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When you can trek through the rainforests in the morning and take in a... more
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Manaus
When you can trek through the rainforests in the morning and take in a tear-jerking opera at night, you know you're in a special place. Manaus offers a rich variety of nature, culture, art and dining. Explore the lush vegetation of Amazonian jungle on a guided backpacking or river tour, or sample the colorful bounty of the Mercado Adolpho Lisboa. The stately Amazonas Opera House was built with the finest materials, and inside you'll be blown away by powerful performances.
Santiago is one of those metropolitan joys where the more you look, the more you... more
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Santiago
Santiago is one of those metropolitan joys where the more you look, the more you find. Funky cafes and dance clubs dot Bellavista, Forest Park art collections range from pre-Columbian to contemporary, and architecture runs the gamut from the 16th-century San Francisco Church to mirrored office towers. Shop with the locals at Mall Panora¡mico and give your palate meals to remember with hearty Chilean fare.
The site of the 2013 World Games, Cali is the sporting epicenter of Colombia.... more
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Cali
The site of the 2013 World Games, Cali is the sporting epicenter of Colombia. Pristine golf courses and countless opportunities for adventure sports in local parks, mountains and deserts are a big draw. Cultural attractions in Cali reflect the area’s rich indigenous history and European influence. Visit an archaeological park to experience tombs, ruins and cave paintings, or celebrate with the locals at a cultural festival. Show off your salsa in a lively nightclub, then spend the next morning recovering with an aromatic cup of that famous Colombian coffee.
Make the port town of Iquitos your base camp for exploring the Peruvian Amazon... more
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Iquitos
Make the port town of Iquitos your base camp for exploring the Peruvian Amazon basin. The river and rainforest are the main attractions, of course, and once in Iquitos it's easy to book a stay at one of numerous nearby jungle lodges. Closer to town, travelers recommend visiting the market and "floating village" of Belen, seeing colorful creatures at the butterfly farm and animal rescue center, and taking a cruise on the great river.
Sitting in a valley in the Andes Mountains, La Paz is the city that touches the... more
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La Paz
Sitting in a valley in the Andes Mountains, La Paz is the city that touches the clouds. The de facto capital of Bolivia, and sitting between 3300 and 4100 metres above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Rich with 19th century churches, museums of artifacts from the pre-Conquest era, precarious overlooks, and colourful markets, La Paz is truly unique. The Witches’ Market, in the centre of the city, sells charms and potions for Aymara rituals, as well as souvenirs.
High up in the Mantiqueira Mountains, charming Campos do Jorao can feel more... more
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Campos Do Jordao
High up in the Mantiqueira Mountains, charming Campos do Jorao can feel more like a European alpine village than a subtropical Brazilian hideaway. The local architecture and food have strong German, Swiss and Italian influences. The downtown Capivari district is perfect for shopping and people-watching from a perch at a café. Ride the cable car to the top of Elephant Hill for gorgeous panoramic views of the region.
The second-largest city in Argentina, Cordoba is also an academic nerve centre.... more
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Cordoba
The second-largest city in Argentina, Cordoba is also an academic nerve centre. Home to several major universities and colleges, it’s only natural that Cordoba hums with young, vibrant energy—courtesy of its young, vibrant students. There are endless choices for soaking up local culture—dozens of museums, art bars, music venues, theatres, craft markets, urban parks. Nature buffs should venture outside the city to the surrounding mountains for breathtaking hikes and epic trekking adventures.
Nipping at the ankles of the Andes, San Carlos, the largest ski area in South... more
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San Carlos de Bariloche
Nipping at the ankles of the Andes, San Carlos, the largest ski area in South America, also offers thrilling boating, trekking, paragliding and climbing. The truly brave at heart can take the plunge into icy Lake Nahuel Huapi, which, even in summer, never rises above a chilling average temperature of 57°F. Beaches like Playa Bonita and Villa Tacul are stunning, but try to avoid the city in July, when the town is inundated by high-school students.
In Peru's second-most populous city, aka "The White City," stunning colonial... more
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Arequipa
In Peru's second-most populous city, aka "The White City," stunning colonial buildings made of pearly sillar stone vie for attention with the surrounding volcanoes and snow-capped peaks of the western Andes. Founded in 1540, it's a smorgasbord of mansions and museums. The top attraction, 215,000-square-foot Santa Catalina Monastery, is like its own city within a city, complete with fountains and cobblestone streets. Arequipa is the favorite base for visiting Colca Canyon and its massive condors.
Writers and poets have long flourished in arts-oriented Cuenca, the country's... more
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Cuenca
Writers and poets have long flourished in arts-oriented Cuenca, the country's third-largest city and the capital of the Azuay province. Cafes and galleries are tucked among the narrow cobblestone streets. The main plaza hosts both the old cathedral, started in 1557, the year the city was founded, and the blue-domed Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, dating to 1885. Locally made Panama hats get top billing at the markets, with centrally located Casa de la Mujer a shopping standout.