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Galapagos Mariane Iguanas
“The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large (2–3 ft [60–90 cm]), disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl & seek their prey from the Sea. I call them ‘imps of darkness’. They assuredly well become the land they inhabit.” Charles Darwin Camouflaged Marine Iguanas A […]
5 Language-Learning Apps: Cracking the Spanish Code
When traveling to Latin America, among the top concerns of most travelers is: “Can I speak English and get by?” Those with basic Spanish experience may ponder: “Is my Spanish good enough that people will understand me? Will I be able to get by and relate with the locals?” Yes, you will get by, regardless […]
The Top Things To Do In Mindo, Ecuador
One of top natural escapes from Quito is undoubtedly Mindo. Just a 2-hour trip, Mindo is a valley and small village in the cloud forests of the Andes mountains. For budget-minded travelers, the bus ride to Mindo will only cost you $2.50. The view from the bus is merely a tease, as you pass from […]

Top Destinations in South America


101446In Quechua, the language closest to that of the Inca, Peru means the ‘land of abundance.’ Peru is full of extremes: from lush, towering Andean peaks to rolling sand dunes on the coast to the ...


101740Wedged between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the best-known fact about Chile is its wholly improbable shape. Stretching 4,000 km (2,500 mi) south from the base of Peru right to the tip of the ...


101430Often dubbed the most quintessentially South American country, Bolivia suffered few changes during the Spanish Conquest – thanks in part to its harsh mountain landscapes and thick jungle which ...


101600Say “Colombia” and most people will immediately think of something negative: drugs, guerrilla warfare, corruption, kidnappings or crime. This is hardly surprising, since the international press ...


101012Ecuador might be the smallest of the Andean countries, but size is a hardly a factor in light of what it contains. The entire country covers the Northern Coast, Southern Coast, Andean Highlands and ...


101414Argentina, Latin America\'s largest Spanish-speaking country, can seem overwhelming to visit because of its massive size and the resulting distance between travel hot spots. However with a little ...


101774Brazil is a land of contrasts. Here you will find great wealth and grinding poverty, beautiful beaches and filthy waterways fouled by industrial pollution, honest, open people and some of the most ...


101463Paraguay is a quiet, isolated country that is often overlooked by tourists. However, nature lovers, bird watchers and those interested in Amerindian cultures will be delighted by this small, ...


Venezuela may have been named by Spanish sailors who were reminded of Venice, but it was made famous by its natural attributes like Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, the longest ...


101674Uruguay, (population: 3,399,000) the smallest Spanish-speaking country in South America, looks a bit like an upside-down diamond wedged between Argentina and Brazil. For tourists wanting to travel ...

French Guiana

The only non-independent portion of South America, French Guiana, or as it is locally known, Guyane, is also the only French-speaking nation in South America. This tiny country in the northeast ...
Latest V!VA Guidebook Release

V!VA Travel Guides Galapagos

Galapagos is one of the planet's most unique destinations, and VIVA Galapagos will give you all that you need to plan your trip and make the most of it once you're there. Get the ebook direct from VIVA, or get the printed or Kindle version from

VIVA Argentina!

Weighing in at 811 pages, this monolith of travel knowledge is now available as an ebook or even individual $3 chapters direct from VIVA, or get the printed or Kindle version from


V!VA Travel Guides Quito

Quito is VIVA's home town. We're the only major guidebook company headquartered in Latin America, and now we get to show you why we love it so much here. Get the ebook direct from VIVA, or get the printed or Kindle version from

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