Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Argentinian Tourist Raped After Visiting Daughters

Globo reported on September 3, 2013 that a 55-year old Argentinian tourist was raped in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro after visiting her daughters. Police located the suspect, a 31-year old man, after descriptions were given of the vehicle used. The victim was hospitalized after being found disoriented and with injuries. Read Article

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Violence Increases in Tourist Areas of City

Terra reported on September 1, 2013 that tourist areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro have showed an increase in violence due to the theft. The Public Security Institute reported the areas of Santa Teresa and Lapa to show a recorded high index of robberies. However, these areas are not on the top of […]

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Brazilian Companion of Glenn Greenwald Detained at London Airport

Globo reported on August 19, 2013 that Brazilian man David Miranda was arrested on anti-terrorist laws on Sunday (18) by Scotland Yard officers at the Hearthrow Airport in London after being interrogated by officials for 9 hours. Miranda was attempting to return back to Rio de Janeiro as he is the companion of Glenn Greenwald; […]

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Spanish Companies Invest in Hotels in Brazil to Support Domestic Tourism

On July 2, 2013, Globo reported that Spanish companies will invest in the hotel industry in Brazil as a means to increase domestic tourism rather than international tourism for the two upcoming world events in the upcoming years. The Brazilian government wants to increase foreign tourists to 8 million by 2016 as last year; Brazil […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Colombian Drug Lord Detained at Airport for False Documentation

correio24horas.com.br reported on June 3, 2013 that the Federal Police this past Friday evening, arrested Colombian drug lord John Freddy Manco Torres, known as “El Indio”, at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão) in Rio de Janeiro. “El Indio” was arrested due to the use of a false Spanish passport. He was wanted in […]

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Porto Velho, Brazil: Portuguese Travelers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

rondoniadinamica.com reported on May 30, 2013, that on Tuesday (28) the Federal Police arrested two Portuguese travelers at the Porto Velho airport for smuggling 4 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride strapped to their bodies. The couple traveled to Rondônia to purchase cocaine in Bolivia to sell in Vigo, Spain. Read Article

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Brazil: High Prices Drive Brazilian Tourists to Travel Abroad

Globo reported on May 20, 2013 that numbers show Brazilian tourists spending more money abroad then in Brazil. Their spending is three times higher than that of foreign visitors in Brazil. Over the past five years, costs by visitors in Brazil increased by 15%, however costs for Brazilian tourists overseas more than doubled. Although there […]

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Brazil Eases Work Visa Application To Attract Foreigners

On May 20, 2013, Globo reported that due to the complicated procedure for foreigners to obtain a work visa in Brazil, the government reduced the number of required documents from fifteen to three; forms that can be filled out and sent over the internet. In addition, work visas; which originally took up to three months […]

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Ecuador: Family from Chicago living near Bahia de Caraquez, victims of home invasion – assault

On October 7, 2012, at 12:30 am, an expatriate couple from Chicago, Illinois and their thirteen-year-old daughter were asleep. In their newly constructed home, at a development outside of San Vicente Ecuador called “Palmas de Briceno”, three assailants broke into the residence through a window. Two of criminals were armed with handguns, and the third […]

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Mexico’s IMSS urges precautions due to hot weather, rains to combat spread of malaria

Specialists of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) are calling on the population in this hot weather and rains take precautions to prevent the spread of malaria infection that may jeopardize the lives of the sick person. According to a press release, malaria, epidemiologist Joel Navarrete said Espinosa, Medical Programs Coordinator of the Coordination of […]

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Peru: Russian and Dutch Tourists Robbed in Downtown Lima

According to  rpp.com, during broad daylight in  downtown Lima, Dutch tourist, Denis Poma and his wife, Peruvian Maria Mayta while at an intersection were assaulted by a group of thieves who took their money and personal affects including credit cards. While in an intersection in Surco, Russian visitor Aleksander Morozov boarded a taxi to his […]

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Baños, Ecuador: Kayaking Guides Find Body of German Tourist in Pastaza River

According to ElUniverso.com a group of 20 tourists on a kayaking trip with the Adventure Ecuadorland agency found the body of the German tourist, Jonathan Simon, 21 who was carried away by the Pastaza River while trying to cross the dangerous waters near the waterfall El Pailon del Diablo. The three guides of the group […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: More Deaths Due to Altered Alcohol

