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With the Summer Olympics kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, many travelers are questioning if it’s safe to head to Brazil and other countries affected by the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t recommend that most people cancel their travel plans. Still, there’s concern... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel
Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel/Eric Mohl

Sacha Ji means “beloved mountain” in the Quechua language and the Sacha Ji Wellness Hotel and Retreat, which opened in 2013 just outside the town of Otavalo in Northern Ecuador, is surrounded by such beloved mountains, including four volcanoes. Lago San Pablo shimmers in the distance. Look long enough... Read More

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Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking... Read More

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Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as... Read More

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If you’ve ever taken a Disney vacation, you’re probably familiar with the company’s focus on customer service, and its commitment to helping you make lasting memories. Clearly, there’s a reason why families head to Walt Disney World and Disneyland over and over again. But everyone could occasionally use a... Read More

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Our recent story on camera apps proved that a smartphone is all you need to take a piece of your trip home with you. Another tried-and-true method? Passport stamps. The tiny imprints are capable of reducing an entire travel experience down to a single emblematic image while communicating an... Read More

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If you have always wanted to visit the colorful cities of South America but were deterred by high fares and long flight times, this deal might just the ticket. LAN Airlines and its affiliates, all part of LATAM Airlines Group, are having a Premium Business Class sale to destinations in Argentina... Read More

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In life, being in the right place at the right time can come down to serendipity, but in travel, it is almost always the result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places... Read More

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Great Value Ecuadorian Haciendas

Tucked high into the Ecuadorian Andes, a series of atmospheric colonial-inspired haciendas-cum-hotels unfold in dramatic valley settings, fringed by soaring volcanic peaks. Mostly family-run affairs, some working farms or horse ranches, all are rich in history and hospitality. Recently back from two weeks of hacienda-hopping in the Andean highlands... Read More

Cuenca, Ecuador, south america on a shoestring

Bigger, bustling Quito may get more of the glory, but after spending a week on the ground in both locales, it’s smaller-scale Cuenca – Ecuador’s third-largest metropolis – that wins hands-down for urban charm. It’s little wonder that this colonial city, with roots dating back to the indigenous Cañari... Read More

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Devil's Nose, Ecuador

In the Ecuadorean Andes, you’ll find take-your-breath-away landscapes (quite literally sometimes, considering the high altitude of the region) in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Think soaring peaks, volcanic craters, and verdant valleys. One particularly scenic slice of this mountain paradise can be viewed by descending down to the colorful... Read More

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Locavore Food Tours Around the World

Anthony Bourdain says that experiencing a country through its food is one of the best ways to get to its core. For us, it’s not only about how food tastes, but also where it comes from and how it’s made. We’ve picked a few of our favorite tours that... Read More

Ingapirca in Ecuador

The enormous Incan empire – the largest in the pre-Colombian Americas – didn’t stop at Peru’s magnificent Machu Picchu. The Incas reached far into Ecuador, too. If you’re visiting, stop by the southern corner of the country, north of Cuenca, Ingapirca. (In the local Andean dialect, Quechua means “Inca wall”.)... Read More

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Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador, is readying to reel in the tourists, intent on enticing visitors to stick around for more than just a quick stopover en route to the Galapagos. A new international airport just debuted in February, plans for a metro system are in the works, and the old colonial... Read More