V!VA List Latin America Released – Book Turns Travel Writing Upside Down

VIVA Travel Guides announces its newest book, V!VA List Latin America: 333 Places and Experiences That People Love. A compilation of stories submitted online by everyday travelers, the book combines the best of Web 2.0 and traditional publishing. The result: a colorful and entertaining look at Latin America.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) September 24, 2007 — In the age of Facebook, blogging and Google mania, opportunities abound for aspiring travel writers. Until now, however, they’ve been mostly limited to cyberspace. Enter VIVA Travel Guides, a web-based community with a whole new way to look at travel writing and publishing.

The newly published V!VA List Latin America: 333 Places and Experiences That People Love is V!VA’s unique take on one of the most exhilarating regions on the planet. The company’s website allows anyone to share their favorite travel experiences and potentially be published in one of V!VA’s award-winning books.

Travelers from around the world joined V!VA’s web community to write about their favorite Latin America locales and experiences while editors compiled the most colorful narratives and photography. The result — 372 pages packed with everything from cultural reflections and must-see locales to top-10 lists and practical how-to information — will whisk you from your armchair to places of unimaginable beauty.

Writers contributed stories covering countries far and wide throughout Latin America. V!VA List Latin America includes tales from: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, the Guianas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile.

In this book one can read about travelers who explored tiny villages, participated in festivals and took to the field to play fútbol in the mud with locals. They climbed mountains, rafted rivers and walked in the footprints of the Incas. From students to grandmothers, techies to professional travel writers, contributors from all walks of life participated in the making of this book. For example:

  • Harvard University professor Richard Christiano returned to travel in Latin America after a 25-year hiatus to work as a volunteer in Costa Rica;
  • College student Sarah Tonner, of Tampa, Fla., reflected on her experience watching the Mothers of the Disappeared walk for justice in Buenos Aires Plaza de Mayo;
  • Fitness center owner Darren Fitzgerald, of Los Angeles, Calif., recounts his first-hand experience traveling off the beaten path to La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City, in Colombia.

Read these stories and more in this free E-book which can be downloaded here: http://www.vivatravelguides.com/dnl/members/Vivalist/BestofVIva.pdf V!VA encourages the free republication of articles from the book, and only requires the source be attributed.

Old and young, day jobs and writing credentials aside, the contributors share three things: a profound passion for travel, a love of Latin America, and the desire to share that passion and love with others. The result is a colorful and entertaining look at Latin America, home to great natural beauty and modern cities, fantastic food and charming people.

Anyone can submit their own travel stories for publication in the next book in the series, V!VA List World by signing up and creating a user profile on the V!VA website.

About V!VA Travel Guides:
V!VA Travel Guides is reinventing the traditional printed travel guide with its web-based community focused on collecting and sharing the most up-to-date travel information available. Information submitted by travelers is available online and in published travel guidebooks. Thousands of travelers have contributed to V!VA’s first guidebook, Travel Guide to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, and the soon-to-be-released Peru travel guide, Argentina travel guide and Colombia travel guide. Also in the works is V!VA List World, a sequel to V!VA List Latin America that will take readers off the beaten path once more.

For additional information on V!VA List Latin America or V!VA Travel Guides, contact Paula Newton. A copy of V!VA List Latin America (ISBN-13: 978-0979126406) can be ordered on Amazon.com or through the company’s website at http://shop.vivatravelguides.com ($19.95 USD). Volume copies may be purchased at orders(at)ipgbook.com or by calling (800) 888-IPG1 (4741).

Paula Newton, Editor in Chief
VIVA Publishing Network
Tel. 970-744-4244