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Tsunami Update: Galapagos, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile

Although the tsunami caused by the Japanese earthquake mostly spared Latin America severe damage, it did affect certain locations along Central America and South America’s coasts.


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Waves Pummel the Coast of Galapagos

Although initial reports claimed that there was minimal damage to the islands, they appear to have been one of the hardest-hit areas in Latin America. A tip sent in to Lorraine Caputo reports that many businesses in Puerto Ayora were flooded, including the artisan market, though most have reopened. More distressingly, a number of homes in the Barrio Punta Estrada neighborhood were damaged.  The Ecuadorian government is sending assistance to those impacted by the waves.


In Osa harbor, on the southern Pacific coast, several boats were damaged or destroyed by the surging tide.


At least one person in Peru died as a result of the tsunami. A man trying to watch the tsunamis from the beach resort of San Bartolo, near Lima, fell on the rocks and died. Meanwhile, on the northern coast, a small boat carrying 10 fishermen has been missing since Friday. Finally, the towns of Pisco, Paracas and San Andrés, all devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2007, received rather significant flooding on Friday night as a result of the tsunami waves. Video here.


215 houses were damaged in Chile early on Saturday morning, the vast majority of them in the settlement of Puerto Viejo, in the northern region of Atacama.

V!VA Launches Groundbreaking Peru Travel Guidebook

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The V!VA Peru Guidebook is the first guide to be published following Peru’s devastating Pisco earthquake in August of 2007, and offers the most current information about the status of the ravaged area, as well as updated hotel and restaurant listings. Now more than ever, travelers are urged to contribute to Peru’s tourist economy, and visit Peru’s famous Incan ruins, tranquil beaches, atmospheric colonial cities, lush jungles, and dizzying Andes.

Written for travelers by travelers, this 470-page Peru guide covers everything that the independent traveler needs to know, including:

* extensive coverage of Cusco, with reviews of more than 35 tour companies, 50 hotels and hostels and 30 restaurants;

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* a special section on adventure travel and hiking;

* tips on staying healthy and safe;

* listings for budget and luxury travelers alike.

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