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Flying a dream: Urban Side

Feb 13th, 2012 at 7:30AM: In this flying video we see Jean-Baptiste Chandelier who has been a paraglidiing pilot since 2004 and wants to inspire us all. "My goal is to share my paragliding universe with my videos, for make everyone dream of flying," says Chandelier on his website. Specializing in acro flight, Chandelier flys through Peru, France and Chile using a variety of aero-acrobatic maneuvers...

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails Feb 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Margaritas, Cuba libres, piña coladas and mojitos are drinks with Latin American origins that have become staples at bars across America. But what about the drinks being mixed up further south? Whether you want to know what to order up at the bar during your next trip to South America or you are looking for a way to raise the bar at home, these mixed drinks will leave you thirsty for...

Photo of the day: Ushuaia in spring

Photo of the day: Ushuaia in spring Jan 19th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Ushuaia, Argentina is the end of the line. Situated near the tip of South America, Ushuaia is the main departure point for Antarctic cruises. Though technically not the world's southernmost settlement--that honor goes to the tiny town Puerto Williams, Chile--it is without question the world's southernmost city, with a population, according to the 2010 census, of just under 57,000. Flickr...

The world's most ethical tourism destinations

The world's most ethical tourism destinations Jan 18th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Each year, non-profit organization Ethical Traveler conducts a survey of the world's developing nations, analyzing their progress toward promoting human rights, preserving their environment, and developing a sustainable tourism industry. The study, run by Ethical Traveler's all-volunteer staff, factors in country scores from databases like Freedom House, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and...

Photo of the day - Easter Island at sunrise

Photo of the day - Easter Island at sunrise Dec 9th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Remote places are special. They certainly capture the imagination. Organized economically and socially around their distance from centers of commerce and distribution, they often share both a rhythm and many characteristics with each other. Easter Island is one very remote place. The Chilean island, located over 2000 miles from the Chilean mainland (and another 2000-plus miles from Tahiti)...

LAN Airlines surprises restaurant-goers with free tickets to South America

LAN Airlines surprises restaurant-goers with free tickets to South America Oct 7th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Last night, LAN Airlines surprised nearly 200 unsuspecting patrons at Nuela restaurant in New York with free round trip tickets to South America. The Oprah-style giveaway kicks off the company's Only in South America campaign, a multi-year effort to promote travel to the region. In the midst of busy dinner hours, guests at the South American restaurant in Manhattan's Flatiron district were...

10 bars in new york city to get a spicy cocktail

10 bars in new york city to get a spicy cocktail Oct 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Now that summer is over, light and fruity flavors are going out of season. With the Fall comes the smell of cinnamon, a chill in the air, and the need for some spice. So when the temperature goes down, head over to one of these 10 New York City bars to get your body temperature up with a spicy cocktail. Mayahuel 304 E. 6th St., East Village Come here for the Stone Raft Cocktail, a mixture...

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati

Traveler Q & A: Pavia Rosati Aug 2nd, 2011 at 9:30AM: Pavia Rosati is the founder of Fathom, a recently debuted travel website. Fathom is smart and beautifully designed. It's full of exciting short briefs about various destinations across the globe. Rosati, as you'll see from her answers below, is an experienced editor and an avid traveler. Her enthusiasm for Fathom's subject matter is palpable and infectious. We love Fathom and can't wait to see...

Mummies of the World exhibition opens in Philadelphia

Mummies of the World exhibition opens in Philadelphia Jun 21st, 2011 at 9:30AM: Mummies are endlessly fascinating. To see a centuries-old body so well preserved brings the past vividly to life. While Egyptian mummies get most of the press, bodies in many regions were mummified by natural processes after being deposited in peat bogs or very dry caves. Mummies of the World is a state-of-the-art exhibition bringing together 150 mummies and related artifacts. It opened last...

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities Apr 27th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Some cities die. The people leave, the streets go quiet, and the isolation takes on the macabre shape of a forlorn ghost-town - crumbling with haunting neglect and urban decay. From Taiwan to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, these abandoned cities lurk in the shadows of civilization. Their histories are carried in hushed whispers and futures stillborn from the day of their...

