El Calafate – Gateway to Argentina’s Glacier National Park

The small town of El Calafate, named for a ubiquitous bush found across Patagonia, is in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina – one of the most southerly places in this barely civilized region of South America. It is easily reachable on a three plus hour direct flight from the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires.

Quito, Ecuador – Gateway to the Galapagos Islands

How To Get There While one can certainly reach Quito by land, most tourists visiting it will fly to its international airport – airport code UIO.  It receives direct, non-stop flights not only from cities in several neighboring countries,…
Cusco Weather Climate

Cusco, Peru – Gateway to Machu Picchu

To get to Machu Picchu, you must first make it to Cusco. Some travelers arrive by bus or train, visiting other destinations in Peru beforehand, such as Arequipa & the Colca Canyon or Puno & Lake Titicaca. But most visitors will fly directly from Lima (1.5 hours). At present there are no international flights directly to or from Cusco, except for some…
Amazing Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls in Argentina & Brazil

Iguazu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. When translated into English, the word Iguazu roughly means ‘big water’. Iguazu Falls was formed as the result of a volcanic eruption, which left a large crack in the earth’s surface. Iguazu Falls was designated a UNESCO…
Where are the Galaoagis Islands - Map

The Galapagos Islands - Maps, Weather & More

Although travelling through the Galapagos Islands is indeed fine any time of the year, there are some differences worth noting. The northern hemisphere summer/fall months of June to November, which coincide with the dry season in Peru, are also some of the drier months in the Galapagos. But although it does not rain as much, there is actual more fog...

Machu Picchu - Weather, Hiking & More

The Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven man-made wonders of the world – is located in the Cuzco region of Peru. Although it has an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level, this is significantly lower than the altitude of the city of Cusco and most of the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas.