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Peru: Students from UK safe after fire breaks out near Machu Picchu

DEVONLIVE.COM An Exeter-based school expedition tour operator have spoken about an eventful trip which saw pupils trekking near a fire broke out on a historic mountain in Peru. The School Travel Consultancy has hit the headlines after pupils from a school in Ormskirk, Lancashire, were among tourists who were evacuated from Machu Picchu after a […]

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Colombia: Canadian, Argentine, Ecuadorian tourists victim of theft and extorision

TOURISTS FROM CANADA, ARGENTINA, ECUADOR RIPPED OFF OF THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS ON BEACH IN COLOMBIA, THEN THIEVES CONTACT THEM DEMANDING PAYMENT FOR RETURN OF THEIR ITEMS. TWO MEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. cablenoticias.tv / Authorities seized two men when they received from four Ecuadorian, Argentine and Canadian tourists the money they demanded to return the belongings […]

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Ecuador: LATAM Airlines to begin new rates for domestic flights

eluniverso.com reoprted (machine translated) Latam Airlines, Latin America’s largest airline business, lists its new rates for domestic flights in Ecuador. This model was announced last year in Chile – seat of the airline – was the first country where it was applied . The new scheme of Latam is to offer options of passages between […]

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Copa Airlines: Pilots reject offer from airline, strike planned for June 15, 2017

Pilots reject offer of Copa Airlines Alex E. Hernández Copa Airlines pilots, members of the Panamanian Union of Commercial Aviators (Unpac), rejected the two economic proposals that the airline presented in the negotiations to agree on a collective – Negotiations continue but strike is planned for June 15, 2017. Read Article INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY […]

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Cajas National Park Ecuador, Tips for a Daytrip

Kelly Mitchell /gringotree.com Cajas National Park is a MUST if you are travelling Cuenca or the southern provinces of Ecuador. For me Cajas is a mystical land full of geological mystery. Every time I arrive to Cajas I feel like I’m in a land that could be Narnia. Really, you won’t see anything else like […]

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La Ronda in Quito Ecuador, one street not to be missed

On my first visit to Quito in 1980, a friend told me about an ancient street in the historic section of the city that once was inhabited by Incans and through time evolved into serving many purposes including a hideaway for artists and poets. It also eventually would become rundown with the tawdry side of […]

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Machu Picchu Peru – Lares trek to the Lost City (Drone View)

airvuz.com Spanish Vocabulary Intermediate/Advanced Level: A Guide To Enrich Your Spanish Vocabulary Kindle Edition Machu Picchu Peru – Lares trek to the Lost City More than 100 years ago an American explorer found Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. It was build in the 15th century by the incas and abandoned a century […]

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Family issues warning to tourists about ayahuasca use in death of their son in Peru

radionz.co.nz: The family of a young Aucklander who died suddenly in the Amazon jungle has issued a warning to other tourists about the dangers of a traditional hallucinogen known as ayahuasca. Matthew Dawson-Clarke went to Peru to sample ayahuasca – an increasingly popular item on the bucket lists of many young adventure travellers. The 24-year-old […]

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Chile Adds Eleven Million Acres to National Park System

theguardian.com/Jonathan Franklin – The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe out the sparse human settlements that are scattered like frontier outposts, often […]

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Peru: Tourist from U.S. dead after fall into an abyss

rpp.pe (March 2, 2017) – A tourist from the U.S. died, after accidentally falling to an abyss of 40 meters of depth, in the district of Santa Teresa, province of the Convention, in Cusco. victim – Whitney Steven (24). The incident was corroborated by his friend Molli Gain, who said that both were participating in […]

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Venezuela: Despite political, economic crisis, love is in the air, romantic hotels

eluniversal.com reported / We are in the month of love, the most fun month for people who dream of tender feelings and feel illusion. It is true that life is more beautiful loving, and living for someone you consider special. How divine it is to be in love, to share an illusion that is becoming […]

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Colombia: Dutch Tourist Found Safe, lost during trek

rcnradio.com (feb. 3. 2017)-machine translated- reported (machine translated)Franciscus Antonio, a Dutch tourist, who had been lost since last Thursday night, was finally found by the agencies of Socorro. Major Fernando Vélez, commander of the Civil Defense in Boyacá, indicated that the tourist was found in the municipality of Chiquiza, and once they met with the […]

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German Tourist Still Missing off Beach in Mexico

