Latin America

By Transitions Abroad | Articles on cultural immersion travel, work, teaching, volunteering, study, and living in countries across Latin America.

Travel Guide to Guanajuato, Mexico: Love at First Sight

Guanajuato, Mexico: Love at First Sight<p>The city of Guanajuato, built on hill slopes.<p>Imagine a picturesque, narrow valley, with houses and churches …

Guide to Ecuador’s Authentic Haciendas and Hotels

The Best from North to South<p><b>Story and photos by Sandra Kennedy</b><br>Resources updated 2/2017 by Transitions Abroad<p>Hacienda Zuleta with a typically colorful …

An Interview with Darrin DuFord: Breakfast for Alligators

An Interview with Darrin DuFord: Breakfast for Alligators and the Speed of the Shoe<p><b>By Ted Campbell</b> <b><br>Photos by Darrin DuFord</b> <br>1/5/2017<p>A cuerda (group) of …

Move, Live and Work in Mexico: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know to Move, Live and Work in Mexico<p><b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><br>9/12/2016<p>Party in Mexico City.<p>As a foreigner living in …

Mexico

Volunteering, Language Lessons & Television Appearances in Bolivia

Volunteering, Language Lessons, and Television Appearances in Sucre, Bolivia<p><i>By Stephanie Rachel Dyson</i> <br>9/12/2016<p>The skyline of Sucre, Bolivia, which …

South America

A Glass of Sugar Cane Syrup and Lime

<i>Article and photos by Stephanie Rachel Dyson</i><p>A shore of river Bení in Bolivia.<p>Life is unhurried here.<p>The steady push of the brown water against the …

How to Find the Right Volunteer Programs in South America

<i>By Volker Poelzl</i> <i><br>Resources updated 6/2016 by Transitions Abroad</i><p>WorldTeach volunteer with students in Guyana. Photo courtesy of Worldteach.<p>South …

South America

How to Get a Taste of Daily Life in Cuba’s Bed and Breakfasts

How to Get a Taste of Daily Life in Cuba’sBed and Breakfasts<p>Stay in <i>Casas Particulares</i> to Gain a Greater Sense of the Rich Culture<p><i>Article and photos</i> …

Living in Brazil, the Land of Samba

You Get What You Give<p><b>Article and photos by John Clites</b><p>At the Sao Luis Festas Juninas.<p>I had already visited Brazil 13 or 14 times before finally …

Lunch Under The Volcano

<i>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</i><p>“You must be hungry. This is my house. Come in. Come in! I’ll give you some food,” said the old man.<p>“No, thank you, …

Top Mountain Towns to Study Spanish in Latin America and Spain

Combine Language Learning and Adventures in Nature<p><b>By Mary Beth Strawn</b> <br>11/2/2015<p>Volcano in Costa Rica.<p>Choosing a Spanish language immersion program is …

Living in Mexico - Why, Where, How?

Living in Mexico: The Why, Where, and How<p><b>Article and photos by Tim Leffel</b><br>Updated 11/2015<p>View of Puerto Vallarta.<p>My daughter wasn’t exactly thrilled …

The Whale Keepers of San Ignacio, Mexico

Of the current stock of Gray Whales, numbering somewhere near 20,000 creatures, almost 10% make an annual round trip migration to the lagoon. Along …

Nature

Slow Immersion Travel in Playa Samara, Costa Rica

A Guide to Slow Immersion Travel in Playa Samára, Costa Rica<p><b>Article and photos by Paul Graham France</b><br>11/29/2015<p><i>In 2008 I ventured to the sleepy beach</i> …

Where to Volunteer, Travel and Study in Belize

Volunteering and Educational Travel in Belize<p>Many Voluntourism, Field Research, and Expedition Options<p><b>Article and photo by Joshua Berman</b><p>The Belize …

The Ultimate Guide to Eating Well in Mexico

The Ultimate Guide to Authentic Eating in Mexico<p>Where to Taste the Many Great Traditional Foods<p><b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><br>4/2014<p>A plate of …

Exploring the Exotic Fresh Fruit of Mexico

<b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><br>12/23/2015<p>A sample of assorted fruits in Mexico.<p>If you visit Mexico and don’t eat fresh fruit, you are really …

Mexico

How to Make the Most of Markets in Mexico

Strange Fruit and Cheap Lunches<p><b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><br>12/23/2015<p>A food vendor at a fruit and vegetable stall in a market in Mexico.<p>The …

Travel

Living in Panama: Why, Where and How?

Living in Panama: Why, Where, and How?<p><b>Article and photos by Penny de Vine</b> <i><br>8/2014</i><p>Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama.<p>When I set off from Australia in …

An Introduction to Latin American Music

The Bus, Dance Floor and Block Party<p><b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><br>Published 8/5/2015<p>You can’t escape music in Latin America.<p>Walk the city streets …

Music

Budget Travel in Mexico and Central America

Planning for a Cheap Trip<p><b>Article and Photos By Tim Leffel<br>The Resourceful Traveler Columnist for Transitions Abroad</b> <i><br>Author of The World's Cheapest</i> …

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica Monitoring Macaws

Ecotourism and Volunteer Conservation Work in Costa Rica<p>Monitoring Wild-Release Macaws: Hatched to Fly Free<p><b>Articles and photos By Theodore G. …

Pura Vida Magic

Vacationing or Volunteering in Eco-Friendly Guatemalan Mountain Lodge

Vacationing or Volunteering in an Eco-Friendly Guatemalan Mountain Lodge<p>Stunning volcano views, magical tree houses, delicious guacamole, and plenty …

Survival of the Fittest for an Expat in Mexico

<b>Article and photos by Ted Campbell</b><p>Mexico City old and new.<p>The bells start at 6 a.m.<p>First it’s the cathedral, a severe, blocky structure on Toluca’s</i> …

Travel

How to Cross the Spanish Language Learning Barrier in Mexico

Crossing the Language Barrier in Mexico<p><b>By Ted Campbell</b><br>12/22/2015<p>A stop sign in Mexico. Now that is an easy word to pick up.<p>I joke that when I first …

Language

Bugs and Boars in the Bolivian Jungle

How to Plan an Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation in Latin America

<b>Article and photos by Amy E. Robertson</b> <br>Connected Traveler Contributing Editor<br>2/20/2014<p>The author, Amy E. Robertson, helping build a home in …

Stay in a Safe Rio de Janeiro Favela

A Unique Bed and Breakfast in Tavares Bastos<p>“Are you sure this is the right address?” asks my taxi driver in disbelief, after we have been zigzagging …