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.
By Bill Warelis I had been planning on meeting my wife after a conference in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil when I learned it was being moved to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. I knew something of Salvador, and was looking forward to the trip, but nothing of Foz do Iguaçu. I felt let down. I found that
By Jim Ferri Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a trip of a lifetime for many people. But there are many things to take into consideration while planning for it, primarily the cost and your safety and comfort. The first thing most people realize is that it’s not inexpensive. It is, in fact, more expensive than
By Jim Ferri For years I’ve wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands. After photos of them in National Geographic set the hook in my childhood mind, I’ve been fascinated by them ever since. First made famous by Darwin on his historic voyage on HMS Beagle in 1835, the Galapagos is a place where you find
By Jim Ferri We continued our tour of Ecuador with a visit to Quito, the capital, arriving during Semana Santa (Easter week). We had originally hoped to see its spectacular Good Friday procession in which men carry large crosses through the old city, preceded by other devotees wearing purple hoods and tunics. Unfortunately, though, we
By Jim Ferri On our trip through Ecuador a few weeks ago, we spent a few days in Cuenca, high in the Andes in the southern part of the country. It turned out to be a really special place, a mid-16th-century city of culture not overrun by busloads of tourists. The entire city is a
Flying into Cuenca, Ecuador is quite dramatic. It’s not only due to the mountains and valleys all about you, but because the pilot has to shoehorn the plane down a single narrow runway between houses that are less than 100 feet off your wingtips. Welcome to the Andes. We had traveled to Cuenca because I
By Jim Ferri When comes to food, I’m not adventurous. That crown goes to my wife Marjorie, who believes that the hotter and spicier something is, all the better. From my perspective, pepper pushes the culinary envelope far enough. A few days ago in Ecuador, though, the tables turned. We were in Cuenca, high up