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Six Awesome Things to Do in Copan, Honduras

Luna Jaguar Hot Spring

While day trips to the archaeological site of Copán are common from Guatemala City and Antigua, the nearby city of Copán itself is also an option for travelers who want to stay close to the Maya site. Copán Ruinas offers several hotels in town, and these provide easy access to other nearby attractions. If you’re planning a trip to Honduras, here’s a look at what to see and do in the Copán area.

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March 27, 2015 by | Comments Off

Discovering Coffee Culture in Nicaragua

Coffee beans

Coffee has played an important role in Nicaragua since its arrival in the 1800’s. Large-scale coffee crops started making an appearance in the 1850’s and by 1870, coffee was the primary export crop of Nicaragua. According to the Equal Exchange Co-op, whose mission is to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, more than 40,000 coffee-farm families cultivate coffee beans, many of which help preserve the country’s forests and threatened biodiversity. By the late 1990’s, coffee production contributed $140 million US to Nicaragua’s economy and provided the equivalent of 280,000 permanent agricultural jobs. It’s estimated that 95% of Nicaragua’s coffee farmers are micro and small-scale producers.

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March 11, 2015 by | Comments Off

Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour Review

Paseo de Las Bovedas

My husband, 9-week-old daughter and I embarked on the Panama City and Canal Sightseeing Tour with excitement. We knew we wanted to see the Miraflores Locks, one of the Panama Canal’s three famous locks, and get our bearings in the city where we’d be staying for the next week. The tour provided us with an unexpectedly in-depth Canal experience that gave meaningful historical context to our whirlwind visit to Panama’s Casco Viejo (“Old Town”), also known as Casco Antiguo.

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February 20, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Panama Canal

The modern Plaza Carlos V in Casco Viejo, Panama City

You may think you’ve known all about the Panama Canal since middle school social studies. Most people know that the Canal was built across the isthmus of Panama to save ships from having to go all the way around South America to connect from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and back. In fact, you may even know it only takes 8-10 hours for a ship to pass through the canal’s three locks, the Miraflores, the Pedro Miguel and the Gatún Locks. Even more impressively, you may not have just Googled “isthmus.” Still, as I learned on a recent trip to Panama, there’s a lot more to the story of the Panama Canal than you probably know. See if you knew any of these ten facts.

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February 12, 2015 by | Comments Off

Top Travel Fears and How to Conquer Them

Travel fears may start small, but they can take over and quash the very spirit that inspires us to explore the world. Here are ways to manage some of the most common fears associated with travel, from flight phobias to the specter of food poisoning.

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January 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

7 Amazing Places to Ring in New Year’s on the Beach

Little Exuma, Bahamas

Eating, drinking and dancing. Those are the three activities that define New Year’s Eve across the globe. The only thing is that some people do them while wearing winter jackets, while others can feel the sand between their toes as the fireworks go off. Do you want to be one of the latter? Then you should definitely spend December 31 at one of these destinations!

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December 19, 2014 by | Comments Off

Top 25 Things to Do in Central & South America: 2015 Viator Travel Awards

Go to the ends of the Earth in Patagonia

Welcome to the 2015 Viator Travel Awards: Central and South America Edition! We’ve read hundreds of traveler reviews and pored over data from our most popular tours to bring you a list of experiences you won’t want to miss out on if you’re planning to travel to Central and South America in 2015.

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December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Save 10% in South America

South America deals

Save 10 percent in South America, when you spend $500 USD or equivalent value!*

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December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Out of Office: Susie’s Sunny Holiday in Belize

Viator’s team of travel insiders is obsessed with finding the best things to do everywhere we travel. From traditional tours to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, we spend our time scouring the globe for the best tours and activities around the world. Whether traveling for work or pleasure (or both!) our staff members […]

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November 12, 2014 by | Comments Off

Five Must-Visit Markets in Montevideo, Uruguay

Jewelry for sale

Walking the streets of Montevideo’s Old Town, there is a comforting sense that city residents are happy living in the moment. To get your own gauge on the city, however, one of the best places to experience Montevideo is in the mix of the local markets. Street ferias are a common occurrence on most days of the year, and the larger markets are internationally renowned for their food, wine, and good times. So whether it’s shopping for local produce or tax-free souvenirs, the following are some of the best Montevideo markets to visiting when passing through town.

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November 10, 2014 by | Comments Off

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