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VIVA Travel Guides Photo Contests

After sharing your photos of your trip to Peru or Ecuador with family and friends, there’s one more place you can dazzle eyes: the V!VA Travel Guides’ community.

V!VA Travel Guides is having two contests for the best photo of Peru and Ecuador.

Each winner will have his or her photograph published on the cover of latest edition V!VA Travel Guides Ecuador & Galápagos and V!VA Travel Guides Peru, and each receive $100.

For complete guidelines, see the V!VA Travel Guides website. The deadline for entering photographs of Peru is Monday, October 1 and for Ecuador, the deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Winners will be chosen by the V!VA Travel Guides facebook community. To vote, like Viva Travel Guides – Peru and Viva Travel Guides – Ecuador on facebook, then choose your favorite shots.  Tell your family and friends to vote and show their pride in your photographic eye!

Voting ends the same day as the entry to the contest – So enter early, to have the best chance to receive a lot of votes.

Good luck!


In Search of the Peróns

No other two people epitomize Argentina as much as Evita and Juan Perón. Ask anyone—native or foreigner—who the most famous person is of this southern country is, and it won’t be tango legend Carlos Gardel or rock’s bad boy Charly García, nor will it be literary legends like Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. The first name to slip off the tongue will be either Juan or Evita. Their presences continue to permeate the landscape and politics of 21st-century Argentina. V!VA Travel Guides Argentina can help you go in search of the Peróns.


• Juan & Evita : Photo by Iversonic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iversonic/2785405124)

By the time General Juan Domingo Perón (1895-1974) and Eva Duarte (1919-1952) married in 1945, Juan was a career military man who had been a coup participant, president and political prisoner, and Evita was a famous actress and co-owner of a radio station. With Juan’s election to the presidency in 1946, this couple forged one of the most lasting political movements in Argentine history. They supported the interests of the working class and poor. Evita was Vice President, Minister of Health, Minister of Labor and Social Welfare of Argentina and head of the Eva Perón Foundation. She led campaigns for social justice and equality, and promoted women’s political rights and involvement. Her death from cancer in 1952 was intensely mourned. When Juan was overthrown in 1955, the military junta kidnapped her body and secretly buried it under a false name in Italy. She returned to Argentina in 1974, when General Perón was in power for a third time.



Museo Familia de Perón in Camarones.

The nation’s capital echoes with their footsteps, but that is not where the journey begins. You must go deep into the Patagonia, to Camarones. When he was a child, Juan’s family moved to this small Atlantic coast village where his father was the Justice of Peace. The family’s home is now the Museo Familia de Perón. The extensive exhibits recount his family’s history, and explain the socio-political revolution he and Eva launched.





Museo Evita.

The majority of sites related to General Perón and Evita, of course, are in Buenos Aires. Here you can imagine Evita waving to the masses of workers and poor from the balcony of the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada. Take a tour of this sprawling, rose-colored building in the city’s heart and visit the museum, which has much information on the Perón period. Then head north to Palermo neighborhood, to Museo Evita. This museum, located in the former Fundación Eva Perón, is dedicated to her life and works. Afterwards, make the pilgrimage to the upscale Cementerio Recoleta, where her black-marble tomb draws thousands of devotees every year. (It isn’t hard to find: It is always bedecked with flowers and other gifts to this “Spiritual Leader of the Nation.”)



Evita, however, was never buried alongside her husband, General Juan Domingo Perón. For many decades he was interred in working-class Cementerio Charcarita, on the west side of Buenos Aires. But now the General lies in rest even further away from his belovéd Evita. In 2008, his body was moved to a new mausoleum in his hometown San Vicente, 64 kilometers (39 miles) south of Buenos Aires. This imposing monument on his former estate begins beneath an image of Eva crying on Perón’s shoulder. A waterway then leads visitors to his new resting place. Also on the grounds is Museo 17 de Octubre, which is dedicated to the Peróns. The Duarte family has refused to allow Eva to join her husband.

Evita's grave.

The search for the Peróns doesn’t end there. You can look for it in the social movements and politics of Argentina. Evita still is so revered by many homes that you can find her picture displayed alongside loved ones.

