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HOLA: Julia visits the Pachacamac Ruins of Peru

August 10, 2017
By LocalAventura
   
“This tour really exceeded my expectations and was just exceptional. As a history nerd who is becoming increasingly passionate about indigenous advocacy and culture, I geeked out about the Pachacamac Ruins and was even able to talk about my NGO work with indigenous culture in Peru with our guide. In addition to the ruins, I […]
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HOLA: Jeremy’s Memorial Day Adventure in Cajón Del Maipo

By LocalAventura
   
“Our trip to the hot springs in Cajón del Maipo was so different and so unique. Normally, people drive to the springs and then hike up further, but we decided to hike to the springs from four miles away. With the view of the mountains in the background, we trekked through the snow on snowshoes, […]
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HOLA: Sarah on the Natural Mysteries of San Juan

August 8, 2017
By LocalAventura
   
“Are you a Harry Potter fan? Well, basically every time I take those quizzes, I’m almost always Ravenclaw, but sometimes I’ll get Gryffindor. So normally, I’d never put myself in danger, like a Ravenclaw would do. But when we visited the first cave, Charco Azul, you had to go through a lot to get to […]
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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Santiago de Chile

By Mei Li Johnson
   
1. Chilean Spanish is unlike any other… Chilean Spanish is entirely unique! There are lots of videos that joke about it, for instance, this one from Joanna Hausman. But the truth is, Chileans speak very rapidly and have a large vocabulary specific to Chile. Check out some of the Chilean slang here, but my best […]
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The 6 Best Vacations for Animal Lovers

August 1, 2017
By Mei Li Johnson
   
Although vacation sometimes means leaving your pets behind, with these 6 tips, animal lovers can revel in planning their travels! We’ve collected here the six best trips to take if you can’t imagine your life without animals. Latin America, along with stunning views, is also home to a remarkable number of unique species native to the region. […]
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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Brazil

July 25, 2017
By Steven Androphy
   
Having now lived in Brazil on two separate occasions, the first for two months and the second for five, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what it was like living in South America’s largest and only Portuguese-speaking country. Although I had some travel experience, I had never lived anywhere besides the US, […]
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Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Cuba

July 18, 2017
By LocalAventura
   
We teamed up with ViaHero to answer all your questions about travel in Cuba! We’re excited to bring you their expertise about travel in Cuba; it’s a fascinating destination that’s ripe for exploration now that the travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba have been eased. The best way to see Cuba is to do as the locals do, and […]
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Where You Should Go in South America Based on Your Favorite Game of Thrones Character

July 11, 2017
By Margeret Rauner
   
Season Seven of Game of Thrones is set to air on July 17, and the epic saga promises a seventh season equally as dramatic as the first six! In case you forgot what happened last time, here’s a quick review!   The LocalAventura staff spent every Sunday evening of June in whatever bar we could find that would […]
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How To Discover The Beauty of Costa Rica

July 4, 2017
By Catherine Zhao
   
The night sky was a deep blue-gray, growing darker each time I glanced at it. The stars studded between the depths of dark blue seemed to multiply every time I blinked. The faint web of smoke in the sky that I believed to be sparse clouds was becoming, more apparently, the space dust of the […]
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Ultimate Guide to Latin American Slang and Spanish Dialects

June 27, 2017
By Carla Dager
   
There can be crucial differences in the meanings of certain words and phrases among (and within) different Latin countries. This list contains widely known and also peculiar words, expressions and Latin American slang in eight countries. Categories range from romance and partying to work and food. As a teaching assistant for an intermediate college-level Spanish […]
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