Cityscapes and desert escapes in Chile

I’ve been warned to take care in Santiago. There are muggings, locals say. But from where I sit by the window of my restaurant in inner-city Lastarria, no one sashaying by looks shifty. I want their swagger, their dress flair, to parade before shop windows adoring my reflection. After dessert, I shift to the roof-top bar of my hotel, The Singular Santiago, where the city’s bold and beautiful...

South America’s extreme vineyards

The intoxicating landscape of South America is diverse and extreme, says Alistair Cooper in this months magazine. Find out some of the most extreme vineyard sites… It is home to the world’s longest mountain range, the largest river and the driest desert. It is this thrilling playground that is host to a growing band of intrepid winemakers who are stepping into the unknown in the pursuit of...

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...

South America by private jet: Does travel get any better?

Once upon a long time ago, they travelled cheap, sleeping on floors, living on air and dreams, following their endless summer from Marrakesh to Ibiza to Kathmandu to Goa. Once rolling stones, they now travel in the Rolling Stones‘ jet. Literally. Still desiring exciting travel, those comfortably off and up for adventure – you could call them high-end hippies – are no longer getting their...

Is this the coolest city in South America?

Why go now? A seismic cultural shift in recent years has seen Santiago, the capital of Chile, shake off its reputation as a dull backwater offering little more than a connecting airport to emerge as a vibrant destination in its own right. Distinct creative districts have popped up across the city, along with a sprinkling of boutique hotels, world-class restaurants and a thriving arts and nightlife...

It’s Summer in South America—Here’s Where to Go to Escape the Cold – Part 2

Salta, Argentina Although Mendoza receives much of northern Argentina’s accolades, it’s northerly neighbor of Salta is home to a historically aristocratic wine-growing province that rivals that of Mendoza, producing some of the country’s most prolific wines in the Calchaquí Valley in Cafayate. Base yourself in Salta proper at Legado Mitico Salta, or opt to stay in one of the town’s luxury...

It’s Summer in South America—Here’s Where to Go to Escape the Cold – Part 1

If you’ve traveled to South America, odds are you’ve been to the continent’s capitals. You’ve probably been mesmerized by the sensual tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina; you may have tasted vintages produced in the fertile wine valleys surrounding Santiago, Chile; and you’ve likely frequented the artistic establishments in the hip Barranco borough of Lima, Peru. But outside of the South America’s...

Top tourist destinations for the travelling Pinoys

It’s time for South America! Peru, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and more. Did you know that Filipinos are not required to have visa on selected countries in Latin American countries? For most Filipinos, Asia, Europe, Australia, the USA and Great Britain are big travel destinations, but South America never seems to be that high on the travel bucket list. Here are exciting things you can do when...

Sizing up South America’s oldest living tree

At around the time the Egyptians were busy inventing the sundial, a tenacious cypress seed busted through the floor of a temperate rainforest in the south of Chile. That same organism would see off the pharaohs, along with countless earthquakes, fires and centuries of logging to stand proudly as the oldest living thing on the South American continent roughly 3,500 years later. So what does it feel...

Tiny Uruguay Offers Lots to See and Do

Many visitors to the South American country of Uruguay are surprised to learn how small it is: 90th in the world in size. They’re equally surprised — and delighted — to find a wide choice of things to see and do in an area about the size of Oklahoma. Tucked between much larger Argentina and Brazil, Uruguay doesn’t attract as many visitors as its better-known neighbors. But those who...