Articles for Central & South America

This Place Exists: Mount Roraima

This Place Exists: Mount Roraima May 6, 2011 | Active/Outdoors, Central & South America, Eco-Travel, Offbeat, Travel News | Read More
If you thought Four Corners was impressive, wait till you hear about Mt Roraima. The massive mountain stands at the meeting place of Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana, and sits in Canaima National Park. Its massive cliff face rises 1,500 sheet feet above the forest floor. Although the ascent is insane,...

Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos)

Insanely Scary Fire Tornado Hits Brazil (Videos) August 31, 2010 | Brazil, Hawaii, Travel News | Read More
As if vacationers didn’t have enough natural disasters to worry about, a fire tornado stopped traffic for a few minutes in Aracatuba, a city in Northwest Brazil. Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls or fire devils, are extremely rare but can last up to 20 minutes. The Brazil fire tornado was...

Chilean Wines May Not Be A Connoisseur’s Secret For Long

Chilean Wines May Not Be A Connoisseur’s Secret For Long May 13, 2010 | Chile, Food Lovers | Read More
Most restaurants make the bulk of their business by pricing their alcohol to compensate for discounts on food. Savvy travelers know that to find the best deals you have to pick a bottle of wine or pint of beer that’s lesser known. Unfortunately, the secret is out when it comes to Chilean wines....

Locals to Revive Jonestown as a Tourist Destination

Locals to Revive Jonestown as a Tourist Destination May 5, 2010 | Central & South America | Read More
Jonestown, Guyana might ring a few bells from the distant past. Or if you are part of the more recent generation you might not even know why Jonestown is significant. One night in 1978, 900 Americans and temple members committed suicide or were murdered under the influence of Jim Jones. Since that fateful...

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Closed Due to Heavy Rains

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer Closed Due to Heavy Rains April 20, 2010 | Rio de Janeiro, Travel News | Read More
2010 has not been a good year for South American tourist attractions. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer is the second attraction (after poor Machu Picchu) that has been forced to close due to heavy flooding. Record-setting rains in Rio have damaged access roads, leaving behind heavy debris and making...

Brazil Fights to Save the Caipirinha

Brazil Fights to Save the Caipirinha April 8, 2010 | Brazil | Read More
The caipirinha is in trouble! Brazil’s signature drink, traditionally a refreshing mix of lime juice, sugar, ice and the liquor cachaca (made from fermented sugarcane) has been invaded by foreign spirits, and 10,000 fans are up in arms. In a campaign called Save the Caipirinha, a manifesto reads, ...

No April Fools: Machu Picchu to Reopen April 1st

No April Fools: Machu Picchu to Reopen April 1st March 12, 2010 | Peru, Travel News | Read More
After nearly two months of closure following a freak flood that left tourists stranded near the ancient Incan citadel, Machu Picchu will reopen to the public on April 1. Thousands of tourists got more than they bargained for when railway tracks and roads were washed away in heavy rains that caused the...

Guatemala: Adventures in Lake Atitlán

Guatemala: Adventures in Lake Atitlán March 3, 2010 | Guatemala | Read More
Rounding a bend on the steeply declining road, the shimmering blue expanse abruptly came into view. The vista was a unique one, and took a moment to fully process. Despite reading comparisons of Lake Atitlán to everything from Lake Como to Crater Lake, I found that I was still surprised by the scale...

How to Do Rio Carnival on the Cheap

How to Do Rio Carnival on the Cheap February 9, 2010 | Rio de Janeiro | Read More
From the sands of Copacabana to the sticky streets of Centro, Rio is erupting in an explosion of sound and color that can mean only one thing: the Carnival blocos have arrived. While the rest of the world may associate Carnival in Rio almost exclusively with the flashy, flamboyant (and expensive) parades...

Guatemala: Visiting Petén and Tikal

Guatemala: Visiting Petén and Tikal January 26, 2010 | Guatemala | Read More
While most travel images of Guatemala conjure up bustling markets or religious processions with indigenous people dressed in colorful clothing, set amidst a backdrop of stunning natural beauty, the northern part of the country does not fit that description. Not at all in fact. The state of Petén covers...