ElComercio.com reports six people from the Cuencan parishes of Octavio Cordero, Banos and Victoria del Portete have died during the weekend and today, Monday August 15th from what officials believe is ingesting altered alcohol. Officials say the alcohol was purchased in Cuenca. Four of the deceased are from the same family and are believed to […]

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Ecuadorian Police Investigate 2 Networks of Crime Organizations

According to ElComercio.com the arrest of Dan D., a foreigner ten days ago, is an important break in bringing down an international crime organization involved in drug and weapons trafficking. Ecuadorian police say this man along with two accomplices who were also arrested, are important players in a crime network that carries out many illegal […]

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Ecuadorian Navy Finds Eight Tourists Missing At Sea

According to ElComercio.com the Ecuadorian Navy Coast Guard Directorate of Esmeraldas found eight tourists who remained missing at sea since Sunday, August 14th. Officials say the navy found the tourist group at 8 a.m. today. The group departed from Atacames at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for a whale watching tour in a fiberglass boat. Officials […]

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Ecuadorian Coastal Alert Lowers to Yellow From Orange

According to ElComercio.com the Committee of Operations of National Emergencies (COEN) has changed the Ecuadorian costal alerts from orange to yellow. The new alert allows tourists on the coast to enter the ocean staying within the marked buoy zones and allows tourist boats to travel 4 miles from the port. However, authorities say the ban […]

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U.S. Embassy Issues Travel Warning for Citizens in Bogotá, Colombia

•The United States Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia has issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens. •Elespectador.com reports that in specific zones such as the Zona Rosa and the Zona T as well as the Parque de la 93, citizens run the risk of violent crimes. •Members of the U.S. embassy have been drugged with scopolamine […]

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Lamas, Peru: French Tourist Dies from Consuming Ayahuasca Herb

According to Peru21.pe the Lamas police announced that a French tourist, Celine Rene Margarite Briset, 43, died after consuming the hallucinogenic herb, ayahuasca, during a shamanism session at a tourist resort in San Martin in the province of Lamas. Authorities say Briset died due to excessive consumption of the herb, suffering a cardiac arrest, dying […]

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Ecuador: Official Rule, Foreigners Requesting Residence Must Present Criminal Record

According to Vistazo.com the Ecuadorian Interior Ministry has presented a resolution stating foreigners, over 18 years old, obtaining visas of residence in Ecuador must submit a record of criminal history in the country where they resided for the past 5 years. This announcement came on August 2nd in the Official Register N. 504. To obtain […]

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Peruvian Tourist Disappears While Climbing Snow Capped Pariacaca Mountain

Americatv.com.pe reports that Victor Raul Serruti, 79 years old disappeared while climbing the snow capped mountain of Pariacaca in Huancayo. Authorities say Serruti was climbing the mountain with a group of people, who returned to the town of Pachacayo to report his disappearance when they lost contact with him. An emergency rescue unit traveled to […]

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Peruvian Figures Show 27 Tourists Die Due to Cold, Snow Conditions

According to Peru21.pe from 2010 until the present 27 tourists have died and 21 have been wounded in Peru when participating in alpine activities in mountainous areas. The chief of the Rescue Unit of the High Mountain Division of National Police, Marco Carrera Torres says the most resent cases in 2011 were that of the […]

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Tumbes, Peru: Colombian Tourists Accuse Moto-Taxi Divers of Stealing, Brawl Occurs

According to RPP.com.pe twenty Colombian tourists confronted a group of ‘mototaxistas’ who they accused of purse robbery after hiring their transportation services. Police say a brawl began in the intersection of Piura Ave. and Huascar Street in the city of Tumbes. A Colombian, Julio Jaramillo was injured during the brawl, suffering from two knife wounds […]

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Colca Valley, Peru: Belgian Tourist Injured After Ravine Fall

According to RPP.com.pe a Belgian tourist, Carl Carpentier was transferred to the Honorio Delgado Espinoza Hospital in Arequipa after falling into a ravine in the Coca Valley in the Caylloma province. Officials say Carpentier arrived in the Colca Valley yesterday, Monday August 1st, and was on his way to Arequipa when he fell into a […]

