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South America is the world’s fourth largest continent covering some 6.8 million square miles and spanning some of the world’s most diverse geographies. It covers the high mountain volcanoes of the Andes and low deserts. It includes the deep, lush jungles of the Amazon and the barren landscapes of Patagonia. And then there’s the salt plains of Bolivia and the wine regions of Chile and Argentina. And then there’s the famed beaches of Brazil and Uruguay.

Politically, South America suffered throughout the 20th century with wars and political strife. Those days are long over. Other than Brazil which speaks Portuguese, it is a region that speaks a single, unified language: Spanish. This makes travel very easy. South America some of the best food on the planet. On our travels, we’ve fallen in love with both Peru and Ecuador. But this is a big continent and there’s a lot of places to explore. Here are some of our favorite articles.

A Frigatebird in the Galapagos Islands

28 Most Unique Galapagos Animals

For many travelers, visiting the Galapagos Islands is a dream come true. While islands themselves are individually beautiful, it is really the animals of the Galapagos that steal the show.

Fur seal sleeping on rocks in the Galapagos Islands

Postcards from the Galapagos Islands

The variety of things to experience, animals to mesmerize us, and new landscapes to explore made us drink in every moment of our week visiting the Galapagos Islands, and these photos will show you why.

The Beagle, a Galapagos cruise boat

How to Select a Galapagos Cruise Boat

The Galapagos Islands are the trip of a lifetime for many travelers. Most travelers to the islands will opt for a cruise to see many of the more remote areas. However, not all Galapagos cruise tours are the same and which boat you select will have a significant impact on your experience. Here’s how to pick the right Galapagos cruise boat for you.

Fruit stand in Ecuador's Otavalo market

Seeing The Colorful Otavalo Market

Yellow, green, red, orange, blue, pink, purple. As I walked around Ecuador’s Saturday Otavalo market, my eyes were assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Everywhere I looked, tables were piled high with goods in every color imaginable. I realized that the Otavalo market is the most colorful place on earth.

Packing essentials for Galapagos & Ecuador

What to Pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Plus Key Tips!)

For many travelers, Ecuador and the Galapagos is a trip of a lifetime! But it also poses a lot of challenges when trying to figure out what to pack. In many ways, visiting Ecuador is not one climate, it is three very different ones. Regardless of how you get there, one of your biggest decisions will be what to pack for Ecuador and the Galapagos.

Fence boundary of Hacienda El Porvenir in the Avenue of the Volcanoes and Pasochoa

Cool Ridings in the Avenue of the Volcanoes

I don’t know what I was expecting from the Avenue of the Volcanoes high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador other than a view of the legendary Cotopaxi, but this was better than I ever imagined. Looking back, the Avenue of the Volcanoes gave us some of our best memories of Ecuador.

Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island in the Galapagos

Choosing the Best Galapagos Itinerary

For many travelers, including us, the Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, naturalists have been observing curious animals for nearly two centuries. It was here that Charles Darwin proved evolution. And it is here that visitors travel to experience one of the world’s most remote and remarkable destinations. Yet every visitor to these enchanted islands faces the challenge of picking the perfect Galapagos itinerary.

Street art in Ecuador mural of boy

Ecuador Graffiti: Street Art Expressions

Stepping off the plane in Quito, Ecuador, the first thing you notice are the colors. The entire country is bathed in bright reds, lush greens, deep blues, sunny yellows and everything in between. Some of that is because this is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. But much of it is also due to the Ecuador graffiti scene – a robust sub-culture that takes street art who whole new levels.