RIPTIDE PULLED GERMAN TOURIST OUT TO SEA, STILL MISSING elmanana.com.mx (machine translated) OAXACA, OAXACA.- Elements of the Secretary of the Navy, State Civil Protection and the municipality of Santa Maria Tonameca continue the search for a tourist of German origin, who was lost since Friday while swimming in the beach Mermejita. In search of Fertinand […]

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Mexico City: Reasons Why A Traveler should consider a trip to this ancient citry

LATIN AMERICA TRAVEL, MEXICO CITY TRAVEL Leah McLennannews/ news.com.au DEAR Mexico City residents, You deserve an apology. People are still picking on your metropolis, describing it as a “crime-ridden urban jungle”. It’s time Australians took another look….. The Mexican capital is far safer than it was when crime reached its peak in 1997. It’s now […]

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Latin America Travel: U.S Arrivals to South America takes a dip

skift.com . November was the third consecutive month that U.S. arrivals to South America decreased or were flat from the previous year and the fourth — albeit non-consecutive — month of declines in U.S. arrivals to the Caribbean in 2016. Travel brands are monitoring demand for Latin America following zika virus outbreaks across the region […]

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Pan-American Highway – 19,000 miles long

The Pan-American Highway covers 19,000 miles. By Steven CasaleBob Marley once sang that “life is one big road with lots of signs.” If he was singing about the biggest, he must’ve meant the Pan-American Highway. Stretching from the frozen north of Alaska to the glacial tip of Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs the most miles—or […]

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20 Cruise Ships to Call on Ports in Ecuador during 2017

portalportuario.cl reported 20 cruise ships will arrive to Ecuadorian ports during this year. These calls will mean the visit of 19 thousand passengers and 3 thousand crew, according to the Ministry of Tourism of that country (Mintur). The arrival of visitors will be an important stimulus to the tourism sector, as they are expected to […]

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Nazca Lines Peru: new geoglyphs found after sand storms

(Phys.org) —While flying over the famous Nazca desert recently, pilot Eduardo Herrán Gómez de la Torre spotted some geoglyphs that had not been seen before. He believes the geoglyphs or Nazca Lines, as others call them, were exposed after recent sand-storms carried away soil that was covering them. The Nazca Lines have become world famous, […]

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Colombia: Tourist boat sinks, Ecuadorian passenger missing near Rosario Islands

eltelegrafo.com reported a tourist from Ecuador is missing after the boat she was in sank in Colombia’s Caribbean waters. The woman was traveling to the Rosario Islands, which is a tourist destination for many and 45 minutes from Cartegena, Colombia. There were 39 other people of different nationalities on board the boat. The vessel, hit […]

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Yunguilla community near Quito not to be missed for experience with nature

lahora.com.ec reported Yunguilla (Yungilla) is a cloud forest in an area located northwest of Quito. Formerly known as an area for coal mining, it is now famous for its eco-tourism. Fifty families manage nature walks in the area and they have become protectors of the wildlife. Some families receive tourists as guests in their homes. […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Tourist from Switzerland Missing, Search is on

San Cristobal Galapagos Islands Ecuador eluniverso.com reported that the The Captainship of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the Naval Base of San Cristóbal are looking for a Swiss tourist reported missing since Sunday on the island of San Cristobal de Galapagos. The foreigner has been identified as Othmar Lauber, 62. Reyna Luisa Lauber, a relative of […]

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Medellin, Colombia: Japanese tourist murdered by gunmen in robbery

JAPANESE TOURIST SHOT TO DEATH BY TWO GUNMEN, TOURIST JUST ARRIVED IN MEDELLIN WAS LOOKING FOR A panadería, THE TOURIST WAS 22 YEARS OLD. Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 15:27 hsbnoticias.com reported according to information provided by the Ministry of Security of the city, the victim was identified as Izaki Ryo 22 years who was […]

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Mexico/U.S. border: couple missing for five days hiking found, drank urine to survive

latimes.com reported a Los Angeles couple who went missing during a visit to the desert wandered for five days, drinking their own urine to survive, before they were discovered by the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a friend of the couple. On Friday, the LAPD confirmed that Mariya Mitkova, 27, and Aaron Morganstein, 33, were […]

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Brazil: Missing British Tourist off coast

TOURIST MISSING BRAZIL bbc.com reported a British teenager has gone missing after getting into difficulties while swimming off the Brazilian coast. Elliot Deslandes, 14, from Arnold in Nottingham, was with a group on holiday in Ilha Grande, an island near Rio de Janeiro. Read Article

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Peru: U.S. Tourist dies during ayahuasca ceremony

