Latin America Watch

by Deanna Palic


• Clipper Cruise Line, a division of INTRAV, offers spectacular savings on South American cruises this fall aboard the 122-passenger expedition vessel M/S Clipper Adventurer.

On a space-available basis, the discount offer applies to any Category 1-5 cabins booked on Clipper’s 13-day cruise “Exploring the Route of the Conquistadors” (departing Colón, Panama, on Oct. 16 for Callao, Peru) and the 16-day “Treasures of Western South America” (...


According to tour operators and tour wholesalers serving Latin America, there has been an increase in leisure travel to this area. The demand for alternative foreign destinations has whet the traveler’s appetite for soft adventure and indigenous cultures. The availability of upscale travel products in the sector of country inns, jungle lodges and expedition cruises has made the area more appealing to the less adventurous traveler.

The purpose of this column will be to keep our readers...

Much thought and effort are put into costumes for Carnaval in Rio. Photo by Bill
A city that knows how 
to party (4 of 4 on Rio de Janeiro)
Founded in 1894, Confeiteria Colombo in downtown Rio offers an elegant buffet. P
Dining options (3 of 4 on Rio de Janeiro)
Rio’s Santa Tereza district is a favorite among visitors
Accommodations (2 of 4 on Rio de Janeiro)

by Deanna Palic, first of four parts

Rio de Janeiro sits capriciously on a thin strip of land between the mountains and the sea. In my 40 years of visiting Rio, this astounding city has never ceased to dazzle. Rio is one of the world’s most colorful playgrounds, enhanced by its spectacular natural setting and exceptional weather year around. It’s a city with a rhythm of its own!

Nineteen glorious beaches, covering 23 miles, run through the very heart of the city and provide...


by Deanna Palic (Second of two parts. Go to part one)

History abounds at every turn

The town of Paraty, a colonial relic and truly a work of art, has been declared a national monument. The 30 small blocks that comprise its historic center are lined with fine examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Buildings cannot be higher than two stories. Visitors with mobility limitations would have problems here due to the irregular, rounded cobblestones used in paving the streets...


by Deanna Palic (Part one of two)

Nineteen years ago I was totally captivated by the locale in the film “Gabriela.” The movie starred one of Brazil’s hottest stars, Sonia Braga, and the esteemed Italian film idol Marcello Mastroianni. “Gabriela” was filmed in such an enchanting yet unidentifiable colonial seaside town that I felt compelled to wait until all the credits rolled and the town was identified. Paraty, sometimes spelled Parati, has remained on my “must see” list since 1984...