Fantastic Nature Reserves on Argentina’s Patagonian Coast

The most talked about spot on Argentina’s Patagonian coast is Puerto Madryn. The whales, elephant seals and other wildlife at Playa El Doradillo and out on Peninsula Valdés draw thousands of visitors every year. Sports enthusiasts come for the prime windsurfing and scuba diving. The new V!VA Travel Guides Patagonia Argentina takes you there—and to lesser-known places on this Atlantic Coast that every traveler should put on the itinerary.


The restringas at low tide.

Las Grutas, an über-popular summer balneario (resort) with a Mediterranean-village feel to it, is barely on the foreigners’ radar screen. At low tide, the sea here—the warmest in all Patagonia—retreats up to two kilometers and forms pools in the rock-bed restringas. You can walk south along the coast to the fascinating Piedras Coloradas, El Buque, with a rock formation that looks like a ship and lagoons filled with mussels and small Patagonian octopus, and Cañadón de las Ostras, where 15-million-year old fossilized oysters stud the stone. Inland are Salinas de Gualicho, Argentina’s largest salt works and perfect place for star gazing, and Fuerte Argentino, reputed to be the refuge of the Knights Templar. Las Grutas is within a large nature reserve, protecting migrating whales and dolphins. Vuelo Latitud 40 is a migratory bird refuge and research center.


Whales can be spotted all along Argentina's Patagonia coast.

Further south on Ruta 3 is Parque Marítimo Costero Patagonia Austral, Argentina’s newest national park and the first one dedicated to preserving marine habitat. It stretches from Camarones in the north all the way to Caleta Córdova, near Comodoro Rivadavia. Within the park is Cabo Dos Bahías, home to 13 main species of birds, with a population totaling over a half-million residents, including Magellanic Penguin and Antarctic Giant Petrel, as well as a sea lion colony. The upscale resort at Bahía Bustamante is another prime birdwatching spot. In spring, whales are seen all along this coast. The best place to access this new park is at Camarones, which was the hometown of Juan Perón.



The Ría Deseada's beautiful landscape.

Puerto Deseado is the gateway to the Ría Deseada Nature Reserve. This over-40-kilometer canyon is the product of a freak geological accident millions of years ago, when the glaciers were receding. It is now a natural lover’s paradise with five types of cormorant, Magellanic Penguins, terns, skuas and dozens of other birds. Fur seals and sea lions tread the waters, and guanaco and rhea roam the plains. Kayak up the ría, following in Charles Darwin’s footsteps, to the Miradores named for him. Off shore from Puerto Deseado is Isla Pingüino, with Patagonia’s only colony of the yellow-tufted Rockhopper Penguins.




Cabo Curioso

Another place to follow in Mr. Darwin’s footsteps is at Puerto San Julián.  It was at this port that the Patagonia legend was born. With a deep history of pirates and explorers, this safe harbor also drew HMS The Beagle in for a spell. The Circuito Costero, stretching 22 kilometers up the coast, is a fantastic place to hike. The landscape is bedecked with birdlife, wild horses and ruins from Patagonia’s recent past. Cabo Curioso’s giant oyster fossil-studded cliffs caught Darwin’s imagination, and stirred his mind to theories of evolution. In the city itself, a waterfall forms at low tide, with a lagoon where flamingos, black-necked swans and other waterfowl can be spotted.


To enjoy the stunning natural beauties of these places, come in spring or fall, when migratory marine mammal and bird populations are at their peak. In summer, you’ll get to experience the culture of migrating Argentines on vacation. All of these destinations have year-round campgrounds, which make them affordable destinations even for shoestring travelers.


If your trip will take you all over this great country, pick up a copy of V!VA Travel Guides Argentina, which is available in print and e-book formats.

Pebguins are also spotted all along this coast.

Seven Wonders in Argentina’s Most Forgotten Corner

It’s springtime in Argentina. Summer is nigh on the horizon, and everyone will be packing up the tents, boarding trains and heading out for vacation. But there is one corner of the country where only the most loco traveler would ever journey during those months when temperatures there soar above 50ºC (120ºF). Even the animals seem to disappear for cooler climes, making the great escape from the Gran Chaco.


Spring is the best time to head into Argentina’s Gran Chaco region. With several great expanses of national parks, indigenous cultures, premier fishing and other delightful wonders, it is incredible to think this Argentine corner has been for so long forgotten. But not any longer. V!VA Travel Guides Argentina takes you there.


