Central & South America

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Greg Oates, Skift

"Rio: Beyond The Map" is Google showing off what destinations can do with its Street View technology to provide an immersive and self-directed virtual experience, combining both 360-degree video and traditional digital content.

11 months ago

Ecuador Appeals to Tourists to Return, Post-Earthquake

Ecuador Appeals to Tourists to Return, Post-Earthquake

Sebastien Malo, Reuters

The question of when to return to a destination following a a natural disaster or violent incident is always a difficult one. But when a cautious leader says "come on back" it's a good time to go.

11 months ago

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Alexander McIntyre, Bloomberg

There are only so many Band-Aids you can put on a bad situation before they no longer stick. In Rio's case, it can probably manage to keep the bandages on for a few weeks for the sake of tourism but much larger problems loom for the long-term.

11 months ago

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Not all UNESCO World Heritage Sites are that easy to travel to, but these seven are fairly accessible and, because they're the newest additions to the list, they haven't yet been swamped with crowds full of tourists just yet.

11 months ago

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Tourists to Brazil Olympics Should Bring Translation Apps

Peter Prengaman and Stan Lehman, Associated Press

Brazil has enough Olympics issues to deal with beyond worrying about how tourists will communicate with business owners. In the grand scheme of the global event, the language barrier is muito pequeno (very small).

11 months ago

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Food Tourism Could Bring $7.5 Billion to Peru in 2016

Chris Rovzar, Bloomberg

Machu Picchu is magnificent but tons of tourists are going to Peru to eat.

11 months ago

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

Following the Attack in France, Brazil Ramps Up Security for the Rio Olympics

David Biller, Bloomberg

Brazil my have some serious financial challenges right now, but one thing countries tend to put first is security.

11 months ago

Overwater Bungalows Are Coming to Mexico and the Caribbean

Overwater Bungalows Are Coming to Mexico and the Caribbean

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

For that quintessential South Pacific experience of staying in an overwater bungalow, travelers need only head to the Caribbean now.

11 months ago

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

The Best Travel Destinations for Wine Lovers in 2016

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

Cheers to this oenophile travel wish list.

11 months ago

Olympic Committee Promises Rio Is ‘Ready to Welcome the World’

Olympic Committee Promises Rio Is ‘Ready to Welcome the World’

Stephen Wade, Associated Press

Host cities tend to pull it together at the last minute, so that may happen here, too. But a lot has to go right for Rio to make the Olympics a success.

12 months ago

The Rio Olympic Games Are Already $1.6 Billion Over Budget

The Rio Olympic Games Are Already $1.6 Billion Over Budget

Blake Schmidt, Bloomberg

For some reason we don't think Brazilians will cheer the news that the Olympic Games in Rio are shaping up to be cheaper than summer games in other destinations, especially with this study pointing to overruns of more than $1 billion.

12 months ago

Machu Picchu Tourist Falls to His Death While Posing for a Photo

Machu Picchu Tourist Falls to His Death While Posing for a Photo

Associated Press

Between selfies and precarious posing, the camera may well be the biggest threat to the modern tourist.

12 months ago