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South America Things to Do

  • San Telmo

    Buenos Aires Things to Do

    The oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, San Telmo exudes a special historical vibe As one of the most important centres during the 19th century, San Telmo has preserved many of Buenos Aires’ architectural landmarks, museums, antique shops and old churches that nowadays serve as a backdrop for business, cultural events and day to day...

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  • Christ The Redeemer, Corcovado

    Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

    This is it! My soul remaining shot of the Corcovado. Oh well to be honest my other shots were done late in the afternoon and against the sun. Unfortunately I lost most of my shots of the Christ the Redeemer in a camera mishap. The Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer (in Portuguese Christo Redentor) that sits on top of it, is certainly...

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  • Sacsayhuaman

    Cusco Things to Do

    Well. I wish I was an Aztec, Or a runner in Peru I would build such beautiful buildings To house the chosen few Like an Inca from Peru (Neil Young ' Like an Inca') We took a taxi in the morning, up to the Saksayhuaman complex, on a hill to the north of the city. We bought 'Boleto Turistico' which included entry to this site and an array of others...

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  • Avenida Paulista

    São Paulo Things to Do

    If you take your time to walk Avenida Paulista, the financial hub of Sao Paulo, you'll notice there are no shortage of sights, sounds, smells and sensory overload. There are places where artisans are selling their paintings, sculptures and crafts. These are often by the sides of the green space park plazas. The buildings are built with many...

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  • La Candelaria - Downtown

    Bogotá Things to Do

    Downtown this is the clonial part of the city centre. Most buildings still preserve their original architecture. Going around Candelaria and its narrows street is also easy to find some pictorial spots and small shops where is possible to see and buy some hand made crafts.

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  • District Of Miraflores

    Lima Things to Do

    We arrived on December 14 2013 and checked into the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores, Lima, Peru. It was located near the heart of Miraflores about 2 blocks from JF Kennedy Park where we went shopping and had a great variety of restaurant. We then walked to the seafront shopping mall of Larcomar. Great views here and we had our...

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  • Lacerda Elevator

    Salvador da Bahia Things to Do

    In 20 seconds, Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) takes you from Praca Tome de Souza in Cidade Alta (the Upper City) to the Praca Cairu in Cidade Baixa (the Lower City). You travel more than 70 meters in one of the tallest public elevators in the world. Some 50.000 passengers make the trip every day (about 120 at a time) using four elevator. It's...

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  • Cerro San Cristobal

    Santiago Things to Do

    If you are visiting Santiago in Chile one of the highlights has to be the Cerro San Cristobal. The hill of Cerro San Cristobal can be reached by foot, by car via the road or by riding the funicular. Once you arrive there is a final walk to the summit where you will find the with 22 meter statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an amphitheater and...

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  • Huayna Picchu

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    You will have to climb for a very narrow path, it will take you 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a plce where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 45 minutes to go down. The time depends of you physical condition. There is also A Temple of Moon, but The track to the temple of the...

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  • Plaza Independencia

    Montevideo Things to Do

    We paused here while walking about the city and enjoyed the fascinating architecture of some of the surrounding buildings. Photographers, be sure to have your zoom lens so you can capture the width of the square as well as building details.

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  • Colonial Quito

    Quito Things to Do

    Convento de Carmen Bajo was originally not founded in Quito, but in Latacunga in 1669. Almost 30 years later the convent was destroyed in an earthquake. What was left was later taken to Quito and the convent was rebuilt there between 1718 – 1726. In 1745 it was inaugurated. The remains of José de Sucre were kept here for many years until they...

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  • Valle De La Luna

    La Paz Things to Do

    The Valley of the Moon and the whole area around is pretty spectacular and so peaceful compared to La Paz itself. There is a new camping site just opened along the road - with amazing views, brand new toilets and showers, cool outdoor kitchen and hammocks with a pretty special view down the valley. We went trekking to the Devil's Molar nearby and...

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  • Take a trip along the river,...

    Manaus Things to Do

    the most interesting sightseeing of Manaus is surely seeing the meeting of the waters from the black Rio Negro and the Brown Amazonas best to see is by a tour e.g. by our excellent tour guide clara claraviagens.com.br

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  • Avila National Park

    Caracas Things to Do

    Once in Caracas, you must go to Mariperez, where Avila M?gica (cable car station) its located. Go Up must take around 15 minutes, Will enjoy the view from the city while the car its going up. Dont stand up while the cable car its working. Be at your seat.

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  • El Tatio geysers

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    After visiting the geysers there is nothing better to do than a re-invogorating soak in the thermal pools which are delightfully warm. So don't forget your bathing suit and a towel. Also be prepared for the fact that it will be cold and the frigid wind will be lashing at you so the stripping down part and getting out of the water part are not happy...

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  • Boa Viagem

    Recife Things to Do

    We stayed at Boa Viagem, and took there most of our swims. The beach is long but not spectacular. The long reef along the coast protects from surf and sharks, but risks to make the bath very monotonous, specially in low tide, when it becomes almost a pool. People throws everything to the sand, but the local authorities make a good effort to clean...