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Miguel Neyra/Editor elcomercio.pe An American tourist died during a session of ayahuasca developed into a home in the town of Huaynapata province of Calca, in Cusco . The incident occurred last Saturday morning. In this residence, the National Police found Christina Melissa Jenkins, 41, lifeless, leaning against the […]

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Ecuador at level II alert for Zika Virus transmission per CDC

CDC.GOV – Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions – ECUADOR ZIKA VIRUS Note: This travel notice was updated on October 17, 2016, to include updated guidance for people planning to conceive and guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Ecuador are infected with Zika virus and […]

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Peru: Canadian expat dies in freak vehicle accident near Cajamarca

CANADIAN EXPAT LIVING IN ECUADOR DIES IN FREAK ACCIDENT NEAR CAJAMARCA PERU cuencahighlife.com reported that Cuenca expat Roger Seltzer was killed early Tuesday morning when a horse fell on top of the car he was driving, north of Cajamarca, Peru. According to police, the horse apparently lost its footing on a steep mountain slope and […]

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Cuba: Canadian tourist jailed for flying drone, released

thestar.com reported as Chris Hughes lay in the dark two-by-two-metre cell, with no electricity, a small hole in the wall for a window and just a hole in the ground for a toilet, he wondered if his wife Grace and three young children knew he was still alive. “Nobody knew I was there,” he said. […]

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Panama: The mysterious death of two young tourists

Death on the Serpent River The Lost Girls of Panama: The Full Story The mysterious deaths of two young tourists in Panama puzzled examiners and shocked nations on both sides of the Atlantic; now secretly leaked documents reveal what happened. Jeremy Kryt/thedailybeast.com 08.20.16 The Daily Beast brings together here all three parts of its investigation […]

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Ecuador Travel: Petrified Forest of Puyango

ECUADOR TRAVEL The Petrified Forest Bosque Petrificado de Puyango Ecuador foxlatinonews.com reported: In the humid forests of southwestern Ecuador, not far from the border with Peru, is a marvel of nature: the Petrified Forest of Puyango. Over the course of eons in the early days of the world, thousands of trees fell and were subsequently […]

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Ecuador: Number of Foreign Visitors down June, July compared to year earlier

Servicios.turismos.gob.ec report the following statistics for foreigners arriving in Ecuador during June, July 2016. JUNE 2015      JUNE 2016 131,902            118,942 -9.8% JULY 2015     JULY 2016 154,448           143,764 -8.3% SUBTOTAL 2015 2016 286,350 262,706 -8.3% SOURCE: ANUARIOS DE MIGRACION INTERNACIONAL INEC INFORMACION PROVISIONAL THINKING OF LIVING IN ECUADOR? READ THIS BOOK […]

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Flights to begin from Fort Lauderdale to Cuba

MIAMIHERALD.COM REPORTED As a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara glides skyward to a water canon salute Wednesday, it will become the first regularly scheduled flight between the United States and Cuba since 1961. Silver Airways is preparing to launch a much smaller commercial service to Santa Clara from Fort Lauderdale Thursday with […]

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Mexico: Top Recommended Budget Beach Hotels, B&Bs on Pacific Coast

Mexico Budget Travel, Mexico Vacations Theguardian.com reported Mexico’s Pacific coast, more than 1,000 miles of it, is renowned for its beaches, as well as the resorts which have attracted Hollywood royalty. However, it’s also an area that can experience tropical storms, usually between June and December. The most recent was Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane […]

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India: Passengers screened with destinations to Latin America, concern headed to U.S. illegally

dailymail.co.uk reported the immigration bureau at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) is planning to conduct ‘surprise’ profile checks on passengers bound for Latin American countries in a bid to curb illegal immigration. The move has come after reports that middle-eastern airlines have denied boarding to a number of Indian passengers based on their profiles. According […]

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Book Explains many of the pitfalls, obstacles, challenges for expats in Ecuador

CURRENT EXPATS IN ECUADOR RECOMMEND THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT SHOULD BE READ BY ANYONE MOVING TO ECUADOR “100 POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE MOVING OR RETIRING IN ECUADOR” may be a book of interest to you if you are researching the possibilities in living in Ecuador. There are many publications that tout many of the […]

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Cozumel Mexico: One U.S. Tourist killed, other injured in moto accident

Itzel Garza/riviera-maya-news.com REPORTED August 24, 2016 Cozumel, Q.R. – A moto accident in Cozumel has claimed the life of an American tourist. Two sisters were speeding along the South Hotel Zone on a rented motorcycle when the driver lost control and veered into a deep drainage area. INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK […]

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Mexico registers highest increase in number of tourists, revenues in Latin America

