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Cafayate: The Lesser-Known Wine Region of Argentina
Cafayate:  The Lesser-Known Wine Region of Argentina

Cafayate, Argentina Cafayate, Argentina is in the north of the country in the Salta Province and boasts a high-altitude top-quality wine producing region.  The wines produced in the region benefit from the low-humidity mild weather of the valleys that receive a low amount of precipitation per year. The most famous grape variety from this region […]

Casa Dorada in Tarija, Bolivia
Casa Dorada in Tarija, Bolivia

The Casa Dorada is an important cultural symbol in the city of Tarija, Bolivia.  This Art Noveau structure by a wealthy chapaco businessman Moisés Navajas Ichazo and was finished in 1903 after over a decade of construction. This golden building is stunning from the outside and even more impressive inside.  Many of the decorations, including furniture, […]

Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert is considered to be the driest desert in the world.  It is located in the north of Chile between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains. In order to visit the Atacama Desert, travelers go to the small town of San Pedro de Atacama, which has a growing tourism infrastructure.   It […]

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay This wonderfully-preserved colonial town situated on the Rio de la Plata was once a Portuguese colony that changed hands between Portugal and Spain over several hundred years and is now of course part of Uruguay. The historic section is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the main draw with its quaint […]

Chivito, A Traditional Dish of Uruguay
Chivito, A Traditional Dish of Uruguay

Chivito This traditional Uruguayan dish is anything but healthy, however, it certainly tastes delicious. Usually served as an open-face sandwich, it is loaded down with steak, mayo, olives, cheese, tomatoes, bacon, ham, and hard-boiled eggs. This is a heart attack waiting to happen, but it is worth a try if you are in this part […]

Graffiti Art in Bogota, Colombia
Graffiti Art in Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia The graffiti art in Bogota really stands out from other cities in the world.  It is vibrant and colorful and demonstrates artistic skill.  Some of it is just pretty.  Some of it has a political and/ or socio-cultural message.  Anything goes. The best place to spot graffiti art in Bogota is in La […]

Valparaiso, Chile: A Gorgeous View From Above
Valparaiso, Chile:  A Gorgeous View From Above

Valparaiso, Chile Valparaiso is so different from neighboring capital city Santiago in both culture, vibe, and looks. Valparaiso is famous for its beautiful setting in the hills by the ocean. There are many opportunities to get unique vantage points of the city from above, and travelers can occupy days just exploring the hills and taking […]

Sucre, Bolivia: The City From Above
Sucre, Bolivia:  The City From Above

Sucre, Bolivia Sucre is the constitutional capital of the Bolivia.  Despite being the fourth most populated city in in the country, it still maintains its charm and a relaxed vibe with its colonial-style buildings and cobblestone streets.  Many people come for a few days and end up staying a few weeks. Its setting surrounded by […]

Smoking Volcan Fuego
Smoking Volcan Fuego

From the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala, Volcán Fuego is a constant presence  in the distance.  It is an active volcano, and it is a common to see puffs of smoke throughout the day.  The puffs of smoke make for great sunset photos like the one above. In addition to being a pretty backdrop […]

Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile
Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile

There are not many grand, historical buildings to see in the capital of Chile, however, one that tops the list is the Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago (Metropolitan Cathedral). This is the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago and the center of the archdiocese of Santiago. The cathedral was built from 1748 to 1800.  It has […]

Hill of the 7 Colors in Purmamarca, Argentina
Hill of the 7 Colors in Purmamarca, Argentina

Purmamarca, Argentina is a small town in the Jujuy Province of Argentina. The name of the town comes from the Aymara language and is sometimes translated to “town of the virgin land.” Purmamarca is most famous for the Cerro de Los Siete Colores, or the Hill of the 7 Colors. This photo was taken as […]

Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los Tres in El Chalten
Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los Tres in El Chalten

El Chalten is considered the trekking capital of Argentina.  Located inside Los Glaciares National Park, it certainly lives up to this reputation. From the base of the small, quirky town, trekkers can explore the majority of the glacial lakes and mountains in day hikes.  For those that prefer to camp, there are nice camp sites […]

The Chapel of Man in Quito, Ecuador: An Artist’s Master Work
The Chapel of Man in Quito, Ecuador:  An Artist's Master Work

Oswaldo Guayasamin was a Quechua native and Ecuadorian painter and sculptor.  He is considered to be the most famous artist from Ecuador  and a national treasure of the country.  He has had many international exhibitions in famous museums and galleries around the world, including Palais de Glace in Buenos Aire and Luxembourg Palace in Paris. […]

Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador
Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano is part of a chain of volcanoes in the Andes mountains of Ecuador and the second highest summit in the country.  Its symmetrical, snow-capped cone can be seen from the capital city of Quito. The part of the Panamerican Highway leading to Cotopaxi is called Avenida de Los Volcanes (Avenue of the Volcanoes), […]

The Salt Cathedral of Zapaquirá
The Salt Cathedral of Zapaquirá

La Catedral de Salis located in Zapaquirá, Colombia, approximately 50 km north of Bogotá.  It is an underground Roman Catholic church built 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain.  The salt deposits were formed 250 million years ago and then pushed above sea level around the time the Andes mountains were formed. Visitors wind through […]