Pollo Campero. Photo © Jerry Huddleston, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Pollo Campero: Guatemala’s Cult of Fried Chicken

If like most people traveling home from Guatemala you fly out on a commercial airline, don’t be surprised by the distinct smell of fried chicken onboard your aircraft. Meet Pollo Campero, which, along with coffee and bananas, may be one of Guatemala’s main exports.

Dobladas de queso (folded tortillas stuffed with cheese). Photo © Al Argueta.

Traditional Guatemalan Food

Guatemalan food may at first seem a bit odd to gringo palates, though the freshness and pungency of local ingredients, including a bounty of tropical fruits and vegetables, soon have many people enticed by the local flavors.

Restaurant patio in Villa De Leyva. Photo © Edgar Zuniga, Jr., licensed Creative Commons.

Colombian Food in Villa de Leyva

If you’re looking for a taste of deliciously authentic Colombian food, Villa de Leyva and the surrounding area play host to a plentiful array. While there are upscale restaurants in the area, sticking to the same path the locals tread gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the experience, and it’s far easier on your wallet.

A small bowl of shrimp ceviche sits on a wooden table.

Where to Eat in Cartagena’s Old City

Seafood reigns supreme in Cartagena cuisine, and though many restaurants in the Walled City sport Manhattan prices, an inexpensive meal is not impossible to find. Here are local favorites from Caribbean-influenced dishes to always-popular pizza and pasta to truly authentic fritos, all with an Old City touch and a perfectly-matched drink.

Pan de bono and buñuelo. Photo © Edward Zuniga Jr., licensed Creative Commons.

Where to Eat Colombian Food in Medellín

The revitalization and resurgence of Medellín beginning in the early 2000s has also led to culinary revolution, with countless new dining options popping up throughout the city. While the best neighborhoods for dining are Provenza and El Poblado and the Zona M in Envigado, these specific restaurants do it best when it comes to excellent Colombian cuisine.

Porta Coéli Chapel and Museum of Religious Art. Photo © Suzanne Van Atten.

Things to Do in San Germán, Puerto Rico

San Germán is the second-oldest colonial city in Puerto Rico, a lovely town to explore the streets and plazas while admiring the 18th- and 19th-century architecture and, thanks to an expanding restaurant scene, to treat yourself with a few remarkable meals. Here are the sights, events, and how to get there.

Beef carpaccio with parmesan, arugula, and olive oil at Corte de Principe. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

The Best of Havana’s Paladares Part 2

Havana is in the midst of a culinary revolution. Privately owned restaurants (paladares) have exploded in number since 2011, offering heapings of style and good food. Here are the best to try in Habana Vieja and Centro Habana.

A table set for dinner in front of a wall decorated with pictures and knickknacks at La Guarida in Havana.

The Best of Havana’s Paladares Part 1

Havana is in the midst of a culinary revolution. Privately owned restaurants (paladares) have exploded in number since 2011, offering heapings of style and good food. Here are the best to try in Vedado, the Plaza de la Revolución, Miramar and beyond.

A long curtain of water spills over verdant cliffs.

Best of Brazil 21-Day Travel Itinerary

Three weeks is probably the minimum amount of time required to get a quick sampling of some of Brazil’s most noteworthy attractions, landscapes, and cultures. Considering the country’s sheer size and diversity, and the distances and travel time involved, this itinerary is very selective. After all, the goal is to enjoy your time, not to exhaust yourself, and many of Brazil’s destinations involve some sort of relaxation.