Off the Beaten Track Peru

There are places in this world that speak to us like no other; that call us back time and again and hold a piece of our hearts each time we leave. For me, Peru is one of those places. Since my first visit in 2001, I have come to love this country with its warm Read more…

Galapagos Islands: A Marine Safari

What better place to experience marine life than the Galapagos Islands? I’ve seen amazing land animals while on an African safari, so I could not wait to explore what lived below the surface of these islands’ waters. I have only snorkeled once prior, so I was a little nervous about doing so two to three Read more…

Exploring Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park

Coming in second doesn’t always have to be a disappointment; as is the case with Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. The second largest ice field in the world behind Antarctica, it stands in a class of its own. There are over 200 glaciers in the park, including some of the more notable ones like Read more…

Consider a Culinary Experience when Planning your Next Trip

No matter what country you visit, you can be assured its culture is inextricably linked to its food. So, if your travel goals include seeking authentic cultural experiences that are personally meaningful, then consider adding a culinary experience to your next itinerary. While you will delight in exotic tastes and smells that represent each new Read more…

A Peruvian Adventure

Most people have an image of Machu Picchu in their mind’s eye when they think of Peru, but this vast country has much more to offer than its most iconic site. In April 2019, my younger sister and I embarked on a trip we had always dreamed of taking together. We set out on a Read more…

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…

Ecuador: Land of Diverse Beauty

The old adage ‘great things come in small packages’ has never been more appropriate than when describing the South American country of Ecuador. Compared to its closest neighbors, Ecuador is modest in size, but a peek inside this gem will show you it proudly boasts some of the world’s most incredible natural beauty and a Read more…

Off the Beaten Path in Peru

As the most famous site in Peru, Machu Picchu draws travelers with its mystical presence, ancient charm and scenic beauty. This “must-see” location is the focus of most trips to Peru, but many travelers also want to experience Peruvian highlights that are off the beaten path-or beaten Inca Trail in this case! Below, we highlight 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…

Jennifer Gillmore Featured in The New York Times!

Travel Beyond’s product manager for South America, Jennifer Gillmore, was recently featured in an article in The New York Times entitled “A Luxury Vacation in Brazil for Less”. In the article, Jennifer shared her recommended ways to visit Rio, which destinations are great for budget-focused travelers, how to eat like a local and more. Read Read more…