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Blog posts tagged in South America
Almost every country with a coastline has its own version of ceviche. The ingredients might change with availability, but the heart of the recipe - seafood "cooked" or marinated in acidic juices - remains the same. In South America, Ecuador and Peru clash over who has the best ceviche, and I must confess I cannot decide myself! Lima's neighborhood cebicherias could keep me occupied for weeks, checking out another each day.
But when I travel to Ecuador, and particularly in the Galapagos Islands, ceviche is one of the culinary treats I crave! This recipe comes to us courtesy of the EcoVentura yachts, whose onboard chefs magically turn out exquisite meals day after day, in a galley about the size of my small apartment's kitchen. If you've never attempted to make your own ceviche, give this one a try! And don't be afraid to play with the ingredients. This recipe features...
Arriving in the Atacama Desert this October, I was speechless as the plane began to descend into Calama, the region's capitol. The austere and Martian desert stretched out in every direction and was accented with epic snowcapped volcanoes in shades of fiery orange and rusty red; the salt flats beckoned to the east while smaller, salt mountains signaled the mouth of the Moon Valley to the south.
Met at the airport, by my Explora Atacama hosts, I was given my introduction to this remote region of Chile. “The first European explorers to reach what is now known as the Atacama Desert were drawn by tales of a land rich in gold located somewhere south of the Inca Empire. It was due to this quest that the Spanish conquistador, Diego de Almagro, after a perilous journey across the Andes Mountains, became the first European adventurer to arrive in Chile and set foot...
I often get questions from our travelers about the Blue Market Dollar Rate in Argentina and thought it would be a good idea to write about it for those trying to get the best bang for their buck so to speak while traveling in Argentina.
In Argentina there 3 official exchange rates:
1) The real estate rate (not important for travelers)
2) The Official bank exchange rate (around 1 USD to approx 9 Argentine Pesos)
3) The Blue Market rate (around 1 USD approx 14 ARS)
Travelers will of course only get the official rate at ATMs in Argentina and if they exchange money in the banks. The best way to take advantage of the Blue Market Rate is by bringing US cash ($20, $50 and/or $100 notes) and exchanging money at your hotels. Almost all hotels will gladly exchange your US cash at a much higher rate than what...
You've worked hard to save time and money for your next adventure vacation, that's why we are rewarding you with $600 off per person on one of our most luxurious Galápagos adventures aboard the Eclipse.
Why such a great deal? We want you to see the Galápagos in the best way possible and we've only got two cabins left on the Eclipse to make that dream trip happen. This is the only space we have remaining on any of our 2015 holiday Galápagos voyages. Yes, this is your final boarding call for a holiday adventure your family will never forget! Our Galapagos Christmas Adventure on board the Eclipse sets sail Dec 17-26, 2015.
This 10-day adventure, led by four expert naturalist guides, explores 6 enchanted islands while sailing onboard the exquisite 48-passenger Eclipse. This spacious and elegant yacht is your luxurious base for adventure as you kayak through sea caves, snorkel...
Kim and a group of 11 friends just returned from their adventures in Peru and had a fabulous time on our Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek. Here are some of her favorite memories:
“The Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek along the Salkantay Trail was amazing! Loved the diversity of the terrain along the way. The food and accommodations were outstanding. Liked the privacy and relative luxury of the lodges. The guides, staff, cook, etc. were all so professional and attentive to our every need.
Wilfredo was a wonderful tour guide--so knowledgeable, attentive and focused on making the most of the trip for all of us. Danny was a lot of fun.
Something that really stood out was the lunch in the tent (in the rain) after reaching the top of the Salkantay Trail--what a fun and much appreciated surprise. Loved Santos and Victor who did the traditional blessing at the lake.