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Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local and traditional music, arts and crafts, dance and food, attending an event is one of the best ways to learn about regional traditions, customs, cuisines and values. Here’s a roundup of October festivals around the world.

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October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

How to Spend a Week in Nicaragua

Little Corn Island

If you have a week to travel Nicaragua, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one location — consider a multi-day adventure that lets you see some of the country’s best sights and attractions. If you want to see as much as possible, here are some ideas on how to spend a week in Nicaragua.

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August 31, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Rums of Central America

Centario rum

One of the great benefits of traveling through Central America is that it’s easy to find really good rum for a ridiculously low price. While most people associate rum with the Caribbean, many of the best ones actually come from the mainland of Central America. They might not be as famous or as heavily marketed brands like Bacardi, but that’s a good thing. Thanks to more abundant sources of fresh spring water and the ability to store the barrels above sea level, these often beat out the island brands in international tasting competitions.

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June 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Discovering the Surprise of El Salvador

Cerro Verde, El Salvador

Rugged volcanos dotting the countryside, vibrant cities with a youthful spirit, colonial charm preserved and actively refurbished for future generations to enjoy. This may not be the El Salvador in your mind, but it’s the country that exists beyond the international headlines and doomsday CIA travel warnings.

In a week’s worth of travel, we found what makes El Salvador special. The land itself was diverse, bursting with natural beauty. The food, namely the Salvadoran staple of pupusas, never disappointed. Most of all, the people who eagerly shared their stories are what make El Salvador not only special, but one of the most rewarding travel destinations.

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June 5, 2015 by | Comments Off

Bolivian Fast Food: The 4 Must-Try Junk Eats

Freshly made "salchipapas."

Just because the “golden arches” are nearly non-existent in Bolivia, it doesn’t mean Bolivians don’t love their fast food. After all, Bolivia is the land of the potato and Bolivians sure know how to cook up a batch of crunchy, salty French fries. But their love of fast food doesn’t end there. From fried bananas done three ways to papas fritas topped with greasy sausages, Bolivianos know how to to whip up tasty fast food. While traveling in Bolivia, be sure to check out these four must-try salty snacks:

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May 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

More Than a Layover: Lima in 24, 48 or 72 Hours

Museo Larco in Lima, Peru

For many travelers, Lima is nothing more than a layover city or on-the-way stop to Cusco and Machu Picchu. The truth is, treating Lima solely as a stopover would be a mistake. With its contemporary museums, colonial architecture, immense culture, endless archaeology, green spaces, food scene and window into the life of the 10 million people who live there, Lima has something for everyone, even if it’s for as little as 24, 48 or 72 hours.

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May 25, 2015 by | Comments Off

National Parks to Explore in Venezuela

Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, Venezuela

Venezuela’s vast coastline, numerous mountains and variety of ecosystems provide the country a seemingly limitless number of beaches, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, rivers and lagoons to satisfy the most adventuresome spirits.

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May 18, 2015 by | Comments Off

Where to Go in May: 20 Great Spots for a Shoulder Season Trip

Enjoy scrumptious Czech cuisine at the May food festivals!

Whether you’ve had enough of the April showers and need a travel respite, or you’re trying to hit the tail end of the shoulder season, or you’re simply itching to add a new stamp to your passport – May is an excellent month to hit the road. Almost no matter where you’re headed, May has that “not too hot and not too cold” weather, as well as being a time for some pretty big festivals. Here are some ideas for where to go in May.

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May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments

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

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