South America

Rio Mindo

Mindo, Ecuador: beautiful Eco-tourism

Eco-tourism is what brings nearly 200,000 tourists annually to Mindo, usually to decompress after visiting the Galapagos. Eco-tourism is key to the beauty of this town located in the Mindo-Namillo Cloud Forest of Ecuador, a short 2.5 hour bus trip…

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Fishing boats in the harabor

Ecuador: Puerto Lopez

The small fishing village of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador offers relaxing entertainment:  exploring Isla de la Plata, ocean kyaking, whale watching, cloud forest with birds and monkeys, or simply relaxing on Playa los Frailes (Ecudor’s most beautiful beach). Tours Isla de…

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Pacha sign in front of chocolate factory.

Chocolates Pacha: Bean to Bar

Tourists visit Puerto Lopez, Ecuador for three major reasons: Isla de la Plata, whale watching and the beach. What they miss is a lesson in fine chocolate making at Chocolates Pacha. Angel Zurita and Veronica Alvarez, owners, begin by cultivating…

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First catch at Rio Parana

Fishing Rio Parana

Rio Parana, the second longest river in South America behind the mighty Amazon, divides Brasil, Argentina and Paraguay. The focus of our trip was to see the Iguazu Falls (Cataratus Iguazú) which were magnificent. But, fishing the Parana River was…

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Chile, Iquique

Iquique: Chile’s Resort Destination

Iquique has reinvented itself from a sleepy little fishing village to a nitrate power house and, now, a tourist destination. Located on Chile’s northern west coast, Iquique has something for everyone – beaches to gambling. Getting There: LANTAM flies into…

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Chile’s Atacama Desert

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of the desert is sand. However, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile is a mixture of landscapes from volcanoes to salt lakes, geysers to sand dunes. June is the beginning…

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Peru, South America


My husband and I started planning our trip to Peru as soon as we learned that our daughter, Rachel, was assigned to Lima for work as a Trade Attache for the US government in 2015. We headed off on our…

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