Seven marvelous places to put on your itinerary are:


1 – Resistencia

The capital of Chaco Province is Argentina’s Sculpture Capital. The entire city is an open-air gallery, with over 200 works on display. Resistencia is also the jumping off point for day trips to Parque Nacional Chaco, which protects red quebracho forests where nearly 350 species of bird and endangered jaguar and maned wolf (agaurá guazú) reside, and the Reserva Provincial Isla del Cerrito, a former leper colony that is now a birdwatcher’s and angler’s Eden.


2 – Roque Sáenz Peña

Chaco’s second largest city is where you can soak in one of Argentina’s best hot spring resorts and visit the city’s zoo which has a very successful endangered species breeding program. From Sáenz Peña, hop the train to the remote Campo del Cielo, where an asteroid plummeted into earth over 6,000 years ago.


Wichí women

3 – El Impenetrable

Thick thickets of the world’s hardest hardwoods and thorny brush give the northwest corner of the Chaco its name: The Impenetrable. This region has two natural reserves, Reserva Natural Loro Hablador and Reserva Natural Provincial Fuerte Esperanza, both near Fuerte Esperanza. You can learn about the Wichí and Q’om indigenous cultures in villages like Misión Nueva Pompeya and El Sauzalito.


4 – Villa Río Bermejito

This small village on the banks of the Río Bermejito on the edge of El Impenetrable is one of the best kept secrets in the entire country. Get ready for a whole lot of chillin’ here, with boat cruises on the river, sunning on golden beaches, visiting indigenous hamlets and dropping in the ol’ fishing line for dinner.


5 – Formosa

The capital of Formosa Province, just a skip across the river from Paraguay, is home to Laguna Oca nature reserve, with bird blinds to watch its 176 species of avifauna, camping, boat trips and swimming.


Formosa's mysterious beings.

6 – Parque Nacional Río Pilcomayo

Camp in this national park, taking a morning dip in the lagoon, watching the yacaré sunning on the banks and hearing the howler monkeys at dusk. The nearest village, Laguna Blanca, has the wonderful Museo Regional del Nordeste Formoseño, explaining local history and the mysterious beings that wander the Formosan countryside.


A yacaré working on its tan.

7 – Bañado La Estrella


South America’s third largest wetlands has a richly diverse landscape. The indigenous call this, “The River of Birds. Bañado La Estrella is, indeed, a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 300 species present include Jabiru, Black-faced Ibis, Roseate spoonbill and Glittering-bellied Emerald hummingbird. The best months for birdwatching are April to October.

On the Road – Colombia: La Niña Adventures Continue – & Free in Cartagena

La Niña Adventures Continue

The La Niña rains are continuing in most parts of the country, adding a different dimension to travelers’ Colombian adventures. The TV news shows images of the extensive flooding in Medellín, Honda and the Magdalena River Valley. Mudslides cause temporary delays in bus trips. But most people journeying by that means are arriving safely (though a bit late).

Bicyclists, though, are facing tougher challenges. One Danish couple riding from Mexico to Colombia is due to fly out from Bogotá. They began down the road from Cartagena to the capital, but had to turn back. All roads – save La Línea (a high-altitude pass) – are affected. Others are deciding to stay a while yet on the coast, until the rains stop.

All travelers, whether in bus or car, on motorcycle or bicycle, are advised to check Invías’ (the national highway department) website for up-to-date information on road condition.

Casa Museo Rafael Núñez is easy on the wallet. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

Free in Cartagena

The only part of the country not having heavy rains seems to be the Caribbean coast. Even though it is officially the rainy season, it is anything but that. The days swell into a sultry stupor, but rarely erupt into a thunder-bumper. So many travelers are deciding to stay on the coast until road conditions (hopefully) improve.

Unfortunately, shoestring backpackers are dumbfounded by the cost of Cartagena’s museums, and excursions to Playa Blanca and Islas del Rosario are. These journeyers wonder they can do here on a meager budget. The answer is, Plenty.

Grab the camera and had out to wander the streets of the Old City, savoring the plazas and colonial architecture. Take a rest on the fortress walls, enjoying the sea and passers-by. Stroll over to Isla Manga and take in its seaside promenade.

Free dance & music. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

To cool off on these sultry days, pack a picnic and head to one of the near-by beaches, like Marbella and the ones on Bocagrande peninsula. For a few dollars, take a buseta out to La Boquilla where the best mainland playa is.