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  • Wine Tour

    Mendoza Things to Do

    I just got back from an Amazing Trip to Mendoza, Argentina. We spent a week in Mendoz at the Park Hyatt Hotel (great great hotel) and enjoyed many wonderful activities. I would recommend that if you are in Mendoza on a Wednesday night that you go to The Vines of Mendoza's Wine Makers Night on Wednesdays from 7-9 on Calle Espejo. We really enjoyed...

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  • Old City

    Cartagena Things to Do

    The old city is encircled by walls that are 12 foot in height. Inside you willl find restaurants, a plaza with a statue of Simon Bolivar the liberator. You will also see beautiful flowers hanging over balconies. . Its a very pleasant place to stroll around and have a coffee or people watch and at night you can take one of the many horse draw...

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  • Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia

    Colombia Things to Do

    The Zona Cafetera is the place most travelers to Colombia envision when they think of the country whether the know it or not just as Juan Valdez is the mustachioed image of its inhabitants. Cocaine may have grabbed all the headlines but coffee is a buzz that's not only legal but malleable. While it's the everyday drink of the common man it doubles...

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  • Diving and Snorkeling

    Galápagos Islands Things to Do

    After visiting the beach at Gardner Bay we went back to Cachalote for a quick change and then went to the panga again to go snorkelling at a small rocky island just off the coast. As we were all eager to see sharks, especially Hammer Head Sharks we first tried to snorkel on the rougher side of the island, but we soon had to abandon that side to go...

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  • Plaza de Mayo

    Buenos Aires Things to Do

    Argentinian Executive branch building. If you're here at the right time, there is a changing of the guard ceremony. You can't go into the building itself but there is a small musem on the right side of the building in the basement. The museum is free but you must present your passport upon entry.

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  • Sugar Loaf - Pão de Açucar

    Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

    Another must in Rio is visiting Pao de Acucar or Sugar Loaf mountain. There are two seperate parts to it, so you need to take two cable cars. The cost is quite high though, and if you want you can just pay for one return ride. The views are pretty special, keep an eye out for the monkeys and the birds.

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  • Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

    Cusco Things to Do

    The Sun Temple (Coricancha) forms the foundations of the San Domingo Convent and Church. In the grand tradition of looting and destruction carried out by Spanish conquerors throughout Peru, much of the wealth of Spain was stolen from the treasuries of the Incas. In this case, gold from the sun temple, whose tightly interlocking stones proved more...

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  • Parque Ibirapuera

    São Paulo Things to Do

    Designed in 1954, but built only in 2005, Auditório Ibirapuera is the work of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. The ultra-modern music hall is considered one of the best venues for concerts in São Paulo. It is located within Parque do Ibirapuera.

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  • Monserrate

    Bogotá Things to Do

    I started my time in Bogota by taking the cable car ride up to Monserrate, a 3,152 meter mountain in the middle of the city. There is a church with a shrine up there and restaurants. You get amazing views of much of the city from there. I enjoyed an empanada and a cup of coffee while taking it all in.

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  • Museos - Museums

    Lima Things to Do

    This museum has to rank alongside the Larco for interest, information and organisation. It is situated in the Bodega y Quadra House located next to the old railway station. A big plus over the Larco - it is FREE! Open: 09.00-17.00 - Tuesday - Sunday The Museo de Sitio Bodega y Quadra exhibits artifacts of the colonial and republican period found...

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  • Pelourinho

    Salvador da Bahia Things to Do

    The historical centre itself, which revolves around the Pelourinho quarter with its triangular place, is characterized by its fidelity to the 16th-century plan, the density of its monuments, and the homogeneity of its construction on a hilly and picturesque site which embellishes the urban scenery by providing steeply falling and ascending views of...

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  • Plaza de Armas

    Santiago Things to Do

    The Plaza De Armas is more than a plaza, it is the heart and soul of Santiago. The size alone of the square is impressive compared to other plazas in South America. Within the space of the plaza there are a series of sculptures, fountains, and pretty trees with purple flowers. Then there are the massive buildings flanking each side of the...

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    We started our trek at km 88 and reached Winay Wayna on the afternoon of the second day, but by the time we hiked down to the ruins we were all so tired we were unable to explore properly and failed to see everything. On the second day i was so tired that i was on my hands and knees several times, and my friend had to help me with carrying my pack!...

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  • Ciudad Vieja

    Montevideo Things to Do

    Located on a peninsula with the northern side making up the Port, the Ciudad Vieja is the historical center of the City and was once surrounded by protective walls. Argentine forces under Juan Manuel de Rosas besieged the City from 1843 til 1851!! Walk through the streets and witness the architecture of old.

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  • Mitad del Mundo

    Quito Things to Do

    Although a only short distance from Quito, it is very arid here. Be sure to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. The admission price is higher than others have reported: $3. There is an ethnologic exhibit inside the monument, $3 extra. The park is a waste of time if your don't take it in. Also the exhibit without asking for a guide that speaks your...

