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Rio is the fun capital of Brazil

Rio is the fun capital of Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO - For someone who had been to the top of Corcovado "more than 800 times," Rodrassis, our chain-smoking, wise-cracking guide, seemed overly excited about introducing us to Le esta o Crito Redentor, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer that sits atop the city's largest mountain.
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Panama Canal is a Wonder Worth Seeing

Panama Canal is a Wonder Worth Seeing

PANAMA CITY - For the dozens of people lined across the full length of the observation deck atop the Miraflores Visitors Centre, the Panama Canal represents one of man’s greatest engineering achievements – right up there with Egypt’s pyramids and China’s Great Wall.
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Making Some Quick Steps in Argentina

Making Some Quick Steps in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES - It took some fancy footwork to arrange my first tango lesson. A day lost to learning the seductive dance of Argentina due to a Canadian snowstorm required a lot of shuffling on my part.
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Guatemala is a Hidden Treasure

Guatemala is a Hidden Treasure

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA - My Guatemala is a seductive beauty whose Spanish charm, dramatic landscapes, lovely coastline and relaxed lifestyle are enchanting more and more visitors.
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Exploring the Amazing Amazon

Exploring the Amazing Amazon

QUITO, ECUADOR - After receiving yellow fever, typhoid, tetanus and Hepatitis A shots, going on malaria tablets, purchasing a mosquito net for my face, buying insect repellent with deet and quizzing anyone who has travelled within 800 kilometres of the Amazon rain forest, I was ready for my ensuing adventure.
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Fishermen are Hooked on Costa Rica

Fishermen are Hooked on Costa Rica

In a demonstration of its sheer power, the magnificent sailfish broke through the surface of the water and rocketed six feet above the waves, the sun glinting off its sleek body as it sought to shake free of the jagged metal imbedded in its jaw.
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It's a Helluva Ride to Costa Rica's Eco Heaven

It's a Helluva Ride to Costa Rica's Eco Heaven

MANUAL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA - It took 4½ hours on the worst roads we’ve ever encountered to reach Costa Rica’s greatest ecological treasures: Mount Arenal, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the reserves around Manuel Antonio.
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Unmasking the Real Colombia

Unmasking the Real Colombia

BOGOTA - To the east of this magnificent Colombian capital, I see the majestic Andes Cordilleras rise into the sky and pierce some low-lying clouds.
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Chile Offers Travelers Some Hot Times

Chile Offers Travelers Some Hot Times

PUYEHUE, CHILE - The road leading to the Termas de Puyehue Resort cuts through an enchanting forest where the smell of wood and wet earth mingles with the aromas of fresh bread and tortillas being baked on open fires on the side of the road by the natives who inhabit this fairy tale area of southern Chile.
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Diving into Mexico's Mayan Culture

Diving into Mexico's Mayan Culture

YUCATAN PENINSULA, MEXICO – In the shadows of a full moon night, a giant sea turtle laboriously drags his domed body across the sugary sand towards the water’s edge.
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