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Quito a candidate for New World’s 7 Wonders Cities

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Quito a candidate for New World’s 7 Wonders Cities

The City of Quito has made it to the second round of the New “7 Wonders of the World Cities” competition and is now part of 303 cities that were selected from an initial 1,200  list. Whether you have visited recently or in the past, Quito has plenty of reasons to be one the New 7 Wonders Cities! Quito shines for many reasons: Quito’s Historic Center, the largest and best preserved in the Americas, is an exquisite receptacle of culture and art. UNESCO named it a “gem of human creative genius” for its magnificent monumental architecture and...

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Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, Ecuador’s Train unveils two routes

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Ferrocarriles del Ecuador, Ecuador’s Train unveils two routes

Ferrocarriles del Ecuador now offers new routes from Riobamba for its passangers. Tren del Hielo will go from Riobamba to Urbina and Senderos de los Ancestros, will travel from Riobamba to Colta. Tren de Hielo route  passes by  the majestic Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest volcano. The train’s ample windows allow visitors to take in breathtaking scenery including the Altar, Tungurahua and Carihuayrazo peaks. Upon arriving to Urbina, visitors can head to the Eco-Center where agricultural activities are available. The train also offers traditional...

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My CISV Experience

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My CISV Experience

My CISV Experience   Before I could say “hello” or ask what was wrong, the girls teared up and said they had a confession. They had picked the lock to the female leaders’ room — which was off limits – stolen a full jar of Nutella, and had eaten the entire thing. They wanted me to hear the confession directly from them. These girls were learning to be responsible adults as they learned the true meaning of respect, honesty and integrity. From late December 1999 to January 2000, I traveled to Salvadore, Brazil with six 14-year-olds...

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

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LAN Airlines’ Biannual ‘Big Deal’ Sale to South America

(MIAMI, FL – May 31, 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier air carrier, and its affiliates are excited to announce the mid-year ‘big deal’ sale! Plan an adventure to one of South America’s most sought after destinations and take advantage of some of LAN’s lowest prices yet. Savings this big only happen twice a year, so book now for an unforgettable travel experience that can be found only in South America and only with LAN.   Passengers who book now and fly later will enjoy savings to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil,...

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

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LAN Airlines Offers Spring Specials to South America

(MIAMI, FL, March 2012) – LAN Airlines, South America’s premier carrier, and its affiliates invite passengers to celebrate the arrival of springtime by booking a trip to South America. Savvy travelers can get a head start on planning a summer getaway this year by taking advantage of LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ low fares on travel taking place from March 15 to June 15. Passengers can book now through March 12. “We are excited to offer these incredible fares to our travelers. With prices as low as these, this spring is the perfect time to...

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

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Hilton Hotels Launch “Authentically Local” Vacation Experience

(MIAMI, Fla., February 2012) – In an effort to meet travelers’ growing desire for authentic vacation experiences, a selection of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America today announced the “Authentically Local” package – an exciting new program that introduces travelers to local culture and language. Available now through Dec. 31, 2012, the “Authentically Local” package features accommodations and a number of local touches including: ·         Local culture...

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

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Copa Airlines Announces Service to Four New Destinations

(PANAMA CITY, Jan. 25, 2012) — Copa Airlines, subsidiary of Copa Holdings, S.A., announced that it will begin non-stop service in June 2012 from Panama to four new destinations: Recife, Brazil; Liberia, (Guanacaste), Costa Rica; Las Vegas, Nevada and the island of Curacao. Passengers who depart or connect to these new flights through Copa’s Hub of the Americas at Tocumen International Airport will have access to a network of 63 destinations in 29 countries in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. As part of the...

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Bolivian Mountain: Huayna Potosi

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Bolivian Mountain: Huayna Potosi

The wind is whipping at my face. My nose has frozen; I can’t feel my toes. The crunch of crampons on the snow is the only sound above the howling wind; the suffocating darkness around me is broken only by the tiny glimmering lights of the group up ahead and the red shimmering cloud of La Paz’s streetlights far away to the left. I feel my foot step through the ice. I’m falling, crumbling; the rope around my waist goes taut. I hear the guide yelling at me. It sounds as though he’s a long way away. The crevasse into which I’ve fallen is only...

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

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LAN Airlines Announces the Biggest Deal of the Year

 (MIAMI, November 28, 2011) – LAN Airlines, South America´s premier air carrier, and its affiliates announce the biggest deal of the year! Passengers looking to travel to South America next year can book now through December 12, 2011 and enjoy savings on trips to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.   “LAN is making a big deal about South America this year! With prices this low to destinations this exciting, there’s no time like now to book a trip to South America,” said Pablo Chiozza, LAN Airlines’ Vice...

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10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

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10 New Extreme Adventures from Abercrombie & Kent

(DOWNERS GROVE, IL – October 17, 2011) — There is adventure travel, and then there are the adventures of a lifetime. Abercrombie & Kent seamlessly orchestrates unforgettable journeys in the world’s most challenging environments. Among the exciting new Extreme Adventures for 2012 are treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, ideal for seasoned hikers seeking a more rigorous climb. These new routes feature steeper terrain with greater changes in altitude each day compared to other Extreme Adventure treks to the same...

