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Land Border Crossing Checklist

| by Jason on March 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment » | Travel Tips

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Border Crossing Related Items

With ten land border crossings under our belt, it’s time to share our experienced check list.  Our first land border crossing was from Guatemala to El Salvador and it involved a boat ride, two bus rides and a walk across a long bridge separating the borders.  We admittedly were nervous.  It was in a less developed country and we had heard frightening stories.  Ten countries later and we have yet to have an incident.  So what should you know when crossing a land border? (more…)

Photo of the Day: Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate Argentina

| by Aracely on March 31st, 2010 | 2 Comments » | Photo of the Day

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The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina.  The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile.  This ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating.  The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 km (3 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, in Argentina.  It has a total ice depth of 170 m (558 ft).

This photo was taken during our boat excursion at National Park Los Glaciales.

Perito Moreno Glacier near El Calafate Argentina

Photo of the Day: Lake Atitlan Boat Dock

| by Aracely on March 30th, 2010 | No Comments » | Photo of the Day

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Lake Atitlán is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America. The lake is shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. Lake Atitlan is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people.

Lake Atitlan Boat Dock

Photo of the Day: Electric Green Humming Bird

| by Aracely on March 29th, 2010 | No Comments » | Photo of the Day

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This picture was taken during our trek in the Valle de Cocora near Salento, Colombia. Salento is located in the heart of the Colombian coffee tucked between Pereira and Armenia. At Valle de Cocora you can also see the tallest palm trees in the world.

Electric Green Humming Bird Standing Still

Photo of the Day: Black & White Sunset on Lake Titicaca

| by Jason on March 28th, 2010 | 1 Comment » | Photo of the Day

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Copacabana is a holy city on the shores of Lake Titicaca in northwestern Bolivia. Once sacred to the Incas, Copacabana is now home to the revered statue of La Virgen de la Candelaria, the patron saint of Bolivia. This city is far less famous than the beach of the same name in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the latter was named after this one—by grateful Brazilian fisherman who were saved from a storm by the Virgin of Copacabana. In addition to the Catholic basilica, Copacabana is home to several pre-Incan sacred sites and hosts a number of colorful Catholic festivals. And it is the best base in Bolivia for exploring Lake Titicaca and the ancient temples of Isla del Sol. - Sacred Destinations

This photo was taken from the the top Cerro Calvario (Calvary Hill). The summit provides fine views of Lake Titicaca and makes a nice place to watch the sunset.

Black & White Sunset in Copacabana, Bolivia