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Whether you’re exploring the Galápagos or visiting glaciers, South America is just the place to unplug from routine life. Consider staying at one of these lodges for a truly unforgettable nature experience.

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With the majority of the world’s people now dazzled by the urban glare, an age-old pursuit has again come into the spotlight: stargazing.

In the mid-19th century, Buenos Aires’s wealthiest families lived in San Telmo, south of downtown. But an 1870s yellow fever epidemic sent the well-to-do packing, their former digs repopulated by Spanish and Italian immigrants. The resulting cultural stew gave rise to tango and a robust street life. Walking San Telmo reveals how Argentina’s capital looks toward the future while holding on to its past.

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Ernesto Ghigna, My Shot

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The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups.

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Today’s I Heart My City guide to Santiago comes courtesy of Chile expert and guidebook author Kristina Schreck. Check out Kristina’s insider picks of the best places to eat, drink, shop, and play in the capital city. And for more Chile travel advice, you can catch Kristina in Washington, D.C., on November 1 when she…

Saludos from Colombia city-lovers! Today we check in with Florida native Matt Dickhaus who has been living and working in Medellín for the past two years. Here he shares his insider tips to his South American city. Medellín is My City The first place I take a visitor from out of town is Lleras Park…

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Low on price, high on adventure. Where to go scuba diving, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, or trekking in Colombia without breaking your backpacker budget. Plus, inexpensive ways to explore Colombia’s historic and cultural centers. [Off Track Planet] Best friends can make the worst travel mates. How to test the compatibility of your travel companion before…

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

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The Vatican officially kicks off a pilot program today that will allow visitors to tour the Basilica by iPod. The devices, which will be free to use, are part of an effort to reduce noise from chattering tour guides. [Fox News] Traveling through South America by bus is easy. Just ask our Digital Nomad. Here…

An Expat’s Valparaíso

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The Chilean port city of Valparaíso was a correct answer in this year’s big GeoBee competition and, back in 2009, it showed up twice in our November/December issue: We ranked it respectably in our annual Places Rated assessment and we wandered its hilly streets with writer Andrew Evans in the issue’s On Foot section. While…

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Discover 10 outdoor food markets in Paris to pick up some fruit and légumes for an afternoon picnic beneath the Eiffel Tower. [Got Saga] During your next airport layover or flight delay, skip the fast food and munch on gourmet cuisine. Frommer’s picks their favorite airport restaurants. [Frommer's] South America is often thought of as…

Most visitors to South America never think of visiting Guyana, the small nation bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname. But with the country’s population mostly clustered on the Atlantic coast, the interior is a pristine rain forest waiting to be explored. Wilderness Explorers’ “Amerindian Guyana” tour, one of Traveler’s 2011 Tours of a Lifetime, penetrates…

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On July 24, Peru’s Machu Picchu will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its rediscovery by Yale professor Hiram Bingham III. In honor of this milestone the Los Angeles Times is revealing 100 facts about the UNESCO World Heritage Site, one each day over the 100 days leading up to the anniversary. Today, they reveal number 19.…

Eco-Friendly Rio?

Jam-packed highways, crowded favelas [slums], and beaches crammed with tanned bodies– hardly the image of an eco-friendly environment. Ah, but Rio de Janeiro defies all expectations. This chaotic city is brimming with verdant green spaces and networked with myriad pedestrian paths. Jungle Jaunts Just minutes from Rio’s urban sprawl, Leslie, my guide from Crux Ecoaventura,…

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It’s summertime in Chile, which means vineyards are gearing up for a busy harvest season. The ripe, plump grapes are ready for picking, and wineries welcome travelers to roll up their sleeves and help with the process. Although the popular and obvious choice of activity when visiting a winery is typically grape-centric, Chilean vineyards offer a host of other experiences that go beyond the vine.

Traveler staffer Giovanna Palatucci writes about her trip to Chile, where she quickly discovered there’s more to this South American country than the dry Atacama Desert to the north and the snowy peaks of Patagonia to the south. This is the first post about her trip. When I stepped off the plane in Santiago, not…

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Gaby Varela explores the fine art of bullfighting in Peru, and speaks with a torero about dancing in and out of the ring. The band sounded a valiant note calling spectators to their seats for the opening procession of the last bullfight of the season at Plaza de Toros de Acho in Lima, Peru, the…

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Archaeology Magazine has just released their list of the top ten discoveries in 2010. Among the findings was a room under the El Diablo pyramid in Maya city of El Zotz in Guatemala. The room had been partially damaged by looters, but researchers dug deeper and discovered a “bizarre cache” of severed fingers and other…

Places Rated: Cartagena

The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re going to highlight some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Colombia:…

Places Rated: Chile’s Gorgeous Fjords

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The November/December issue of Traveler features our annual “Places Rated” survey of destination stewardship, and this year 340 expert panelists rated 99 coastal destinations around the world. Here on the blog, we’re highlighting some of these coastal destinations and are interested in adding your feedback to the mix. What do you think? Chile: Chilean Fjords…

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Senior editor Norie Quintos, who edits the annual Tours of a Lifetime package in the magazine, recently returned from a trip to the Galapagos and mainland Ecuador with her teen sons. This is the last of a four-part series. Click to read the first, second, and third posts. A confession: Travel editors don’t always plan…