View across a narrow, flat expanse surrounded by ocean with another smaller island visible in the distance.

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.

Striking blue glacial mountains rise up beyond an aquamarine lake with the stark contrast of dry grasses at the near shore.

Discover the Wild Variety of Chile

In Benjamín Subercaseaux’s memorable phrase, Chile embodies una loca geografía — literally, “a crazy geography.” Here northern deserts, Mediterranean heartland, deep mountain lakes, soaring volcanoes, temperate rainforests, and Patagonian wildlands exist within a land area only a little larger than Texas.

Light streams over verdant rolling mountains.

The Climate and Geography of Puerto Rico

Nobody wants rain during a tropical vacation, but precipitation is very much a part of life in Puerto Rico. Learn more about the island’s climate and its three main geographic regions: mountains, coastal lowlands, and karst country.

A (Brazilian) Winter’s Tale

Having grown up in Canada where temperatures of 0⁰ C (33⁰ degrees) were considered mild, “winter” in Salvador – and in much of the rest of tropical Brazil – has always struck author Michael Sommers as a somewhat surreal, and hilarious, concept.

Raindrops (Literally) Keep Falling on My Head

The rainy season is not a good time to be in Salvador. During these damp days, Bahians hole up at home and observe, from their windows and TV sets, the landscape transformed to a waterscape.

But what happens if it’s raining inside as well as out?

Red farmed patches of dirt show through the grass-green of the valley floor with large limestone formations jutting up hundreds of feet high.

Background Cuba: The Land

Cuba lies at the western end of the Greater Antilles group of Caribbean islands, which began to heave from the sea about 150 million years ago. Curling east and south like a shepherd’s crook are the much younger and smaller mostly volcanic Lesser Antilles, which bear little resemblance to their larger neighbor.

Stormy skies above a beach

When to Go to Brazil

Author Michazel Sommers tries to answer the oft-posed question of “When to Go?” to Brazil. The question used to be an easy one to answer, but lately it seems that all bets are off.