Category: Issue 4: Summer 2016


This issue is themed “Latin America & the Caribbean.” In this issue we will travel to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean; through Mexico’s Riviera Maya and on to the southern tip of Baja California. In Central America we will visit Ambergris Caye, Belize and the The Mayan ruins at Copan, Honduras. Then to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands; Peru’s Amazon river; Salvador, Brazil; and down to Argentina’s wine country and to Patagonia. I hope you enjoy the journey and please let us know what you think about our magazine.

Cheers, John Lamkin, Executive Editor

Galapagos 3 Ways – Up, Down and All Around: Unique Species Inhabit the Air, Land and Water

The distribution of tenants of this archipelago would not be nearly so wonderful, if for instance, one island has a mocking-thrush and a second island some other quite distinct species… But it is the circumstance that several of the islands possess their own species of tortoise, mocking-thrush, finches, and numerous plants, these species having the same general habits, occupying analogous situations, and obviously filling the same place in the natural economy of this archipelago, that strikes me with wonder. — Charles Darwin

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Taking Refuge in Patagonia

I lie on my bed. There is still commotion outside my door. Though, inside the four-bunk room, it is mostly silent. The others are asleep, but some occasional snoring punctuates the quiet. It is not too bad, and I have earplugs, just in case. The refugios are hostel-like accommodations in Patagonia National Park in Chile’s Aysen Region.

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An Odyssey in the Tropical Sun: Ambergris Caye, Belize

Ambergris Caye (pronounced key) is one of the beautiful, tropical Caribbean islands off the coast of Belize, Central America. The official language of the country is English, and the currency is fixed to the U.S. Dollar at two to one, making it easy for the English-speaking tourist.

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Android and iOS Applications to Ease Your Travel Experience

Planning a travel excursion, while very exciting, may sometimes be a bit overwhelming and darn right confusing. Now, if you’re at all like me, you’ve planned travel without relying on technology. However, I have recently learned, traveling without technological assistance is not the easiest or most efficient way to go. My “old school” thinking has been renewed to review applications that may assist with making travel life simpler.

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Exploring Playa del Amor, Cabo San Lucas

Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), is a lovely escape that is just a boat ride away from Cabo San Lucas’ main beach, Playa Médano. We visited Cabo San Lucas in January last year, and while one might hesitate to think of the beach at this time of year, the welcoming warm climate in Cabo produces sunshine with an average high of 75-80°during the day.

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