The Treasure Chest of Colombia

When I first visited eight years ago, Colombia stole my heart. It has since beckoned my return, and in April of 2018 I was fortunate to make my way back. It is still relatively new to tourism as it continues to recover from a violent past stemming from political unrest and drug trafficking in the Read more…

Crossing Bolivia

I have loved South America since my first visit in 2001. Over the past 17 years, I have explored the continent in depth, from Colombia down through Chile on the western side, and from Argentina back up to Brazil on the eastern. Somehow in all those years and dozens of trips, I never made it Read more…

Sharing a love for the Galápagos

The Galápagos Islands have held a special place in my heart since my first visit in 2001. I have built my career around my love for the Galápagos and a handful of other destinations in Latin America, and was even married on the powdery sands of Tortuga Bay on the island of Santa Cruz. Twelve Read more…

Weaving Together a Vibrant Itinerary in Peru

Meander the streets of Peru’s highland villages and you’re apt to find Peruvian women weaving intricate patterns into vivid textiles. These famous hand-spun blankets and articles of clothing employ wool from Andean alpacas, boast a rainbow of vibrant colors from dyes found in nature and are the result of production techniques dating back 10,000 years Read more…

Hiking up Machu Picchu Mountain

I recently returned home from an 11-day adventure in Peru. Each time I travel, the highlights seem to involve nature, hiking or wildlife experiences. This trip was no different. Peru is a stunningly beautiful country with colorful rolling mountains in the highlands, ancient Incan ruins, friendly people, incredible wildlife experiences in the Amazon, brightly woven Read more…

A Fresh Look at Patagonia

After 35 trips on safari in Africa, Travel Beyond owner Craig Beal surrendered his passport to our South America experts Jennifer Gillmore and Jenny Mikkelson, who eagerly designed an itinerary for Craig to Chile and Argentina. One of the many highlights of Craig’s fall 2014 trip was a visit to breathtaking Patagonia, where he toured Read more…