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Exploring the Unparalleled Wilderness of Patagonia

Posted on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 10:29 am by Alan R. Cohen

Torres del Paine Trekking

For wilderness and adventure lovers, it’s hard to find a place more beautiful and full of unique destinations than Patagonia.  The region spans the southernmost parts of Argentina and Chile and contains a variety of landscapes from lush grassland to beaches to icy glaciers. Most people that head down there will probably want to take advantage of some of the more active pursuits such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking…
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Why Travel to Costa Rica in the Rainy Season?

Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 at 2:38 pm by Alan R. Cohen

Monteverde Cloud Forest

People usually try to avoid travelling during the rainy season.  You have to carry more gear.  It isn’t as pleasant to go on walks, and there are some activities you may not be able to do.  And, let’s face it, most people like to see vacation photos from sunny days. However, there are some good reasons to make a trip to Costa Rica between May and November, the rainier months of the year….
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Five of the Most Popular Hikes in Latin America

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 11:32 am by Alan R. Cohen

Mount Fitz Roy

Latin America is one of the best places to hike, so much so that the problem is picking one out of the many possible treks that are available.  Here are five of the most popular, each in a different country, to help you in your choice.  You can´t go wrong with any one of them but each has its own special characteristics.  The ones listed here are some of the shorter ones that,…
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Choosing the Right Option for Your Amazon Tour

Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 10:54 am by Alan R. Cohen

Yagua Natives

Yagua Natives You probably already have the idea that the Amazon rainforest is quite large but you may not have realized just how huge it is.  It covers about 2.5 million square miles, representing 54% of all the rainforest on the planet.  Parts of it can be found in nine separate South American countries including Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas which are made up of Guyana,…
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Popular Excursions Near Quito

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 11:52 am by Alan R. Cohen

Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador

Mitad del Mundo Welcoming thousands of tourists per day in its modest airport, Quito is Ecuador’s major launch point for tours of the country.  Many visitors headed to the Galapagos Islands will spend at least a night in the city, but Quito’s Old and New Towns are great spots for dining and sightseeing which could keep visitors well occupied for at least two or more days. What’s more, Quito is…
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Highlights of My Buenos Aires Visit

Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm by Melissa Ruttanai

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero Like all mega-metropolises, Buenos Aires, Argentina is home to neighborhoods as varied as their names indicate.  There’s Recoleta, Retiro, La Boca, and Puerto Madero.  There’s the microcenter, downtown, and Abasto.  Upon first arrival, I loved the cobblestone streets and graffiti artwork.  Each day, I would visit a new barrio and experience an incredibly different vibe.  After three weeks of living in San Telmo and a week of exploring top sights these are…
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Guatemala Exceeded Our Expectations

Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at 2:40 pm by Alan R. Cohen

Martha Cohen in Tikal, Guatemala

I recently returned from a family and working vacation in Guatemala, where we traveled as guests of INGUAT, the country’s tourism promotion department.  Guatemala vastly exceeded our expectations!  The people were friendly, the Mayan and Spanish colonial histories were fascinating, and the landscapes were breathtaking.  We began our adventure in El Peten, the jungle-covered lowlands in the north of the country, about one hour by plane from Guatemala City.  This…
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How to Plan a Galapagos Vacation

Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 1:52 pm by Alan R. Cohen

Red Footed Booby

Planning a Galapagos Vacation can seem like a daunting task when you are just starting out, but answering the following (basic) questions will make it easier for us to help you plan your trip. What is your budget per person not including international airfare? This is perhaps the most important question to answer.  The minimum cost for Quito and a Four Day Cruise (7 Days/6 Nights) is $2,000 per person…
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Peru Airport Taxes Now Included in Airfare

Posted on Saturday, January 15th, 2011 at 6:46 pm by Alan R. Cohen

Plaza Mayor Lima

Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication has announced that all domestic and international airport taxes, which were previously paid separately at local airports in Peru, are now included in the cost of airfare to Peru.  The fees are included in the airfare in order to improve the quality of airport services nationwide.

LAN Announces New Routes to Easter Island and Iguazu Falls from Lima

Posted on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at 8:06 pm by Alan R. Cohen

Moai Statues

LAN Airlines recently announced direct flights from Lima, Peru to Easter Island, Chile and Iguazu Falls, Brazil, beginning in January, 2011.  These new flights will save time and money for passengers by eliminating connecting flights in Santiago, Chile and either Sao Paulo, Brazil or Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are now offering a shorter Machu Picchu and Easter Island itinerary of 11 Days/10 Nights, which excludes services in Santiago (in addition…
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