More young travellers hitting South America’s cocaine trail, expert says

An increasing number of young Western travellers are heading to South America to take advantage of easy and cheap access to cocaine, a criminal justice expert has said. Flinders University criminal justice strategic professor Andrew Goldsmith said there was „no doubt“ Western backpackers travelling to places like Colombia, young travellers in particular, were increasing in numbers. „Some...

South America: A Polarized Continent

After a decade of relative stability, South America experiences political turmoil and social unrest. Not long ago, South America was a promising continent. Economic growth and unparalleled political stability offered good reasons for optimism. Gone were the coups, and the region welcomed transitions of power through elections. Now, however, this era of hopefulness feels like a distant memory. South...

Diamond Resorts International – Offers Vacationers Top Tips When Traveling to South America

LAS VEGAS, NV / ACCESSWIRE / April 10, 2017 / Travel to South America will remain high in 2017 due to continued low fuel prices and overall lower cost to long-distance travel. Popular tropical destinations such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean are likely to see a steady rise in vacationers over the winter, while Ecuador ranked highly as a sought-after vacation spot thanks to the famed Galapagos...

There Are Huge Tunnels in South America Dug By Extinct Giant Sloths

And no one’s sure why they dug them. Deep inside Brazil, there are tunnels large enough for a person to walk through. They are neatly symmetrical—too neat to have been caused by any known geologic process. And they are lined with claw marks. These megatunnels are probably the handiwork of giant ground sloths—humongous „paleoburrows“ that no longer walk the Earth. But tens of thousands...

Why is South America being hit by deadly landslides?

It starts with torrential rain in the mountains. Then a wall of mud and boulders comes barreling down the slopes, sweeping away houses, cars and people. Like a video stuck on repeat, the story has played out over and over again in recent weeks in South America, where hundreds of people have been killed in landslides. First they hit Peru, where the indigenous Quechua language has a word for these flash...

Looking at Women’s Day in South America

A group of women stood in a drumline, like that of an army, on the Avenida de Mayo as the band leader kept time with her drum sticks. It was International Women’s Day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, March 8, and by 5 p.m. the other students in my study abroad program and I found ourselves amidst about 100,000 protesters in what was a cross between a music festival and all out revolutionary...

This Epic Trip Introduces Golfers to 10 Courses in South America and the Caribbean

When discussing the world’s top golf destinations, enthusiasts often mention Scotland, California, or Florida. This October, North Carolina–based Kalos Golf tour company (in partnership with TCS World Travel) will add to the conversation with the Best of South America Golf Tour, a 20-day itinerary that allows golfers to play links located in Barbados, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and the Dominican...

Meet the fluorescent tree frogs of South America

Of all the world’s amphibians — some 7,600 species — none had been confirmed to exhibit fluorescence, until now. Scientists in Argentina and Brazil say they’ve found the first solid evidence of a fluorescent amphibian, courtesy of the South American tree frog. Their findings, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offer clues into how this tiny tree...

OSAF Raising South America’s Profile

With a purse of $500,000 (U.S.), the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) March 5 at Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile, is the highest-profile race of the year in South America. The hope for the 1 1/2-mile turf event is to help serve as a benchmark in the classification/ranking of the continent’s best horses internationally. That is the one of the goals of OSAF, or Organización...

About Those Islamist Sleeper Cells in South America…

The Trump administration is huffing and puffing about the danger, but after 15 years and counting, the sleeper cells are still sleeping. Latin America must have the sleepiest of sleeper cells. It’s been more than 15 years since one of George W. Bush’s minor neocon ultras, Pentagon Under Secretary Douglas Feith, suggested, just after 9/11, that the United States hold off invading Afghanistan and...