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Santa Maria, Peru: Young Brazilian Drowned In Peruvian Ocean

According to Peru21.pe a Brazilian seminarian, Joao Carlos Junior, 17 years old drowned in ocean off Santa Maria beach this past Friday, July 29th. Junior was part of a group of seminaries from the Order of the Sodality of Apostolic Life who were vacationing in Peru and planning to go to Cusco. Peruvian police say […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Cool, Cloudy Weekend

ElComercio.com reports that this past weekend the Ecuadorian coast has experienced cloudy skies and a drop in temperatures, which is supposed to end today, Monday August 1st. The Naval Oceanographic Institute (Inocar) says the coast will experience wave forces at 12 nautical miles. Authorities say the cantons of Puerto Bolivar, La Libertad and the Galapagos […]

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Ecuador: Pan-American Highway Transit Resumed Between Ibarra and Tulcan

According to ElComercio.com transit was blocked on the Pan-American Highway between the towns of Ibarra and Tulcan, a sector called Chota Valley, at 7 a.m. this morning, Monday August 1st. El Comercio reports that resident of the Afro-Ecuadorian community of Tumbatu blocked the highway with tree branches that contained thorns to protest the governments unfulfilled […]

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Peru: ‘Safe Passage’ Safety Plan Launched for Upcoming Independence Day

According to Peru21.pe the Superintendent of Ground Transportation of Persons, Cargo and Merchants (Sutran) launched the operation plan “Safe Travels for National Independence Festivities 2011” today, Tuesday, July 26th to prevent traffic accidents during the long Independence Day celebrations. Officials say principle supervision and control will be at major bus terminals and highways in Peru. […]

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Machu Picchu, Peru: 400 More Tourists Able to Enter Per Day

According to DiarioCorreo.pe after tourists were outraged about the restricted entry into Machu Picchu, officials of the Regional Directorate of Culture in Cusco have decided to allow 400 more tourists to enter the site per day through a new access route. As of Monday, July 25th the limit of visitors to Machu Picchu was raised […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Assaults at Traffic Lights Worsen

According to ElComercio.com in Guayaquil robbers are more likely to target women traveling alone for traffic light robberies. The Prosecutor’s office in Guayaquil say robbers frequent congested urban streets and conceal themselves among the trading stands in the median. Guayas officials caution people traveling on the avenues of America, Quito, and Juan Tanca Marengo, especially […]

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Azuay and Tungurahua, Ecuador: More Deaths Due To Altered Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com, authorities in Azuay and Tungurahua provinces confirmed the death of four people from methanol in alcohol on Monday July 25th. Officials say this bring the total methanol-alcohol related deaths to 32. Health officials in Los Rios say they have recorded 20 deaths due to alcohol containing methanol. Cuencan health officials’ say three […]

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Lima, Peru: Looters Attack Journalists Working on RIA Novosti Project

According to Sp.Rian.ru three people robbed a group of female journalists arriving in Lima to work on the project RIA Novosti Expedition, as they were traveling to their hotel. The journalists say at an intersection a man walked toward their car and broke the window, pulling a passenger and the passenger’s belongings toward him. Then, […]

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Ibarra, Ecuador: Passengers of Bus Traveling Quito – Ibarra Assaulted

According to ElNorte.ec, passengers of the transportation cooperative, Aerotaxi were assaulted on the route from Quito to Ibarra, Thursday July 21st. Passengers say that four people, who boarded the bus in Calderon, did not look like criminals. However, passengers say that on the route between Tabacundo-Cajas, the four people took out weapons and began their […]

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Otavalo, Ecuador: 10,000 Tourists Arrive in July

According to ElNorte.ec tourism in Otavalo has increase significantly in the month of July, where authorities say about 10,000 tourists have made their way to the Plaza de Ponchos and other popular tourist sites in Otavalo. Officials say in previous years the tourist season picked up in August, but this year July seems to have […]

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Peru: Tourists Who Haven’t Purchased Online Tickets Cannot Enter Machu Picchu