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

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Trafalgar Expands Family Experiences with New Itineraries

(Anaheim, October 2011) – With family travel in high demand, Trafalgar has introduced four exciting new itineraries in the 2012 Family Experiences brochure. Now adding up to 18 itineraries, the Family Experiences guided vacations are activity-packed and designed specifically to meet family travel needs.   The four new itineraries invite guests to explore Europe, as well as North America, Costa Rica, Peru and South Africa: Sorrento & Sicily Surprise; Greek Island Hopper; Conquistadors, Sacred Valleys & Inca Mysteries; and Dude...

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

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New Latin American Vacations in 2012

Brendan Vacations, the Ireland Specialist, is also a leader in providing unique and memorable guided vacations to Latin America. Brendan is now pleased to announce their 2012-13 South & Central America 2012-13 Brochure highlighting the region’s vibrant culture and vast natural and historical treasures. Brendan knows it’s all about you, the customer– everyone has different travel needs and expectations. By “taking you personally,” Brendan ensures its highly trained, hands-on team focuses on old fashioned service, taking care of each...

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New Adventure Vacations in Chile and Argentina

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New Adventure Vacations in Chile and Argentina

(Billings, MT, Aug. 24, 2011) – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures, the active travel company setting adventure vacation standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, announces three new itineraries for 2012 embracing the diversity, culture, cuisine and natural wonders of both sides of the Andes in Argentina, Chile and south to Patagonia. Wine aficionados will appreciate Argentina & Chile – Wine Country, a 9-day multi-sport (trekking, horseback riding, cycling) program at $5,098 per person, double, that...

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The Best Show in Cusco, Peru

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The Best Show in Cusco, Peru

I had the good fortune to be in Cusco, Peru, for much of June with a group. The itinerary featured being in the city for Inti Raymi, the Return of the Sun. Marking the winter solstice, this is one of the biggest ceremonies in South America, held every June 24 in Cusco and not to be missed, according to the guidebook. This Inca ceremony was suppressed in 1572 by the Spanish viceroy and revived in the 1940s. Inti Raymi is the climax of City Month and involves a giant multi-stage pageant with processions, offerings to the Inca, animal sacrifice...

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Update: Access to Machu Picchu

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Update: Access to Machu Picchu

(LIMA, PERU) – Given the situation of tourists unable to access Machu Picchu due to limited capacity, Rocio Merino, Director of Tourism Promotion of PromPerú, has stated: 1.     The Master Plan of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, which was elaborated by the ministries of Environment and Culture established in 2005 that no more than 2,500 visitors per day should enter the citadel. 2.      In May 2011, the Ministry of Culture created an electronic system to purchase entrance tickets to the citadel. This system determines the exact...

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Casa Gangotena: Quito’s Newest Boutique Hotel

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Casa Gangotena: Quito’s Newest Boutique Hotel

There will soon be a new address for spirited travelers to experience the beauty and history of Old Town Quito, Ecuador: Casa Gangotena. Situated in a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story boutique hotel harbors 31 suites, each a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, modern technologies and quintessential comforts to impress the most discerning guests. The hotel will begin welcoming travelers to the Ecuadorian capital beginning in September 2011. Casa Gangotena resides in a choice spot...

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Quito Named 2011 Culture Capital Of The Americas

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Quito Named 2011 Culture Capital Of The Americas

QUITO, Ecuador, April 15 –The capital of Ecuador has been named the 2011 American Capital of Culture and has scheduled a full slate of concerts, festivals, fairs and events through December. Quito is a living jewel with its 320-acre historic center full of 130 monuments and 5,000 heritage properties.  Founded in the 16th century and built on the ruins of an ancient Inca city, Quito sits at over 9,000 feet surrounded by towering Andean volcanoes.  Throughout 2011, its historic theatres, cultural centers, plazas and patios will host...

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Argentina in Three Parts: Mendoza

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Argentina in Three Parts: Mendoza

My last destination in Argentina was by far my favorite. Argentina is famous for Pampas beef and red wine. If you think these two things go together better than just about anything else, you must visit Mendoza. The city of Mendoza is a 90-minute flight from Buenos Aires at the base of the Andes Mountains on the border with Chile is, in the heart of Argentinean wine country. Mendoza does not hustle like Buenos Aires, nor does it feel like the tourist economy of Iguazu Falls. Rather it remains as Argentina was. The city closes down between noon...

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Argentina in Three Parts:Buenos Aires

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Argentina in Three Parts:Buenos Aires

Much has been written about the second largest city in South America, Buenos Aires, or BA, as it’s called in shorthand. It’s easy to see why. It is a city with its own unique personality and life. The (dirty, I thought) streets are filled with people, and the sidewalks with cafés. The Argentineans look to Europe for their model, and it shows, particularly to Americans like me. If you have any reservations about automobile travel, don’t take taxis in Buenos Aires. The subway is very inexpensive—just a couple pesos ($.50 U.S.)—and it goes...

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The Cool Colombian Sierra Nevadas

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The Cool Colombian Sierra Nevadas

It was rainy or “low” season in Colombia, but I needed a high. It may sound impossible, but one can honestly get tired of the beach. I had been traveling for three weeks along Colombia’s gorgeous stretch of Caribbean coastline when I inexplicably reached my limit. I simply woke up one morning in my hammock, sticky with sweat and squinting at the already scorching Santa Marta sun and decided that I needed a break from la costa. Thankfully, the nearby Sierra Nevada, the world’s highest coastal mountain range, provided the perfect altitudinal...

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