Ecoutourism Treks in Guatemala

Community tourism initiatives, whereby local Maya guides take travelers to seldom-seen locales in Guatemala’s rugged countryside, make for some extraordinary cross-cultural opportunities. Here are some recommendations for where to start your trek.

The Appalachian Trail through Georgia

Georgia’s section of the Appalachian Trail is 76 miles long from Springer Mountain to Bly Gap and on into North Carolina. Here is a brief overview of Georgia’s six sections of the trail to help you plan your time.

Exploring the Chapada Diamantina Region of Brazil

If you want to check out a stunning piece of natural beauty, look no further than the Chapada Diamantina, otherwise known as the Diamond Plateau, in the jungles of Brazil. Author Michael Sommers guides us through this South American destination with loads of travel tips and suggestions.

Sports and Recreation in Rio de Janeiro City

Blessed with many natural attractions, Cariocas are a pretty sporty bunch. Beach activities—everything from walking, jogging, and yoga to surfing, soccer, and volleyball—are very popular, as are sports that take advantage of the city’s mountain peaks.

Visiting Ecuador’s Ingapirca Ruins

Home to the Inca empire’s only remaining sun temple, Ingapirca is easily Ecuador’s best set of pre-Columbian ruins. Ben Westwood covers the history of Ingapirca and what travelers can expect to see.

Paraty, Brazil: Exploring a Colonial Jewel

Lying halfway between Rio and São Paulo, set amid blue ocean and jagged green mountains, Paraty is one of the most charismatic colonial towns you’ll ever encounter. Read on for the top sights, places to stay, and things to do in Paraty.

Exploring the Río Mendoza Valley

Learn about the towns and resorts of the upper Río Mendoza valley including Uspallata, Los Penitentes, and Puente del Inka. A getaway region for locals, almost everyone finds it a diverse recreational destination.