According to RPP.com.pe the Regional Director of Culture, Juan Julio Garcia Rivas says the availability of tickets is not their responsibility and that all ticket sales for Machu Picchu have to be made online or through an authorized ticket agency. Rivas says tourists that were not able to enter Machu Picchu in the last couple […]

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VIDEO: Juliaca Peru, Confrontation Between Police and Protesters

According to ElComercio.pe on Friday June 24th there was a confrontation between the National Police and residents of Azangaro at the Manaco Capac Airport. Officials say the confrontation left 5 dead and 10 wounded. The protester tried to overtake the airport’s control tower while police headed them off with guns, shields and tear gas. At […]

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Santa Domingo, Ecuador: Found Methanol Contaminated Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com the Provincial Health Department in Santa Domingo has confirmed that one of the four samples sent to the National Institute of Hygiene, Izquieta Perez, in Quito, has tested positive for methanol. The provincial director says the alcohol was from Alluriquin and that officials have been notified in order to proceed with investigations. […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Dead from Methanol Poisoning in Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com the Department of Health in Azuay confirmed the second death related to the poisoning of industrial alcohol. The Department also says that there are another two suspicious cases of alcohol poisoning being investigated. Officials say an autopsy of a resident of Cuenca has been completed and fluid tests found the presence of […]

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Arequipa, Peru: Blocked Road, Strike in Arcata

RPP.com.pe reports residents of Arcata, in the Cayarani District of the Condesuyos province, who have been on strike for 72 hours, just blocked the entrance of the road to the area. Residential officials say they are protesting the pollution from the mining company of Ares S.A.C. and the failure to implement promised projects that would […]

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Colombian Minister of Commerce Feels U.S. Travel Warning Won’t Affect Colombian Tourism

•Colombian Minister of Commerce, Serio Díaz-Granados, does not feel that the U.S. travel warning to Colombia will affect Colombian tourism. •Díaz-Granados states that this is not recent affair and that the warning comes from the few regions in which there is still public disorder per rcnradio.com. •Although he admits that the warning limits growth in […]

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Dominican Republic, Dead American Tourist found in Boca Chica

A North American tourist, later identified as Larry Keith Zimmerman, was found dead in his hotel room in the tourist area of Boca Chica according to Dominicanshoy.com. Zimmerman was last seen Monday the 18th, until employees found him in his room two days later. An investigation has launched to determine whether the incident was a […]

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El Salvador, the lush tourist destination Atecozol

“The Birtplace of the Water God”, as translated by its Nahuatl name, Atecozol is a growing tourist destination in El Salvador informed De Vacaciones. With 24 acres of land, Atecozol maintains a balance between its water park and forest preserve. Last year more than 222 thousand visited, and the park is sure to remain an […]

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Ecuador: Alcohol Prohibition Continues for 72 Hours in Los Rios

According to ElComercio.com the Ecuadorian government is extending the ‘Dry Law’ in the province of Los Rios. Officials say the law will be extended for an additional 72 hours, until Saturday, in the province where 20 people have died from altered liquor. Health authorities in Guayas province confirmed that another fatality occurred in the province […]

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Ecuador: 25 People Dead From Altered Alcohol

ElUniverso.com reports the Minister of Public Health announced on Tuesday, July 19th 25 people are dead from drinking altered alcohol, containing methanol in Ecuador. The vice-Minister of Health says the one of the latest deaths occurred in Milagro. He adds that blood tests are being administered to determine the amount of methanol in each person. […]

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Machu Picchu: Tourists Upset With New Restriction 2,500 Visitors Per Day

According to Peru21.pe tourists are upset about the possible closure and new limitation of 2,500 visitors per day for the Incan site of Machu Picchu. The Regional Directorate of Culture in Cusco announced the number of visitors allowed into Machu Picchu is restricted to 2,500 per day. Officials say more than 300 tourists expressed anger […]

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Ecuador’s Vice-Minister of Security, Criminal Background Checks for Permanent Visas

ElComercio.com reports the Ecuadorian vice-Minister of Security, Xavier Berrezueta announced this morning, Wednesday July 20th that foreigners applying for Ecuador’s permanent visas will have to undergo criminal background checks. The vice-Minister says the new rule began today, as well as revisions of current visas. Also, Berrezueta announced foreigners marrying in Ecuador would need to stay […]

