Category: South America

Patagonia Glaciers - OWV

Patagonia with Kids: Glaciers, Penguins and Zodiaks, Oh My!

In 2010, my husband and I stepped off the proverbial career-tracked train and traveled with our then one-year-old for six months. We spent two of those months in South America, specifically, in Peru (visiting family), Argentina (drinking wine and checking out some great cities and towns) and Chile (cruising through Patagonia and drinking more wine). […]

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Carnaval in Moura, Amazon

Amazon Adventure: Carnaval in Moura!

On day 4 of our Amazon expedition in Brazil we start our day in Moura, a community of 500 inhabitants along the Rio Negro, where we meet local folks and spend a leisurely morning with the kids and teachers at Escola Santa Rita. Even though there are less than 200 families in this community, the […]

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Colca Canyon

Peru with Kids: Central Coast, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

My husband’s mother is Peruvian, making my children 1/4 Peruvian. It’s a big country and despite having visited numerous times, we still have a lot more to see and show our kids. But, we’ve been there twice with our daughter and so, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off today, I thought it […]

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Country Spotlight: 5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Learn About Brazil

Where in the world… Fun Facts 1. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, in both land mass and population. 2. The second longest river in the world — the Amazon River — flows through Brazil. 3. There are 13 countries in South America and Brazil shares a border with all but two: […]

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One World Futbol World Cup Giveaway: help a community in the Amazon get their own indestructible soccer ball

On day 4 of our Amazon expedition in Brazil we stop in Moura, a community of 500 inhabitants along the Rio Negro. Here our families meet folks from the local community. We visit their library for a story telling session before engaging in a special activity with school children from Escola Santa Rita. In addition to organizing […]

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Our Amazon Adventure: Hiking in the jungle

The sun rises at Madada. You’d think that all that excitement from the first day would have worn off a little bit after a restful night, but no. Their anticipation is palpable. After all, today we get to hike in primary forest and learn about the Amazon plants and wildlife. Before we leave for our […]

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Touring the Amazon RIver, the second largest river in the world.

Our Amazon Adventure: Welcome aboard the Jacaré-Açu!

The big day has arrived. The kids are anxious to get to the Amazon (and they wake up extra early, of course). Our group leaves the hotel in Manaus at 9:30am. The 180km ride to Novo Airao takes about two hours and, surprisingly, all the kids survived the trip without having to resort to ipads […]

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Our Amazon Adventure – First stop: Manaus, Brazil

Our journey starts in Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, Brazil.  I have heard many different opinions of this city, but there’s one thing everyone agrees on: it is unbelievably hot. We arrive in the evening and, to my surprise, the temperature is a balmy 23 degrees celsius. The taxi driver claims it’s “cold”. […]

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Our Amazon Adventure

We’ve been back for a few weeks now. But the Amazon never really left us. Between busy school days, weekend trips and birthday parties, the girls (and their parents) are still entranced with our Amazonian experience. They miss their new friends. They still talk about all the animals they saw, the hikes in the jungle, the swimming in […]

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Lost in Translation

I love the fact that my daughters speak my native language – Portuguese. Even though we have never lived in Brazil, Portuguese is still their first language (I guess it’s called mother tongue for a reason). Not for long, I realize, but I am enjoying it while it lasts. However, no matter how good their […]

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