Welcome to a forum covering the Western Hemisphere outside the Caribbean and the United States, which have their own forums - a huge, diverse region of a 16 countries speaking various languages and offering an astoishing variety of culture, environments,  and experiences, from tropical paradises to snowy, lofty peaks, sophisticated cities to quaint colonial towns, and mysterious archaeological sites to gracious wine countries.

So bienvenidos/bem-vindos/bienvenus/welcome to Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela!


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How Ecuador´s eco-paradise Galápagos Islands stay eco-friendly

   As concern for our shared global biosphere rises, many are taking it to heart when it comes to travel, as well. Along with booming ecotourism, both providers and consumers in the travel and tourism sector are looking to promote tourism that's "sustainable" - a trendy buzzword, for sure, but one that simply means striving to minimise as much as possible any negative impacts on our increasingly beleaguered environment whilst allowing visitors to enjoy and learn more about it. And today we're…

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Guyana at a glance

  snl.com   With a population of just 818,000 (and just over the size of Kansas, or England and Scotland comined), this is a country relatively few people have heard of, but will soon be be much better known - in part because huge recent oil-field finds are poised to make it a "petro power" and because more and more travelers are coming to appreciate its ecotourism riches. Bordering Brazil, Suriname, and Venezuela on the north coast of South America and with a coastline of 285 miles, Guyana…

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The Soul of Rio de Janeiro: its ´Little Africa´ neighbourhoods

Sarah Brown Though most famous for Carnival, golden beaches, and world-famous landmarks, the real heart of Rio de Janeiro, for those in the know, lies in its downtown, most notably in Saúde, Gamboa, and the surrounding neighbourhoods hard by the port. For it’s this area that’s steeped in a complex history that dates back half a millennium to the Portuguese colonisers’ founding of Rio and the centuries of brutal slavery which followed. A good place to start is Praça Mauá, a once rundown square…

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Coveting the cuisine of Chile

 Pablo Rogat Unfamiliar compared to many than other Latin American cuisines such as Mexican, Peruvian, and Cuban, Chilean cuisine has always been considered one of those that best blend the traditions of the Spaniards and the pre-Columbian people of the Americas, and drawing from the bounty of fertile agricultural lands, highlands, and thousands of kilometres of coastline. Here they call it sazón chilena (Chilean seasoning), and it imbues all of this country's most beloved dishes. Come with me…

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  • Condé Nast Traveler weighs in on this yea´s top destinations in the Americas: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/best-places-to-go-in-central-and-s...
    The Best Places to Go in Central & South America in 2024
    For new modern art museums, luxe tented camps, and immersive river sailings.
  • A black-travel blog I follow called Travel Noire recently a half dozen of South America´s safest countries to visit: https://travelnoire.com/safest-countries-in-south-america
    The 6 Safest Countries in South America To Visit - Travel Noire
    Traveling to South America has plenty of appeal to attract many types of tourists. The continent has at times had a questionable reputation, but...
  • Several months ago Lonely Planet asked a couple of travel writers to weigh in on the burning question: if you´re interested in Central America, which country would be better to visit, Belize or Costa Rica? https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/belize-vs-costa-rica
    Belize vs Costa Rica?
    Two expert writers to make the case for each.
  • Here's a pretty good summing up of the bucket-listers of El Salvador's capital: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/the-15-most-amazing-attr...
    The 15 most amazing attractions in San Salvador
    The 15 most amazing attractions in San Salvador
  • Forbes just recently took a look at what might finally be Panama's "moment," and in particular its Contadora Island: https://www.forbes.com/sites/petertaylor/2023/01/09/panama-is-final...
    Panama Is Finally Having Its ‘Moment.’ That Could Change Latin American Real Estate And Hospitality…
    After years of being misunderstood, Panama is perfectly poised for a luxury hospitality and real estate boom. Every other country should be paying at…
  • Not too many people know the Corn Islands off Nica's Caribbean coast, but they're a pair of ramshackle little specks inhabited mostly by black Nicaraguans, descendants of migrants generations ago from islands like Jamaica and St. Lucia. I visited here way back around 2006, and so I was interested to see a travel vlogger named Matt Kramer did a video about the Corns about a year ago which pretty much captures their paradisical feel - and it sure looks like they haven't changed much since my visit! They're still very much a bare-bones, budget kind of destination; if you need anything beyond basic, your options here are very limited. Anyway, have a look: https://youtu.be/TLCjbtwN06Q
  • El Salvador is known by the world's surfers as a prime destination for wave riding, and Yahoo Travel recently came up with a look at the top spots for the sport in country: https://news.yahoo.com/surfers-paradise-check-best-beaches-13000022...
    A Surfer's Paradise: Check Out The Best Beaches in El Salvador
    El Salvador has certainly come a long way from its past reputation.
  • Mesoamerican archaeological sites are among my top passions, and when it comes to them Belize is next on my bucket list, with a dozen of them from the Mayan culture, dating as far back ae 2000 BCE. The website of an in-country tour operator, Slickrock Belize Adventures, provides a great overview here: https://www.slickrock.com/belize-mayan-ruins/
    Belize Mayan Ruins: Visit Xunantunich, Lamanai, Altun Ha, El Pilar
    Belize ruins are easily reached; organize your own tour of ruins in Belize using this complete list of Belize pyramids with locations, photos and des…
  • More attention is being focused on the earliest hub of chocolate production - since Mayan times - in Belize, where visitors can enjoy tours of artisan chocolate makers as well as chocolate-themed programs by local resorts and restaurants. Here's a look, courtesy of the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220522-belize-the-worlds-true-...
    The world's true cradle of chocolate
    There are nearly a dozen artisan chocolate companies in Belize taking cacao from bean to bar, part of a robust movement to reclaim the small country'…
  • Interesting piece on a dive trip to Roatán this past winter by the New York Times' deputy travel editor, including insight into the fragility of its coral reef: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/travel/roatan-honduras-coral-ree...
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