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Mustard bandits from Buenos Aires.

Mustard bandits from Buenos Aires.

In all the years of travel to Argentina I have never had a bad experience as far as pick-pocketing or a robbery. I have been warned many times and I have read the stories of tourists being robbed. One of the stories I have read somewhere on the internet or perhaps in a guidebook was the mustard method. The basic scheme goes something like this: you are walking on a street and suddenly you feel something on your head or…

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Torres del Paine National Park reopens!!

Torres del Paine National Park reopens!!

Chile on Wednesday reopened a national park scorched by a major wildfire that broke out last week, the country’s president said. The fire, which has consumed some 36,000 acres, more than 14,500 hectares, is extinguished in most places, and the few remaining hotspots are under control, President Sebastian Pinera said Tuesday. About 100,000 hectares of the 240,000 hectares that make up the Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile will be open to the public, Pinera said. The reopened…

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US State Department travel warnings and their effect on the travelers

US State Department travel warnings and their effect on the travelers

According to today’s article in LA Times of the 1000 people surveyed, only 18% would completely alter their travel plans in view of the recent US State Department warnings. 14% stated they would not change their plans, 20% stated it would have very little effect and the remaining 47% said it would have some effect but not enough to cancel their plans. In April alone, the State Department has issued 9 warnings, mainly regarding the Middle East countries. Interestingly, Afghanistan…

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