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Top 10 National Marine Reserves

June 8, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Fernando-de-Noronha-Marine-National-Park-Brazil

World Oceans Day is a “global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future” that takes place each year on June 8. This year, in honor of the 2016 World Oceans Day, we wanted to pay homage to our Top 10 favorite national marine reserves in Latin America. This year’s theme is “healthy [...]

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Zika Virus Update

May 23, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image

Zika continues to be a daily news headline, as the virus (carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito specifically) spreads across the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean and Central and South America. When we first reported on the virus back in February (click here to read the post), documented cases existed only in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El [...]

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Favorite SCUBA and Snorkel Spots

January 19, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
panama-snorkel

There’s just something about being elbow to elbow under water with marine life that makes a person feel alive. From huge schools of tropical fish to large pelagic dinosaurs, nothing can quite compare to scuba diving and snorkeling in the deep blue sea. Whether you prefer shore, wall, deep or some other variety of dive [...]

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Latin America Travel Advice

January 5, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
chile-entry-requirements

Here at VIP Tour Group, we agree with author Helen Keller that “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” That’s why we make it our business to plan distinctive one-of-a-kind journeys to Central and South America for a wide variety of travel styles and personal interests. Whether you want to hit the [...]

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Christmas Traditions of Latin America

December 22, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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For more than 2,000 years, Christians throughout the world annually have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Today, Christmas still retains much of its religious symbolism (and some pre-Christian pagan rituals too) but also has evolved into a secular celebration for families and friends to catch up, spend time together and show [...]

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Firestarters: The Hottest Volcanoes in Latin America

November 19, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Arenal-Volcano-Costa-Rica

Scientists estimate there likely have been millions of active volcanoes throughout our planet’s lifespan, but in recent history there are only about 1,500 known active volcanoes. Of those, 75 percent occur within the Pacific Ring of Fire, and as many as 20 are erupting somewhere on Earth on any given day. Humbling, awe-inspiring and formidable, [...]

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Top 10 Cathedrals of Soccer in Latin America

November 12, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Estadio do Maracana Rio Brazil

Whether you call it soccer or football, the sport affectionately referred to as “the beautiful game” is the most popular sport in the world. Two of its biggest stars rank in the top 10 highest paid sportsmen. Five out of 10 of the world’s highest attended sports leagues are soccer leagues. And, an estimated 600 [...]

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Dia de los Muertos Celebrations in Latin America

October 29, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
day of the dead in guatemala

As we, here in the U.S., gear up for Halloween by donning our spookiest costumes, most bone-chilling makeup and our biggest candy collection buckets to head out and solicit treats from neighbors or party the night away with friends, our neighbors to the south are making preparations of their own. On the surface, Dia de [...]

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10 Best Beaches in Latin America

October 1, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Providencia-Island-Colombia

When filmmaker Bruce Brown followed fellow surfers around the world in The Endless Summer, nomadic surf culture was cemented as a carefree part of the American psyche. But, the seminal 1996 documentary certainly wasn’t the beginning of hanging ten. That honor goes back 200 more years to 1776— at least in documented form— and the [...]

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10 Best Spots to Stargaze in Latin America

August 6, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Uyuni Salt Flats Stargazing

Astronomical tourism didn’t begin with the rise of sustainable journeys in the 1970s. In fact, stargazers have been traveling to view dark skies for centuries. Today, however, as the number of humans living in light polluted cities increases and the cost of powerful home telescopes declines, astronomical tourism has become its own freestanding travel segment [...]

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