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Alleged tour guides in Leon, Guanajuato scam tourist

A tourist from Sinaloa was visiting Leon, Guanajuato for the first time when she was assaulted by scam artists who were posing as tour guides near a bus station reported Correo. The victim explained that the presumed tour guides convinced her to board their black van by offering a list of services and a tour […]

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Lonquimay, Chile affected by large amounts of snowfall

ONEMI, the National Emergency Office, reported an early warning alert for the storm system in the region of Biobío as well as various Red and Yellow alerts in multiple communes around the area in Chile according to Terra. In the Biobío region, Route Q-90 remains blocked off due to landslides, however many ports and the […]

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Guatemala, August festivities hope to increase tourism

Committees of self-management tourism (CAT), optimistically wait for a boost in tourism this fall to meet expectations of the Guatemalan Institute of tourism (Inguat), inform PrensaLibre.com. Inguat is expecting around 35 thousand Salvadorians for the Savior of the World festivities, which prompted the preparation of several promotions. CAT hopes that the sudden increase in tourism […]

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Ecuador: Health Officials Offer Two Hypotheses for Alcohol Contamination

According to ElUniverso.com the meeting of Ecuadorian heath officials over the past weekend ended with two hypotheses concerning the altered alcohol that has cause 24 deaths in Ecuador. The first hypothesis is that the person who is responsible for making the alcohol is badly educated on how alcohol is made. The second is that the […]

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Ecuador: Wine Company Closed in Tungurahua Due to Methanol Contamination

According to ElComercio.com the Police Commissioner of Tungurahua, Ivan Rios, confirmed that a wine company was closed after primary analysis confirmed that the alcohol contained methanol. The closure comes after the wife of a contaminated alcohol victim confirmed that her husband had fallen ill after consuming wine from this establishment. In a Twitter message, the […]

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Peruvian Ashaninka Indian Confesses To The Murder of Two Polish Tourists

According to ElComercio.pe Roger Mauricio Ruiz, a native Ashaninka Indian, told police that he shot the two Polish tourists found murdered in the Ucayali River this past May. Ruiz says he wanted to steal their belongings, so he and his nephew, Freddy Ruiz Garcia shot the two tourists, Jawoslaw Franckiewicz and Celima Moroz as they […]

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Drug Violence in Guerrero, Mexico leaves 953 dead

The gang wars and drug violence has left a toll of 953 dead in Guerrero, Mexico during the first half of the year reported Proceso.com. The amount of violence has also increased in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Taxco, both of which are tourist destination. Acapulco also was affected by this wave of violence with 18 reported executions […]

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Argentina, Thefts reported against tourists from Chile and Ecuador

Delinquents and thieves have recently targeted tourists from both Chile and Ecuador in their visits to Mexico reported diariouno.com.ar. A Chilean suitcase was stolen, which held his passport and credit cards, while a wallet was stolen from an Ecuadorian. Another incident resulted in an arrest after an assailant kicked a Chilean driver’s rear-view mirror. Read […]

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Best child-friendly winter activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

No matter where you’re traveling to Buenos Aires from, if you’re traveling with kids be sure to check out lanacion.com’s recommendations for the best winter-friendly family entertainment in the city. You can go see the stars of Cantando con Adriana or the children’s singing sensation Topa and Muni at the Metropolitan Theater on Corrientes for […]

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Cusco, Peru: Associations Aim to Protect Reputation of Pisco Sour

ElComercio.pe reports that many Peruvian restaurants are offering free pisco sours in order to attract customers. However, these piscos are causing the reputation of Peru’s national drink to suffer since they are usually made with the pisco alcohol and use poor quality ingredients. In Cusco, where the drinks reputation is suffering, the Regulatory Council of […]

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Peru: Fog No Longer Obstacle for Airlines Nationwide

ElComercio.pe reports that the new Peruvian Traffic Control Center of Air Traffic will monitor more than 80% of the Peruvian sky, even during bad weather. Officials say that the traffic control center received new equipment, the AIRCON 2100 that will allow air traffic controllers to monitor Peruvian sky under any condition. On Tuesday July 12th […]

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Peru, thefts down against tourists at Lima’s international airport

