South America

Rock of Guatapé

Photo of the Week: The Rock of Guatapé

The Rock of Guatapé This is a massive monolithic rock formation 86km from Medellin, Colombia. It is believed that the Tahamies Indians, former inhabitants of this region, used to worship the rock. In the 1940s, it was declared as a “National Monument” by the Colombian government. The rock lies at the border of Guatapé and …

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Travel to Colombia FAQs

Travel to Colombia FAQs

Colombia is fast becoming one of South America’s best travel destinations. Picturesque landscapes, Caribbean beaches, snowcapped mountains, ancient ruins, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, this country is a true gem for travelers looking for something more than a typical South America travel experience. Colombia has worked hard to overcome its negative image of …

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colombia coffee country

Chilling out in Colombia’s Coffee Country

  Chilling out in Colombia’s Coffee Country High in the hills of central Colombia, where the fog is heavy and the vegetation the deepest of greens, you’ll find the country’s capital of chill. I first went to Salento back in 2010. We planned a few days there, but could have spent more. It’s a great …

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Goodbye Peru: After Four Years Living in Peru

  In January, 2010, Charlie and I moved to Lima, Peru with two suitcases and our dog, Brandy. I left my family, friends and career for an undetermined amount of time having no idea what it would be like to live abroad. My goal was to quickly learn Spanish and take advantage of every opportunity …

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Pregnant in Peru

The majority of ex-patriots I know travel to their respective first-world countries 6-8 weeks before their due dates to give birth surrounded by family and friends.  This wasn’t an option for us.  We only have Peruvian health insurance and the cost of giving birth in a hospital in the U.S. without coverage is probably higher …

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ushuaia

Photo of the Week: Ushuaia Southernmost City in the World

Ushuaia, Argentina is arguably the southernmost city in the world. It is situated on the Tierra del Fuego island at the southern tip of the South America continent. Ushuaia (54° 48′ 0″ S / 68° 18′ 0″ W) is only 1,000 km to Antarctica, making it the last city in the world before the white continent. Although the Chilean town …

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Photo of the Week: Colonial Streets of Barichara Colombia

It seems nearly every street you walk down in Barichara Colombia is a picturesque one of fine cobbled stones and white-washed houses with views stretching to the countryside and mountains beyond. Barichara itself is a relaxed town, up in the hills. It’s one of the finest of Colombia’s colonial remnants. Barichara and Guane can be …

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