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Adorable New Teddy Bear-Cat Creature Discovered in South America

Aug 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: 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 tree to tree in the forest. And boy, it is ever cute! Even the researchers seem smitten with the raccoon-sized species,...

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

The Secret Lives Of... A Tour Guide In Cartagena Jun 29th, 2013 at 10:00AM: 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 of this experienced guide's knowledge of history and awareness of small details with big meaning. When Duran Duran leads the...

Travel Dream Jobs: A Conversation With Megan McCormick Of 'Globe Trekker'

Travel Dream Jobs: A Conversation With Megan McCormick Of 'Globe Trekker' Jun 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Whenever I need a little escape but can't get out of town, I fire up an episode or two of "Globe Trekker" so I can live vicariously through the adventures of travelers like Megan McCormick. Since she started hosting the show in 1997, she's taken viewers to the Greek Islands, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, Micronesia, India, the Silk Road and a host of other exotic locales. "Globe Trekker," shown in...

Ecuador Places Tiny Tourism Ads On Bananas

Jun 3rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: More and more often, ads are showing up in unlikely places. Soon, grocery store shoppers will find a tiny ad promoting tourism to Ecuador in a curious place: on each of the 24 million tons of bananas that are exported from the country each year. Skift first broke the news about the new campaign, what the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador is calling the "Banana Ambassador" program. Workers in...

Searching For Stories (And Vacation) In Cartagena, Colombia

Searching For Stories (And Vacation) In Cartagena, Colombia May 20th, 2013 at 10:00AM: 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 notebook was that I had nothing to write about. A friend of a friend who works at this hotel found me a guy here who takes care...

Cyber Monday 2012: Our Favorite Airfare And Entertainment Deals

Cyber Monday 2012: Our Favorite Airfare And Entertainment Deals Nov 25th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Cyber Monday is the newfangled cousin of Black Friday, when the Internet bursts with the money-saving deals that Black Friday offers in stores the Friday before. Cyber Monday is probably best known for deals on tech and electronics, but the online shopping extends to airfare and other travel deals, as well. In fact, Gadling has already covered the best hotel deals for Black Friday and Cyber...

Coffee Cupping In Colombia

Coffee Cupping In Colombia Sep 3rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: "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 and wine geeks, and an intriguing challenge for caffeine addicts like me. We're standing around a table in the pristine lab...

Video: Living In The Sewers Of Colombia

May 26th, 2012 at 4:30PM: 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 rounds in an effort to scare the sewer-dwellers off, or at least torment them. On top of this threat, these people also face the...

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...

Trek the Colombian Andes in El Cocuy National Park with Mountain Madness

Trek the Colombian Andes in El Cocuy National Park with Mountain Madness Feb 3rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Acclaimed Seattle-based adventure travel company and guide service Mountain Madness debuts its newest trip on February 4th: an excursion to Colombia's El Cocuy National Park. Although Colombia is often characterized as being mostly tropical jungle or coastline, the Andean Cordillera Oriental crosses a significant portion of the country. The El Cocuy trip will allow trekkers to explore glaciers,...

LAN Colombia will begin flights to the U.S.

LAN Colombia will begin flights to the U.S. Jan 28th, 2012 at 1:00PM: On February 1, LAN Colombia will celebrate the airline's inaugural flight to the United States when it touches down at Miami International Airport from Bogota. The event will be marked by a water cannon salute and will be attended by the iconic Juan Valdez (and possibly his mule Conchita) in an effort to promote his coffee brand-which will now be served exclusively on all of LAN's long-haul...

Colombia's Lost City gets long-term preservation plan

Colombia's Lost City gets long-term preservation plan Dec 9th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Last year, Gadling's Aaron Hotfelder braved the mountainous jungles of Colombia to visit Ciudad Perdida, the nation's famous "Lost City". These remote ruins were built by the Tayrona, a culture that thrived from 200 AD to c.1650 AD. More than 250 of their stone settlements have been found in a 2,000 square-mile area. The Lost City is the largest Tayrona site known with more than 200...

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...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world Jul 7th, 2011 at 12:30PM: From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common thread of scarcity - whether it be land, resources, or housing. In general, these islands are prophetical microcosms for an...

Airbnb: Six awesome experiences

Airbnb: Six awesome experiences Jun 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Last autumn, after having tracked the Airbnb buzz for a while, I finally took the plunge and reserved rooms through the site in Panama City and Bogotá for my two-stop December jaunt. About a half-hour into my first pit stop, it was already clear to me that the service was a perfect fit for budget-conscious travelers. (For the record, I'm not the only Airbnb fan at Gadling. Check out my...

Latin America on a budget: How to plan a budget-friendly adventure

Latin America on a budget: How to plan a budget-friendly adventure Apr 5th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Latin America is one of the world's most budget-friendly regions for visitors. There are very cheap places to stay across the region--most notably across Central America--where a few dollars will get you a bed for the night and dinner. But in a budget-friendly region like Latin America there are also huge divides in terms of quality. How do you do your research to make sure that you come up...

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...

Nat Geo Photographer recounts hilarious tale searching for the world's most poisonous frog

Mar 24th, 2011 at 4:30PM: In this video, National Geographic photographer Mark Moffett retells his hilarious expedition through the rain-forest of Colombia searching for the world's most poisonous frog. It is a candid glimpse into all of the strange travel details that go into getting a shot for National Geographic. First, he is set up with an assistant who moonlights as a male stripper in Miami, and the...

Medellin then and now

Medellin then and now Jan 11th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Medellin, Colombia isn't the way it used to be. Once known for its drug cartels and their inordinately vengeful wars that regularly victimized citizens of the city as well as travelers, Medellin has gone under, well, the knife, in more ways than one. The city's makeover has made tourists from across the globe feel more welcomed and has brought peace to locals who know what it was like back then....

Bogota: Hernan Diaz retrospective

Bogota: Hernan Diaz retrospective Jan 7th, 2011 at 3:30PM: Fernand Léger's map of Colombia. If for some reason you need another reason to visit Bogotá soon, here it is. There is currently a retrospective of the late famed Colombian photographer Hernán Díaz on display in Bogotá. Hernán Díaz is a Colombian treasure. The photographer, who passed away in November 2009, was loved for his portraits of...

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