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Christmas Traditions

For more than 2,000 years, Christians throughout the world annually have celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Today, Christmas still retains much of its religious symbolism (and some pre-Christian pagan rituals too) but also has evolved into a secular celebration for families and friends to catch up, spend time together and show one another how much we care. n Central and South America, where there are large populations of Roman Catholic residents, the active holiday season can linger for more than a month and often is marked my highly festive parades and...

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Firestarters

Central and South America, from Guatemala on down to Argentina, boast their fair share of popular volcanic hotspots with active erupting and active dormant giants capturing traveler’s imaginations and inspiring once-in-a-lifetime excursions to witness firsthand the raw power of Mother Nature. ...

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Amazon Lodges

Mystical, unique and larger than life, there are few places in the world as captivating as the Amazon. Covering more than 2 million square miles in South America and spanning nine countries, the Amazon tropical rainforest is the largest and most biodiverse of its kind in the world. In fact, it’s estimated that at least 10 percent of the world’s species can be found here, but perhaps as many as 30 percent. And, that’s just the rainforest!...

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Best Beaches

When filmmaker Bruce Brown followed fellow surfers around the world in The Endless Summer, nomadic surf culture was cemented as a carefree part of the American psyche. But, the seminal 1996 documentary certainly wasn’t the beginning of hanging ten. That honor goes back 200 more years to 1776— at least in documented form— and the “sport of kings.”...

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Stargazing

Astronomical tourism didn’t begin with the rise of sustainable journeys in the 1970s. In fact, stargazers have been traveling to view dark skies for centuries. Today, however, as the number of humans living in light polluted cities increases and the cost of powerful home telescopes declines, astronomical tourism has become its own freestanding travel segment quickly gaining popularity....

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