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South America is the world’s fourth largest continent covering some 6.8 million square miles and spanning some of the world’s most diverse geographies. It covers the high mountain volcanoes of the Andes and low deserts. It includes the deep, lush jungles of the Amazon and the barren landscapes of Patagonia. And then there’s the salt plains of Bolivia and the wine regions of Chile and Argentina. And then there’s the famed beaches of Brazil and Uruguay.

Politically, South America suffered throughout the 20th century with wars and political strife. Those days are long over. Other than Brazil which speaks Spanish, it is a region that speaks a single, unified language: Spanish. This makes travel very easy. South America some of the best food on the planet. On our travels, we’ve fallen in love with both Peru and Ecuador. But this is a big continent and there’s a lot of places to explore. Here are some of our favorite articles.

How to Select a Galapagos Cruise Boat

The Beagle - our Galapagos cruise boat.

The Galapagos Islands are the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Most travelers to the islands will opt for a cruise to see many of the more remote areas. However, not all Galapagos cruise tours are the same and which boat you select will have a significant impact on your experience. Here’s how to

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Seeing The Colorful Otavalo Market

Fruit stand in Ecuador's Otavalo market.

Yellow, green, red, orange, blue, pink, purple. As I walked around Ecuador’s Saturday Otavalo market, my eyes were assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Everywhere I looked, tables were piled high with goods in every color imaginable. I realized that the Otavalo market is the most colorful place on earth.

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Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

For many travelers, including us, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, naturalists have been observing curious animals for nearly two centuries. It was here that Charles Darwin proved evolution. And it is here that visitors travel to experience one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations. Yet every visitor to these enchanted

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Ecuador Graffiti: Street Art Expressions

The Boy in Otavalo by Tenaz

Stepping off the plane in Quito, Ecuador, the first thing you notice are the colors. The entire country is bathed in bright reds, lush greens, deep blues, sunny yellows and everything in between. Some of that is because this is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. But much of it is also due to

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