The Ministry of Interior stated that in the past two years the rate of thefts against tourists has decreased almost 50% at Jorge Chavez International Airport, reported Peru21.pe. Statistics from the Department of Tourism and Environmental Protection (Dirtupramb) also show that the number of reported cases has also reduced. Their joint efforts with the National […]

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Bus accident in Corrientes, Argentina leaves 25 injured

Twenty-five people were injured when a double-decker bus overturned early this morning while traveling through Corrientes on Rt. 12, according to infobae.com. The bus was traveling from Goya to Posadas and the accident occurred 5 miles from the Corrientes, Missiones border. Seven of the injured are in critical condition. Read Article

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Two Dutch Tourists Victims of Express Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

According to ElUniverso.com two females from the Netherlands were victims of an express kidnapping and rape on Friday July 8th. The Judicial Police of Guayas say that the two victims reported the incident to police with the help of Galo Leon, the director of the hotel where the tourists are staying. The women say that […]

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French Paraglider’s Body to Be Repatriated

ElComercio.pe reports that the body of French tourist Xavier Murillo, 55 was transported to Lima on Sunday July 10th to be sent back to France. Murillo disappeared while paragliding over Huascaran at around 5,500 meters in the Caraz Valley. Officials say that Murillo had come to Peru to participate in the activities of la Semana […]

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Ecuadorian Coast Guard Rescues Yacht of Foreigners Off Galapagos

According to Dirnea.org the Ecuadorian Coast Guard rescued a yacht, Y/P Albany (TN-01-00271) with 24 tourists, including 4 children, today, July 8th, near the Galapagos Islands. The National Maritime Authorities announced that foreigners from the United States, France, Germany, and citizens of Ecuador were passengers of the yacht. Officials say the yacht ran out of […]

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Lima, Peru: Report of Thefts, Robberies, Assaults on Foreigners

Peru21.pe reports that the Peruvian Department of Tourism and Environmental Protections announced that the total number of assaults and robberies of foreigners amounts to 133 cases, which is a decrease from previous years. This report includes 79 thefts, 43 robberies, and 11 assaults in the districts of Lima and Callao. Police say they have identified […]

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Trujillo, Peru: Tourism Police Begin Courses in English

According to LaIndustria.pe the director of the Division of Tourism and Environmental Protection, Edwin Jorge Gutierrez informed journalists of the La Industria newspaper that 18 branches of this department have begun English courses. This new training began after the Division received many complaints from tourists who said that the officers could not understand them, reports […]

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Manta, Ecuador: Ordnance Approved, Motorcycles for One-Person Travel

According to Ecuadorinmediato.com today July 7th the Manton Canon Council in the Manabi province approved an ordnance that regulates motorcycle transportation to only one rider. Officials say that this is another crucial step in reducing crime rates in Manta. Jaime Estrada, the Mayor of Manta says that the law is effective beginning today. Estrada adds […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Santa Barbara Airline Passengers No Luggage for A Week

According to Ecuadorinmediato.com about 250 passengers flying from Madrid, Spain to Quito, Ecuador have not received their luggage in a week after landing in Quito. Santa Barbra Airline is a Venezuelan owned company and some passengers say that their luggage disappeared during a flight stop in Caracas. Passengers add that the airline is not respecting […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Five Gangs of Robbers Active on Trolley Buses, Ecovia

According to ElComercio.com police have identified at least five groups of robbers who are committing crimes on the transport systems of the Trolley, Ecovia and Metrovia in Quito. Police have termed the gangs, ‘decuideros’ since the members take advantage of users’ neglect and the tightly packed spaces on these transportation systems. Officials say that the […]

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IRS Closed Marriott Hotel in Quito, Ecuador

ElComercio.com reports that the Ecuadorian IRS has closed the Marriot Hotel in Quito since hotel officials did not provide information required by the IRS. Officials say that closure signs will be present for seven days. However, since the incident involves a hotel the IRS will respect the guests that are residing in the building. Officials […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Suspect Leaving Country With $132,600 Freed by Judge

According to ElComercio.com this morning, July 6th, a criminal court judge freed the foreigner who tried to leave Ecuador with $132,600 yesterday afternoon. Abel M, 23 years old, was arrested by narcotics agents yesterday, trying to leave the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito. Abel was arrested while waiting for a 2 p.m. international flight […]

