Alps.<p>"It's not gooey, and …

Canada

New Collection Catches Jazz Bassist Charles Mingus 'Live at Montreux 1975'

A new 2-CD set features a decades-old recording of Mingus and his quintet at Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival. Citic Kevin Whitehead says the album showcases one of Mingus' most explosive bands.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. Late in 1974, jazz bassist and composer Charles …

Jazz

Why Xennials and Millennials are Flocking to Todos Santos

A stone’s throw from the Pacific, Todos Santos is a Pueblo Magico and one of Baja California Sur's wondrous little gems.

Mexico

Skip Tulum and Go to Riviera Nayarit, Mexico's Lesser-Known Beach Haven | GQ

If you want to avoid the crowds and chill with some surfers, Nayarit is the place to go.<p>As of late, Riviera Maya has been Mexico’s most talked-about strip of beach, thanks to hot Tulum swooping in on all of our<p>Instagramsattention. But if you're looking for a beachy Mexican vacation where you <i>won't</i> …

This pint-size $168 audio system packs a wallop

Dayton Audio’s surprisingly affordable system dishes out very decent sound quality.<p>Dayton Audio's $30 per pair B652 speaker has long been one of my favorite budget speakers, so now I'm pleased to report Dayton's new DTA-2.1BT integrated amplifier is also a honey. Firstly because it sounds nice, …

Audiophile

Kyoto: The ultimate guide on where to eat, drink shop and stay in Japan’s temple-filled city

With its rich colours, tradition, history and culture, Kyoto is a city which allows visitors a glimpse into the past. The city embodies the Japanese …

Japan

Sloths May Be Slow, But They're Not Stupid

Published February 28, 2018<p>A new book challenges misconceptions about the Central and South American tree dwellers.<p>Everybody knows that sloths are slow. It's true the tropical tree dwellers possess the lowest metabolic rates of any non-hibernating mammals.<p>But when it comes to their biology, the …

Nature

On the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art trail in Mexico City

With her unibrow, braided updo, colorful clothing and mustache, the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become an idiosyncratic cult figure in the United States.<p>Kahlo has an equally passionate following in her native Mexico City. Her face is plastered on everything from handbags and jewelry to wall …

Mexico's sensational Sayulita and pacific coast

With a blaze and a glitter, the day begins. The town of Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific north coast smells so headily of salt that the ash-pale feathers …

36 Hours in Mendoza, Argentina

The reliably clear blue skies of Mendoza, with the Andes lined up in the distance and vines everywhere you look, create driving conditions so perfect the wine can seem almost secondary. To fully explore the area’s wineries, you’ll have to travel south and east of the city to the wine-producing …

Argentina

Why Mikaela Shiffrin Brought 35 Pairs of Skis to the Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mikaela Shiffrin uses only one pair of skis for an Olympic race. But just in case, she has 35 pairs with her here at the Winter Games — and, for her, that’s a relatively light load.<p>She often travels to competitions with 70 pairs of skis. It is a herculean task to lug so …

Skiing

5 Hidden Adventures in Argentina's Rugged Northwest

Head to this secluded South American region for fewer crowds and greater thrills.<p>While most travelers land in the country’s capital of Buenos Aires and head straight to Mendoza's wine country and the impressive glacial ranges of Patagonia, there’s much more to discover in this adventurous South …

Hiking

Peru devises new rules to tackle the mounting crowds on Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu requires strong lungs, steady legs and mighty decision-making skills. Among the questions you must ask yourself: Trek or train? …

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide: Where to Eat, Day Trips, Beach Bars

There’s lots happening in the Puerto Vallarta restaurant scene on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. In fact, there’s so much going on, it can be tough to know …

The Best Beaches in Mexico You've Never Heard Of

Winter’s got us firmly clutched in her icy death grip with no relief in sight, and flying south to kick back on a beach in Mexico sounds pretty dang …

Safety in Mexico City

While crime rates remain significant in the capital, a few precautions greatly reduce any dangers and first-time visitors are often surprised at how safe it feels. Most of the narco-related violence that makes the news abroad happens in the northern and Pacific states, far from Mexico …

Mexico City

Why You Should Vacation With Your Closest Friends

According to a neuroscience study published in <i>Nature Communications</i> last week, close friends are people who have similar neural activity.<p>In the …

Best of Costa Rica: 7-Day Itinerary

Volcanoes and beaches are two of the things Costa Rica does best, so the classic first-timer’s itinerary to Costa Rica takes in two of its most …

Mexico City Journal, Part I

Notes on a southern capital<p>Mexico has a terrible distinction: Except for Iraq and Syria, it is the deadliest place in the world for journalists. And …

Mexico

20 of the best vintage ski posters

Remembering Nicanor Parra, the Almost Immortal Chilean Poet

“He’s going to die any minute now,” a college classmate of mine said in 1994, when the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra had just turned eighty and we were eighteen. I asked if the poet was sick or something. “When people are eighty, it’s highly probable that they’ll die at any minute,” he replied. We …

Who's the Most Superb Owl?

Pick your favorite by taking our poll.<p>All owls are superb, but some may be more superb than others.<p>In the spirit of competition, we've assembled a roster of our favorite owls, accompanied by their some of their most impressive qualities.<p>Help us determine which owl is the most superb of all by …

The insect that painted Europe red

Truly vibrant red was elusive for many years: until a mysterious dye was discovered in Mexico. Devon Van Houten Maldonado reveals how a crushed bug became a sign of wealth and status.<p>Although scarlet is the colour of sin in the Old Testament, the ancient world’s elite was thirsty for red, a symbol …

Mexico City

In Colombia, Two Rebel Groups Take Different Paths

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The crowd gathered here in the capital, wearing white shirts and waving campaign signs, as what had once been Colombia’s largest rebel group opened its campaign for the presidency.<p>But at a northern port, bombs exploded as a different group continued to attack. Five police …

South America