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Adorable New Teddy Bear-Cat Creature Discovered in South America

Researchers at the Smithsonian announced the discovery of a new species today, and it's not the usual flower or insect. Instead, it's the olinguito, an adorable teddy bear-like mammal that lives in the cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia. At night, the animal leaps from...

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes

Two-Wheeled Tourism: 10 Cities to Visit If You Love Bikes Anna Brones Why spend your summer vacation on subways and buses when you could be out exploring places on two wheels? Thanks to an explosion in bike-share systems and a general appreciation for bike culture, making cycling a central part of your travels is becoming...

The Secret Lives Of... A Tour Guide In Cartagena

The Secret Lives Of... A Tour Guide In Cartagena Duran Duran On the Caribbean coast of Colombia, a man named Duran Duran shares his love of Cartagena with visitors from near and far. Some want to see the main sights, others come to explore backstreets of the colonial walled city on foot, but all leave with the benefit...

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole

Meet Pat Farmer, The Aussie Who Ran 20,919 Kilometers From Pole To Pole Just weeks before Pat Farmer was scheduled to depart for a 20,919-kilometer run from the North to the South Pole, his major sponsor pulled out and he was faced with a choice: give up his dream to be the first man to run Pole-to-Pole or sell everything he owned to finance the...

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road

Learn Spanish With Lonely Planet's Fluent Road Courtesy of FluentRoad.com Traveling to Spain or Latin America this summer and want to say more than "Donde esta el bano?" (though, that's an important one to know)? Lonely Planet has just launched a new online foreign language program, Fluent Road, partnering with Spanish...

Searching For Stories (And Vacation) In Cartagena, Colombia

Searching For Stories (And Vacation) In Cartagena, Colombia David Farley I had come to Colombia to write – or at least I had hoped. But on my third day, I was sitting in the bar of the Santa Clara Sofitel hotel sipping mojitos spiked with lulo juice, one of the many exotic fruits found here, and all I could write about in my...

Video Of The Day: Modern Day 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

Before beginning his doctorate in biomedical sciences, "Alex the Adventure Biker" took a break to realize his lifelong dream: to ride a motorcycle through the Americas. Over the course of nearly a year and a half, he rode his bike through 22 countries as he made his way...

Odd Travel Jobs: The Toucan Caretaker Of Cartagena

Odd Travel Jobs: The Toucan Caretaker Of Cartagena Meet Wilson Garcia. He's like the Clark Kent/Superman of his workplace in Cartagena, Colombia. He looks, by first appearances, like an ordinary security guard, the ubiquitous sort one sees all over this handsome Colombian city. But look closer and you might get a clue as...

La Paz's Museo De Coca: A Historical And Cultural Look At Bolivia's Most Controversial Crop

La Paz's Museo De Coca: A Historical And Cultural Look At Bolivia's Most Controversial Crop "Hoja de coca no es droga." "Coca no es cocaina." You'll see these sentiments, which are indeed accurate, on T-shirts displayed throughout La Paz's tourist ghetto, which is centered on Calle Sagarnaga. I should preface this post by saying I'm not a fan of recreational...

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports

Layover Report: Where To Eat At Miami, Lima, And Bogota International Airports I just returned from three weeks in Bolivia and Paraguay. In that time, I had 12 flights, five of which were required to get me from my home in Colorado to La Paz. Now why, you may ask, in this age of expedited air travel, does it take so many connections to travel 4,512...

Exclusive Gadling Playlist: Tropical Beats And Rhythms Even If You're Not On Spring Break

Exclusive Gadling Playlist: Tropical Beats And Rhythms Even If You're Not On Spring Break Once a month we put together an exclusive Gadling playlist – a little something to bring you sounds from around the world. Every month we choose a theme paired with one of our #ontheroad Instagram locations and choose some of our favorite tracks, giving you a...

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013

Discovery Adventures Announces New Tours For 2013 The calendar may still say 2012, and I know we all have a busy holiday season to navigate yet, but it is never too early to start planning our trips for the new year ahead. To help us out with that process, Discovery Adventures has announced a host of new tours and...

Coffee Cupping In Colombia

Coffee Cupping In Colombia "A hint of chocolate, a whisper of citrus," he tells the barista. He's a foodie, so unlike me, he actually smells these aromas. This isn't a wine tasting - I'm at a coffee cupping in a coffee lab in Bogota, Colombia. Coffee cupping is a ritual taken very seriously by food...

Colombiamoda 2012: Fashion And Culture In Colombia

Colombiamoda 2012: Fashion And Culture In Colombia For those with an interest in travel, fashion and culture, Colombia hosted their annual Colombiamoda fashion event this past week, from July 24-26. The event is world-renowned, with over 30,000 industry professionals from 46 countries coming from all over the world to...

Video: Living In The Sewers Of Colombia

Living in the sewers isn't just for teenage mutant ninja turtles. In Colombia, there's a culture of sewer-dwellers. There's even a counterculture to this counterculture: people who are known as the "death squads" who routinely pour gasoline into the sewers and fire...

The Inca Rally: A Road Race Through South America

The Inca Rally: A Road Race Through South America Looking to add a little excitement to your summer? Then look no further than the Inca Rally, a new road race that is set to get underway in August and promises to offer plenty of adventure to those crazy enough to enter. The three-week long event begins in Lima, Peru...

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America

Cheesey Street Foods Of Latin America With the possible exception of Argentina, most people don't associate Central or South America with cheese. Like all of Latin America, these countries are a mix of indigenous cultures, colonizing forces, immigrant influences, and varied terroir, climatic extremes, and levels...

Tips For Backpacking South America

Tips For Backpacking South America Backpacking South America is a worthwhile adventure I recommend everyone to have at least once in their lives. Before I arrived on the continent, I was unsure of what to expect. To help prepare you before you go, here are some things I wish I had known before I left for my...

Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World

Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World Nowadays, it seems like there's a pill or shot to cure every illness. But do we really know how safe these unnatural remedies are? Throughout my travels and by talking with locals from other cultures, I've learned there are many natural treatments that are also effective in...

Hilton launches "Authentically Local" programs in the Caribbean and Latin America

Hilton launches Can a mega-corporate hospitality chain with 3,750 hotels provide authentic local experiences to travelers? Select Hilton Worldwide hotels are giving it a shot with the just announced "Authentically Local" packages. Available through the end of the year in the Caribbean and...

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