Let’s begin with a 1964 ad featuring former Breck Girl and this year’s most recent ...

Let’s begin with a 1964 ad featuring former Breck Girl and this year’s most recent ...

Lobby of Salar de Uyuni Hotel

Lobby of Salar de Uyuni Hotel

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

Picture of Cristo Redentor in Brazil.

Picture of Cristo Redentor in Brazil.

South America

Wild Peninsula Valdez, Argentina

See orcas at the beach, where they belong.

I first became aware of this enormous peninsula years ago when I heard about the burgeoning whale-watching attraction there. A thousand miles south of Buenos Aires on the south Atlantic coast, this region lies at ...

Changing Colombia

Urban exploring in the country's capital, Bogota.

Colombia: cartels and cocaine... rebel groups and terrorism... violent gangs and kidnappings. Those are some of the stereotypes, right? Well, although these problems haven't completely vanished, things have definitely improved to the point where most ...

Cabo Polonio, bona fide best of Uruguay

No roads or electricity? All the more reason to visit.

There may well be other places like this, a scruffy village of dwellings on a cape which seems like it’s from another time, but I haven’t seen any. Most locations remind you of some other ...

Life (and the party) go on in Rio

Olympic flame snuffed, the party continues in Rio de Janeiro.

After months of continuous Olympic coverage two years ago, the questions still being asked about Rio de Janeiro likely include: "Wow! Rio looks incredible - is it really that beautiful?" And: "Wow! Is Rio really ...

Salento, cream of Colombia's coffee country

Experience small-town Colombia and some spectacular hiking on the finca.

Salento is an historic colonial town high in the mountains of the department of Quindio, situated 250 kilometers due south of Medellin. It used to be on the main route between Bogota and Popoyan even ...

Escape to Minca, Colombia

Get a break from the heat of the north coast in this sleepy backpacker hub.

It’s not the kind of place that comes to mind when thinking about Colombia, but a little mountain village called Minca gets my vote for best of honors. A slow 17 kilometers up and out ...

Buenos Aires in 48 hours

Must-do's, see's and eats in the impressive Argentinean capital.

It's surely one of the most impressive cities in South America, and a must-see for any traveler, even folks who prefer the countryside. Having said that, Buenos Aires is a gigantic mass of humanity, and ...

Adventures in Bariloche: a Top 10

Visit this Argentinean gateway to Patagonia and "Tahoe of South America."

Known as the Tahoe of South America — and the portal to glorious Patagonia — San Carlos de Bariloche is worth spending a few kick-ass days in before continuing on to El Bolsón or Villa ...

Whitney Shay's "away" game

Brazilian Mississippi Delta Blues Festival was just the start

A chance encounter at the Doheny Blues Festival two years ago proved to be a pivotal moment for North Park blues woman Whitney Shay, who met a Brazilian guitarist/concert promoter named Igor Prado. “A couple ...

Máncora, not Monaco

Peruvian surf, sportfishing and party town for travelers in the know.

Máncora, not Monaco, is the destination for the jet-setting crowd of Peru. This beachside resort town is on the Pacific Ocean, near the country’s northernmost border that it shares with Ecuador. Think sun, surf, and ...

Latin America's "Gringo Trail"

With stops in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia: a first-person look in this travel footage.

The "Gringo Trail" refers to the well-trodden backpacker route within Latin America, encompassing Mexico and Central & South America. In 2015 I spent 3 months on "the trail." This region of the world is so ...

Former U-T owner sees future in oil

Manchester says he's a passive investor in Chilean company

Former Union-Tribune owner Douglas Manchester reported last month that he purchased 16.3 percent of GeoPark Limited, a Santiago, Chile–based oil-and-gas exploration and production company. Manchester's purchase of 9.7 million shares for around $30 million makes ...

The half-expected hazards of a taxi ride in Brazil

A beach city in the northeast, Natal's also home to NASCAR-driving wannabes.

Rush job – a rush job summoned me into action. By no means could I depend on public transportation in Natal, Brazil (where I'd ended up due to strategic miscalculations as a travel addict). A ...

Pailon del Diablo will make you a believer

Surprise in the jungle near Rio Verde, Ecuador.

Rio Verde is a small Ecuadorean puebla in the center of the country. Nestled between two tunnels on a mountainous road, the one and only entrance can be easily missed. Fortunately there are signs and ...

Music video number zwei

Beethoven, Mahler, and — Dudamel!

How do we get to music video number zwei in our curated playlist? We started with Beethoven's Fifth and then we found out about Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic creating a Fifth virtual ...

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