Between its wonderous mountain ranges, remote islands and the world's biggest rainforest, your first trip to South America likely won't be your last.
Salsa Dancing in Cali
Cali is a city in the Valle del Cauca department in Columbia, southwest of Bogota. It’s known for its salsa dancing as well as for impressive architecture and wonderful cathedrals.
Sightseeing in Santiago and the Rest of Chile
Chile is a long, narrow country that stretches along the western edge of South America. It has over 6,000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago is Chile’s capital and largest city. It sits in a valley that is surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the Chilean Coast Range.
Brasilia succeeded Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil in 1960. The city was built in less than three years and is located in the center of Brazil to help open up the western part of the country to tourism. The creative city planning was the work of Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer with avant-garde architecture.
The Enigma of the Amazon: Why No Bridges Span its Mighty Waters
The Amazon River, an iconic representation of South America's wild heart, is a subject of both awe and intrigue. Stretching over 4,000 miles and touching six nations, it competes with the Nile in its sheer majesty. But a peculiar fact remains: while the Nile is dotted with bridges, especially around Cairo, the Amazon stands untouched. Why has mankind not spanned this colossal river with bridges?
Impressive Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is an amazing and exciting city in Brazil. It has a spectacular setting between the mountains and the sea. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rio is the second major city in Brazil and was the capital from 1763 to 1960. It was founded by Portuguese colonists in the mid 1500s. The city has a lovely harbor over which towers Sugar Loaf.
Spectacular Sao Paulo
Brazil is a vast country that stretches from the Amazon Basin in the north to vineyards and the massive Iguacu Falls in the south. Sao Paulo is a vibrant financial center and is one of the world’s most populous cities. It is the largest city in South America situated on the Piratininga Plateau surrounded by rivers that flow out into the interior. The city was founded in 1554 and became the gateway to the backcountry of Brazil.
Manaus on the Negro River
Manaus is the capital of the vast state of Amazonas in northwestern Brazil. The city sits on the banks of the Negro River. This is the major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. East of the city the Negro River merges with the Solimoes River creating an amazing visual phenomenon known as the “Meeting of the Water”. The combined tributaries form the Amazon River.
Adventures in Bolivia
Bolivia is in the central part of South America. The country has a varied terrain spanning the Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, and the Amazon Basin rainforest. The commercial center and the capital city of the Santa Cruz Department is Santa de La Lierra on the Pirai River.
Beautiful Buenos Aires
Beautiful Buenos Aires is the big, cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina. It is an amazing city with lots of impressive architecture, fascinating art galleries, and much to please the eye.
Dream Trip to Brazil
My now 21-year-old son and I love to travel all over the world. This is a story I wrote back on January 6, 2019, shortly after we returned from Brazil and before I discovered Vocal. My son was 16 going on 17 then.
Rosario on the Parana River
Rosario a major port city on the Parana River. The city is proud of its location and the best way to see what both the river and the delta have to offer is to rent a kayak and get out on the Parana. This is the second-longest river in South America. In your kayak, you can paddle around the city’s waterfront and sandy beaches. If you prefer, you can take a motorboat tour or a cruise, so you can see more of the canals, and agriculture. and rural life outside the city.
Cordoba on the Suquia River
Argentina’s second-largest city is Cordoba. The city sits on the Suquia River. The people of the city are known as Cordobesas and are people who enjoy Cuarteto music and rally car racing. This beautiful city offers visitors a mix of the old and the new.