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Some of the most unusual and fascinating species in the world, both terrestrial and marine, are found in the Galapagos islands. Here most of the surface (96%) is a National Park, surrounded by a protected Marine Reserve, both UNESCO World Heritages Sites....read more »
Ecuador is relatively small country (about the size of Colorado) bordered by Columbia (to the North), Peru (to the South and East) and the Pacific Ocean to the West. It straddles the Equator. The Galapagos Islands are located approximately 600 miles to the west in the Pacific. I need to emphasize that Ecuador is a lot more than just the launching spot for the Galapagos; it is a truly amazing country in itself. Rich with history and culture....read more »
Chile is not difficult, nor dangerous. Good roads, splendid bus network, many airports. It's probably the most stable, most secure and most western country in the whole of South America, even down to the local's respect for the driving laws....read more »
Argentine food is fascinating because it is so varied, like the country there are five major climate zones, from sub-tropical to Antarctic, and the range of ingredients is much greater than one realizes if you think of
Argentina you'll likely think of the pampas and the beef, but there's so much more. As I noted earlier, Italian
immigrants have a major influence in the cooking, particularly in Buenos Aires. I had some of the best seafood in my life in Patagonia. Roast lamb is very popular as well as beef and barbecue menus feature all parts of the cow, not just the tenderloin or ribs. Up in the Andes area the foods of traditional peoples have shaped the cuisine....read more about Argentina
Argentina is the southernmost country in South America. It is where I was born and raised and I started
writing about it as part of my work.
I became interested in the history and development of Argentine gastronomy and the wine industry and wrote about what I learned in articles, magazine pieces and books.
As I traveled in other countries I began to appreciate Argentina's wonderful variety even more!