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Once the capital of the Inca Empire, majestic Cusco still reigns supreme. The... more
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Cusco
Once the capital of the Inca Empire, majestic Cusco still reigns supreme. The city is a layer of eras and cultures, as indigenous features blend with colonial architecture and modern nightlife. Explore ancient ruins and towering cathedrals, marvel at colorful wares in local markets or take a break from it all with a relaxing massage. Outside the city, whitewater rafting, mountain biking or a visit to the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary will get your heart pumping in more ways than one.
Beaches are the top draw in this sunny, rapidly developing city, particularly... more
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Fortaleza
Beaches are the top draw in this sunny, rapidly developing city, particularly bohemian, party-hearty Iracema, family-friendly Meireles, fishing and boating base camp Mucuripe and low-key Praia do Futuro. Stalls at the Mercado Central or Feirinha Beira Mar brim with local handicrafts, ranging from ceramics to lacework and leather goods. The Dutch-built Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Assunção in the city center, constructed in 1649, marks the spot where Fortaleza originated.
Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, is a fascinating city and a treasure... more
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Lima
Lima, founded by Francisco Pizarro in 1535, is a fascinating city and a treasure trove of history. Explore ancient Incan archaeological sites, or stroll through the elegant cathedrals and opulent palaces dating from Spanish colonial times. Downtown Lima is crowded, but you'll enjoy exploring the city's neighbourhoods—especially the beachfront areas, which have great shopping and dining and fabulous hotels.
As the easternmost city in the Americas, Joao Pessoa is the early bird of... more
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Joao Pessoa
As the easternmost city in the Americas, Joao Pessoa is the early bird of Brazil. Here you’ll find a mélange of artifacts from different eras in Joao Pessoa’s history—an ancient palace, an equally ancient fortress, colonial mansions and baroque churches. Outside the city, relax on a secluded beach or hop into the water for some reef snorkeling. Greet the sun one morning at Ponta do Seixas, then take it easy by the lagoon in Solon de Lucena Park.
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.
Ten million people call vibrant, passionate, sprawling Bogota home. A city of... more
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Bogota
Ten million people call vibrant, passionate, sprawling Bogota home. A city of startling contrasts, with affluent areas, slums and everything in between, it's best discovered on foot - with a trustworthy guide. La Candelaria is a historic walking neighbourhood. North Side offers upmarket shopping. Attractions aren't thin on the ground, although air is: the city sits at an altitude of 8660 feet. Cathedral de Sal, Museo de Arte Colonial and Museo de Oro are rich reminders of Columbia's history.
A capital of the Inca empire, Quito has a rich pre-Colombian history. Ecuador's... more
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Quito
A capital of the Inca empire, Quito has a rich pre-Colombian history. Ecuador's capital was founded on the ruins of the Inca city and remains the least-altered historic centre in Latin America. A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the city's important sites include the Baroque gems San Francisco and Santo Domingo monasteries, as well as La Compañía church and college. Central Bank Museum, The Equatorial Monument and El Panecillo observation point are other highlights. Drive or take a taxi to see the city.
Once infamous for dangerous gangs and drug activity, Medellin has been... more
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Medellin
Once infamous for dangerous gangs and drug activity, Medellin has been transformed. It’s now a vibrant destination for travellers seeking a culturally rich holiday. Medellin rises proudly from the belly of the Aburrá Valley, and its natural beauty makes a perfect setting for hiking, zip lining and horseback riding. Travel through lush jungle to Piedra de Penol, then climb the 740 steps to the top—a journey within a journey that rewards you with unforgettable views.
Looking for an unusual and beautiful landscape? Sandstone canyons,... more
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San Pedro de Atacama
Looking for an unusual and beautiful landscape? Sandstone canyons, flamingo-dotted salt flats, steaming geysers, hot springs, volcanic peaks and alien-looking rock formations are on offer all around San Pedro de Atacama. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are the preferred means of exploration. Death Valley here is surprisingly great for picnics.
Building on its must-visit location, the once-tiny El Calafate has grown quickly... more
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El Calafate
Building on its must-visit location, the once-tiny El Calafate has grown quickly to cater to and profit from the visitors to nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Many visit to see such natural wonders as Perito Moreno Glacier, a massive glacier that’s actually composed of many other pieces of shifting ice. Yet travellers will find that El Calafate is much more than merely a gateway to the Patagonian wild—it’s a fun town offering all sorts of outdoor adventures.