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Cartagena’s Old Town (Colombia). 'The hands of the clock of the Puerta del Reloj wind back 400 years in an instant as visitors enter Cartagena’s walled old town. Strolling the streets here is to step into the pages of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The pastel-toned balconies overflow with bougainvillea and the streets are abuzz with food stalls around magnificent, Spanish-built churches, squares and historic sites.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/caribbean-coast/cartagena

Cartagena’s Old Town (Colombia). 'The hands of the clock of the Puerta del Reloj wind back 400 years in an instant as visitors enter Cartagena’s walled old town. Strolling the streets here is to step into the pages of a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The pastel-toned balconies overflow with bougainvillea and the streets are abuzz with food stalls around magnificent, Spanish-built churches, squares and historic sites.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/caribbean-coast/cartagena

Trekking in El Cocuy (Colombia). 'The weeklong Güicán–El Cocuy trek  in Parque Nacional Natural El  Cocuy is one of Colombia’s most coveted – and for good reason. In season (December to February), everything throughout the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy region is characterized by burnt-auburn sunrises that bounce off craggy peaks, and the páramo ecosystem of glacial valleys, mountain plains and high-altitude lakes.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia

Trekking in El Cocuy (Colombia). 'The weeklong Güicán–El Cocuy trek in Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy is one of Colombia’s most coveted – and for good reason. In season (December to February), everything throughout the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy region is characterized by burnt-auburn sunrises that bounce off craggy peaks, and the páramo ecosystem of glacial valleys, mountain plains and high-altitude lakes.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia

Trek to Ciudad Perdida (Colombia). 'The trip to Ciudad Perdida is a thrilling jungle walk through some of the country’s most majestic tropical scenery and has become renowned as one of Colombia’s best multiday hikes. Surging rivers pump faster than your pulse can keep pace as you ford them, waist deep, and balance the quiet beauty of the Sierra Nevada.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/caribbean-coast/santa-marta

Trek to Ciudad Perdida (Colombia). 'The trip to Ciudad Perdida is a thrilling jungle walk through some of the country’s most majestic tropical scenery and has become renowned as one of Colombia’s best multiday hikes. Surging rivers pump faster than your pulse can keep pace as you ford them, waist deep, and balance the quiet beauty of the Sierra Nevada.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/caribbean-coast/santa-marta

Nightlife in Córdoba (Argentina). 'Boasting seven universities, it’s no surprise that Argentina’s second city is one of the best places for night owls in the entire country. The wide variety of cute sidewalk bars, thumping mega-discos and live music venues (all more or less within walking distance) could keep you occupied for months. While you’re in town, try to catch a cuarteto show.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/northwest-argentina/cordoba

Nightlife in Córdoba (Argentina). 'Boasting seven universities, it’s no surprise that Argentina’s second city is one of the best places for night owls in the entire country. The wide variety of cute sidewalk bars, thumping mega-discos and live music venues (all more or less within walking distance) could keep you occupied for months. While you’re in town, try to catch a cuarteto show.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/northwest-argentina/cordoba

Quito Old Town (Ecuador). 'A Spanish-colonial stunner, Quito’s vibrant Centro Histórico is packed with elaborate churches and mournful  monasteries, people-packed plazas and looming bell towers. History lurks around every corner of this well-preserved center. Delve into the past by stepping off the cobblestones and entering beautifully maintained museums, historic mansions and jaw-dropping sanctuaries.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/quito

Quito Old Town (Ecuador). 'A Spanish-colonial stunner, Quito’s vibrant Centro Histórico is packed with elaborate churches and mournful monasteries, people-packed plazas and looming bell towers. History lurks around every corner of this well-preserved center. Delve into the past by stepping off the cobblestones and entering beautifully maintained museums, historic mansions and jaw-dropping sanctuaries.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/quito

Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay). 'Uruguay’s historic window on the Río de la Plata, this photogenic 17th-century town was contested by the Spanish and Portuguese for nearly 100 years. Directly across the river from Buenos Aires, Colonia is a popular weekend destination, thanks to atmospheric restaurants and river views at sunset.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uruguay/western-uruguay/colonia-del-sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay). 'Uruguay’s historic window on the Río de la Plata, this photogenic 17th-century town was contested by the Spanish and Portuguese for nearly 100 years. Directly across the river from Buenos Aires, Colonia is a popular weekend destination, thanks to atmospheric restaurants and river views at sunset.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/uruguay/western-uruguay/colonia-del-sacramento

Colonial Salta (Argentina). 'Argentina’s northwest holds its most venerable colonial settlements, and none is more lovely than Salta, set in a fertile valley but a gateway to the impressive Andean cordillera not far beyond. Postcard-pretty churches, a sociable plaza and a wealth of noble buildings give it a laid-back historic ambience that endears it to all who visit.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/northwest-argentina/salta

Colonial Salta (Argentina). 'Argentina’s northwest holds its most venerable colonial settlements, and none is more lovely than Salta, set in a fertile valley but a gateway to the impressive Andean cordillera not far beyond. Postcard-pretty churches, a sociable plaza and a wealth of noble buildings give it a laid-back historic ambience that endears it to all who visit.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/northwest-argentina/salta

Whale-Watching off Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). 'In terms of sheer awe-inspiring natural power, experiencing first-hand the breaching of a humpback whale is hard to equal. From June to September every year nearly 1000 of these majestic creatures migrate to the waters off the coast of Ecuador. The prime base for organizing boat trips, during which you might also spot dolphins and killer, pilot and beaked whales, is the fishing town of Puerto López.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador

Whale-Watching off Isla de la Plata (Ecuador). 'In terms of sheer awe-inspiring natural power, experiencing first-hand the breaching of a humpback whale is hard to equal. From June to September every year nearly 1000 of these majestic creatures migrate to the waters off the coast of Ecuador. The prime base for organizing boat trips, during which you might also spot dolphins and killer, pilot and beaked whales, is the fishing town of Puerto López.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador

Mar del Plata (Argentina). 'Argentina’s premier beach resort is a heaving zoo in summer – but that’s what makes it such fun. Compete with porteños  (Buenos Aires residents) for a patch of open sand, then lay back and enjoy watching thousands of near-naked bodies worship the sun, play sand games or splash around in the surf. Outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing, horseback riding and even skydiving are also on offer.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/atlantic-coast/mar-del-plata

Mar del Plata (Argentina). 'Argentina’s premier beach resort is a heaving zoo in summer – but that’s what makes it such fun. Compete with porteños (Buenos Aires residents) for a patch of open sand, then lay back and enjoy watching thousands of near-naked bodies worship the sun, play sand games or splash around in the surf. Outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing, horseback riding and even skydiving are also on offer.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/argentina/atlantic-coast/mar-del-plata

Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia). 'A trek through Salar de Uyuni is full of oddities: a graveyard of rusted, graffitied trains on tracks leading nowhere; a large expanse of salt flats that gives the appearance of ‘floating’ with the right camera perspective; an ‘island’ of 12m-high cacti; and the skulls of little people buried in caves. You can’t help but be mesmerized by the moon-like landscape sitting at 4000m.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bolivia/sights/desert/salar-de-uyuni

Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia). 'A trek through Salar de Uyuni is full of oddities: a graveyard of rusted, graffitied trains on tracks leading nowhere; a large expanse of salt flats that gives the appearance of ‘floating’ with the right camera perspective; an ‘island’ of 12m-high cacti; and the skulls of little people buried in caves. You can’t help but be mesmerized by the moon-like landscape sitting at 4000m.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/bolivia/sights/desert/salar-de-uyuni