Mexico shows highest increase in tourism in Latin America theyucatantimes.com reported Mexico registered the highest increase in the number of tourists and tourism revenues throughout Latin America in 2015, according to an analysis by the Latinvex digital publication. Notimex reported Mexico remained as the undisputed leader of tourism in Latin America, receiving 33 percent of […]

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Ecuador Travel: Price Guideline for Per diem Rates

U.S. State Department Per Diem Rates Ecuador REAL ESTATE ECUADOR Max. Lodging Meal/Incidental Expenses (M&IE) Total ECUADOR Cuenca 118, 84, , 202 ECUADOR Galapagos Islands 284, 131, 415 ECUADOR Guayaquil 173, 102, 275 ECUADOR Manta 108, 71, 179 ECUADOR Other 118, 84, 202 ECUADOR Quito 190, 107, 297 SOURCE: US STATE DEPARTMENT SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH […]

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Central/South America: Hotel Occupancy down 4.9 percent

hotelnewsresource.com reported compared with July 2015, the Central/South America region reported a 4.9% decrease in occupancy to 56.7%. Average daily rate (ADR), however, increased 10.1% to US$89.84, and revenue per available room (RevPAR) grew 4.7% to US$50.93. Hotels in the Central/South America region recorded mixed results in the three key performance metrics when reported in […]

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Cusco Peru: Two women dressed in traditional costumes rob tourists (video)

Prima and Gina Montalvo were arrested by agents of Terna squad after he robbed a cell phone to an Irish tourist. Two women were arrested by agents of the squad Terna Police Cusco , after they are discovered in flagrante stealing the belongings of some Irish tourists. They were identified as Prima and Gina Montalvo, […]

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DEAD: Tourist dies in Cusco Peru, participating in Ayahuasca ritual

peru21.pe reported the owner of the premises, located in the district of Pisac, was arrested and is under investigation for the crime of manslaughter after Ernets Villaroman from the Phillipines, 33, is the Filipino tourist who died in a locale where ayahuasca sessions practiced in the sector Taray district of Pisac, in Cuzco. As reported […]

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Cuenca Airport Closed until September 19, 2016, runway repairs

Since 05:00 yesterday contingency plan for the transfer of passenger vans to Guayaquil and Quito by the closure of the airport of Cuenca, whose runway will be repaired activated. The first land transport unit came in the morning from the airport terminal to Guayaquil. And another was dispatched at noon. The Municipality of Cuenca said […]

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Mexico: Recorded deaths of U.S. citizens from Jan. – June, 2016

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT OF RECORDED DEATHS OF U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO FROM NON-NATURAL CAUSES – JANUARY – JUNE Mexico Date City Cause of Death 05-08-2016 Baja Californa Sur Homicide 01-08-2016 Baja California Homicide 01-18-2016 Baja California Drowning 01-18-2016 Baja California Suicide 02-01-2016 Baja California Other Accident 02-04-2016 Baja California Homicide 02-13-2016 Baja California Other […]

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Guatemala: 49 cases of Zika virus registered in past three weeks

The first case of a birth defect linked to the Zika virus has been registered in Guatemala. MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – According to Mejia, a total of 49 Zika cases have been registered in Guatemala in the past three weeks.   “We have also detected the first case of microcephaly compatible with Zika,” Carlos Mejia, head of the infectious diseases […]

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Caylloma Peru: 5.3 earthquake kills 4 including one U.S. citizen, STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

hosteltur.com reported according to the latest Civil Defense, the earthquake destroyed 393 houses, 1,195 were uninhabitable and affected 17 schools, five kilometers of rural roads and 20 km of roads. The earthquake killed a woman of 80 years, another 70, and her granddaughter, a minor, in addition to the US citizen Evan Baum Kent, 66, […]

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Roatan Honduras: German Tourist dies while snorkeling

German tourist dies in Roatan INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCE SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK latribuna.hn reported the authorities confirmed Wednesday night the death of a German tourist in West Way, Roatan, Honduras in the Caribbean. The victim was identified as Walter Ray Owen (69), who was practicing snorkeling, a water sport that involves swimming on the surface […]

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Montanita Ecuador: Death of Australian Tourist ruled as “unfortunate accident”

Extra.ec reported police confirmed that the death of Australian tourist Adam Noel Artley, age 26, death in Montanita, Ecuador was an “unfortunate accident. The tourist fell from the third floor of a nightclub on August 14th, 2016. Police surmised that the tourist recklessly went into an area of the nightclub that is off limits to […]

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Argentina: Amazing Waterfalls you may never have heard of

