South America Off The Beaten Path

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South America Off The Beaten Path

  • Niterói

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    I'm not sure how frequently this is accessible by the public, but if you cross the bridge between Rio and Niteroi, you will see the submarine base (just before you reach the toll booth on the bridge). The submarine base was started in 1941 and is still in operation. If you are lucky you may see some of the submarines in the bay as they go out for...

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  • Tigre

    Buenos Aires Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in buenos aires, don't miss going to Tigre. Is an excursion of 4 hours (at least) and truly that is worth going! During weekends there is a fair in the port of fruits where they seld very nice and cheap handycrafts. A trip in a catamaran by the islands of the Tigre, it's a must! But try to go in a shinny day! To go there you may take the...

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  • Tamar Reserve

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Tamar reserve is a project that has been going on for many years at the little beach town called Praia do Forte 80 kilometers north of Salvador. The Tamar project protects the giant sea turtles off the brazilian coast and helps them protect their eggs in a way so that more new born turtles survive the first few hours of their life when many...

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  • Sacred Valley

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Our horseback ride from Urubamba up past the salt terraces to Maras and Moray was the best adventure of our entire visit to Peru, For a mere $US60 a person, Rancho Casa Hospedaje supplied a non-English-speaking guide (Juan Carlos) to take for a nine-hour ride along the Urubamba River, then up a canyon into the high country, wher a whole new world...

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  • Tiete river banks and other parks

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    The Tiete River bank Park is great - wonderful trails, good picnic and barbecue areas, there is even row boats for rental. However, the Tiete River is very polluted and during hot, dry periods the park can have a very unpleasant smell.

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  • Museos - Museums

    Lima Off The Beaten Path

    Lima is by excelence, a city of museums. With more than 50 museums in the city, the best ones in Peru are located here. From public to private and from general to specialized museums, visiting them can be a good experience to know the different processes in topics like history, archaeology, anthropology, nature, culture, technology, art, religion,...

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  • Zipaguira

    Bogotá Off The Beaten Path

    Zipaquira is an unassuming small town about 50 kilometers north of Bogota and would most likely not be visited by anyone aside from its star attraction, a salt mine of all things. But this is no ordinary salt mine, this one has a series of carvings depicting the last days of Christ. This should come as no surprise in very Catholic Colombia and in...

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Off The Beaten Path

    Stumbled across a really great way to see machu Piccu and to see some authentic Peruvian life along the way. Some friends found a Dutch guy in Cusco who arranges tours on behalf of a Coffee cooperative. It is a bit of a DIY tour in terms of not having a guide with you every step of the way but that was one of the bonuses for me. If you don't speak...

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  • Amazon Islands

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    If you are interested in doing some real amazon hiking and stick close to Manaus, you can go to some of the Islands in the Amazon side of the city (if it isnt flooded - when the river is hige these islands COMPLETELY disappear). The hike can be an hour on five and is a great day or half day trip. If you want to do a whole tour you can sing up with...

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  • "Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking for the best experience of the Death Road at an accessible price then the Xtreme Downhill agency on Calle Sagarnaga in La Paz is the place to go. They offer the best quality bikes in Bolivia and the trip is all inclusive: all gear, all meals, a quality guide, and access to a hot shower and swimming pool at the end of the trip in...

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  • La Colonia Tovar

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    German town up in the mountains of Venezuela. Kind of a small, quant town on the other side of a rain forest (road goes thru a small portion). If you are in the mood for schnitzel and beer-this is the place to go. Lots of bavarian type of bulidings, gardens, etc.

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  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Off The Beaten Path

    If you ever wondered how Earth looked like in prehistoric times, before massive life forms appeared on the surface of the planet, here’s the answer: it was like El Tatio ("weeping old man" in Kunza tongue) geothermal field. This is a timeless landscape of geysers, fumaroles, mineral sources and strange geological shapes, all of them together in a...

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  • Favelas

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    Many people are often hesitant to do a "tour" in the favelas thinking that they will leave the people who live there feeling like zoo animals or a tourist attraction, but I can promise you that we do nothing of the sort! Part of our mission is to break down stereotypes about what life is like inside a favela, and most importantly, to show that...

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  • Palermo's Park

    Buenos Aires Off The Beaten Path

    If you feel tired of the city and want to see a green space, then Los Bosques de Palermo is a good place. They are located 15 minutes away from downtown and they get packed with locals, mostly at the weekends, who go there to jog, cycle, rollerblade, play football or just sit on the grass and have a picnic. It's a good place to combine chilling out...

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  • Morro de Sao Paulo

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    It takes two hours to get to Morro on the Catamaran from Mercado Modelo... and it really is idyllic heaven. I stayed on the fourth beach which is quiet and ideal fro a relaxing getaway... There is more info on my Morro page.

