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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...

The Best Places to Eat in Rio de Janeiro

The Best Places to Eat in Rio de Janeiro December 16, 2009 | Food Lovers, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
This week’s featured guide: A Rio Culinary Adventure, by NileGuide’s Rio Local Expert Lucy Bryson. While Paulistas (residents of Sao Paulo) have traditionally sneered at Rio’s ‘inferior’ dining scene, even the most discerning of gourmands now has to admit that the city has...

Caffeine Highs: Coffee in Rio de Janeiro

Caffeine Highs: Coffee in Rio de Janeiro September 8, 2009 | Rio de Janeiro | Read More
Brazil is famous for its coffee production, but if you’re expecting to find Rio de Janeiro awash with the sophisticated coffee houses that line the streets of the United States and Western Europe, you could be in for a shock. Coffee culture in Rio exists, but it’s a very different beast from...

Best Kept Secret: Microbrew in Argentina and Chile

Best Kept Secret: Microbrew in Argentina and Chile July 27, 2009 | Argentina, Chile | Read More
After spending some time in South America, I drank my fair share of national beers: watery-straw-colored-taste-grows-on-you-until-you-proudly-exclaim-that-it’s-your-favorite-beer kind of beers. When it’s sold by the liter, you know they mean business. However, traveling with two beer connoisseurs,...

Rio on the Cheap: Whatever Your Budget, You’ll Be Sure to Have a Blast!

Rio on the Cheap: Whatever Your Budget, You’ll Be Sure to Have a Blast! June 5, 2009 | Budget, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
If you’re looking for a cheap holiday in Rio, it pays to be flexible in terms of when you want to visit. While Rio carnival and New Year in Rio are undeniably exciting, they’re also the most expensive times of year to visit – many hotels and hostels raise their prices by up to four...

T-Bone, Rump, or Ribs? A Local Expert’s Guide to Eating Meat in Buenos Aires

T-Bone, Rump, or Ribs? A Local Expert’s Guide to Eating Meat in Buenos Aires May 12, 2009 | Buenos Aires, Food Lovers | Read More
Growing up in central Pennsylvania in a family that usually granted each child anywhere from 4 to 7 dollars at our few-and-far-between meals out, steak dinners were reserved for only the most singular of occasions. In fact, I clearly remember the first (um, and last) time I ordered steak off a menu in...

First Time in Rio de Janeiro? An insider’s view on staying safe

First Time in Rio de Janeiro?  An insider’s view on staying safe May 8, 2009 | Rio de Janeiro, Travel Safety | Read More
With media reports of drug gangs, death tolls to rival war-torn countries and ruthless, gun-toting children on every corner, it’s easy to see why many first time visitors to Rio have concerns about safety in the city. But while it is important to exercise caution during a holiday in Rio, it’s...

No Beach Towels! Beach Etiquette in Rio de Janeiro

No Beach Towels! Beach Etiquette in Rio de Janeiro April 14, 2009 | Culture/History, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beautiful beaches (and the beautiful Brazilian girls and boys that populate them), and it would be a strange traveler indeed that would visit the cidade marivilhosa (‘wonderful city’) without paying a visit to Copacabana and Ipanema. What many tourists don’t realize,...

Photo Friday: Surf and Sky

Photo Friday: Surf and Sky March 20, 2009 | Photo Friday, Rio de Janeiro | Read More
In which NileGuide destination was this photo taken? Bonus points for knowing the name of the beach! UPDATE 3/23: The photo was taken in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the surf off of the famed Copacabana Beach. Each year, several million people make their way to the 4 kilometer strip of sand to ring in the...

When Sheep Attack! Patagonian Border Crossings

December 2, 2008 | Chile | Read More
Generally speaking, crossing from one country to another is a time consuming process filled with lines, visas, passports and stamps. In my experience, few places can compete for the ‘patience is a virtue’ award than border crossings in South America. A friend of mine recently waited 10...
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