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Overwhelming Beauty, Unmatched Diversity: Go Green in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica lays claim as the greenest country on earth. And it wears the title – conferred on it by the Happy Planet Index, a measure devised by the new Economics Foundation –with enormous pride. […]

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Climate & Clothing

Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two seasons. The dry season is from December to April and the wet season is from May to November. Weather always varies between regions, some higher altitudes like […]

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Bolivia: Straddling Past and Future

Deep in the historic center of La Paz, Bolivia’s bustling and thriving capital, the Mercado de Brujas, or the Witchcraft Market, clings to centuries-old traditions. Its herbal tea infusions, coca leaves and colorful alpaca sweaters […]

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Now is the Time to Reserve Your Christmas Markets Tour!

Summer might still be in the air, but the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye. So this is the ideal time for Gate 1 travelers to book their visits to Europe’s […]

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Like Nowhere on Earth: Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats

Sprawling some 4,000 square miles, the stunningly white salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia, are a feast for the eyes—an ever-changing, mirage-like phenomenon. In the brightest daylight they appear to shimmer like a lake. In the […]

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The Mystery of Machu Picchu

Straddling a saddleback mountain, the magnificent “Lost City” of Machu Picchu is one of travel’s great milestones, to say nothing of its place as one of the world’s great mysteries. Its precise architecture, erected without […]

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The Other Side of Peru

Andean Vistas, Unspoiled Cultures & Seldom-Seen Ruins Snow-capped Andean peaks scrape at the sky. A patchwork of checkered farmland – neat squares of emeralds, olives, and browns – stretches over vast valleys, then climb hillsides […]

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The Views of Budapest from the top of St Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica remains one of the tallest buildings in Budapest and one of the largest church buildings in all of Central Europe. Not for the faint of heart, but the view atop the 315 […]

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6 Sublime Wonders of New Zealand

To say that New Zealand takes your breath away doesn’t quite say enough about how staggering its beauty is. Instead, you could say New Zealand stirs the soul. It makes your spirit soar. It fills […]

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Raise a Glass to New Zealand Wines

New Zealand produces some of the world’s finest and most accessible wines. Among the country’s ten major wine-growing areas, the Central Otago Wine Region on the South Island is one of the most prolific. And […]