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South America Vacations

South America is most famous for the rainforest and the remarkable eco diversity it offers. There are few other places on earth that can match what South America can offer nature lovers, it is home to the largest river in the world (the Amazon), the tallest waterfall in the world (Angel Falls), and a diversity like nowhere else, from the jungles of the rainforest to the Andean peaks, Patagonian glaciers in the south, and remarkable landscapes in Tierra del Fuego reminiscent of the land of the dinosaurs. It would take years to explore the entire continent no matter what your interests are, there is plenty of everything here. Besides natural wonders, South America is home to the famed carnivals of Rio de Janeiro, as well as historical colonial towns and the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
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South America Travel Stories
To Machu Picchu by Orient Express There are times for roughing it and times for not. Peru, with its Third World plumbing, is one of those places where a comfortable hotel room is greatly prized. I've heard about freezing temperatures at some of the less expensive hotels in densely populated Cuzco and more primitive Aguas Calientes. Bear in mind that in Cuzco (at... Read more >>>
Machu Picchu Abandoned, a Summary Machu Picchu was probably built by Pachacuti Inca as a royal estate and religious retreat in 1460-70. After his death, it remained the property of his allus (kinship groups) who were responsible for maintenance, administration and continuing building. As a remarkable sacred site (location as well as buildings), it surely was visited by Topa Inca and the last great ruler, Huayna Capac, although... Read more >>>
Fortaleza, Ceara Brazil, the Golden Daughter Of The Sun Fortaleza is a city on the move, and the move is to tourism. Why, recently, the Secretary of Tourism for the State of Sao Paulo, came for a visit and jealously affirmed that the residents of the state of Ceara, where Fortaleza is the capital, should take pity on poor Sao Paulo and visit more regularly. It seems like the good people of... Read more >>>
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Machu Picchu A group of red-faced, perspiring Americans are working their way up a steep stone path into the nooks of a 550-year-old Inca settlement about 20 miles outside of Cuzco. Looking down on the Urubamba River, a silver ribbon winding 1.500 feet below, they have reason to wheeze. And their unruffled tour guide, who has yet to break a sweat,... Read more >>>
Southern Comfort....My Trip on the Amazon I couldn't believe it--my fourth day on the Amazon! Dawn was misty and cold--two things I never expected to encounter, but then, I never expected to encounter most of what I was seeing on this trip. I had joined a small group in the Miami airport for the once-per-week direct flight to Iquitos, Peru, gateway to the upper Amazon. Now, standing on the top deck of our ship, the Explorer, I marveled... Read more >>>
A Paradise in Ecuador The Galapagos Islands, paradise of evolution, are located 1000 Km (600 miles) from the coastline of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. Of volcanic origin and crossed by the equatorial line, this is also one of the most famous national parks of the world due to its unique characteristics. The Galapagos Islands are made up of 13 main... Read more >>>
The Birds of the Manu Biosphere Reserve The Manu Biosphere Reserve has, within it's boundaries, the highest concentration of bird life on Earth. At the time of writing approximately 925 species have been recorded and ornitholigists expect this figure to break the 1000 mark in the near future as remoter areas of the reserve are explored. There are a little under 9000 species of birds in the world therefore, Manu holds one in every nine... Read more >>>
Chacha Picchu, New Discoveries in Amazonas, Peru As a sometime archaeologist and dedicated adventurer, I have been poking around backcountry Peru since the1960s. While making an income by guiding adventure programs, I have been compiling data on Inca roads and sites associated with the last Incas. For the past several years, I have focused my interest on Choquequirao, an unusual Inca ceremonial site located spectacularly high above the Apurimac... Read more >>>


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