The river that flows SIDEWAYS: The amazing mile-and-a-half long waterfall that forms on a split-level canyon in Argentina dailymail.co.uk/ The Mocona Falls is a sideways waterfall found in a split-level section of the Uruguay River in Argentina It’s visible for about 250 days of the year, when the water levels recede slightly, and is 40ft […]

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Baby born in Texas dies from Zika virus after mother traveled to Latin America

dailymail.co.uk reported Zika baby death in Texas: Girl born with microcephaly after her mother traveled to Latin America has died Child was born in Harris County on Tuesday, died shortly after She had microcephaly and shrunken head – birth defects related to Zika 15 babies have been born with Zika in the US, 6 pregnancies […]

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Journeyman Jack Ecuador Relocation Services

Sponsored page/post Serving incoming and outgoing Ecuador Expats Since 2008~ We are a based in Quito (Near UIO Int. Airport) A full-service relocation firm for singles, couples, families, and businesses thinking of moving to or from any area or part of the Republic of Ecuador. We have the experience, know how, and team of professionals […]

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Increase in Cyclospora cases appear to be linked to travel in Mexico

gov.uk Investigations are ongoing after an increase in cases of food and water bug, Cyclospora, associated with travellers returning from Mexico. Public Health England (PHE) is advising people planning on travelling to the Riviera Maya coast in Mexico to be aware of the risk of infection from a food and water bug, Cyclospora. PHE is […]

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Ecuador: Minister of Urban Development appeals to tourists to return after quake

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters New York / Almost four months after a devastating earthquake hit Ecuador, a leading government minister has appealed to tourists to return to the financially-struggling Andean country. Nearly 700 people were killed and about 6,200 injured on April 16 in the strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in almost four decades, leaving […]

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Southern Ecuador Real Estate Tour

Welcome to the Southern Ecuador Real Estate Tour! Is Ecuador on your radar as a place to live, invest, or purchase a second home? Whether you are looking for a healthier more tranquil lifestyle, to be closer to your food and water supply, or for the next hot South American investment opportunity – Ecuador has […]

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Bogota Colombia: Taxi Drivers Assault Suspected Uber Driver

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK panamapost.com reported after a group of taxi drivers turned aggressive toward a driver suspected of working for Uber, the taxi union in Bogotá, Colombia has announced prices for cab fare will rise. Several taxi drivers beat a man driving a special service van July 31. The white vans […]

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More People Looking to Travel to Ecuador

businessinsider.com/Chloe Pantazi wrote:Ecuador, which is home to stunning waterfalls, jungle land, and idyllic nature trails, is fast becoming the most popular backpacking destination on earth. Internet searches for hostels in Ecuador rose by 556% between January 2015 and June 2016, compared to the same period the previous year, according to recent data from the hostel […]

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Brazil warned threat of terrorism high for Olympic Games

dailymail.co.uk reported massive security in Rio de Janiero with a week to go until the start of the Olympic Games Brazilian army and navy have been deployed over fears of terror attack with an alleged ISIS plot already broken up 88,000 military personnel and police are involved in security operation – double the level at […]

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Costa Rica: Expat from U.S. attacked by crocodile

AZcentral.com reported an Arizona man has been reported in critical condition after a crocodile attacked him Friday morning at a Costa Rica beach. Jon Becker, 59, was identified as the survivor. Diario Extra said Becker was attacked by a crocodile at about 7:10 a.m. Friday while visiting a beach favored by surfers and ecotourists in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: New Tourism Development Plan

eltiempo.com.ec REPORTED a new strategic plan for tourism development was presented by the Municipal Foundation of Tourism for Cuenca, whose implementation is planned over a period of five years, ie until 2021. Matthew Estrella, director of the Strategic Plan, said the ultimate goal of the plan, which took more than six months to develop, is […]

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Ecuador: Since April 16′ earthquake, zika cases increase

NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO, 18 July 2016 – UNICEF.ORG Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas. According to national data, 80 per cent of the Zika cases are in the province of Manabí where the April 16 earthquake […]

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Zika Virus not only concern for visitors to olympics, be aware of chikungunya virus

outbreaknewstoday.com reported while so much attention has been placed the Zika virus epidemic and to a lesser extent dengue fever in Brazil this year, another virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito is being reported at a nearly 10 times amount compared to the first five months of the year in 2015. According to a g1.globo.com […]

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Central America, South America, Influenza Activity Increased Steadily over last several weeks

