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Picture-perfect Patagonia

Picture-perfect Patagonia

CHACABUCO VALLEY, CHILE — I remember my first glimpse of Patagonia. My parents had given me a calendar of mountain images one Christmas and the photo for November — Patagonia — was so alarmingly beautiful, I thought it was fake.
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Journey to an Amazon lodge reveals Brazil's inner beauty

Journey to an Amazon lodge reveals Brazil's inner beauty

CRISTALINO, BRAZIL — The September 15, 2015 Guardian Weekly reported that there are just over three trillion trees on the planet. Then Science Magazine chimed in, explaining that 319 billion of those trees existed in the Brazilian Amazon.
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L.A.-like Monterrey  is the ‘star’ of Mexico

L.A.-like Monterrey is the ‘star’ of Mexico

MONTERREY — With the seventh largest public plaza in the world, a meandering river walk, world-class museums, an outrageous culinary scene, Mexico’s best universities and medical schools, the hip suburb of San Pedro and Chipinque National Park as its backyard, it’s hard not to have a good time in cosmopolitan Monterrey.
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Los Cabos resort Sandos is rock-solid

Los Cabos resort Sandos is rock-solid

LOS CABOS — I wake up to a lovely but cool morning and gaze into the clouds knowing that in a few hours I will be in a much warmer place. Excitement builds as I stuff my bag with all the essentials for a spring getaway — bathing suit, check; suntan lotion, check. Who needs anything else?
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Merida is really old Mexico

Merida is really old Mexico

MERIDA — Strolling through the cobblestoned streets of lovely town feels like a jaunt back in time. Everywhere I turn, iconic scenes of Old Mexico — including haciendas lining the street, vendors decked out in colourful embroidered huipils and the pounding of handmade tortillas — pop up all over this historic town.
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In Colombia, Mr. Coffee Keeps Traditions Alive

In Colombia, Mr. Coffee Keeps Traditions Alive

FREDONIA, COLOMBIA - The first thing you have to know about the people of this coffee-rich country is that “they don’t really like coffee.”
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Brazilian Homecoming a Family Affair

Brazilian Homecoming a Family Affair

NATAL, BRAZIL - Known as the “city of the sun,” Natal doesn’t disappointment me — when I step off the plane, the sun kisses my face and welcomes me home.
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Colombian Landmark is Rock Solid

Colombian Landmark is Rock Solid

GUATAPE, COLOMBIA - I’ve only climbed 150 of the 740 steps required to reach the top of a mammoth monolith known as El Peñol and already I’m exhausted. My aching knees are in need of a Ben Gay fix. My heart is pounding so hard I think it’s about to leap out of my chest.
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Quito is Middle Earth

Quito is Middle Earth

QUITO - It’s 3 a.m. — touch down at last! The first thing I notice when I step out of Quito’s airport is that the air is remarkably crisp. It’s a certain kind of crisp that leaves you feeling invigorated — this is what you get when you’re standing 2,850 metres above sea lev- el.
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Transporting Medellín into the Future

Transporting Medellín into the Future

MEDELLíN, COLOMBIA - The Metro cable car lifts off from Santo Domingo station and the cows and horses grazing in the makeshift pasture beneath the gondola scatter in all directions.
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