Beyond Words –  Brazil for the Deaf Traveler
Jan06

Beyond Words –
Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

Part of the appeal of traveling to other places is broadened horizons, right? New languages, new people: all part and parcel of the spice of a new country. As a deaf traveler, negotiating my way through a new culture in complete silence was doubly difficult in comparison to attempting in my own. Language barriers are challenging enough as a deaf person working between my own language, English, and the UK’s national sign language,...

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Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru
Aug05

Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru

Ancient cultures all revere the night skies and many myths revolve around the heavens. One of the oldest in the Andes, and one involving a star cluster generating myths in cultures around the globe, concerns the Pleiades. Cañon del Colca I leave Arequipa early on a modern 16 seat Mercedes-Benz bus bound for the headwaters of the Cañon del Colca. This is the giant gorge cut into the Andes Mountains by the Rio de Colca – a physical...

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Copa Airlines Starts Flights to Rosario, Argentina
Jul11

Copa Airlines Starts Flights to Rosario, Argentina

Now Flying to Rosario What You Need to Know About Copa’s Flight to Rosario • Copa Airlines begins four-times-weekly nonstop flights to Rosario, Argentina, from its Hub of the Americas in Panama City, Panama on July 1 • Rosario is Copa Airlines’ third destination in Argentina; the airline also flies to Córdoba and Buenos Aires • The new route will foster economic development in northern Argentina, increasing commercial and...

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks
Apr08

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” transporting Middle America from the comfort of home into the squalor of the favelas of Brazil. The portrait of young Flavio and his families struggle for...

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Much More than Machu Picchu
Dec09

Much More than Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a Must but… There is more to Peru! To most, Peru is the country where Machu Picchu is located. Yes, this is true, and what an incredible landmark to boast: the incredible Inca ruins made up of huge rock structures built without mortar—so perfect that not even a piece of paper fits in between the slabs—miraculously and majestically sit up on a cliff in the middle of the lush Cuzco vegetation. But having been born...

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia
Sep17

Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

The harbor waters are still. Beyond this sheltered inlet a stiff wind whips the lake into whitecaps. I don’t much like choppy waters… Lake Titticaca sits just over two miles above sea level and encompasses 3200 square miles. This makes it the highest and largest navigable lake in the world. Shared by Peru and Bolivia, I sail these rough waters from the Peruvian side, headed for Isla del Sol. Although my destination is an island under...

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni
May25

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

Bolivia and the Salt Flats Something Different in Bolivia Gazing out at the ethereal landscape, I feel like I am on a different planet. What appears to be sand, or maybe even snow, continues endlessly on. The waves of heat create eerie shapes on the horizon, and the stillness around me makes me realize how vast and unique this place really is. While it may feel like I have transported myself to another world, I have not. We are simply...

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News from Quito, Ecuador
Dec04

News from Quito, Ecuador

News From Quito, Ecuador 2013: QUITO POSITIONS ITSELF AS A LEADING TOURISM DESTINATION The city of Quito is strengthening its position as a premier tourism destination and 2013 has provided a clear stage of the destination to continue its path. The NEW International Airport Mariscal Sucre was officially opened on February 20th 2013. It has the longest runway of any capital city in South America (4,098 m / 13,444 ft long). Furthermore,...

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Learn Spanish in Peru
Jun20

Learn Spanish in Peru

Learn Spanish in Peru Llama Expeditions to Host Spanish Language Learning Adventure November 2013 in Peru SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 13, 2013 – Andean trekking specialist Llama Expeditions will host a 9-day Spanish immersion program in Peru Nov. 9-17, 2013, that combines the signature elements of a Llama Expeditions adventure with the services of Carlos Bazan who runs one of the top-rated Spanish-language schools (Enjoy Spanish) in San...

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Solstice Sun Peru
May28

Solstice Sun Peru

Solstice Sun Peru Inca Festival Returns in June 2013 DENVER, Colo.— Each year on June 24th, one of the largest and most colorful celebrations in Latin America erupts on the cobbled streets of Cusco, Peru. In the colonial city at 11,150 feet above sea level and gateway to the legendary Machu Picchu, the Inti Raymi festival attracts foreigners and Peruvians alike with a re-enactment of a sacred Inca solstice celebration. Denver-based...

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