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Picture Perfect: Why Bolivians Insist Upon Flawless US Dollars

Picture Perfect: Why Bolivians Insist Upon Flawless US Dollars My first encounter with the Bolivian mania for perfect U.S. dollars occurred at 3 a.m., as I blearily stood in line at Immigration, attempting to pay for my entry visa. I'd been in transit for over 30 hours, and was fumbling in my travel wallet for the stack of twenties I'd...

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...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a...

International Adventure Guide 2013: La Paz And Southwest Bolivia

International Adventure Guide 2013: La Paz And Southwest Bolivia Bolivia is the least expensive destination in South America, yet it has an increasingly efficient tourism infrastructure. Going now, especially to the remote southwestern part of the country, means faster, easier, more comfortable travel than in the past (although you'll...

Video: Top 10 Greatest Adventures For 2013 By Richard Bangs

Richard Bangs, the host of the television show "Adventures with a Purpose," has been called the "father of modern adventure travel" by Outside magazine. So when he makes a list of ten great destinations for 2013, it's a good idea to take notice. In the video below, Bangs...

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...

Travel Farther To Be Happier, Says Science

Travel Farther To Be Happier, Says Science In a new study conducted at the University of Vermont, researchers have discovered that the farther you are from home, the happier you are. The BBC reports that social scientists mined data from 37 million geotagged tweets sent by 180,000 people to determine the correlation...

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines

Industry Destroys Part Of The Nazca Lines A limestone quarrying company operating illegally within the bounds of the Nazca Lines has destroyed some of the enigmatic figures. The archaeology news feed Past Horizons reports that heavy machinery removing limestone from a nearby quarry has damaged 150 meters (492...

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days

Trekking Couple Circles Planet Three Times In 424 Days They started trekking the planet more than a year ago, promising to travel the globe bringing children in classrooms from around the world with them, virtually, as they visited scores of countries and continents. Now their journey is complete and Darren and Sandy Van Soye...

Photo Gallery: The Colonials Of Asuncion, Paraguay

I've always had a deep love for decrepit colonial or colonial-style buildings; in fact, I appreciate decrepitude in many things, such as classic cars, port cities, barns and houses (but not men). Even after a week in Paraguay, I'm still constantly reaching for my camera to...

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map

Travel Tool: Interactive World Heritage Site Map When it comes to planning my next trip, a pretty photo only inspires me half as much as a good map. I'm particularly partial to UNESCO's interactive World Heritage List map, which I spend more time clicking on than I'd care to admit. The map identifies the List's 962...

Antarctica For Sissies? Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page

Antarctica For Sissies?  Hardly, As Luxury Cruise Line Turns New Page Antarctica draws the dreams of many and the visits of just a few. Located so very far from civilization, travel to Antarctica is the stuff of hearty explorers, burly men of substance and adventure travelers. Luxury cruise ships and their pampered passengers? Not so much....

International Adventure Guide 2013: Quito, Ecuador

International Adventure Guide 2013: Quito, Ecuador Ecuador's capital city, Quito, has long been hailed as a great jumping off point for adventure travelers. The city is surrounded by eleven volcanoes and dozens of flowing rivers, making it an ideal locale for those looking to hike, bike, climb, kayak and more. As if...

La Paz's Urban Rush Introduces Rap Jumping To South America

La Paz's Urban Rush Introduces Rap Jumping To South America Australia and New Zealand are generally accepted as having cornered the market on bizarre adventure activities, especially in urban areas. Unsurprising, then, that Alistair Matthew, the Kiwi founder of La Paz's ginormously successful, groundbreaking Gravity Assisted Mountain...

Whereaguay? First impressions Of Paraguay, South America's Most Underrated Country

Whereaguay? First impressions Of Paraguay, South America's Most Underrated Country Ever notice how die-hard travelers tend to compare places to other places? Like, constantly? It may be annoying, but it goes beyond mere aesthetics. It's often a reference point; a way to describe not only the feel of a destination, but the spirit of its people. I arrived...

How To Eat Bolivian Street Food (Without Shame)

How To Eat Bolivian Street Food (Without Shame) There's a certain breed of traveler who will, often to their detriment, go to extreme lengths to avoid looking like a tourist. I know, because I'm one of them. Whatever spawned this phobia is anyone's guess, but I really, really, really dislike standing out in a crowd,...

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...

Ecuador Looks To Chinese Oil Companies To Auction Rainforest

Ecuador Looks To Chinese Oil Companies To Auction Rainforest To the dismay of indigenous people of Ecuador and environmentalists worldwide, Ecuadorian officials met with Chinese oil companies to discuss plans of auctioning off more than 11,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest for oil exploration. U.S. News is reporting the...

Three New Experiential Eco-Fashion Trips Taking Off This Summer

Three New Experiential Eco-Fashion Trips Taking Off This Summer This summer, three new eco-fashion-oriented package tours will offer the chance for ethical designers, makers and consumers to meet artisan communities, take workshops in craft production and see the impact of their conscious purchasing decisions. While different in...

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US?

Should Easter Be A Long Weekend In The US? At the stroke of midnight, fireworks lit up the night sky on the Greek island of Naxos. In a square outside a centuries old church, at least half the island's population gathered to celebrate the occasion. Children ran around and threw firecrackers, senior citizens occupied...

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