Every so often travelers discover a place that’s so different and beautiful that it’s almost magical. And when it’s also so affordable and close to home we can’t help but wonder why we hadn’t visited before. Welcome to Cartagena… By Jim Ferri In the old town of Cartagena, officially known as Cartagena de Indias, you’ll
By Jim Ferri Cuenca, Ecuador isn’t known by most travelers. Perhaps that’s why it remains unique. High in the Andes in the southern part of Ecuador, it’s a special place, a mid-16th-century city of culture not overrun by busloads of tourists. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its people so welcoming
By Jim Ferri Right on the equator on South America’s Pacific coast, Ecuador is a fascinating country. It’s exceptionally diverse, a combination of ancient and colonial civilizations, as well as some of the most amazing natural splendors on earth. While many go to Ecuador primarily to visit the Galapagos Islands, there’s much more to the
By Jim Ferri If you ever want to stand right on the equator, what better place to go than Ecuador? After all, in Spanish even the word “ecuador” means “equator.” The problem though, is just where to go. La Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World), the huge Equatorial monument north of Quito —
By Donna Manz All nationalities have generalizations made about them. For Brazilians it’s that they love gatherings with family and friends, barbecue (the national sport after fútbol), the outdoor life, and garlic … lots of garlic. I’m one of those travelers who immerse herself in local life. I try out my fractured language skills, wander
by Donna Manz There is no season that embraces the diversity of special events, specialty themes, holiday festivities and weather as much as autumn does. I’ve favored fall travel since I empty-nested and no longer depended on school summer breaks to get away. It is not just that there are fewer tourists or cheaper airfares
By Jim Ferri As travelers we all have things in common. One of the best, in my estimation, is the opportunity to sample foods all over the world. A meal away from home can be so delicious that you’ll remember it for years. What makes a delicious meal even more memorable, though, is when you
By Jason Rupp and Carla Marie Rupp With some of our frequent-flyer miles expiring, we decided to take a trip as far as we could and chose exciting Lima, Peru. It turned out to be a great choice, to fly that far south and challenge our senses and tastes with a cosmopolitan South American experience.