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Beyond Words –
Brazil for the Deaf Traveler

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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, British Sign Language. For me and many other deaf people understanding a foreign person speaking can be a struggle...

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Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru

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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 expression combining the Pacific Ring of Fire, river water, and the aftermath of a collision between two enormous...

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Copa Airlines Starts Flights to Rosario, Argentina

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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 tourism opportunities throughout the American continent, say officials Going Direct to Rosario, Argentina Panama...

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

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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 survival brought out an outpouring of sentiment and donations from hundreds of Americans. Subsequently,...

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Much More than Machu Picchu

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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 there, Peru is about bok choy the size of your head and chirimoyas the size of your heart. As a Peruvian...

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Islas y Huacas, Bolivia

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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 Bolivian jurisdiction, there’s no passport control to deal with here. Inka Steps My boat puts ashore at the...

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Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

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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 standing in the middle of the world’s largest salt flats – the Salar de Uyuni, in the isolated...

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An Inca Trail Revelation

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An Inca Trail Revelation

Exploring the Inca Trail The Inca Trail Discovery As the sun set beneath the Andean peaks I was drawn to the remains of a tiny ruined hut on a hill overlooking our camp site. It had been a long day so far, the third of a four day Inca Trail trek, and perhaps the altitude and the exertion was getting to me but there was a definite attraction to this lonely ruin above a narrow mountain valley. Four walls of rough stones formed a roofless three-by-three meter room. Weeds and grass covered the floor and grew between the gaps in the stonework....

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News from Quito, Ecuador

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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, the business area “Quito Airport Center” was inaugurated in November and will provide a new and varied range...

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Learn Spanish in Peru

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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 Francisco. The trip that begins and ends in Lima integrates a traveler’s natural curiosity at being in an...

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Solstice Sun Peru

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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 adventure tour operator, Southwind Adventures is offering a unique set of itineraries that include the festival...

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Family Friendly Peru

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Family Friendly Peru

  Peru Travel Specialist Launches New Family-Friendly Itineraries Aracari Travel, an award-winning travel agency based in Lima, Peru, has announced a range of new family-friendly tour itineraries for summer 2013. Responding to increasing demand for family-oriented experiences in Peru, Aracari Travel has developed two itineraries that incorporate the destinations, accommodations and activities that are most suited to younger families with children aged up to 12 years old as well as families with children aged 13 years and older. Family...

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Plaza Botero in Medellin, Colombia

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Plaza Botero in Medellin, Colombia

Botero Sculptures in Plaza Botero The Morning in Plaza Botero The morning before leaving my week in Medellin, Colombia, I made it downtown to Plaza Botero, which is named after famed Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The hoped to visit Museo de Antioquia for art and its accompanying inspiration. My first couple of days in Medellin were spent divided between the malls and and Comuna Trece, one of the most devastated and violent sections of Medellin about seven years ago. The malls were surprisingly pleasant and Comuna Trece inspiring (I will...

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Experience Suriname’s untouched rainforest nature resort

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Experience Suriname’s untouched rainforest nature resort

Suriname, Rainforest at Kabalebo Nature KABALEBO NATURE RESORT, SURINAME – In 1674, the British traded a vast region of rain forests on the northeast coast of South America to the Dutch for a cold, wet sliver of land in North America called New Amsterdam.  While the British lost their new colony (renamed New York) a little more than a century later, the Dutch held on to Suriname until 1975. Suriname and “The Wild Coast” Suriname (formerly Dutch Guiana) is perhaps one of the last untamed places in South America – a land of winding...

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New Revamped Ecuador International Airport

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New Revamped Ecuador International Airport

Quito Gets a New Airport   New York – February 19, 2013 – Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Authority has announced that Quito’s new international airport, will begin operations on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. All operations at Quito’s current airport, which operates under the same name, will cease on February 19th at 7:00 PM and will resume at the new location on Wednesday February 20th at 9:00 AM (-5:00 GMT) Built over an area of 172,222,567 sq. ft east of Quito in the Tababela valley, the new airport is located 23 miles from the city...

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Rediscover Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited’s New Small Group Tour

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Rediscover Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited’s New Small Group Tour

Visit Colombia with Odysseys Unlimited Newton, MA, January 28, 2013 – Small group specialist Odysseys Unlimited introduces for 2013 Colombia Rediscovered, a 10-day tour that visits Bogota, Cartagena, Cocora Valley, and the Coffee Triangle. “Certain places have a ‘wow’ factor,” says Bruce Epstein, President of Odysseys Unlimited, “and Colombia is certainly one of them. We are excited to bring small groups to rediscover this amazing destination and be part of its comeback.” Visit Colombia’s national treasures Among the small group...

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Argentine Food Tour

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Argentine Food Tour

Argentine Flavors Enchant Gastronomy Lovers on Zicasso’s Custom Food and Wine Tour Everyone loves to savor the local foods while traveling. Now you can immerse completely into the South American vibe with a custom gastronomy tour in Argentina. Discover Argentina’s gastronomic renaissance on an exclusive 11-day culinary and wine tour through Buenos Aires, Bariloche and Mendoza. Buenos Aires Tango Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, the first culinary adventure begins with a food tour: A local chef will take guests to explore a...

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Quiet Paradise in Bahia Inglesa, Chile

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Quiet Paradise in Bahia Inglesa, Chile

Bahia Inglesa, the English Bay, in Chile I Arrive in Bahia Inglesa Slouched over their sand-flecked pushbikes, four young Chilean men ogle me curiously, their heads tracking my slow movements down the sidewalk. Inside a small corner store and through the window of a beach side seafood restaurant I feel the eyes of shopkeepers and bored waiters watching with interest as I struggle with my 20 kilo backpack downhill from the taxi rank, following my nose toward the smell of salt and sand. A small seaside village of 150, the main attraction of...

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Rio De Janeiro Becomes World Heritage Site

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Rio De Janeiro Becomes World Heritage Site

Christ Redeemer and Rio, Brazil, now Tops to UNESCO UNESCO World Heritage Recognizes Rio De Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – The UNESCO Heritage Committee has elected the city of Rio de Janeiro as the first big city to receive the title of World Heritage Site in the Urban Landscape category. The decision was made at the Committee’s 36thsession in Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 1, 2012. The National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage – IPHAN – presented Rio’s candidacy in 2009 with the concept of the harmonious relationship between...

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BUENOS AIRES WALKING TOUR OFFER

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BUENOS AIRES WALKING TOUR OFFER

WALK STRAIGHT INTO SAVINGS WITH COUNTRY WALKERS’ FREE “BUENOS AIRES SELECT” OFFER The leading tour operator in active travel is offering a free 3-day/2-night “pre-tour” of Buenos Aires to guests booking a Spring 2013 Argentina walking tour ** Spectacular savings from $1,798 – $2,058 per traveler ** Waterbury, VT (October 25, 2012) – Country Walkers is giving guests an opportunity to explore Buenos Aires for free when they book either the February 16-23, 2013 or March 9-16, 2013, departure of the...

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