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REASONS WHY THERE'S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO VISIT PANAMA

You've heard all about the beaches of Brazil and the panoramas of Peru. But what about the small nation of Panama which bridges the gap between the Caribbean-flavored Central America and cultural behemoth South America? Get your notepad out and take some notes, because there's never been a better ...

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AWASI: NEW ULTRA LUXURY IN THE ATACAMA DESERT

Awasi Atacama, one of our preferred accommodations in this dry region of northern Chile, has added 2 new Superior Round Suites to complete their total exclusive room offerings to just 10. Each of these highest category suites are 70 square meters in size, have a large bathtub and private sun ...

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10 Awesome Awasi Outings in the Atacama Desert

Awasi is a classy, cozy and colorful lodge from which to explore the highlights of the enchanting Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Beyond its luxurious features and exquisite cuisine, Awasi's private and personalized outings make it stand out among the rest; each group of guests gets its own ...

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Top Three Cevicherias in Lima, Peru

Lima is becoming an increasingly popular destination for foreign travelers, finally breaking from the misconception that it is merely a logistical stopover. Taking much of the credit for this is the capital city?s prominent culinary scene, now visited and revered by foodies from around the globe. ...

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Best Posadas in Los Roques, Venezuela

The Archipelago of Los Roques in Venezuela is slowly becoming a favorite beach destination on Latin America. This paradise island gaining a deserved reputation for giving visitors a memorable and varied type of beach escape. Not your typical ?Cancun? type escape, Los Roques has some very unique ...

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Colonia

Colonia Uruguay (population 30,000) is a lovely historic city. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the tip of a peninsula on the Rio de la Plata estuary, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colonia's cobblestone streets are reminiscent of old Lisbon, lined with small museums, tiny bars, fine ...

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Safety & What it Means in Today's Colombia

Playa Blanca, on the Baru Peninsula just outside Cartagena on the Caribbean coast is just one of hundreds of pristine and worry-free tropical getaways in Colombia, a country working hard to shed its more unpleasant reputation. Having had such a tumultuous history in the 80's and the 90's due to ...

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New Year's Eve in South America

The New Year is celebrated with "gusto" across the continent, but it's hard to think of more lively and sensational celebrations than those in Cartagena, Colombia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. If you plan to visit these cities at the end of December, be prepared for crowds, ...

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Playa Blanca, Cartagena, Colombia

Playa Blanca, or White Beach, on the Baru Peninsula just outside Cartagena on the Caribbean coast is just one of hundreds of pristine and worry-free tropical getaways in Colombia, a country working hard to earnestly shed its more unpleasant reputations.

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Dining in Rio: Top 5 Restaurants

Dining in Rio: Top 5 Restaurants Rio de Janeiro has easily become one of the most prominent and iconic cities in the world, and it's no surprise that it has produced a gamut of top restaurants. From traditional Portuguese fare to creative Italian cuisine, there are plenty of choices for food ...

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Rio de Janeiro is now a UNESCO World Heritage site

But now there's a new reason to celebrate since UNESCO has decidde to acknowledge the many wonders of the city by including its prestigious list of the World Heritage List. This site consists of an exceptional urban setting rather than built heritage. Rio has the key natural elements that have ...

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Top 10 Galapagos Beaches

Though the Galapagos aren't particularly known for their beaches, there are hundreds and hundreds of world class beaches that dot the lava rock strewn coastline. Here's some of the best that can be visited either as part of a Galapagos land tour or in many cases only as part of a Galapagos ...

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Peru's "Meat Prophet" Pushes Peruvian Gastronomy's Boundaries

For all that you've probably already heard about the emerging Peruvian culinary scene--because to be sure, it's definitely a topic on the tongue of travelers and enthusiasts around the world--by now you might think you've heard it all. Ceviche, cuy, lomo saltado... maybe these have even entered ...

