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A jewel in the city: Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

A jewel in the city: Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa

I can be a real cheapskate sometimes. So when my travel buddy and I were in Arequipa, Peru, and she asked if I wanted to check out the Santa Catalina Monastery, I initially took a look at the entrance fee and scoffed. 35 soles (12$) …read more

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A moment of madness: Arica, Chile

A moment of madness: Arica, Chile

For a moment, I thought I had somehow wandered into a scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Night had descended and suddenly throngs of people in carnival costumes were rushing past me: dancers reflecting the flourescent colours of their clothing off the strips …read more

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Desert memories: Arica, Chile

Desert memories: Arica, Chile

Despite clear blue skies and cool 65F average temperature, Arica was half deserted when we arrived. Typically famous among nomadic surfer hippies for the crazy breakers around its shoreline, the whole place dies in the middle of the South American winter. Thankfully, you can hang …read more

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