The question came up repeatedly as I prepared to make the biggest trip of my life. Better wine: Chile or Argentina? I asked anyone I could find who had been to both places or were wine lovers like myself, and the responses were split right down the middle, plus one iconoclastic friend who picked Croatia. I was looking forward to finding out for … [Read more...] about Chile vs. Argentina: Which Country Has the Better Wine?
Mexican food dominates the Latin American cuisine scene in the United States, not a surprise because Mexico is our neighbor. That leads to many misconceptions about the food in Latin American, mainly that it's all spicy, as my mom once believed. The truth is, other than Mexico, only Peru is big on spicy food, and in most countries, the food is quite bland. So where do … [Read more...] about The Best Food in Latin America
Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. We've already covered culture, dining, and the economy as part of the first six variables when comparing Colombia's two biggest cities. That brings us here, to Bogotá vs Medellín: Recreation, Safety and Transportation. We'll touch on entertainment, green space and the pace of life as well, before giving … [Read more...] about Bogotá vs Medellín: Recreation, Safety and Transportation
You hear people debate this all the time — Bogotá vs. Medellín — and on the surface, the answer seems easy. Most foreigners and even more paisas, choose Medellín. It makes sense. The warmer climate and slower pace of life tend to placate a majority of the people I talk to who live in or have visited Medellín, and anywhere I've gone those are qualities people tend to … [Read more...] about Bogotá vs Medellín: Culture, Dining and the Economy
This amenity ranks near the top of my list for ranking a city, an amenity found in the city I live in today and the two before that. I'm talking about good public transportation. What I've been surprised to learn is how great it is in some of South America's more modern cities, because, well, even many U.S. cities that could use it don't have it. That's fine. Right now … [Read more...] about Top 5 Public Transportation Systems in South America