RSSSOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Machu Picchu – A Family Affair

Mother/Daughter Travel We thought we were prepared, but we really weren’t. Our first glimpse of the colossal pre-Columbian city, standing regally under a piercingly blue sky, moved us emotionally and physically. We were both surprised by our reaction to the 15th-century Inca site  perched almost 8,000 feet above sea level. My 21-year-old daughter Annalyse draped […]

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Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

Tango Footnotes from Buenos Aires

Tango away the night in the cultured, elegant, eclectic and seductive metropolis nicknamed the Paris of South America.  I lived in Paris for four years, and I disagree with the nickname. Although some building look like Parisian architecture, and there are sweeping wide boulevards, expansive parks and fine cafés, it is the  flair and character […]

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Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Techie Biker Pedals Across the World

Gutsy Traveler of the Month: Techie Biker Pedals Across the World

“Nothing quite prepared me for how genuinely tough, wild and desolate Patagonia is. The friendship and solidarity I’ve met on the road astounds me on a daily basis,” recounts Mike Howarth, an e-commerce expert from Yorkshire England, who I met in Antarctica. “A common respect amongst cyclists, an understanding of the battle endured each day […]

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Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

My family and I always learn so much on a trip, especially if we have a good guide. On our recent Peru trip, Ernesto, our very-well educated, and friendly guide, gave us A crash course in Pre-Columbian History and Andean cultures. Story telling makes history come alive and Disney guides do an exceptional job of […]

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Learning Spanish, living with a family in San Miguel, Mexico

Learning Spanish, living with a family in San Miguel, Mexico

A mother worries about safety living in Mexico with her young daughters. “Are you scared, Mommy?” whispered my seven-year-old daughter in the back seat of the battered Mexican taxi. The driver accelerated, swerving into the left lane to pass a farm truck full of cows. The pale hazy sun slipped behind the mountains. Night was […]

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Panama – One of the world’s most wildlife-rich countries.

Panama – One of the world’s most wildlife-rich countries.

  Panamá, which is a true land bridge between North and South America, is home to more than 10,000 species of plants, 1,500 species of trees and nearly 1,000 species of birds. When searching for the right land trip or cruise, look for one that differentiates itself by focusing on under explored regions, with  visits […]

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Girlfriend Getaways – The Best and The Worst

Girlfriend Getaways – The Best and The Worst

  We find ourselves laughing more than we have laughed in years. We experience a camaraderie that’s sometimes missing from their daily lives. We  talk, eat or drink too much and  return to our  their day-to-day lives with more strength, self-confidence and self-worth. I’ve written two books on this subject and through my own experiences […]

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Best Tropical Islands

Best Tropical Islands

Go off the the grid, feast on fresh-caught seafood and sink your toes into soft sand at my picks of the best island escapes, including  the Caribbean, Hawaii, Bali, Easter Island, and Fiji. Bali  Bali is my idea of heaven. On my fourth trip to Bali I was introduced to the Amanresorts’ award-winning, secluded properties. […]

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Meeting the locals at an Indian Village in Panama

Meeting the locals at an Indian Village in Panama

In the far northwestern corner of Panama, tucked up next to the border with Costa Rica, the relatively undiscovered Bocas del Toro islands not only have both beautiful beaches and captivating marine animals, but this archipelago also contains intact indigenous Indian culture. In some locations, respectful visitors can be welcomed in an Ngobe Indian village. […]

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Finding Latin America’s Sea Turtles

Finding Latin America’s Sea Turtles

I had heard Panama had great bird-watching, eco-lodges and indigenous cultures, but until recently, I had never heard of the country’s Bocas del Toro islands – or that this archipelago excelled in bird-watching, eco-lodges and indigenous peoples’ culture. With nine main islands, several large bays and a national marine park, this area in the northwestern […]

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