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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Visiting Santiago de Chile

August 8, 2017
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 I Discovered 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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What Do Mexicans Really Think of Trump and Americans?

June 23, 2017
By Gricelda Ramos
   
Now that the current US president, Donald Trump, has been in office for five months, it’s time to consider if and how his presidency has changed the perceptions Mexicans have about him and the people of the United States.   The broad, criminalizing remarks the current US president made about Mexicans and Mexican immigrants received both […]
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Top Destinations for Recent Grads

June 20, 2017
By Mei Li Johnson
   
You’ve heard the question a million times, but the best answer to what you’re doing after graduation is traveling! Adulting can be hard, so take a break and seize the opportunity to explore the globe without midterms or papers hanging over your head. After four years of hard work, satisfying your wanderlust is the perfect […]
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A 2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide to Latin America

June 12, 2017
By Mei Li Johnson
   
With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of presents for the guy who’s had your back since day 1! For the dad who loves to travel, Latin America has the most exciting options! As Father’s Day approaches, a tour could be just the right gift for the whole family to […]
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