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Completing the four-day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu was like everything, and like nothing, that I thought it would be. I read about the journey, attended the orientation, and talked to several people before setting off for the trek. During that process I received a lot of conflicting information. None of this detracted from …

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Feijoada is arguably Brazil’s national dish, a lofty position for what is basically bean and pork stew. What’s important about having a good feijoada is less about the dish itself and more about everything that surrounds it. When you eat feijoada you are headed to a party. It’s a social occasion with lots of food …

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You definitely won’t be at a loss for things to eat in Peru. The country is a widely recognized foodie destination. Before arriving in Peru, we had traveled around South America and found that in many places the food can be described as uninspired – even a little bland. So we hoped that we would …

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Have you ever eaten in a Brazilian steakhouse (referred to as a Churrascaria in Brazil)? I’ve been to several and there are a few typical features. I thought I understood what they were all about until I went to one in Brazil. But why should that have been a surprise? The Brazilian Steakhouse Experience The …

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Today we joined a Rio Favela Tour of the Complexo do Alemão. It was a day we will not soon forget. Favelas, the famously gritty neighborhoods that ascend Rio de Janeiro’s steep hillsides are nothing new – they’ve been here for over a hundred years. But they’ve are getting lots of attention these days. Some of these congested shanty towns …

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