UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Pagan Myths And Wild Nature In Chile’s Isla Chiloé

“Now this story—this may well have something inexplicable about it.” José Rogel is wagging his finger like a professor, dubious but open to persuasion. “My father told me he’d seen the caleuche.  He’d recently married my mother, and one day he went to a funeral.  It was dark, lots of gray clouds over the sea.  […]

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Casco Viejo: Panama City’s Historic District

Panama City’s skyscrapers tower over the highways, shopping malls and subdivisions. Tucked into a corner of the harbor is the historic district called Casco Viejo (aka Casco Antiguo or San Felipe). Panama City was founded in 1519 by Pedro Arisa De Avila. For a hundred and fifty years, boatloads of gold from Peru were carried […]

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Valparaiso: The Jewel Of The Pacific

Part weather-beaten seaport, part artists’ bohemia, part living watercolor, Valparaiso, Chile is a Latin American city like no other. It’s a hillside city, with a mazelike warren of ramshackle houses crowding its slopes. It’s also a city of nostalgia, drowning in memories of its former maritime glory. But most of all, it’s a city by […]

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Visiting Tiwanaku In Bolivia

Tiwanaku (sometimes spelled Tiahuanaco) in Bolivia is an impressive pre-Columbian archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only does it date from one of the most important early cultures in this area, it is believed to have been an important precursor to the Inca civilization, as well. At least the Incas claimed this […]

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Exploring The Unparalleled Wilderness Of Patagonia

For wilderness and adventure lovers, it’s hard to find a place more beautiful and full of unique destinations than Patagonia.  The region spans the southernmost parts of Argentina and Chile and contains a variety of landscapes from lush grassland to beaches to icy glaciers. Most people that head down there will probably want to take […]

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Galapagos Taken Off World Heritage In Danger List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on July 29, 2010 voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from its World Heritage in Danger List.  The Galapagos Islands was placed on the list in 2007.  South American Vacations is pleased that conservation efforts initiated over the last two years are helping to preserve the archipelago for future generations and to […]

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