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Mexico City Department of Tourism Campaigns for Second Airport

The Mexico City Department of Tourism met with the Department of Communication and Transportation to request the construction of a new airport in the country’s capital or to at least add two new runways to the existing airport, El Universal reports. The Department of Tourism says there is increasing interest from airlines wishing to add […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Teleferico Complex Left With 7 Businesses, Had 80

According to ElComercio.com the Teleferico Complex opened in May 2005 with 80 business including restaurants, fast food chains, ice cream parlors, souvenir shops, a nightclub and an amusement park. However, in 2011 the complex is left with seven open businesses. Juan Pablo Hidalgo, marketing manager for Vulcano Park and Prostatus Company says that food marketing […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Drugs Sold in 16 Sites of Historic Center

According to ElComercio.com at least 16 areas in the Historic Center in Quito are being overrun with alkaloid micro trafficking. The Metropolitan Secretary of Security says that the problem is increasing due to the presence of crime and instability in Quito. Furthermore, the Antinarcotics Division of Pichincha has identified 76 selling points of these drugs […]

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Cusco, Peru: Flights Resume at Airport, Some Delayed or Canceled

RPP.com.pe reports that today, July 1st flights resumed at the Alejandro Velasco Astete airport in Cusco as the rains stopped and weather conditions improved. Officials say that three Lan Peru flights landed with difficulty at the airport this morning during heavy rain. Peruvian Airlines cancelled their flights to Cusco today, while Star Peru and Taca […]

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Peruvian Central Reserve Bank Releases New 10 and 20 Sole Bills

According to Gestion.pe the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) today, Thursday June 30th, introduced new 10 and 20 soles into the Peruvian money circulation. These new banknotes feature designs that increase money security and prevent counterfeiting, say BCR officials. The new 10 sole has the face of Jose Abelardo Quinonez on the front and the image […]

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Argentina, Stray horses cause fatal accidents

After the second accident involving stray horses in the road in two days, the owner of the animals has stepped up, according to unoentrerios.com.ar. A man was killed in an accident early yesterday morning after his car hit a stray horse on Route 14 near Pedernal, Entre Ríos. Three other people in the car were […]

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Argentina, launch “Mendoza, nothing higher” tourism campaign ad

The Department of Tourism in Mendoza has launched a new campaign ad featuring the slogan “Mendoza, nothing higher,” referring to the Aconcagua mountain located in the province which has the highest peak in the Americas, according to diariouno.com. The new slogan will be used for the first time on July 11 during the Copa America […]

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Argentina, Dine for 50 pesos or less at 15 Buenos Aires restaurants

Reporters from conexionbrando.com find 15 restaurants in Buenos Aires Federal Capital where you can eat for less than 50 pesos. Ranging from cafe classics like coffee with milk accompanied by a warm croissant at Le Blé in Chacarita to jazzed up French cuisine at Le Bistrot de la Alianza Francesa downtown. Or try a more […]

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Project to repair traffic lights in Asunción Paraguay

Old, broken and faulty traffic lights in the capital city of Asunción are the cause of accidents for hundreds of motorists, according to abc.com.py. Of the 180 traffic light intersections in the city, 56 of those are more than 30 years old. At some intersections the lights just don’t work, and it is left to […]

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Young Argentine detained in Spanish airport

18-year-old Argentine citizen, Jorge Luis Parsisi, has been detained in Baragas International Airport in Madrid for the past 2 days. Parsisi had just arrived in Spain at the time of his arrest and has a valid passport and a return ticket to Buenos Aires for June 13, but was detained at the airport because he […]

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Number of Americans living in Argentina on the rise

North Americans, mainly from the United States, are flocking to South America, especially Argentina, in search of better health care and a better economy.  Economic life in the United States has been difficult these past few years, and many have found life easier in Argentina. Some are drawn to the country because of the culture […]

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Argentina, Gay tourism 17.8% in 2010

According to a report by the Instituto de Promoción Turística de Argentina, the country had 5 million tourists in 2010, 17.8% of which were members of the homosexual community, per finanzas.com. This data has triggered a signed agreement between the Instituto and the Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Ccglar) to transform the country into a […]

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