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Month: March 2011

Carlos Gardel makes USPS forever stamp collection!

Carlos Gardel makes USPS forever stamp collection!

United States Post Office announced in its March 16th press release that it will print a series of commemorative forever stamps dedicated to the Latin music performer legends. To our surprise and delight, Carlos Gardel made the cut and will be immortalized in yet another way. He joins other four influential artists: Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda, Selena and Celia Cruz. Carlos Gardel, regarded as the most important figure in the history of tango helped popularize this genre in Europe, Latin…

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Money tips!

Money tips!

Recently one of my passengers asked me about exchanging money when traveling to Argentina. Since it is a quite common question I came up with a few tips and decided to post it as a blog entry. So here we go:         I would recommend changing some US dollars to Argentine Pesos before you travel or even at the airport (about $100) so you have some local currency when you arrive.         There is also an exchange booth when you…

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San Diego Zoo is going wild in the Peruvian Amazon.

San Diego Zoo is going wild in the Peruvian Amazon.

San Diego Zoo Global is going to take over the managing of the MANU Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon this summer. The reserve includes biological station of Cocha Cashu where conservation and research take place. The collaborative effort together with Peruvian scientists is a new step to preservation, study and protection of this 6,000 sq miles preserve. For more details please read the original article in ANDINA. Check out our trips to the Peruvian Amazon.

Suggested packing equipment / clothing list

Suggested packing equipment / clothing list

I had a few clients asking me about suggestions for packing clothes for traveling to Patagonia. Here is a small suggestion that I think could help to be prepared for your trip and weather conditions!  Feel free to add any other comments that could help to make this list better! Enjoy the trip! CLOTHING: Sun hat or wool hat. Waterproof jacket with a hood if possible. Fleece. Jacket or sweatshirt T-Shirts or shirts Gloves Trekking or comfortable pants Shorts Socks…

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Tripped out on choice.

Tripped out on choice.

There was one aspect of growing up in a communist country that in retrospect I think was perhaps beneficial. Limited choice. You went to any given shop and let’s say there were only 2 types of shoes you could buy. You knew what to expect and you spent less time deciding. Fast forward 25 years. Recently I walked into Quiznos having a general idea of what kind of sandwich I wanted. Then I looked at their menu and got lost….

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Travel insurance – to buy or not to buy, before you say bye, bye!

Travel insurance – to buy or not to buy, before you say bye, bye!

You have it for your car. You have it for your house. You have it for your health (hopefully). It seems we need insurance for just about everything worth protecting these days. It would seem logical then to protect your investment in a trip. This is especially true the longer and more costly your trip will be. If you are traveling only for a weekend and your plane ticket was inexpensive, travel insurance may not be right for you. However,…

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