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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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Our Top 10 Favorite Amazon Lodges

October 8, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Hacienda-Concepcion

Mystical, unique and larger than life, there are few places in the world as captivating as the Amazon. Covering more than 2 million square miles in South America and spanning nine countries, the Amazon tropical rainforest is the largest and most biodiverse of its kind in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that at least [...]

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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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VIP’s Favorite Foodie Experiences

July 30, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Cooking class in Mendoza, Argentina

If you snap pictures to post on Instagram of everything from wood-fired pizza to the perfect roll of sushi at each restaurant you visit or regularly dine at 5 Star eateries, you might be a foodie. If you turn your nose up at chains and seek out only off-the-beaten path restaurants serving up authentic gastronomic [...]

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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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Our Top 10 UNESCO Sites in Latin America

July 16, 2015 by Michael Eiseman No Comments divider image
Historic-Sanctuary-of-Machu-Picchu

Author Mark Twain famously said, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all of one’s lifetime.” Nowhere is this sentiment more true than cultural travel. Sure, it’s relaxing to sip a rum runner with your toes covered in white sand, and everyone [...]

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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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