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Day of the Dead Throwback

October 31, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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It’s Halloween 2016, and the VIP team is gearing up for a night of frightful fun. We had such a great response to our Day of the Dead post from last year, we thought it would be fun to share it again for a bit of a redux. Here is our Day of the Dead [...]

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Top 10 Cathedrals and Churches in Latin America

October 12, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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Cultural tourism has become one of the travel industry’s most quickly developing segments, leading the industry in growth. According to recent studies, most travelers extend their stay in a destination based largely on the availability of cultural activities, and a full one-third of U.S. travelers say that specific heritage, arts and cultural events influence their [...]

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Dance through Latin America

October 5, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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Often called the “core of culture” and a “universal language,” dance illustrates cultural identity and keeps traditions alive through the ages. It is both a source and exhibition of national pride and reflects and creates cultural tradition. Developed across centuries, nowhere is this more true than in Latin America. Outside of Central and South America, [...]

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Celebrating World Tourism Day

September 21, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has promoted its World Tourism Day annually on September 27. The UNWTO is charged with helping to ensure “responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism” across the globe and is founded on the underlying principle that international tourism is a “right for all citizens to experience the [...]

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Our Favorite Summer Games Medalists

May 4, 2016 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
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The first ever recorded Olympic Games were played in 776 BC in ancient Greece, and the modern Games began in 1896 with 14 countries and 241 naked men (of course, no women) participating in 43 events. Held in Athens, Greece to honor the Olympiad legacy of the region, the modern Olympics have expanded beyond the [...]

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Best Museums of Latin America

July 23, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
biomuseo panama

Considered by travelers to be amongst the best attractions for getting a glimpse into the culture and history of a place, museums also are an excellent measure of the economic climate of an area, as they have far-reaching impact beyond their own walls and draw the “creative class” to a city. The 2012 Museum Index, [...]

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Top 15 Carnival Celebrations in Latin America

July 9, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Rio-Carnival

You may think it’s too soon to start planning for Latin America’s 2016 Carnival season, but accommodations fill up quickly (sometimes more than a year in advance) around what’s widely considered to be the biggest party of the year across Central and South America. So much so, tourists often pay inordinate amounts of money to [...]

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Top 10 Music Fests in Latin America

June 22, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Rock al Parque Bogota Colombia

They say music is the universal language, and the surge of music festivals across the globe seems to confirm the age-old adage. More than ever before, people are traveling away from home to enjoy destination weekends with friends that hinge on these popular musical extravaganzas— sometimes to locations they might never have considered otherwise. Today, [...]

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Top 10 Waterfalls in Central & South America

June 8, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Angel Falls

There are few things on the planet more mesmerizingly awe-inspiring than a waterfall. What is it about them that draws our collective attention and admiration? Why do travelers cross the world in search of them? Some say the aesthetic beauty invokes a sense of calm, others say the sheer power and magnitude awakens our inquisitive [...]

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Brazil’s Top 5 Boutique Hotels

June 3, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Fernando de Noronha

It wasn’t that long ago the World Cup swept through the world’s 5th largest country by population. Tourism in Brazil, the country that makes up 47 percent of the South American continent, already had been growing for some time due to its amazing beaches (including the best beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor),  high [...]

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