In temperate countries in the southern hemisphere, influenza activity increased steadily in the last few weeks in South America. WHO.INT reported In temperate South America, influenza-like illness (ILI), acute respiratory infection (ARI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases continued to increase. Of the respiratory viruses detected, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominated. […]

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Ecuador: 1,106 confirmed cases of Zika Virus, 73 of victims are pregnant

Eluniverso.com reported the Health Minister Margarita Guevara, said Thursday that the country currently has recorded 1,106 cases of the Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito disease. Of that total infected, 73 are pregnant women, representing 6.60%. Guevara said that of those 73 cases, 10 babies have been born and are healthy. The incidence […]

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Things to do in Bogota Colombia

To start Begin your perfect day in Bogota trying something typical. Feel like a local and go to this lovely restaurant Pasteleria Florida on the 7th Avenue (Septima), where a lot of Colombians prefer to have breakfast with the whole family. I already told you about typical and the most delicious Colombian street food, and […]

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Spanish Word of the Day – Free Daily Email of Spanish Vocabulary

Spanish Word of the Day.com offers a unique free method in which to build your Spanish skills. Daily (m-f) we send you an email with new Spanish vocabulary words to your email box. You receive a sampling of the following: Advanced Spanish vocabulary word. Beginning or intermediate Spanish vocabulary word. Spanish Idiom – an example […]

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Mexico: Bus crash kills at least 12 tourists, 30 injured en route to Cancun

telegraph.co.uk/AP reported, Twelve people including two children died and 30 were injured when their bus turned over Monday near the Mexican tourist resort of Cancun, emergency services said. The bus crashed in the early hours in a wooded area of the Carrillo Puerto municipality, said Reyes Silvestre, head of the local civil protection rescue team. […]

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Machu Picchu Peru: Tourist falls to his death while posing for picture

telegraph.co.uk reported a German tourist died when he fell off a cliff while posing for a picture at the ancient site of Machu Picchu. Oliver Park reportedly went into a restricted area near a ravine in the Peruvian Andes on Wednesday despite safety signs and warnings from wardens, officials said. The 51-year-old lost his footing […]

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Tourist in Peru falls to his death at waterfall in Amazon jungle taking selfie

Agence France-Presse/telegraph.co.uk reported Peruvian police pulled a South Korean tourist dead from under a waterfall in the Amazon jungle, days after he fell in while taking a photo of himself, police said on Monday. The man, 28-year-old Kim Jongyeob, slipped and fell 1600 feet under the waterfall in northeastern Peru last Wednesday, a local police […]

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Ecuador: Young tourist from U.S. still missing after vanishing three years ago

It is father’s day 2016. I am working in my library on another book and my wife is inside getting ready to take me to lunch with my grown children. But, I cannot help to think and feel today for the fathers who no longer have their children to hug, kiss, laugh with, and to […]

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Tourism in Ecuador after the Earthquake

nytimes.com/ SHIVANI VORA reported:The 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador in April that killed at least 410 people and injured more than 2,000 emotionally devastated the country and caused enormous damage. A disaster that severe can often lead to a downturn in tourism, but that may not be the case in Ecuador. Travel specialists say that the […]

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Gastrointestinal problems at high altitude

Anand AC, et al. Trop Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct-Dec. Show full citation Abstract ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ Gastrointestinal (GI) problems at high altitude are commonplace. The manifestations differ considerably in short-term visitors, long-term residents and native highlanders. Ethnic food habits and social norms also play a role in causing GI dysfuntion. Symptoms like nausea and vomiting are common manifestations […]

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São Paulo: Suspect Shot During Attempted Assault of Tourist

According to Globo, Brazilian military police opened fire in the capital city São Paulo this Tuesday (23), breaking up an attempted armed assault. The victim, a non-Brazilian tourist, was walking along Rua Oscar Freire in the upscale Jardins neighborhood when two men reportedly arrived on a black motorcycle and attempted to steal the tourist’s watch. […]

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13 die as tourist boat capsizes near Corn Islands Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP)USATODAY.com reported a tourist boat carrying more than 30 people capsized in bad weather off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua on Saturday, killing 13 passengers, authorities said. Mario Berrios, the Nicaraguan navy’s commander for the southern Caribbean region, said the dead were all Costa Rican nationals who were traveling aboard the Reina del […]

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Belize: Six French citizens in tour van accident, injuries

guardian.bz reported It happened on Monday, February 1, sometime after 3 p.m. Ferguson was driving a grey 2-door Ford F-150 pick with extended cab. He was traveling with 44-year-old Daisy Olivera of Belize City and two minors as his passengers. They were heading from the direction of Belmopan to Hattieville, and for some still unknown […]

