Backpacking Abroad: Destination South America

South America outperformed all other travel destinations in the world in 2011, according to statistics taken by the United Nations. With a 10 percent rise of tourist travel, there must be something beautiful to see across the continent.

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Finding Free Volunteer Placements

In recent years, there has been a strong trend towards people taking a career or education break in order to head overseas and spend a few weeks or months volunteering in a project of their choice. These volunteer projects span everything imaginable, most commonly, teaching underprivileged children.

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Things to Do in Lima, Peru

Lima isn’t perhaps known as a big travel destination in itself. Mostly it serves as the arrival and departure city for people going to other popular parts of Peru such as Cusco; however, it deserves sometime as well.

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A guide to Rosarito, Mexico

  While the evidence is written in newspapers, seen on the nightly news and talked about on the Internet, Mexican drug cartels pose a serious fear on the lives' of locals and in the minds' of travelers.

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The Ruins of Tipón, Peru

When I went to Cusco, I had certain food goals in mind, one of them being to try the popular Andean delicacy cuy or guinea pig. Every person I asked immediately recommended the nearby town of Tipón as being THE place to get cuy.

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The Sultan of the Andes, Ecuador

Riobamba is the 3rd largest city in Ecuador and is located in the central highlands of this South American country. Surrounded by hills and small villages, it is home to a very large market on Saturday where local indigenous people come to sell their arts, textiles, and produce.

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Tobolandia, Mexico

In Chapala, Mexico, the weather can get quite hot, making a day relaxing by a pool of cool, refreshing water very appealing. Tobolandia is the perfect spot to take the family on a warm weekend. It is the largest water park in the Mexican state of Jalisco, and is located...

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Things to Do in Lima, Peru

Lima isn’t perhaps known as a big travel destination in itself.  Mostly it serves as the arrival and departure city for people going to other popular parts of Peru such as Cusco; however, it deserves some time as well.

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5 Unforgettable Experiences on Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala is one of the true gems of Central America. More than a kilometer deep, this crater lake is tucked between volcanoes in the highlands of what was the ancient Mayan kingdom. Panajachel, the big town at the end of the lake, is on the well worn...

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Getting Pampered in Cuenca

When someone in Ecuador mentions the word “Baños,” most people immediately think of the adventure capital of this Andean country whose formal name is Baños de Agua Santa.  However, when you’re in or near the city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest, they’re actually referring to a small community outside the...

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