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  • Las Salinas de Maras

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    This was definitely one of the more bizarre sights we saw on our trip to the Sacred Valley! A huge salt mine carved out of the hillside, with terrace after terrace of mini salt-pans spread out in front of us. Although it was a Sunday a few people were working in the pans, dredging up the piles of salt and leaving them to dry out (I was going to...

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  • Ocean beaches

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in town, you can take a car and in less than two hours you are in the sea, and Praia Grande is one of the most popular holiday destinations for the Paulistanos. It is not the most beautiful one, but it is for sure the most popular! February 20th, 2005

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Off The Beaten Path

    We can upon these impressive ruins which were only rediscovered in 1941 enroute to the Sun gate as you can see from my photo restoration work in going on using techniques which are as ancient as the ruins

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  • Presidente Figueiredo

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    This is a pretty cool place if you are looking for a relaxing trek/picnic. Plan on spending the whole day here, not just a few hours. Its best to drive to PF in the morning. Its a beautiful scenic drive, about one hour away from Manaus. This place is not touristy , and you will see many locals and Manauaras enjoying the waterfalls. Feel free to...

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  • Nearer and farer Surroundings

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    Chacaltaya mountain around 5400 m, 1-2 hrs drive from la paz. They say it was a bolivian skiing RESORT. I was skiing there 2 years ago. There was not too much of it beacuse even during the season ( Feb- April ) there is almost no snow - i would say two 100m sheets of snow divided with rocks. The lift doesn't work so it is pretty painfull to climb...

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  • El Hatillo

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    It's a small town but very cozy. There are several handicraft shops with the nicest things! The day I was there there were some performers in the Plaza Bolivar.... And seemed like a very family thing to do on Sundays, just to hang out on the square, have some coffee in the nearby cafés... Nice place.

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  • Moon Valley

    San Pedro de Atacama Off The Beaten Path

    Beware ! There are a few South American countries with Valle de la luna's (Moon Valley) on their maps. I have to say that the Valle de la luna in Argentina near San Juan is the best. Everyone in San Pedro takes the bus out to the Chileno version at sunset. Expect to park along side 10 other buses. You then walk up the dunes to a cliff that looks...

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  • Street Markets

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    The smell and colour of the fruit and vegetables, the relaxed atmosphere, make the market a good place for anyone wishing to get to know the profusion and variety of the ingredients at close... even if you are going to stay at a hotel and not going to shop for food. And there are a whole variety of peppers. From the ones you're familiar with like...

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  • National Fine Arts Museum

    Buenos Aires Off The Beaten Path

    I went to Malba and the Museo de Bellas Artes. Bellas Artes was far superior to Malba, so if you can't make it to both, go to the B.A. There is so much to see you will need at least a couple of hours. Room after room of Latin art and another section with European art. You can check any bags at the security desk at the entrance for free. And there...

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  • Chapada Diamantina

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Chapada Diamantina National Park is unique with its wonderful landascapes, waterfalls, canyons, natural swimming pools... Culture and Ecotourism in the Vale do Capao : Many tourists are going to Lençois, but if you are looking for a place out of the beaten path, don´t want to be packed in minivans with 15 people to go for a trekking, don´t...

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  • San Blas

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Well San Blas isnt too off the beaten path but its somewhat of a walk if you want to get there from the Plaza de Armas. Of course we did do a bunch of stops by the time we got here. But I think San Blas was one of the places in Cusco that I really really liked. Adrianna and I took a hike up on of the streets and it was a pretty steep walk with very...

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  • Petar caves

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    Petar trip group,some of these friends are in the geology school in my university,what made them a real guides (oops,it was their first time there as well!!) This picture was taken inthe exit of " DO COUTO " cavern.

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  • The Tikuna are one of the last...

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    The Tikuna are one of the last large Native population groups left in Brazil. Most of their 70 villages are located within the Brazilian Amazon. They have preserved much of their native language, religious rituals, and cultural art forms. Today, their cultural traditions are being threatened by outside religious groups. This picture shows a Tikuna...

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  • Museums

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    this museum offers plenty of picstures of the oldest days of la paz. also, dresses from the folkloric dances that there are in this area. it`s such a great museum that you may visit it. Este museo ofrece muchas cuadros de los dias pasados de la paz. tambien, vestimentas de las danzas folkloricas que hay es esta region.

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  • Avila National Park

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    Best destinations : Level of training, none: Quebrada Quintero ( take the right instead of the left when you get to the path that takes to Sabasnieves). This place is one of my favorites since there's a beautiful waterfall. Level of training, medium: Sabasnieves and Quebrada Las Adjuntas. To get to this last one walk straight ahead after you've...

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  • Caves

    San Pedro de Atacama Off The Beaten Path

    We left daylight in this hole behind ? and were very lucky in meeting a couple of spanish geologists exploring the caves with professional equipment. They took us down into a long cave system which was getting as narrow as 40 cm, but also holding surprises like big halls and which spit us out at a different place of the area. Great! It was kind of...

