Exploring the Madcap Streets of Valparaíso:  a walking tour unlike any other. Antique Victorian mansions and colorful tin houses that line terraced walkways winding around precipitous hills; gourmet restaurants and local cuisine.  This is the official tour site, but Frommers also have their walk (http://www.frommers.com/destinations/valparaiso/2323020033.html)
Enjoying the Splendor of Angel Falls: From the boat ride through rapids in a dugout canoe, to the steep hike from the river's edge to the base of the falls, to a swim in the cool waters at the foot of this natural wonder and back again, this is an amazing experience, with spectacular views and scenery throughout.
Gazing upon Machu Picchu: However you get to it -- whether you hike the fabled Inca Trail or hop aboard one of the prettiest train rides in South America -- Machu Picchu more than lives up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular sites on earth. The ruins of the legendary "lost city of the Incas" sit majestically among the massive Andes, swathed in clouds. Exploring the site is a thrilling experience, especially at sunrise, when dramatic rays of light creep over the mountaintops.
Visiting Punta del Este in Summer: As Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) will tell you, anyone who's anyone from Buenos Aires heads to Punta del Este for summer vacation. The glitzy Atlantic coast resort in Uruguay is packed with South America's jet set from December through February and offers inviting beaches and outstanding nightlife.
The Eje Cafetero, with its plantain- and coffee-terraced slopes, verdant mountains, and quaint Spanish-style colonial farm houses, remains one of the most traditional parts of the country. Here, you can lie back in a hammock and listen to the birds chirp, visit the hot springs of nearby Santa Rosa, or horseback ride through the endless coffee plantations -- a world removed from the hectic Colombian cities.
Floating on Lake Titicaca: the world's highest navigable body of water, straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. To locals, it is a mysterious and sacred place. A 1-hour boat ride from Puno takes you to the Uros Islands, where communities dwell upon soft patches of reeds. Visitors have a rare opportunity to experience the ancient cultures of two inhabited natural islands, by staying with a local family. You won't find any cars or electricity here, but there are remarkable local…
Watching Blue-Footed Boobies Dance for Love in the Galápagos: Birds are usually shy, especially during mating season. But in the Galápagos Islands, where wild animals have no fear of humans, you can watch male blue-footed boobies spread their wings, lift their beaks, and dance wildly in a performance known as "sky pointing," all in hope of attracting a mate. If the female likes what she sees, she'll do the same. It's a scene right out of National Geographic.
Cuenca, Ecuador July 2010
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Observing Red Macaws at Sunset: The sunset over the red rock formations in the Chapada dos Guimarães north of Cuiabá in Brazil is a magical experience in itself. Even more special is the view of scarlet macaws working the thermals off the sheer cliffs in the warm glow of the setting sun.
The official website...  Celebrating Carnaval in Rio: The biggest party in the world. Whether you dance it out on the streets, watch the thousands of participants in their elaborate costumes in the samba parade, or attend the fairy-tale Copacabana Palace ball, this is one event not to miss!
Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet. Former residence of the Dalai Lama. I must go here before I die.
Had dinner at the Bier Baron Tavern today.   It was delicious!  HUGE selection of Beer, and suprising food selection.  I had grilled salmon on a bed of fresh vegetables... next time you are in DC, check it out.
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Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
The Pfalz, in front and Burg Guntefels, on the hill, Germany
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