Catwalk to watch the Garganta do Diablo from up close (©Coen Wubbels)

Watching a 360-degree Rainbow in Iguaçu National Park, Brazil

The waterfalls of Iguaçu have been credited with all kinds of superlatives: the best, the highest, the largest, the most spectacular, the deepest, the most impressive. They create expectations and because my partner Coen and I like to get what we Read More

Machu Picchu seen from Huayna Picchu

Hiking Above Machu Picchu: Peru’s Huayna Picchu Climb

Machu Picchu is almost a cliché on Bucket Lists. It’s the most famous destination in South America. Still, I wanted to spend my Christmas birthday there. Some friends said "don’t bother, it’s been overrun. You won’t be able to see the stones because Read More

Baía de Guaraqueçaba in the early morning hours (©Coen Wubbels)

Boating Through The Ecological Reserve of Sebuí in Brazil

In the early morning we sailed through the Baia de Guaraqueçaba in an open motor boat: a world of sapphire-colored water surrounded by blue-grey mountain ranges outlined against a cobalt, slightly clouded sky. With dolphins accompanying us in the Read More

A sea lion sleeps while sally lightfoot crabs scamper on the Galapagos Islands. (photo credit: Katherine Rodeghier c 2012)

Viewing Some of Earth’s Rarest Creatures in the Galapagos Islands

I don’t need a sign warning me to “Yield to Sea Lions.” When a big fellow lumbers across my path you can bet I stop to give him the right of way. Sea lions, like most animals on the Galapagos Islands, are nonchalant toward humans because they are Read More

The park offers views of Fitz Roy from various trails and campsites (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

Hiking in Argentina’s National Park Los Glaciares

We stare at pieces of plastic strewn around our campsite. Chunks of bread lie here and there but we gather two of our three loaves have gone. We're aghast. A fellow camper walks up to us, "Yeah, we saw a bunch of caracaras coming down and ripping Read More

The Towers of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

Hiking in Chile’s National Park Torres del Paine

A thick black blanket steadily moved eastwards, threatening to block out daylight and announcing an impending storm. I took short gulps of air, exhausted from having legged it uphill to the 4000-foot John Gardner Pass. Instead of a postcard image of Read More

Ghost Town of Humberstone in Chile's Atacama Desert (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

Strolling through Chile’s Ghost Towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura

A breeze carried the sound of squeaking hinges and creaking wooden panels. In the overwhelming silence of the desert the slamming of a metal roof plate echoed as if a gun had been fired. When listening carefully I heard voices from the past. Voices Read More

Leadlights of the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo, Suriname (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A Guided Tour of Suriname’s St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Paramaribo

I stood in front of the largest wooden structure in the Caribbean, Latin America, the Western Hemisphere or the world, depending on whom I talked to. Verifiable facts are that the St Peter and Paul cathedral is 161 feet long, 54 feet wide, 48 feet Read More

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Stroll Among the Ruins of Jesuit Missions in Paraguay

Dark red bricks stand out against a stark blue sky. Long shadows peter out over fields, the soft light of the late afternoon giving the ruins an air of mystery. Who was that saint draped in a robe, holding a staff in his right hand? Or that elegantly Read More

Rock paintings in Serra Capivara National Park, Brazil (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

Visit UNESCO-listed Rock Paintings in Brazil’s Serra Capivara National Park

Smack in the middle of Brazil's sun-scorched, dun-colored, vast and desolate northeastern Sertão region lies a national park. Why? What's there to see? I read a local guidebook, became fascinated and jotted down the park on my bucket list. The Read More

Bird watching in Suriname's largest lagoon: Bigi Pan (photo credit: Coen Wubbels)

A Bird-Watching Boat Trip to Suriname’s Bigi Pan Natural Reserve

Herons skim the water, their white bodies reflecting in the inky-black water smooth as glass. Green kingfishers nosedive from branches and resurface with a thrashing fish, roseate spoonbills scratch around in shallow waters, and jacanas do what Jesus Read More