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Inside the Best Airline Lounge in South America

March 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

There's a sweet secret within the otherwise unremarkable terminal of Buenos Aires- Ezeiza International Airport. You see, EZE is somehow home to the nicest airline lounge in South America, the LAN Airlines VIP room.

The lounge is relatively new, having quietly opened in early 2013. Dark woods and soft lighting welcome travelers, tickets are checked at reception, and then guests walk a short hallway of periodicals and departure screens to enter the lounge proper. The first sight is a wall of wine, followed by separate areas for relaxing, dining, and working. Several Mac desktops are available, and a large communal work table is ideal for spreading out with a laptop and last-minute work. Bookshelves and dividers are the only walls, allowing the space to be cozy and semi-private at the same time as open and welcoming.

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A 17-Day Cruise to Antarctica and Beyond, as Illustrated by Emoji

February 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

How do you remember a voyage of 4,500 nautical miles? For Jaunted Editor Cynthia D, who sailed on the Azamara Journey for 17 days last month, the answer is with emoji. Allow her to explain.

I'd never been on such a lengthy cruise before, and certainly never to Antarctica. From Buenos Aires, we'd stop at Montevideo, Uruguay and continue to the Antarctic Peninsula, then Ushuaia, Argentina and the Falkland Islands before returning to BsAs. I traveled with a colleague, and the internet onboard was so great that we'd use Twitter DMs like walkie talkies. Emoji quickly crept into these exchanges, and nearly took over as my captions and comments on social media when words proved inadequate to describe the scenery, the experiences, and the feels that developed as the ship sailed on.

Plus, one time I asked Jaunted contributor Andy how his trip to Hong Kong was going, and he replied with a descriptive stream of emoji so brilliant no further explanations were needed. It was awesome.

So, without further ado, a 17-day cruise as seen through emoji:

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There ARE Affordable Cruises to Antarctica and We're Just Back from One

February 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | ()


The 'Azamara Journey' off Port Lockroy, Antarctica

The Antarctica travel season is an extremely short one, lasting from December through February. Owing to mercurial weather, strict regulations on tourism, complicated logistical planning, and the high price of what are considered once-in-a-lifetime trips, some ships will only squeeze a few voyages into those few months. As such, planning for your trip to Antarctica is best accomplished early and armed with as much first-hand information as possible.

And here's a little nugget we feel compelled to share after our own 17-day sail on Azamara Club Cruises' Azamara Journey: taking a "big ship" to Antarctica is not only possible, but it's potentially the travel deal to rule all travel deals.

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Peru Announces Plans to Create a 'Second Machu Picchu'

Where: Kuelap, Peru
December 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | ()

One of Peru’s best kept secrets is about to be circled on the map.

While Machu Picchu and the Incan ruins of the south have for decades been the main calling card for just about every person that steps foot in Peru, the Chachapoya ruins of the northern “cloud people” have remained largely underexplored, a prize left for backpackers and savvy travelers looking to avoid the crowds. But those days look to be coming to an end as the Peruvian government seeks to ease traffic off its holy grail and increase tourism in other areas of the country, specifically the northern Amazonas region.

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: Day-tripping to the Rosario Islands

November 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | ()

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

The primary metropolitan area of Cartagena does have its share of worthwhile Caribbean beaches, but if your visit is 3 days or longer then they why not go further afield to a tropical island? To be specific, we're talking about the Rosario Islands, located just off the coast of Cartagena but still within the length of a 45-minute boat ride from Marina Santa Cruz in the harbor district.

Isla Grande is the largest of the Rosario Islands, as its name implies, and is home to Hotel San Pedro de Majagua. Spending the day on Isla Grande requires a per person one-day tour fee of about $72 per adult/$49 child if you're not staying overnight.

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: The Best Special Occasion Restaurants

November 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

Street food? Cartagena's got it. Casual lunches on alfresco cafe terraces? Oh yes. Both of these eating options you can arrive at with a quick stroll in the walled central city, but for a special occasion the decision is much more difficult.