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Brazil: Tourists Complain of Violence at Rio Carnival

According to Jornal do Brasil, Carnival festivities escalated to violence and crime in downtown Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, leaving one person injured. The Cordão da Bola Preta, one of Brazil’s most historic, highly anticipated street parties, was plagued with assaults, thefts, and fights. The Cordão da Bola Preta is a Carioca (pertaining to Rio […]

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Brazil: Financial Crisis Prompts City Governments to Cut Funds for Carnival

Folha de São Paulo reported the decision of many local governments in Brazil to cut public funding for Carnival this year. Due to the economic crisis currently unfolding, there are at least fifty-three cities across the country that have decided to make major cut backs or de-fund entirely the two-week national holiday. In Minas Gerais […]

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Zika Virus Raising Concerns about Summer Olypics in Brazil

NPR.org reported the spread of the Zika virus is raising concerns about the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which are only 189 days away. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that the International Olympic Committee is sending an advisory about the mosquito-borne virus to competitors. Here’s more from Lourdes: “The IOC says it will send advice […]

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U.S. Eases Trade, Travel Restrictions to Cuba

Rueters.com reported the United States on Tuesday announced changes to its sanctions on Cuba, lifting export payment and financing restrictions and facilitating airline travel in Washington’s latest move to ease the U.S. embargo on the Communist-ruled island. The amendments, which take effect on Wednesday, “will remove restrictions on payment and financing terms for authorized exports […]

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WHO reports Zika virus likely to spread throughout the Americas

reuters.com reported the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Zika transmission has not yet been reported in the continental United States, although a […]

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Ecuador: Climbing in the Avenue of Volcanoes is a challenge and rewarding

Climbing In Ecuador’s ‘Avenue Of Volcanoes’ Is Challenging, Rewarding Jim Clash , Contributor to Forbes.com Near the equator in Ecuador lies a group of mountains known as Avenue of Volcanoes. From the air, the peaks look beautiful, like vanilla-topped ice cream cones. Down lower, they are massive and gritty. The biggest is Chimborazo, at 20,564 […]

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Jamaica: Tourist from U.S. killed in bus crash, was on cruise

Jamaicaobserver.com reported the police have released the name of an American woman who was killed in a four-vehicle collision on the Carey Park main road in Trelawny on Thursday. Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Glewwe died as a result of injuries she sustained in the collision and was among a group of cruise ship passengers who were also […]

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Health Alert Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Don’t count on emergency health care during the Olympics

telegraph.co.uk reported Olympic fans have been warned there will be no hospital beds for them if they get sick during Rio 2016 after a cash shortage plunged the city into a healthcare crisis. Some major hospitals have been forced to close their doors while even the most seriously ill patients cannot be admitted because of […]

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Zika Virus transmission reported in 17 countries in Latin America Region

Local Zika Transmission in the Americas Region paho.org/ reported countries and territories with autochthonous transmission reported. Epidemiological Week (EW) 17 of 2015 to EW 2 of 2016 Brazil Colombia Ecuador El Salvador French Guiana Guyana Guatemala Haiti Honduras Martinique Mexico Panama Puerto Rico Paraguay Saint Martin Suriname Venezuela Read Article

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Tourist from U.S. Strangled, Murdered in Belize

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chuck Goudie and others reported: One of our ABC7 Chicago colleagues was found murdered Friday while traveling in Belize, according to police in the Central American nation and the U.S. State Department. Anne Swaney was executive producer of online operations at abc7chicago.com. She was 39. Autopsy results determined that she was strangled. […]

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Peru: Canadian tourist who killed friend after using Ayahuasca, had no choice

Canadian who killed Briton at Peru retreat says it was ‘kill or die’ Theguardian.com reported that Joshua Stevens claims he had to stab Unais Gomes when Briton turned violent on double dose of hallucinogen ayahuasca. A Canadian man has told reporters he stabbed and killed a British friend in self-defense at a spiritual retreat in […]

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Isla de la Plata Ecuador: The Poor Man’s Galapagos

thedailyvoicenews.com.. reported, just off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, is Isla de la Plata. This island is better known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos because of the birds that nest there. Even with the construction on the Puerto Lopez malecon (main beach road), there are still daily trips to “La Isla”. In fact, because […]

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Youth Gang Mugging, Robbing Tourists

dailymail.co.uk reported the businessman who recorded the images, speaking on condition of anonymity and with his voice disguised electronically, told the TV station: ‘I always tell anyone I see in the street with a necklace or a mobile phone to put them away. ‘It’s a real shame for the tourists. I see a lot of […]

