You can’t go to Argentina without experiencing the tango, and there’s no better place to do so than Esquina Carlos Gardel. Tango is practically the official dance of the nation and was born in Buenos Aires. Once in danger of becoming a lost art, tango has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with more and more young people embracing the tradition. Today, tango is teeming out of every side street and onto the main plazas.…

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When I first saw pictures of the “swing off the end of the world” in Ecuador, I was equal parts thrilled and terrified. The rope swing is attached to a treehouse and propels riders over the treetops of Banos, Ecuador, in close proximity to an active volcano, Mt. Tungurahua. While in reality the drop is only 100 feet or so, the pictures makes it look far worse. Perhaps that’s why National Geographic recognized a shot…

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So you want to climb Huayna Picchu? Well get ready, because it’s not for the faint of heart! Also referred to as Wayna Picchu, this formidable mountain overlooks the ruins of Machu Picchu, a world wonder, and offers a unique vantage point as you hike 8,900 feet into the clouds. The price of admission? Aside from an extra $20 or so, you pay for the view with a 1 1/2 to 2 hour trek through wilderness, in high…

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Cusco is the city that takes your breath away–literally. At over 11,000 feet,the elevation takes some getting used to, but most people don’t stick around for more than 24 hours en route to Machu Picchu. This is a shame. I based myself out of Cusco for three of my five nights and found it to be a highly underrated city. Tucked away in the Andes mountains with charming colonial architecture, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

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If you’re heading to Machu Picchu to knock a World Wonder off your bucket list, you can’t leave without seeing some of the amazing sites in the surrounding Sacred Valley. RELATED POST: VISIT MACHU PICCHU IN ONE DAY (AND NIGHT) Getting to the Sacred Valley If you have a rental car, you can easily drive and access the sites below. Roads in Peru are windy, but generally isolated once you leave Cusco so take your time and you…

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