Bolivian woman with the traditional aguayo.

Bolivian woman with the traditional aguayo.

Location: Colonia, Uruguay Photographer: Steven Williams www.isstevestillalive.com www.facebook.com/isstevestillalive www.twitter.com/stevestillalive

Location: Colonia, Uruguay Photographer: Steven Williams www.isstevestillalive.com www.facebook.com/isstevestillalive www.twitter.com/stevestillalive

Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. Taken from an airplane in May 2012.  photographer: Walter ...

Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro. Taken from an airplane in May 2012. photographer: Walter ...

Teeth-like rocks guard Isla De Hornos from the West.

Teeth-like rocks guard Isla De Hornos from the West.

South America

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty (pada-chee), a town on the southeast coast of Rio state, is like a top-shelf drink — from the aged, distilled waterfront of Brazil’s colonial history, to the calm, primal ecological beauty of the coastal ...

Learning From a Clown in Montevideo

It’s 10 o’clock at night in the Ciudad Vieja neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay. Three of us are gathered around a bench on the city’s main walking street, Peatonal Sarandí, but no one is wandering past ...

La Paz, Bolivia: At the Top of the World

In the fast-moving modern times of the travel business, how does one decide between, say, the Bahamas or Singapore? One brochure boasts luxury in Honolulu and another calls you to Paris. One hotel has a ...

Splashing Out at Iguaçu Falls, Brazil

After several months of lodging in hostels throughout Brazil, we (my wife and I) decided to let our cash cascade into the Hotel das Cataratas Iguassu — a beautiful, if somewhat corporate, upscale resort with ...

An Illumination in Quimbaya, Colombia

On December 8, 1854, Papa Pío IX established the dogma of the immaculate conception of Mary. Granted, the publication of a dogma is not very sexy, but for Colombians, the doctrine represents the kindling of ...

Life on the Rocks: Salvador, Brazil

“Thirty percent of Brazilians live in favelas,” says Michael David Lynch, proprietor of Albergue Pedras da Sereia in Salvador, speaking of neighborhoods like the one he moved to 25 years ago. Basically, favelas are built ...

Lima, Peru

With 9.2 million people, Lima is the fifth-largest city in Latin America behind Mexico City, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. The municipality of Lima, Peru, has 43 separate districts, each with its ...

Cartagena: The Most Interesting Man in the World

And there he was. The most interesting man in the world. Better yet, he was the encapsulation of the advertised Dos Equis man: someone who bathed with piranhas, dodged bullets, drank gasoline, and combed his ...

Goias, Brazil: NEX Wildcat Refuge

“They tried to make me go to rehab: I said meow, meow, meow…” Here's a cure for the common Hollywood rehab story: Deep in the Brazilian cerrado lies a rehabilitation center for eight species of ...

Serenity (at Last) in San Gil, Colombia

The seven-hour bus ride through the sticky night to a city called San Gil, Colombia, made the Matterhorn at Disneyland seem like training wheels: roller-coaster-like turns followed by potholes in the road the size of ...

Experiencing an Asado: Uruguay

Family and friends sit at an unassuming backyard table. Beer and wine are imbibed under the summer sun. Comfortable conversations, the family dog lazily looking for attention, and an appetizing smell own the scene. It’s ...

Brasília, Brazil: A Swimming Pool Experience

My wife and I have worked at an American school in Brazil for a year. Before this, we worked at an international school in Colombia. The following is, by no stretch of the imagination, my ...

Brazil Last

I’m scouting the Other Side, which is the portion of Abadiânia that lies south of the highway that bisects the town. The Casa (John of God’s healing center) and its service industry are on one ...

Poor but Snappy in Buenos Aires

Few disagree that Buenos Aires is one of the top urban destinations in South America – and it is, arguably, among the top budget destinations in the world. My wife and I stayed in two ...

Walk-Thru Healer

Picking up from last week. Tai Chi Teacher, Her Spouse, Their Friend, and I made our flight on the second try. We caught up with our baggage in Chicago, changed planes, and endured the long ...

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