April 5, 2011 |
Friendly Planet Travel is taking $300 off the price of an eight-day, all-inclusive cultural and sightseeing tour of Ecuador. The lowest-priced trip that includes round-trip airfare from L.A. to Quito costs $1,674 for departures in late fall. To get the discount, you have to book by mid-May. The deal: The Exotic Ecuador tour is a mix of culture and natural wonders that includes airfare; ground transportation and transfers; hotels; guided tours; most meals and more. Participants will tour Quito; Otavalo; villages in the Andes Mountains and Amazon River basin; Cotopaxi, an active volcano more than 19,000 feet high; and other sites.
October 31, 2010 |
The road crashes through the jungle like the fevered dream of the indomitable Fitzcarraldo, who schemes to transport a steamship overland through the Peruvian tropics in a cult film celebrating demented ambition. The Transoceanic Highway, evoking engineering marvels such as the Transcontinental Railroad and the Panama Canal, has been talked about for decades, assuming a mythic stature that has led many to question whether the east-west thoroughfare linking Brazil's Atlantic ports with the Pacific docks of Peru would ever come to pass.
October 1, 2010 |
When writers-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth went to the frozen steppes of Mongolia for their prize-winning film "Khadak" they already had in mind another remote locale for their follow-up: a Peruvian village high in the Andes called Altiplano. Inspired by an actual 2000 incident in such a village, where its indigenous population was blinded and sickened by a mercury spillage caused by mining, their new feature titled "Altiplano" sees Brosens and Woodworth take a bold and unpredictable approach in calling attention to an environmental catastrophe.
May 8, 2008 |
This Patagonian winter resort town wears a mantle of white in the South American autumn. But it's not from early snows. Ash from the Chaiten volcano across the Andes in Chile has been falling on the Argentine side of the border since the volcano erupted last week -- its first eruption in thousands of years. The onslaught of ash has yet to cause evacuations on the Argentine side, as it has in Chile.
May 4, 2008
Ralph Velasco of Newport Beach returned last month from an 11-day trip through South America that took in a lot of territory: Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. One of the highlights of the drive from Chile to Argentina was this slithering crossing of the Andes on Ruta 60. "There are 28 curves on this road," Velasco said in an e-mail, "and it's amazing to see 18-wheelers try to pass each other going up the hill. " His camera? A Nikon D70.
March 16, 2008
For several anxious days this month, the prospect of war in South America was sharp and real. Colombia's bombing of a rebel camp in the jungles of Ecuador roiled tensions not seen for decades in the Andean region. Ecuador rushed troops to its border; Venezuela sent 10 battalions to its frontier; Nicaragua broke diplomatic relations with Colombia.