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Ecuador: Host and Gem of the 2014 World Travel Awards

On August 9, 2014, some of tourism's biggest stars and most important groups gathered in Quito to attend the grand 2014 World Travel Awards event, what is essentially the Oscars of the travel sector. These people, may of whom travel the world for a living, marveled at the capital city and all the ...

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Chile and Ecuador Among Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network's "Hot List"

One of the tourism industry's leading luxury travel networks, Virtuoso, has just come out with their annual report on the most up-and-coming destinations in the world. This year, Chile and Ecuador made the "Hot List"! The rankings were made based on the largest year-over-year growth in tourism per ...

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The Singular Hotels: Chile's Passionate Ambassadors

The Singular hotel boutique chain in Chile may only have 2 properties (Santiago and Puerto Bories, Patagonia), but it has long proven itself to be the places to stay if you want to get to know the authentic but elegant side of the country. Whether you're looking to hike the staggering Andean peaks ...

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5 Best Places to Observe Easter Week in South America

Catholicism is the dominant religion in South America, home to about 40% of the world's Catholic followers. Most countries have distinct and unique traditions when it comes to Holy Week, or Easter Week before the annual April Sunday when it is said that Jesus Christ was resurrected. Each inhabited ...

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South America's Hottest Ancient Trek: The Lost City

For some of you, a vacation means as much to relax as it is to get your muscles moving. Since South America is a continent where untouched nature still reigns supreme in many areas, it has really become a destination for hikers. But you might be saying, I've already completed the 6-day Roraima ...

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Bucket List Topper: The Galapagos Islands!

Although we might be the travel experts here at Latin Excursions, we also know that the ones you might take most stock in are your friends, family members, and fellow travelers. Well, the people have spoken and according to the 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards and USA Today poll, the Galapagos ...

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Hotel B: Peru's Newest Boutique in the Heart of Lima's Hippest Area

Whether you will be going to Peru for the first time or visiting an old favorite destination, you will now have the option of staying in an authentic old colonial home now renovated after decades into the graceful boutique Hotel B (now a Relais & Chateaux property). Hailed across the board as ...

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Waking Up Early Has Never Felt So Good

When I travel I tend to go all-out. I wake up as early as possible so I can see everything, do everything and leave no stone un-turned. But let's be honest, making memories can be exhausting, a lot of fun, but exhausting and I think nothing would put a bigger damper to a great Buenos Aires vacation ...

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New Daily Flights Make Visiting Machu Picchu More Convenient Than Ever

One of our very favorite airlines in South America, LAN Airlines, has now opened up more routes between Peru's capital city of Lima (which is also home to the only international airport) and Cusco in the heart of the southern Andes from which most journeys to Machu Picchu begin. That means that for ...

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It's Official: Lima is South America's Top City!

All of us here in the tourism world have known this for a long time but now it's official: Lima is South America''s leading city! That is, with regards to number of visitors. The numbers are finally in, and according to the Euromonitor Top 100 City Destinations Ranking, Peru's capital beat the rest ...

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Cinephiles to Gather for the 54th Annual Cartagena International Film Festival in Colombia

When movie award season comes around, do you find yourself curious about some of the international films that you may not have heard of winning Oscars and Golden Globes? Are you interested in films with themes and ideas that transcend the usual selections found at your neighborhood RedBox or ...

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Summer Splendor in Argentina at Faena Hotel

This summer, much of the world will be directing its focus on Brazil for the duration of the World Cup, taking place in June and July over a period of 1 month. So while everyone is in Brazil, the summer will be an ideal time for a more tranquil visit to visit Brazil's neighbors! Why not consider ...

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Celebrate Christmas Traditions in South America with Latin Excursions

It's seemingly the same thing every year, right? One day you're sunning yourself on your back porch under the July sun, and the next day, it's already the December holidays! With so much going on in our daily lives, the festival season may come as a welcome break to take time to reconnect with ...

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Mashpi Lodge - Who is it for?