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  • Petrópolis

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    Petropolis is located just one-hour-and-a-half ride from Rio de Janeiro. If interested in history, Petrópolis was the location where the Imperial family and the most prominent members of the aristocracy had their summer residences. So, while in here, you will have the opportunity to know not only the Museu Imperial (former residence of the Emperor...

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  • Linea verde

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    The Green Line is one of the few bands left of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil: the development of agriculture, grazing and indiscriminate exploitation of coast have greatly reduced this natural heritage. The Green Line start to the north of Bahia until the border with the state of Sergipe and along the good BR1 you can meet touristic places, more...

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  • Moray

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Moray was one of the more unusual Inca sites we visited. It's basically a series of big, circular terraces in the middle of nowhere, with an out-of-this-world quality about them. These formed an Incan experimental farm; as the terraces descend into the centre of each circular formation they present a subtly different micor-climate from the...

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  • Campos do Jordao

    São Paulo Off The Beaten Path

    CAMPOS DO JORDÃO. It is a small leisure city in the Mantiqueira mountains, 2,000 meters above sea level. This city has a cold, dry, very pleasant European-style climate. DISTANCES: 167 km from the city of São Paulo, 342 km from Rio de Janeiro and 586 km from Belo Horizonte.

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  • Belem do Para

    Manaus Off The Beaten Path

    we took the Amazon Cruise from Manaus to Belem.. and it has been a wonderful Adventure, a whole week on the biggest River...but getting terra firma under the feet again was great too..I actually felt a little giddy, had a sway like a seaman, so they said. Belem is the Capital of the State of Para and one of the upmost charming ones!! I do speak for...

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  • Residential Caracas

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    In Venezuela we call them "coro-coros". If you are really lucky, you will get to see a couple of them at the "Parque del Este" (park and zoo) right in the middle of the city. But to see 281437436421299353459348589 millions of them, flying at the same time, and turning the whole sky trully shocking pink, you must go to the south of the country. Is a...

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  • Búzios

    Rio de Janeiro Off The Beaten Path

    If Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Sao Conrado beaches are not enough for you, then you should make a weekend-long visit to Buzios. This little town, located four hours away by bus from Rio de Janeiro, has around 24 beaches to enjoy! It's the perfect place for someone wanting to bath, to practice adventure sports or just escape from the crazyness...

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  • Mercado Modelo

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Just about everyone who goes to Salvador has been to Mercado Modelo, but whenever I go down to the basement, I rarely see a living soul. At the end of the building, where the Capoeira dancers perform, before leaving the building, turn right or left going toward the staircase that leads to the second level. You will see a spiral staircase going...

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  • Machu Picchu

    Cusco Off The Beaten Path

    Being in Cuzco, Machu Picchu - South Americas most famous place - of course is on your list of places where you must go! . Looking on the most common photos you see behind Macchu Picchu the steep, beautiful top of Huayna Picchu - the young mountain (Macchu Picchu = the old mountain). If you have enough time on Macchu Picchu I recommend you to try...

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  • Morrocoy National Park

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    Parque Nacional MORROCOY, beautiful island beaches, 3 hours drive from Caracas to the city of Tucacas. Then you can pay for a motor boat ride to one of the islands. The most popular island is called Sombrero. You can go snorkelling here. The water is clear blue and my pictures do not do it justice.

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  • Ribeira

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Ribeira is a neighbourhood on the bay side of the city on the peninsula of Itapagipe in the lower city (cidade baixa). It's not very far from the well-known Igreja (Church) de Bonfim. Ribeira was initially occupied by fishermen that counted on the peacefulness of the waters. From primitive fishermen village, the area became an important summer...

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  • Nature Photos

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    El Araguaney (the Araguaney) is our national tree. You never notice it is there until this season: february-march. All the leaves fall down and the only thing that remains on the tree are very yellow bright beautiful flowers. It is a big tree and is breathtaking. Be sure to take pictures. In kindergarden we sing this song "En el patio, en el...

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  • Mangue Seco

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    You can get to Mangue Seco from getting a boat at Pontal. To get to Pontal you need to get on the Linha Verde (Green Line, the road that leads up to Pontal, the first ecological highway of the country, planned to prevent any impacts against the still virgin nature of the region. This ecological road binds the Bahia to the Sergipe.) We reached...

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  • Litoral Norte - North Coast

    Salvador da Bahia Off The Beaten Path

    Pesque-pague If you go to Litoral Norte and are already a bit tired of wonderful beaches, a good and relaxing and sure fun option is to stop by one of the pesque-pague (fish-and-pay) places. Here's the deal: you rent the fishing equipment for about US$0,75, buy some bait for US$ 0,50 and spend the day fishing in artificial lagoons amongts natural...

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