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Central & South America

Xochimilco—the “Flower Garden”

Mexico is nothing if not diverse, exciting, colourful, passionate, full of history and an endless supply of enjoyment. In southern Mexico City, a gritty working-class neighborhood gives way to the famous canals of Xochimilco, the last remnants of a vast water transport system built by the Aztecs. Colorful gondola-like boats take visitors on cruises…

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San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a well-travelled and much-love destination for world-aware travelers. Above and beyond its gob-smacking food and its inexpensive cost of entry, it also shines because of its lovely inhabitants and all of the rich history that bathes the country. Like most places, it has its own issues to deal with, but that should…

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The search for Southwest Airlines

One of the travel sites that we visit regularly is ViewFromTheWing.com, run by the erudite, clever and funny Gary Leff. If you want to squeeze the best travel deals - especially when it comes to maximizing your credit card spend, you should really subscribe to his blog. But here, if you're a fan of…

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Casai, Nomah merge for Latin America short-term rental expansion

One of our affiliate friends, Casai, the tech-driven apartment rental company, is merging with Brazil-based rental company Nomah. The companies claim the merger creates the biggest short-term rental company in Latin America with more than 3,000 units in Brazil and Mexico. [] This is good news, as Casai features a wealth of unique rentals for…

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What you need to know before your summer trip to Mexico

Summer 2022 is approaching, and now that we've got the hang of safety measurements and procedures, we can safely start planning our next travel adventure. This year, many Americans are traveling south to Mexico, our neighboring country. According to official Mexico City airport arrival data, Americans are the second largest group visiting the capital after…

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for…

...sunscreen! And ice cream! In most parts of the world (as of now) we're saying hello to Mr. Blue Skies. And it's way overdue. Even with residual Covid masks still being recommended, we can almost feel back to normal . . almost. But, when you choose a nice sunny place to spend…

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Roll out the barrel

Roll out the barrel, and we'll have a barrel of fun says polka master Frankie Yankovic. But in this case, we're talking about real drinking (tequila) in a real barrel (where you will sleep.) You may even do both in the same place. Can you think of anything more perfect? The Matices…

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Camelot in Mexico

The Sixties were a wild time. Free love. The Beatles. International travel and intrigue. Modern art. Groovy personalities. Two of which we feature here: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Arguably among the top ten stars during that spectacular decade, they made the world their oyster. One of their best…

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Let it all hang out

Nothing like walking along a beach and then - hey presto! - finding out that it's for nudists. That happened to us here in Vancouver, of all places. Luckily, our sunglasses were in place and covered our eyes even if they didn't hide our embarassment. We're not prudes, by any stretch -…

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Almost everywhere is on sale right now

The World is on Sale for a Limited Time Only with Wendy Wu Tours Explore near and far in 2022 & 2023 with huge discounts on tours worldwide for every departure for a limited time only. Simply book any of their group tours with just a £99 / ($128 USD) deposit per person to…

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Machu who?

Certainly one of the most memorable and identifable places in the world, Peru's Machu Picchu doesn't need much introduction.  But for those who are unaware or need a refresher, Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. Located at 2,430m (8,000 ft), this UNESCO World Heritage site is often referred to…

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More for you to do in Peru

If you have done your research (or, even better) have visited the alluring country of Peru, in South America, chances are good that you have - at the very least - visited Machu Pichu:  that is a must-see. (And the knowledge of that mystical place grows every year.)  Learn more about Peru -  click here. You…

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The best of an island is once you get there*

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” – Anne Lamott “We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” – John Archibald Wheeler “How I wish that somewhere there existed an…

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Here comes the sun… stone

Little darling . . . the the Aztec sun stone (Spanish: Piedra del Sol) is a late post-classic Mexica sculpture housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, and is perhaps the most famous work of Mexican sculpture.  It is also somewhat of an enigma. There are no clear indications about the authorship or purpose…

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Vertical sky

If you've ever had dreams about sleeping in the clouds, then we have something to excite you. Vertical Sky Luxury Suites, situated in Ollantaytambo, Peru, promise an almost one-of-a-kind experience.  In addition to breathtaking sunsets and spectacular views, you can also enjoy activities like Via Ferrata, Zipline, Bungee jumping, suspension bridge and Rapelling - all…

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