If you are considering seeing a part of Ecuador that few people have access to, a stay at Mashpi Lodge in the middle of a cloud forest might be what you are looking for. You might be asking, what is a cloud forest? And what's the difference between a cloud forest and a rainforest like the ...

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JetBlue Expands Routes Between the USA and Lima, Peru

An experience high in the Andes such as in Cusco or Machu Picchu or at the coastal capital center known as Lima, sipping a trendy pisco sour or dining on a freshly prepared ceviche dish makes for an ideal trip for families or couples any time of the year. Now, with increased connections between the ...

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JetBlue Increasese Direct Flights NYC to Cartagena, Colombia

Have the waves of the Caribbean coast of Colombia been calling you but you haven't been able to make a trip to South America fit in your schedule? Well, JetBlue Airlines has just made it a little easier for New Yorkers to access this piece of paradise - 5 times a week! That's right, the airline is ...

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Getting Around Peru Has Never Been So Convenient

If you have been considering a trip to Peru but the flights between its must-see destinations leave you with a headache, then the latest features to the country's air schedules will be welcome! Generally speaking, daily flights from Lima, the capital and international point of arrival and ...

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Why do Boobies have blue feet?

The Galapagos's signature blue footed bird, Boobies, are not unlike you and I really. Sure, they have a bit more feathers than we do, but romance at its core is universal and can overcome all obstacles and maybe even species. So, let's go over the basics. Boy meets girl, flirting and dancing ensues ...

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Top Events to Attend in Cartagena, Colombia

On the northern coast of Colombia, it seems as if the sights and sounds of the Caribbean-Latino lifestyle never cease. Cartagena de Indias is the gem of the coast in this country known for its coffee and its passion, a port city which has long been the ideal hidden vacation spot for nationals but ...

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Is it vacation time yet?

Though I'm not proud of it, I'm going to have to admit it -- as I'm writing this blog, I'm thinking of how I'm going to weasel and scheme some more vacation days from work. Should I fake an injury? Cause a real injury? Lie about an aunt's godmother's sister's twice-removed's wedding? Fake a rare ...

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El Otro Lado, Portobelo

El Otro Lado, meaning "The Other Side" in Spanish, is a luxury private retreat consisting of four uniquely decorated casitas sitting on the calm Portobelo Bay. Surrounded by the lush tropic forest of Portobelo National Park, the Sun House, Forest House, Sea House and Spirit House each ...

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Panama Travel Tips

Panama is increasingly showing up on the radars of in-the-know travelers. Less touristy and more cultural than its neighbor Costa Rica, Panama is blessed with both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, a strong tourist infrastructure and economy, and distinct regions with much to offer the adventurous, ...

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Galapagos Travel Tips

The Galapagos Islands is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Composed of 18 major islands and other islets, this Pacific archipelago dazzles visitors with its volcanic landscapes, fearless wildlife, pristine beaches and fascinating underwater world. Therefore, it is no wonder the ...

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5 Reasons to Go to the Galapagos Islands in 2014

Not sure when you want to schedule your trip to the Galapagos? The number of visitors to these far off islands in the middle of the Pacific increase every year. So, experience your own slice of paradise before the crowds get here and see Latin Excursions' top 5 reasons to visit now rather than ...

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LAN & American Airlines offer New & Improved Flights to Colombia

Two of North and South America's largest airlines have worked out a new codeshare agreement for the convenience of their travelers leading to new and improved connections between the United States and Colombia. LAN Airlines and American Airlines will now be collaborating together to bring you some ...

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal with Latin Excursions

In 1914, the opening of the Panama Canal changed the world. The new and more importantly, direct connection between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific seas on the other side revolutionized the international trade industry and economies around the globe. For the first time in ...

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What City Was Just Named the 2013 Best Tourist Destination of South America?

Have you ever been caught in a place where you knew no amount of photos could ever capture the beauty in front of your eyes right there and then? Quito, Ecuador is one of those rare places that keep you from closing your jaws in awe, especially as you peek around the endless corners of the old ...

