Deserts and dictators. Yurts and nomads. Silk Road cities, staggering yet underrated mountain ranges, Soviet detritus, and one of the world's greatest road trips. This is Central Asia. The 'Stans. Never well understood, but absolutely worth an attempt to understand. … [Read more...]
Beginners Guides: Practical travel guides to regions, countries and cities.
"I haven't traveled much. Where should I go?” … [Read more...]
To be hugged by a rodent of unusual size (ROUS)? Despite all the itinerary changes we made during our Latin American journey, we never took Paraguay off the table. Maybe that’s because we knew virtually nothing about it. We hadn’t met anyone who’d been. That few others traveled there was an indication that we should. … [Read more...]
"The folds of Bolivia’s beauty – and its contradictions and struggles — defy a story line." -- Our thoughts in Bolivia, First Impressions Bolivia may defy a story line, but it sure does beg a visit. … [Read more...]
Maybe you’ve seen the photos coming out of Peru over the last week or two: raging rivers, washed-out bridges, mud-buckled railroad lines, and tourists being airlifted from under the shadow of Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes. We’re here to suggest -- despite it all -- that you keep Peru on (or consider adding it to) your travel bucket list. … [Read more...]
Sure, we enjoyed our time in the Galapagos Islands. It’s difficult not to when you are surrounded by blue-footed boobies dancing their way to marriage and penguins torpedoing their way through the water. But when travelers fly in and out of Ecuador only to see the Galapagos, they are missing out. … [Read more...]