Cartagena, home to specialties like lionfish, arroz de coco, and all sorts of seafood ceviche, dresses up these dishes at a few formal restaurants best suited to romantic evenings and taking yourself out for a treat at the end of a successful vacation. Here are three of our favorites:

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Where to Begin in Cartagena, Colombia: Tourist Sites for First-Timers

November 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | ()

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

So you've arrived, perhaps on the new nonstop JetBlue flights. Now what? Cartagena de Indias is a fortified city, first established in 1533 but with a rich prehistoric and pre-Columbian period, with more than a few attractions for those interested in history, architecture, and Caribbean or South American culture and food.

What to do first? It's okay to put the beach on hold. There are two sites within the city we recommend for a starter taste of Cartagena:

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Cartagena, Colombia Heats Up with Yet Another New Route from JetBlue

November 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM | by | ()

Cartagena's so hot right now. New flight routes and a fresh focus on safer tourism in Colombia means more international visitors are arriving to this city of colonial charm and coastal allure. This week we're exploring how to reach and enjoy this city, nicknamed "Door of the Americas."

Winter weather may be a headache for airlines and travelers both, but the change of seasons brings with it one big plus: seasonal routes to sunny destinations!

On October 29 JetBlue stuck another line on their route map with an inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport down to Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport in Colombia. That was a busy day for Fort Lauderdale; it launched in tandem with a Las Vegas route out of FLL.

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Book Flights to Brazil for Under $200, but Beware the Fine Print

Where: Brazil
November 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

Brazil is about to get a little early Christmas present. The country's third largest airline, Azul, started by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has announced it will begin flying between the United States (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando) and Brazil as early as next month.

Our friends at The Flight Deal have discovered an unbeatable Azul deal for December, from Fort Lauderdale to Brazil, for $193 one-way in Economy or $510 one-way, in Business Class (reclining, not lie-flat), taxes included.

We're been a bit hesitant to promote the deal, since it's definitely going to be a headache for travelers who aren't completely confident in their ability to "hack" budget flights. In order to take full advantage of the Azul flight deals, you'll need to book through their Portuguese site, hunt-and-peck for valid dates, use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees, already have or obtain a Brazil visa ($160+ pp), be okay with arriving to an "alternative" airport, and be prepared to either pay much more for the return flight, or book a one-way home on another airline using frequent flyer miles.

Scared? Don't be. Just keep in mind that this is the infancy of budget flights between the US and Brazil, so the situation will only improve.

What to know to grab this deal:

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The Little Things: Magical Brazilian Butter Toffees Onboard TAM

October 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

When you think of tasty Brazilian treats, what comes to mind? Açaí berries, "Pão de Queijo" cheese puffs, "Brigadeiro" chocolate truffles, and "Quindim" coconut flan for sure, but what about Butter Toffee? Bear with us a moment; you see, Butter Toffees are a traditional onboard goodie of TAM, Brazil's largest airline. As such, they're known, salivated over, and enjoyed throughout the country.

In particular we speak of Butter Toffees produced by the Brazilian food company Arcor. The flavor favorite of TAM is specifically Torta de Limão, or Brazilian Lime Tart, a close cousin of Key Lime Pie. It calls to mind the iced lime tea—Matte Leão Limão—so beloved by Brazil's beachgoers, and is in itself a tiny taste of Brazilian cuisine.

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Travel Movie Tuesday: Travel and History Collide in 'The Motorcycle Diaries'

September 9, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Imagine being filled with a yearning to explore the continent of South America by scooting from country to country on a motorcycle. If this has crossed your mind at any time, we'd recommend adding 'The Motorcycle Diaries' to your Netflix queue. The biopic is a coming-of-age tale of young Che Guevera, out to discover his own world and eventually help those less fortunate.

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What's the Difference Between Chile's Ski Resorts of Portillo and Valle Nevado?

Where: Chile
September 4, 2014 at 12:32 PM | by | ()

Ski Portillo

If you're flying into Santiago for a ski trip, you have a number of options when it comes to the resort you choose, including Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, and Termas de Chillán.

In this post, we highlight the two most recognizable for out-of-towners, Portillo and Valle Nevado. What's the difference between the two, and which is right for you? Read on to find out.

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