South America

Belize: It’s like a giant saltwater aquarium that isn’t all full of fish poop.

People don’t come to Belize to get lentigo malign on its beaches — frankly, they’re not the white sandy kind you find around the Hawaiian, Caribbean, or Galápagos Islands. Instead, people come for what those islands don’t have: an epic, ocean-taming ...
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Quito, Ecuador: The world’s second-highest capital city (and not because they legalized drugs).

Though Quito, Ecuador was merely the second-highest capital city, and only the second capital of the Inca Empire, it still is first in “cities surrounded on all sides by volcanoes.” Quito, Ecuador is located in the Andes Mountains. El Panecillo ...
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Urubamba Valley, Peru

Urubamba Valley, Peru: aka “Yucay Valley,” aka “Sacred Valley,” aka “Holy Crap! Valley.”

The Sacred Valley and Urubamba River Many adventure-seeking morons choose to spend five whole days hiking the infamous “Inca Trail,” but that’s just mental when you consider that you can take a perfectly civilized PeruRail train the entire way from ...
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Cusco, Peru: Not everyone who lives in the Andes Mountains crashed their airplane.

At 4,300 miles long, the Andes is the world’s longest continental mountain range. Running North to South, it cuts directly through the middle third of Peru, separating the county’s interior rain-forest from its coastal desert. The Incas thought the Andes ...
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South America: We visited our fellow Americans below the equator.

A lot of people would consider our two-week, sub-equatorial adventure in South America including Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu in Peru, and Quito and the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador, “the trip of a lifetime.” For what it ...
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