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New Treks & Walks in Colombia

No matter what your skills and abilities are, we have a variety of treks in Colombia that suit all travelers. All half day hikes can be enhanced and extended into full day options, and the opposite is also possible. Here are some of our top new hikes & walks in Colombia: Half day Cocora ...

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Colombia Travel Tips

There are few countries with reputations more outdated than Colombia's. Just as modern Chicago and New York City are far cries from their grittier pasts, South America's hidden gem has come a long way from its reality of the last few decades. So, forget what you think you know about Colombia from ...

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Peru Named South America's Leading Culinary Destination for 2nd Year in a Row

On July 20, 2013, the prestigious World Travel Awards named Peru as South America's Leading Culinary Destination for the second consecutive year. I's no wonder, then, why the awards were hosted in Lima at the renowned Huaca Pucllana ruins and restaurant property! From its thousands of varieties of ...

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In Buenos Aires, Move to the Rhythm of Argentine Tango

When one thinks of South America, a few iconic dances probably come to mind: salsa (Colombia), marinera (Peru), and of course tango (Argentina). Like so many entertainment forms around the world, tango from Argentina finds it origins in the working class but is now popular with audiences and ...

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World Travel Awards 2013 Honor Latin Excursions Partner Properties

Latin America came out strong in this year's World Travel Awards, held in Lima, Peru, on July 20, 2013. Considered to be the "Oscars of the travel industry", World Travel Awards honors the finest properties and best travel professionals throughout the world, and this year marks the ...

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Bananas for Fruits in Ecuador!

For all the right reasons, fruit lovers are always very excited to go to South America. With such excellent warm yet rain-frequented climates, countries such as Colombia, Brazil, and Peru are hotbeds for tons upon tons of fruit exported to far off countries around the world each year, not to ...

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5 Reasons to Go to Colombia Now!

Growing out of its struggling politics of the 1980s and 1990s, Colombia is now one of the best kept secrets in South America but surely not for long! Travelers around the world are now discovering the comprehensive allure of the only country on the southern continent that touches both the Pacific ...

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Antarctica Travel Tips

For a truly spectacular trip to a place where few have gone before you, venture to Antarctica, arguably the very last frontier on earth. Home to the legendary South Pole and a land of extremes where the world's top scientists are still only scraping the surface of all that this icy land offers and ...

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Google's Street View to Add Galapagos Islands

Google Maps Street View feature allows users to explore destinations throughout the world at street-level, providing 360-degree virtual tours of some of the most interesting places on earth. From Antarctica to the Swiss Alps, from the Great Barrier Reef to the Grand Canyon, Street View takes people ...

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Air France Begins Flights to Panama City

Panama is getting ever more conveniently connected with other areas of the world; specifically, Europe. Announced recently, Air France will begin 3 weekly flight services to Panama City departing from Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport starting November 25, 2013. This is in addition to the daily ...

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Liquor and Explosions in Colombia: A Night of Fun to Remember

Looking for some out-of-the-ordinary fun while in Colombia? Try combining alcohol and gun powder! Aguardiente is a strong anise-flavored liquor beloved by locals and as synonymous with social events as laughter that you are sure to encounter (or be offered!) during your time in the land of El ...

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Sleep in the Trees in the Peruvian Amazon

There are probably many things that inspire you to muster up the motivation to plan a trip to the Amazon in Peru. Maybe you are looking forward to pairing a journey into the natural jungle with a trip to Machu Picchu, or perhaps you are just looking forward to discovering an unknown world of ...

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It's Time to Reconsider...Medellin, Colombia!

For decades, Medellin was shrugged off by travelers to Colombia and the rest of Latin America, despite its cultural highlights, modern infrastructure, pleasant weather and lively nightlife scene. This was all overshadowed by Medellin's most notorious resident: Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and ...

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Argentina Travel Tips

A trip to Argentina can start in the most unassuming of places - a stroll through wine country known as Mendoza, a bike ride through the tango capital Buenos Aires, or perhaps a boat ride at the imposing Iguazu Falls - but take you to the far ends of the world known as Patagonia. There are ...

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3 Things That Might Surprise You on a Galapagos Trip

Looking back on the first time that I went to the Galapagos, I realized that I had no idea what I was getting myself into (as is often the case when we look behind us!). I had expected to see a few animals here and there, maybe a good sunset every night, and having to battle large groups of people ...

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Discovering the Ancient Figures of San Agustin by Foot or Horseback

Deep in southern Colombia is a mysterious destination that few visitors have ventured to discover in the last 30 years. This is because this region was once the stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as FARC. Today, this small town with a population of about 30,000 is ...

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Deciphering a Peruvian "Chifa" Menu

When the first wave of Chinese immigrants first came to Peru in the late 1800s, they were considered part of the lowest working class, seeking work in mines and sugar plantations after the country outlawed slavery. The nature of the work meant that more than 95% of these incoming groups were male, ...

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Brazil Travel Tips

Although South America consists of 13 unique countries, the behemoth Brazil geographically comprises about half of the land area. That's a large destination! For your next trip to see some of the most famous landscapes, festivals and beaches in the world, take note of these helpful tips to get you ...

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Puertas Cerradas: Alternative Dining Experiences in Buenos Aires

Sometimes it is nice to feel at home when so far away from home. Yet while in a new country and culture, it is always refreshing to seek out unique culinary experiences to keep our stomachs as satisfied as our souls. Enter “puertas cerradas.” “Puertas Cerradas,” which ...

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Travel + Leisure Magazine Names South America's Best New Hotels of 2013

It seems that South America is on everybody's radar these days, from business travelers to vacationers, and no wonder since the continent is home to some of the best new hotels in the world! #32: Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador Just 3 hours from the capital city of Quito, Mashpi Lodge is set more than 900 ...

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Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center

There is perhaps no other name more synonymous with the Galapagos Islands than Charles Darwin. The author of the 1859 book On the Origin of Species, Darwin ignited what would turn out to be a forever debate about the merits of evolutions against the traditional ideas of creation based on religious ...

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Finding Paradise in Corumbau, Brazil

Sometimes, it is necessary to take a vacation from vacation. Whether you are looking for some time off from bouncing between numerous destinations in South America or need a break from the roar and rumble of Rio in June and July 2013 due to the World Cup, Brazil's Corumbau is perhaps the ultimate ...

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Chile Travel Tips

Will your trip to Chile be your first, or a return to an old favorite? Whichever the case, be sure to keep these top 3 Chile travel tips in mind for an unforgettable and well-prepared vacation! Learn ChilenoStandard Spanish might be the official language, but colloquially, Chilenan Spanish is what ...

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American Airlines begins direct flights between
Dallas and Lima, Peru

If you are already in the southern United States, it can be incredibly tempting not to want to hop the border into colorful South America! Making it easier than ever to quickly reach the ancient Inca lands, American Airlines has announced that starting April 1, 2013, it will start running direct ...

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Not-to-Miss on Attractions on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Whenever timing and schedules permit, it is a good idea to arrive into the Galapagos Islands at least 1 day before your cruise begins, allowing some flexibility in case are any travel complications along the way. This is particularly recommended if you are flying in from faraway international ...

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Boutique Hotel Carolina Offers Tranquility on Rosario Island, Colombia

When you're just coming off the bustle and stress of daily life, it can be hard to settle into vacation mode even if you've already traveled the miles and are in location. The peacefulness of vacation can sometimes be too good to handle! On your next visit to Cartagena, Colombia, however, be sure ...

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Hilton arrives to Panama

The Hilton Panama is located in a modern area of the capital and boasts 347 rooms in total over 16 stories, some of which have sweeping ocean views over the Panama Bay. The international airport is very close by, about 20 minutes by car, as well as the Casco Viejo, or the historical side of town. ...

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