South America

South America

Moments from a Trek through Peru

Life-changing experiences don't happen frequently. When they do, they’re often all but impossible to explain to others. The 19 days I spent in Peru with my father changed my life forever. Asperous peaks, an...

Green Spaces, Urban Places

When we say “urban center,” you may think “concrete jungle,” but that isn’t always the case. A number of cities across the globe are embracing the revitalizing effects of green spaces in their urban...

Los Vanajeros: 12,000 Miles from Montana to Ecuador

Los Vanajeros — Joel, Madison, Aiden, and Parker — are traveling from Montana to Ecuador - you guessed it, by van (and not just any van: a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia). They're stopping along the way to...

Discovering Colorful Cartagena

It was the colors that drew Jin Chu-Ferrer to Cartagena, Colombia. Yellows and oranges and reds and blues and pinks and greens. Jin had been to some colorful places in the past — Hoi...

6 Can’t Miss Outdoor Experiences in South America

From the Andean peaks and glaciers of Patagonia to the jungles of the Amazon to the miles and miles of beaches, South America is full of landscapes captivating for any outdoor enthusiast. Over the...

The Stories Behind 7 Otherworldly Photos from South America

Mirage There is no need for long-exposure photography techniques here — that vast ocean is actually made of solidified salt. Amid this rocky outcrop in the center of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, I...

Hitting a Road Bump at Quito International

When Leah Peterson woke in the terminal of the Quito airport, a group of people was crowded around her. Directly to her side stood the group leader and her close friend, trying to ascertain...

Five Must-Visit Locales in Peru

It’s often easiest to hit a country’s most accessible and well-known locations. On the other hand, the rewards that come when you challenge yourself to zig left when others zag right are invaluable. Peru...

A Journey That Began in Morrocoy National Park

Growing up in a mountain town, Sabana de Mendoza, on the edge of Los Andes in Venezuela, Jose Sosa had experienced what life in the hills had to offer: heat, plains, mountains, and farms. When...