Author Archive for Alfonso Tandazo

Luxury and adventure at the foot of the Andes

Luxury and adventure at the foot of the Andes

A trip to South America’s Andes is undoubtedly a challenging adventure. This mountain range that crosses the continent is the longest on Earth, with its vastness matched only by the enigmatic and imposing beauty of its landscapes. Its crystal-clear lakes, snow-capped peaks, endless deserts, lush forests, breathtaking highlands, awe-inspiring glaciers, small indigenous communities and colorful […]

5 of South America’s most romantic spots

5 of South America’s most romantic spots

For those in search of a romantic experience that’s different from what’s found in a typical vacation package, South America offers some of the most amorous destinations in the world. These getaway havens not only mean dinners by candlelight, long dreamy-eyed walks on the beach, and accommodations with all the creature comforts, they stand apart for […]

Latin America: a carnival of exotic fruit

Latin America: a carnival of exotic fruit

For those people visiting a Latin American “farmers’ market” for the first time, the fruit section can be a new and exotic experience for all the senses. A carnival of intense colors and capricious shapes unfolds before your eyes, while the aromas and textures are simply astounding. In the touting of the sellers who try […]

5 reasons for a  Galapagos vacation with kids

5 reasons for a Galapagos vacation with kids

In terms of do-ability and safety, a Galapagos Islands family vacation is easily achievable for most households. Plus, such a getaway can have a powerful and lasting influence on kids. Notwithstanding the concerns about traveling with children to the seemingly remote Galapagos Islands in Spanish-speaking South America, there are a number of more powerful reasons […]

Niche tourism in Ecuador

Niche tourism in Ecuador

The digital age has changed everyone’s life, as well as people’s style of traveling and how tour operators organize trips. Today’s travelers have to deal with an immense, almost unmanageable amount of online information, which poses new challenges for individuals and tour operators alike. All of this means that concepts of specialization, innovation, efficiency, and […]

Discover the 'camels of the New World'

Discover the ‘camels of the New World’

When thinking about the Andes, many people picture snow-capped mountains, vast green plains, indigenous peoples …and herds of llamas. And yes, these are some of the main characteristics of the mountainous South American region – including those llamas. In fact, American llamas – and their close cousins (alpacas, guanacos and vicunas) – inhabit the immense […]

Top 5 Summertime ski resorts in Chile

Top 5 Summertime ski resorts in Chile

With 2017 already on line to break the world temperature record, the idea of Summertime skiing might seem a bit far-fetched. Nonetheless, escaping the Northern Hemisphere heat is precisely what can be accomplished at one of several ski resorts in the South American nation of Chile. In fact, from mid-June to early October, Chile is […]

6 of Chile's finest lodges and hotels

6 of Chile’s finest lodges and hotels

Chile is one of those countries that cannot be identified with a single touristic icon. Its geography is so diverse, and its culture so rich, that the images passing through the traveler’s mind are like those of a movie sequence ranging from the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island and the imposing glaciers of Patagonia, […]

Top 7 hotels in Bolivia... 'the rooftop of the world'

Top 7 hotels in Bolivia… ‘the rooftop of the world’

Strikingly beautiful and mountainous, Bolivia has been dubbed the “rooftop of the world” due to the dizzyingly high altitudes of most of its Andean cities – altitudes that can literally take your breath away the moment you touch down. Because of these extraordinary mountainous landscapes and thick Amazonian jungles, European contact with Bolivia was impeded, […]

Lima, Peru: a culinary journey with 10 delectable stops

Lima, Peru: a culinary journey with 10 delectable stops

Many people call Lima Peru the “Culinary Capital of Latin America,” and there are plenty of reasons for such a title. In this Andean city, one finds a celebration of ancient techniques and avant-garde practices that seamlessly merge inside the local kitchens of Lima’s highly diverse restaurants and bars. Successive migrations (African, Chinese, Italian, Japanese […]

Where do you want to stay on your Machu Picchu visit?

Where do you want to stay on your Machu Picchu visit?

Every year, millions of travelers are drawn to a singular mountain-top sanctuary, as if individually summoned by some otherworldly force. Nevertheless, it’s easy to understand why so many embark on this annual trek to Machu Picchu. Once we make personal contact with the 550-year old citadel, somehow built almost 8,000 feet in the air, its […]

7 outstanding hotels for discovering Lima, Peru

7 outstanding hotels for discovering Lima, Peru

When the world was yet to discover the charms of this beautiful city, many people associated Lima with only fog and gray skies. While it’s true that the Peruvian capital has a very particular climate – influenced by the cold Humboldt Current and the Andean mountain range – this is by no means the only […]

10 spectacular treasures of Peru

10 spectacular treasures of Peru

Peru has long been a backpacker’s paradise; however, this “Empire of Hidden Treasures” has now entered into the limelight as a must-see travel destination for upscale travelers as well. From riverboat expeditions deep in its exotic rainforest, to journeys along its vast coastal desert – traveling via the breathtaking peaks of the Andes in between […]

Ecuador's Imbabura Province: an art-filled Andean enclave

Ecuador’s Imbabura Province: an art-filled Andean enclave

A small and beautiful region in the Ecuadorian Andes, Imbabura Province is an area whose crafts have become famous worldwide. The skill and business acumen of this area’s inhabitants – some 400,000 people – have been the basis for the development of this dynamic northern Ecuadorian region where artisans rise before the sun to engage […]

Discover fine handicrafts in Ecuador's Azuay Province

Discover fine handicrafts in Ecuador’s Azuay Province

Southern Ecuador’s Azuay Province is one of the most important and richest tourist areas in the country. Its capital, Cuenca — proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO — is a charming Andean city characterized by its red-tile roofs and narrow streets in which time seems to have stood still. The beauty and quality of […]

6 unforgettable honeymoon spots in the heart of South America

6 unforgettable honeymoon spots in the heart of South America

Your honeymoon is the chance for you and your soul mate to deepen your bond with each other as you begin your life together. To help you and your new spouse find the ultimate, most unforgettable experience for your postnuptial getaway, we have generated a short-list of six (6) of the most memorable, romantic and […]

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