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San Andres Colombia: High Wind, High Wave Alert

rcnradio.com reported Maritime authorities alerted tourists to this time of year to visit the islands of San Andres and Providencia, due to the high waves that exist in the Caribbean Sea. The commander of the Specific Command of San Andres and Providencia, Admiral Andres Vasquez, said that near the island have been presented trade winds […]

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Brazil: Tourist’s forearm ripped off by shark

Shark attacks Brazilian scuba diver during Unesco marine preserve dive theguardian.com reported the 33-year-old man is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday after his forearm was ripped off while vacationing at Unesco site, Fernando de Noronha. A shark ripped off a Brazilian diver’s forearm as he swam off the tropical archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, […]

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Expat’s Audacious Move to Belize

qz.com reported…. Belize sat as a tiny nation of 350,000 people—roughly the population of Tampa, Florida—nestled on the Yucatán peninsula. “A thumb,” Christine said, laughing, “sticking it to the butt of the world.” As a former British colony, Belize was the only English-speaking nation in Latin America. It became sovereign in 1981, though it still […]

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Latin America: Ride Sharing Apps big business, stiff competition

latimes.com reported but competition is stiff here for the San Francisco-based company, which often trails homegrown alternatives that use established taxi fleets rather than private cars, such as the Brazil-based Easy Taxi, which claims to have the leading application in Latin America. On Tuesday, Easy Taxi announced it was merging with Tappsi, an app based […]

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten: Tourist dies while on diving trip

soualiganewsday.com reported…PHILIPSBURG – On Thursday December 24th at approximately 11.50 a.m. police were directed to Bobby’s Marina, where a female tourist who was visiting the island would be brought in from a diving trip and was not showing ant signs of life. On the scene the patrol learnt, that the victim was on a diving […]

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Rincón d’Olón Suites and Studios in Olón, Montañita Ecuador

Sponsored Post A wonderful place to stay in Olón (Montañita), Manglaralto Santa Elena (Guayas), Ecuador – Rincón d’Olón Welcome to Rincón d’Olón! We are happily accepting your reservations for 2016 & 2017! Green & pristine hillsides, white & sandy beaches, safety & relaxation, luxury & comfort; visit Olón!         Rincón d’Olón offers […]

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Guatemala: Every dreamed of sleeping in Che Guevara’s bed? Here is your chance, nine dollars

elpais.com reported the room of Che Guevara is small. No more than five square meters. No windows or air conditioning. A cot, small for the size of myth appearance, occupies the central space. Above is a loose mattress, a blanket of blue and white stripes, and a cushion ravaged by time. At that point, the […]

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Chile: Founder of North Face dies in kayaking accident

dailymail.co.uk reported millionaire North Face founder dies in kayaking accident: Doug Tompkins, 72, succumbs to hypothermia as waves flip his boat on lake deep in the Patagonian wilderness Douglas Tompkins died from severe hypothermia after his kayak capsized in General Carrerra Lake in the Patagonia region southern Chile He was boating with four or five […]

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Chile: Tourist from Belgium dies after falling into geyser while taking pictures

68 year old woman dies with 80% of her body burned. t13.cl reported (October 2015) death of 68 Belgian tourist during last Friday fell to a geyser in the Geysers, San Pedro de Atacama, according to Radio Cooperativa was confirmed. That day, the tourist identified as Guillaume Margaret, 68, suffered burns over 80% of their […]

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Hobotraveler.com blogger criticizes International Living, Retirement Travel Writer (video)

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U.S. tourist murdered in probable robbery attempt, Medellin Colombia

foxnews.com/ap (Sept 2015) reported an American tourist has been shot to death in Colombia during an apparent robbery attempt after leaving his hotel in a wealthy enclave of Medellin. Police say a 65-year-old New Yorker identified as John Mariani was assaulted Friday night when the taxi he was traveling was intercepted by gunmen in a […]

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Galapagos Islands: Number of visitors up five percent in first half of 2015

elmercurio.com.ec reported Tourism in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands grew by five percent in the first half of this year compared with the record of visits in the same period of 2014, it was reported. A report by the Galapagos National Park and the Tourism Observatory of the islands points out that between January and June this […]

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Mexico City International Airport: Boeing 737 crash landing

theguardian.com reported the landing gear collapsed on a Boeing 737 as it landed at Mexico City’s international airport, authorities have said. Emergency crews rushed to the runway after the plane’s left-side wheel strut apparently buckled as it touched down. The plane, operated by the Mexican airline Magnicharter. Read Article

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