If museums are more your thing, you aren’t totally out of luck. The Museo del Oro Zenú and Museo de la Esmeralda are always free, and Museo de Arte Moderno is gratis every Wednesday. The Casa Museo Rafael Núñez costs less than a dollar. The last Sunday of each month, some of the pricey museums are fortresses are free.

A fine dose of rhythmic culture can be savored every afternoon (5-6 p.m.), when troupes perform Afro-Colombian dance and music at Plaza de los Coches. The various cultural centers in town host free art exhibits, movies and other events.

Click here for details on all these activities.

Another free event budget travelers could take in this past week was the Semana Santa processions that wended through the Cartagena’s streets. I close out this week with some images from Good Friday’s cortege – and until next week.

All Photos by Lorraine Caputo

Editor’s note: Lorraine Caputo is one of V!VA’s longest-tenured writers. These days, she’s back on the road in Colombia, updating our 2011 edition of V!VA Colombia. Check the blog for more of her updates from the road.

On the Road – Colombia: Choosing Colombia’s Best Beach II

Travelers heading to Colombia’s eastern Caribbean coast have three towns to choose from for their stays. Santa Marta is the principle port and the oldest town. In fact, it was the first Spanish city founded in South America, officially established in 1525 by Rodrigo de Bastidas. El Rodadero is the youngest, coming into being as the port’s balneario (seaside resort) in the 1950s. Taganga’s past is lost in the mists of time, but erupted onto the international backpackers’ circuit in the 1990s after being “discovered” by two mochileros.

The three destinations appeal to different types of travelers. V!VA Colombia takes a look at what each town as to offer to vacationers and wandering backpackers.

Playa Grande. Photo by Andrea Davoust

Taganga is one of the lost popular international backpackers’ destinations on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It has not only a small, pleasant beach in town, but also Playa Grande a short walk or boat ride away. Taganga also is the place to go for scuba diving shipwrecks and coral reefs. Travelers can also spend the day with a local fisherman to learn the tricks of his trade.

Santa Marta's beach on a Sunday afternoon. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

Admittedly, Santa Marta’s beach isn’t as glamorous, but it is very popular with locals. The history of this first Spanish South American city seeps to its very core, from its colonial cathedral, to Simón Bolívar’s deathbed at Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino, to the 20th century Bananatown. A bevy of museums and cultural centers also lures visitors. Despite being Colombia’s second-most important Caribbean port, the city feels like a village with close-knit neighborhoods. It also has that slightly gritty edge that harbor towns often have. In crannies of the night, young women work the corners, a scuffle might happen between sailors at a rundown bar. Nonetheless, safety is good in Santa Marta, making it a favorite port-of-call for international yachts and cruise ships.

El Rodadero beach, edged by highrise hotels and apratments. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

Despite El Rodadero being the most popular with Colombian families, backpackers will find much to do as well. This resort has the area’s longest beach, stretching for more than a kilometers. Another premier strand is Playa Blanca, accessible by boat. On the way is Rodaderos’ aquarium (the first in Latina America) and sea museum. Water sports, like kayaking and banana riding, are other popular pastimes in El Rodadero.

Lodging costs about the same in Santa Marta, Taganga and El Rodadero. All three towns have backpacker hostels; El Rodadero and Taganga have camping. An attractive option in El Rodadero is renting an apartment for a week or so. The trio all offer local and international cuisine, with seafood specialties. Either Santa Marta or Taganga can be used as a stepping stone to Tayrona National Park or to Ciudad Perdida. Most tour operators now have offices in both towns. It’s important to keep in mind that busetas between the three only run until mid-evening, which can put a cramp on backpacker’s agendas. No matter where you decide to stay, you’re guaranteed a perfect sunset view.

Taganga sunset. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

Check out V!VA Travel Guides for the most comprehensive, up-to-date information to help you navigate through Colombia—no matter your budget or interests—and to help you choose which is the best destination for you.

El Rodadero's aquarium. Photo by Lorraine Caputo

Editor’s note: Lorraine Caputo is one of V!VA’s longest-tenured writers. These days, she’s back on the road in Colombia, updating our 2011 edition of the book. Check the blog for more of her updates from the road.

On the Road – Colombia: Choosing Colombia’s Best Beach I

During the journey to Colombia’s Caribbean coast, I pondered the topic of this next blog. By the time the air-conditioned bus stopped at our destination, I knew what it would be: Why do travelers choose Santa Marta or Taganga or El Rodadero to stay? When I stepped into Santa Marta’s mid-afternoon heat, I felt like I had slammed into a humid wall.