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  • Plaza Murillo

    La Paz Things to Do

    Plaza Murillo is the city’s main square, named after Pedro Domingo Murillo, a Bolivian freedom fighter. There is a 3 meter high monument of the hero in the centre of the square, on the same spot where he was hung in 1810. Plaza Murillo is surrounded by some of La Paz's most famous buildings; the Cathedral (read my other tips) from 1835, 'Palacio de...

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  • Opera House, Museo do Indio

    Manaus Things to Do

    This remarkable place was built in the midst of the Amazon jungle in 1896 at the peak of the rubber boom. It took 15 years to construct. On entering a unique marble lobby is revealed inlaid with tropical hardwoods, there is a concert hall, and a beautiful mural in the upstairs ballroom. All materials were imported from Europe, including ironware,...

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  • Old Caracas (Centro)

    Caracas Things to Do

    CARACAS IS A VERY UNSAFE AND DANGEROUS PLACE TO VISIT. AFTER 8PM YOU CANT GO OUTSIDE UNLESS YOU WANNA BE DEATH. I FLOWN FROM CANADA TO VENEZUELA. AND LET ME TELL YOU. IN JUST ONE WEEK I WAS STOLEN TWICE . SO THINK TWICE YOU TRAVEL TO THIS DANGEROUS COUNTRY AND DONT WASTE DOLLARS AND TIME COMMING HERE

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  • Moon Valley

    San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do

    An interesting area with stones and sand formations that per millenia the floods and the winds have given it a series of colors and texture to the desert, it presents an extraordinary attractive by its similarity with the moon surface and the natural coliseo of great dimensions. From a great dune is possible to appreciate the wonderful and...

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  • Recife Antigo

    Recife Things to Do

    A strong effort is being made in Recife's historical area, recuperating its most beautiful buildings. Before leaving Portugal, a friend told me that he didn't like Recife, because it was old, degraded, and dirty. But everything has a negative and a positive side: those old and degraded buildings they kept, are now the base of the good work that is...

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  • Andes

    Mendoza Things to Do

    There is a day tour from Mendoza called Alta Montana tour, it's a nice way of visiting the Andes, very safe, nice people,lunch, some women alone. Or you can take the regular bus,stop in Aconcagua park ,come back in the same day or stay in a hosteria in Puente del Inca if you like hiking ( for me the best option)

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  • Plaza de Bolivar

    Cartagena Things to Do

    Parque Simon Bolivar. This park is homage to Simon Bolivar who liberated Cartagena. During the day the park is full of people drinking coffee and watching the world go by. Plenty of people selling jewellery, coffee, lottery tickets, just about anything. It's nice to sit in the shade if the sun gets too hot for you. During the early evening and late...

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  • Charles Darwin Research Center

    Galápagos Islands Things to Do

    Charles Darwin Research Station is situated in the outskirts of Puerto Ayora, at the east end of Avenida Charles Darwin. It was established in 1964 and it is the headquarters of the Charles Darwin Foundation. Here more than 100 scientists, students and volunteers are working with research and conservation projects to protect the Galapagos ecosystem...

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  • La Boca

    Buenos Aires Things to Do

    We have been advice to take a taxi and we did. This place has a reputation of being prone to more crime than central areas. Tourist areas are relatively safe, going beyond the unmarked borders (crossing a street can be enough) of the tourist area can put you at risk of trouble. This wonderfully colourful neighbourhood right next to the old port of...

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  • Copacabana

    Rio de Janeiro Things to Do

    Copacabana’s fame attracts cariocas and tourists (excuse me, travelers) alike. The first go there to show off - muscles or other soft tissue while the second go to see the show. The time I went was not the most blessed with balmy weather but there was still some action. Unfortunately, construction was under way which meant that large tract of the...

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  • Main Square

    Cusco Things to Do

    Plaza de Armas has always been the centre of Cusco, but was originally much bigger than today and was surrounded by beautiful Inca palaces and temples. At that time, Plaza de Armas was the scene of offerings, ‘Inti Raymi’ (the Sun Festival), and other important ceremonies. Many historic events took place here during the Spanish Empire; Pizarro...

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  • Beaches

    São Paulo Things to Do

    Santos is a very interesting place that I got to go 2 when I went to Brasil. Not too far from Sao Paulo and recommended if you can't make it 2 Rio (which I couldn't). Pros: Shopping areas close by, white sand beaches, fairly pretty area. Cons: Port so lots of large ships coming in constantly, somewhat polluted.

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  • Gold Museum - Museo del Oro

    Bogotá Things to Do

    The gold museum in Bogota is inside the Banco de la Republica. The exhibitions were renovated in 2008 and are now in a wider area. In this museum you will discover how metals, specially gold, were used in the pre-hisanic societes that used to live in the area which today is Colombia. The museum is divided in: The working metals descrbing the...

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  • San Francisco Church And Convent

    Lima Things to Do

    The church and monastery of Saint Francis were consecrated in 1673 and completed in 1774. The church, built in the Spanish Baroque style, survived earthquakes in 1687 and1746 but was extensively damaged in 1970. The complex was World Heritage listed in 1991 as part of the Historic Centre of Lima. One of the most interesting features of the...

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