View down a street in Santarém lined with businesses, one of which has Casa Feliz painted along the front.

Visit the River Port Town of Santarém in Pará, Brazil

The second largest city in Pará, Santarém is a drowsy yet interesting river port town. Aside from offering a firsthand glimpse into Amazonian culture, the surrounding region boasts natural treasures of great beauty that can easily transform any “stopover” into a week’s stay.

Small colorful parrots cluster on the ground floor to eat.

Ecuador’s Top Five Wildlife Wonders

Ecuador is about the same size as Colorado, but its terrain varies from pacific beaches to 5000-meter-high peaks and tropical rainforest. Such diversity contains an astonishing array of creatures; here are the top five destinations for wildlife watching.

Soaps and bottles of perfumes are strung up in a column for sale under a tent.

What to See in Belém, Brazil

Belem, Brazil is a melting pot of the ancient, the old, and the modern. Expert Michael Sommers guides us through the best areas and neighborhoods, and educates us on the history of local life in Belem.

View from a boat of a wide calm river and a lush grassy bank lined with trees.

Jungle Lodges in the Amazon

One of the best ways to get to a sense of the rain forest is to actually stay in its midst. Whether across the river from Manaus or hundreds of kilometers away, there are plenty of unforgettable eco-options to choose from.

The Brazilian flag on a white background.

Brazil’s B-movie-worthy Exploding Zombie Ants

In the 1950s and early ‘60s, the Brazilian Amazon was a favorite setting for many Hollywood B movies. The vast primeval rainforest proved to be an extremely fertile tabula rasa onto which the loopiest cinematic imaginings could be projected.