But one Sunday afternoon, my quest for an answer meets a familiar specter: a blockade.

Our buseta’s journey is stopped cold. Orange cones form a loose chain across the road heading to Taganga. Word passes: There is no electricity. A man carries a guanábana-sized rock, to lay it in the street. A fist fight almost breaks out between police officers and the neighbors.

Our driver’s insistence in getting through the blockade doesn’t get us very far. Around the bend, local people are piling more branches across the road. Traffic on the other side extends up beyond the brow of the hill. These neighbors are frustrated with the electric company. It still had not come out to restore service.

A group of foreigners, bowed beneath knapsacks, climb over the blockade. What is the draw of Taganga, that they are ready to walk four kilometers (2.5 mi) in this day’s 36°C (97°F) heat?

Legend says that in the early 1990s, two backpackers “discovered” Taganga, a sleepy fishing village just over the hill north of Santa Marta. Through the mochilero grapevine, word spread about a cheap, laid-back, authentic Colombian pueblo with great beaches.

And word still spreads. Sitting together on Taganga’s beach watching the sun set, Lauren (from Canada), Steve (UK) and Cassie (New Zealand) tell me they came here because other travelers recommended it. Taganga has better beaches than Santa Marta, which is a boring, dirty port town. Also, it is the stepping stone to Tayrona National Park. Pat (UK) said, “Taganga … is much nicer for travelers than Santa Marta. It has more nice restaurants, more of a back packer feel, on the beach.”

But it was just that atmosphere that turned Chris and Emma, also from England, off from staying there. We met in our Santa Marta hotel. They explained Taganga is too hectic, with too many foreign backpackers – too much like a European resort town. They came to know Colombia, not hang out with a bunch of foreigners. And too many people are constantly trying to sell stuff. Santa Marta is definitely more chilled.

A surprise was to find foreigners at El Rodadero, a traditional Colombian-family resort just south of Santa Marta. Anja and Nikki, both of Norway, are staying at a hostel on the outskirts of the port city; the location attracted to them. Anja says, “We’re trying out different areas on day trips.” On their agenda are the beaches at Taganga and El Rodadero and Tayrona.

In truth, each of the three towns appeals to a different type of traveler. V!VA Colombia can help you to decide which would be best for you. In part II of On the Road – Colombia: Choosing Colombia’s Best Beach, we’ll take a look at what each town as to offer to vacationers and wandering backpackers.

In the meantime, drop us a line and tell the V!VA community which you chose: Taganga, Santa Marta or El Rodadero.

Editor’s note: Lorraine Caputo is one of V!VA’s longest-tenured writers. These days, she’s back on the road in Colombia, updating our 2011 edition of the book. Check the blog for more of her updates from the road.

Travel Guidebook Industry Shake-Up

In the past few months, the travel industry has experienced a major shake-up as well-established publishing companies have been rethinking their strategies and repositioning themselves for the current web 2.0 that is changing the travel information industry to its core.

Several studies confirm that about 80% of consumers are turning to search engines and travel websites for their travel information, foregoing traditional guidebooks which are frequently out-of-date by the time they hit bookshelves and which consequently have seen a slight decline in recent years despite growth in travel overall. In reaction to this trend, the following announcements have been made recently:

  • 75% of the Lonely Planet empire has been sold to BBC Worldwide
  • Rough Guides founder Mark Ellingham has resigned
  • St. Martin’s Press will end its longtime partnership with Let’s Go travel guides
  • Footprint Guides were bought by Globe Pequot

The VivaTravelGuides.com, website combines the elements of a wiki, with a social network of accomplished and aspiring travel writers, in addition to everyday travelers’ reviews then compiles this user generated content into printed guidebooks.

The BBC’s announcement of the purchase of Lonely Planet detailed how BBC plans to emulate the VIVA Travel Guides business model.

VIVA CEO, Jason Halberstadt elaborates, “We’ve got a big head start in engineering, using and perfecting the core technologies that are transforming the guidebook industry. We firmly believe that several years down the road most guidebooks will be produced and updated using a methodology similar to VIVA. Mobile devices will become increasingly used, but printed guidebooks won’t disappear anytime soon. They never run out of batteries, and don’t even think about swatting a cockroach with your blackberry.”

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