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Located in the South Pacific more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, Easter... more
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Easter Island
Located in the South Pacific more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, Easter Island’s not the easiest place to reach. (If you’re interested, the easiest access is by air from Santiago or Tahiti.) But isolation has helped preserve the 1,500-year-old mysterious congregation of volcanic rock sculptures (maoi) that’s the island’s biggest claim to fame. After exploring the unique landscape, relax on an uncrowded beach and ponder one of the most mysterious places on Earth.
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a... more
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Fernando de Noronha
The archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a delicate ecosystem. Visitors are restricted, but the lucky few are rewarded with unrivaled beaches and soothing warm waters filled with dolphins and sea turtles, making Noronha one of the world’s top diving destinations. On land, hike the ecological trails of Jardim Elizabeth, the Esmerelda Coast or Sancho Bay, which culminates in a climb up a steep set of stairs carved into the split of a cliff.
To truly get away from it all, there’s no place like Ilha de Tinhare. No cars... more
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Ilha de Tinhare
To truly get away from it all, there’s no place like Ilha de Tinhare. No cars are allowed on this Brazilian island, so you can enjoy the enchanting beaches in peace and quiet. (Unless it’s Carnival, of course.) Zipline from a lighthouse, snorkel amid a rainbow-assortment of sea life or explore one of Tinhare’s five quaint villages. When the sun goes down, the energy picks up. Grab a fresh and fruity cocktail in Morro de Sao Paulo to start your night off right.
Ilha de Boipeba is not a destination for people who require extravagant... more
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Ilha de Boipeba
Ilha de Boipeba is not a destination for people who require extravagant amenities and hip nightlife. No, Boipeba is for the traveller who craves tranquility and unspoiled natural beauty. Your perfect getaway includes snorkeling along a wide coral reef, hiking through lush Atlantic rainforest and enjoying some of the freshest fruit and seafood of your life.
The largest island along Brazil's coast and, literally, a “beautiful island,”... more
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Ilhabela
The largest island along Brazil's coast and, literally, a “beautiful island,” Ilhabela offers visitors almost 40 kilometres of pristine beaches and a tropical island's worth of hiking trails, waterfalls and even a nascent party scene. At 207 kilometres from the city of São Paulo, Ilhabela can get crowded, so try to get your beach time in during the work week.
How often do you get the chance to walk through a tunnel of lava? Created by the... more
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Santa Cruz
How often do you get the chance to walk through a tunnel of lava? Created by the flowing and cooling process of liquid magma, the underground lava tubes of Santa Cruz are simply breathtaking. The most popular is the Tunnel of Love, so named for the heart-shaped hole in the ceiling. Cool down with a splash in the fresh waters of Puerto Ayora, snorkel at Tortuga Bay or the mangrove-lined Garrapatero Beach and get friendly with the giant natives at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
So close to Rio de Janeiro, yet so different, Ilha Grande is Brazil’s relaxing,... more
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Ilha Grande
So close to Rio de Janeiro, yet so different, Ilha Grande is Brazil’s relaxing, undeveloped paradise. Stepping off the ferry to the island is to disconnect from the outside world. No cars, no banks (bring your money!), no ringing phones. It’s all about relaxing in the sun, sailing, swimming, disappearing into spas and reemerging for fresh seafood at one of the 30 small restaurants.
Although it's only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across... more
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Isla Chiloe
Although it's only a 30-minute ferry crossing away from mainland Chile across the Chacao Channel, verdant Isla Chiloe – the largest in the Chiloe archipelago – is another world. Sixteen wooden churches clustered around Castro on the island's east coast have UNESCO World Heritage status, and traditional palafitos (houses on stilts) dot its shores. To the west, Chiloe National Park shelters foxes, sea lions and otters and provides unspoiled terrain for horseback riding, sea kayaking and fishing.
The largest of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela is one of the most volcanically... more
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Isabela
The largest of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active places in the world. Whether this is thrilling or terrifying is up to you. It doesn’t seem to bother the iguanas and penguins of Las Tintoreras, a nearby island cluster and popular snorkeling site. Walk from Puerto Villamil through mangrove forests and saltwater lagoons to reach the Tortoise Breeding Centre. Isabela was once used as an exile for prisoners, who built the devastating Wall of Tears as part of their punishment.
Providencia Island’s nickname: The Sea of Seven Colors. A visit to McBean Lagoon... more
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Providencia Island
Providencia Island’s nickname: The Sea of Seven Colors. A visit to McBean Lagoon National Natural Park is really all you need for the quintessential island experience. It’s an otherworldly place where mangroves sway over waters that sparkle every shade of blue. Local fishermen will happily take you on an island tour or even to wrangle the day’s catch. Lounge on peaceful white sand beaches or take a romantic stroll across the wooden “Lovers Bridge” that leads to neighboring Santa Catalina island.