Video of the Day - Sunsets around the world

Mar 29th, 2011 at 10:30PM: Seeing the sun set over a foreign land can lead to some of the most memorable moments on any given trip. Even though it's an event we witness every day of our lives, watching it dip over a new horizon always feels like a completely new experience. Today's Video of the Day is a collection of one backpacker's best sunsets from a 365 day trip around the world. Romain Corraze decided to...

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:30PM: For years Black Tomato has delighted old travel hands with its inventive, bespoke itineraries to various corners of the globe. The company is especially good at showcasing beautiful destinations not yet well-known to most travelers beyond the surrounding region. Among others, Belgrade, the Carpathian foothills, the Kuronian Spit, and Bhutan have all been embraced by the company. This morning,...

Woman calls in fake bomb threat to keep boyfriend from leaving

Woman calls in fake bomb threat to keep boyfriend from leaving Feb 14th, 2011 at 11:15PM: In a time when everyone's on heightened alert against terrorist attacks, a woman in Chile called in a fake bomb threat to keep her boyfriend from flying off to a new job. MSNBC has reported that Grace Guajardo phoned in the threat to keep Rodrigo Gomez from departing on his Iberia flight bound for Madrid. The couple, who've been in a relationship for over eight years and have three children...

Travelers stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile due to strikes, road blocks

Travelers stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile due to strikes, road blocks Jan 18th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Thousands of travelers were left stranded in Punta Arenas, Chile over the past few days due to protests, general strikes, and road blocks throughout the region. Unrest exploded in the area late last week when the Chilean government announced plans to raise the price of fuel by 17%, which caused riots in the street and closed off traffic both in and out of the city. Strikes and protests were also...

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World Dec 28th, 2010 at 9:00AM: "Esteban Rojas, you've just survived 69 days trapped 2,300 feet underground. What are you going to do next?" "I'm going to Disney Worldl!" OK, so maybe that's not quite the way it happened, but the 33 Chilean miners who survived underground after a mine collapse this year are being treated to a Walt Disney World vacation in 2011. Disney has confirmed that the miners and their...

Patagonia adventure race looking for photographers

Patagonia adventure race looking for photographers Dec 21st, 2010 at 8:30AM: Aspiring photographers take note. The Wenger Patagonian Adventure Race have teamed up with the U.K. version of National Geographic Traveler to offer adventure travelers and photographers the opportunity of a life time. They're giving away a trip to Chile to experience the race first hand, and cover it, as one of the race's official photographers. The next edition of the race will take place...

Top ten hotel rooms with a view

Top ten hotel rooms with a view Nov 11th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Hotels aren't the sum of travel, but the right hotel can bring magic to a journey. Friendly employees, amazing furnishings, and great locations can all make a good holiday great. And an exceptional view, above and beyond the rest, can stick in one's memory forever. Here are ten hotels strewn around the world, each with ridiculously stunning views. 1. Shearwater Resort, Saba. Shearwater's...

5 reasons to be a tourist

5 reasons to be a tourist Aug 3rd, 2010 at 12:30PM: After three months living in Istanbul, I've gained a stable of a few dozen Turkish words to string into awkward sentences; learned some local intel on what soccer teams to root for, where to get the best mantı, and the best Turkish insults (maganda is the local equivalent of guido); and have come to avoid Sultanahmet with the same disdain I used to reserve for Times Square when I lived in New...

Peruvian adventure travel and agritourism on Lake Titicaca's Isla Amantani

Peruvian adventure travel and agritourism on Lake Titicaca's Isla Amantani Jul 21st, 2010 at 3:00PM: While I sat at the table with her young son, Ayun, I watched Imeliana Calcin stuff wood into the stove. Although she'd greeted me at the boat dock in a skirt and faded t-shirt, she'd changed as soon as we arrived at her family's tiny adobe house. Now, clad in the intricately-embroidered white blouse and headscarf for which the women of Isla Amantani are famed, she was preparing sopa de quinoa for...

Photo of the day (7.16.10)

Photo of the day (7.16.10) Jul 16th, 2010 at 6:30PM: Here in the Northern Hemisphere we're sweltering. Most of us aren't complaining about the high temperatures, but the fact is that many days are turning out to be extraordinarily hot and humid. Perhaps this image, by davitydave, will have a cooling effect on its viewers. I like davitydave's image of the Chilean Andes in winter not merely for its icy opposition to the weather we're...

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