Category Archives: South America

Salento/Central Colombia

The Zona Cafetero is Colombia’s lush coffee-producing region in the center of the country. Salento is a small town in the area with a laid-back hippie vibe and a food and crafts fair on the main plaza on the weekends. … Continue reading

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Guatapé

This little town 26 miles east of Medellín is known for its giant 656-foot-high granite rock, Piedra del Peñol, 2 miles away, that draws rock climbers to the area. But, the town for me was the real reason to come—with … Continue reading

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Santa Fe de Antioquia

Although only 50 miles north-west of Medellín, this colonial town is a big temperature change—much warmer than the city. It is known for its Puente Colgante de Occidente, the suspension bridge built in 1887 over the Cauca River. Photos of … Continue reading

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Medellín

Colombia’s “City of Eternal Spring” in the north-central part of the country was once known as the “Murder Capital of the World” in the 1980s and 90s, but now is a safe, modern city with some interesting tourist sites. The … Continue reading

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Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, the official name of Colombia’s colonial city on the Caribbean, is a world away from the larger cities of Bogotá and Medellín. The feel here is hot and tropical with a greater mix of ethnic groups and … Continue reading

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Catedral de Sal

About 30 miles north of Bogotá is the Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral), an underground collection of chapels and 14 stations of the cross carved inside a salt mine with colored flood lights to enhance its beauty and magnificence. The … Continue reading

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Bogotá

Colombia’s capital, a sprawling city of around 8 million, is located in the central part of the country. It is by far Colombia’s largest city and South America’s 4th largest city. Plaza de Bolivar is the main square where you … Continue reading

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 each year in the United States. This commemorates the following significant dates: Sept. 15: Independence Day of five Central America countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica) … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Guyana

  Capital Georgetown Size/Population 83,000 sq. miles/752,940 (2010) Land Mixed: marshy plain, sand belt, rainforests, savannah Politics Unitary, semi-presidential republic Economy Agriculture, bauxite and gold mining Currency Guyanese dollar Languages English, Guyanese Creole Religions 57% Christian, 28% Hindu, 7% Muslim … Continue reading

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5 Other Cultural “WOWs”

5. Indian food—the huge variety of vegetarian food and many types of bread (naan) and the presence of all-vegetarian restaurants and hotels 4. Indian women’s colorful clothing and styles 3. Andean women’s colorful clothing and styles 2. Pisco Sours (the official drink of Chile … Continue reading

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