Environmental Issues in Chile

Chile faces a multitude of environmental issues, both urban and rural. Wayne Bernhardson discusses challenges including air, water, and noise pollution, garbage disposal, wildland conservation, and soil degradation.

Diving in the Galápagos Islands

While perhaps not for beginners, the Galápagos Islands rank among the world’s best dive destinations. Read on to learn what to expect and the best seasons for diving in these dramatic waters.

Regional Cuisine on the Galápagos Islands

Ecuador isn’t known for gourmet cookery, but the best food in the country is found on the coast, and many of these specialties are available on the Galápagos. Author Ben Westwood gives you an overview of the regional foods and drinks available on the islands so you can eat like a local.

Visiting San Juan Bautista on Isla Robinson Crusoe

On Robinson Crusoe’s well-watered north shore, at the foot of the precipitous Cordón Chifladores, San Juan Bautista sits on a narrow wave-cut terrace facing the sheltered Bahía Cumberland. Here’s how to get there, what to see, and where to stay.

The Ascensores of Valparaíso

Nothing else distinguishes Valparaíso so much as its hillside ascensores. The funiculars which date from the late 19th century were once 33 in number but are now down to 14 or so with only half a dozen functional.

The Geography and History of the Juan Fernández Archipelago

The real-life Crusoe was Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman marooned more than four years on a tiny but mountainous island several hundred kilometers off the South American coast. In what is now almost entirely national park land, visitors to what is now called Isla Robinson Crusoe, can hike to Selkirk’s lookout through forests of rare endemic plant species and observe endangered fur seal colonies in local launches.

Réveillon in Imbassaí

In Brazil, it’s customary on New Year’s to get decked out in immaculate white and offer flowers to Iemanjá, Queen of the Seas. Resident Michael Sommers shares a fun, humor-filled experience of the end-of-the-year holiday.

New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture

Instead of singing “Auld Lang Syne” when midnight strikes in Ecuador, residents set dummies on fire. Read on to learn more about the country’s biggest tradition on New Year’s Eve as Amy E. Robertson shares her experience of the holiday in Quito.