Mexico & Central/South America

Whale nurseries, grand colonial cities, sugar sand beaches, ancient ruins, cool mountain towns, colorful markets, turquoise Caribbean water, soaring snow-covered mountains. When it comes to choices for travelers, Mexico and Central and South America have plenty to offer. For those of us in North America, our Southern neighbors offer a symphony of different peoples, cultures, sights, sounds, and activities that are as exotic and rich as those found anywhere in the world.

That diversity is also reflected in Mexico and Central and South America’s vibrant food scenes. Each country has its own distinct food culture, dramatically different cuisines that are defined not only by what grows or can be procured in each area, but also from the rich traditions of native populations and the influences of visitors and immigrants from all over the world.

In this section, we bring you the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Mexico and Central and South America. Enjoy!

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Nicaragua: Thrills, Nature, and Vegetarian Food

Nicaragua Granada market goods

Our Vegan/Vegetarian Editor Teresa Bergen explores Nicaragua.

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Special Diet? No Problem on Galapagos Cruise

soy meat dinner on the Ecoventura Galapagos cruise

Our vegan traveler, Teresa Bergen, was well fed on her Galapagos cruise.

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Cruising the Galapagos: Paradise for Animal Watchers

Land iguana Galapagos Islands

Adventuresome Teresa Bergen sails the Galapagos Islands.

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Diving Riviera Maya Mexico’s Scuba Caverns


Globetrotting Yvette Cardozo, who serves as RFT’s Ski and Dive Editor, brings us the incredible experience of diving Mexico’s fresh-water caverns (cenotes).

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Xel Ha, Riviera Maya: Mexico’s “Natural” Theme Park

Dolphin diving Mexico

Xel Ha is Mexico’s Disneyland-like theme park and RFT Ski and Dive Editor Yvette Cardozo takes us there.

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Spas in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mexico, Riviera Maya spa hotels

Our correspondent and Ski Editor, Yvette Cardozo, sacrifices herself to bring you a report on the best spas in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

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Las Posas, Xilitla, Mexico: Fantastical, Surreal Jungle Garden

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Las Posas is one of the most unusual and unlikely gardens in the world in the middle of Central Mexico.

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Perfect Get Away: Veracruz, Mexico

Veracruz offers both sea and mountains.

When people think about Mexico for a vacation, they often think of Cancun, Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta. But they should consider Veracruz, Mexico’s undiscovered gem.

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Curanto Feast in the Chiloe Archipelago, Chile

Native CLams

Curanto is a delicious Chilean seafood bake with unique Chiloe flavors.

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A Taste of Honduras: Garifuna-style


Orel Emile Gentle Steward traded his life as a chef on a cruise ship to be a chef in his hometown of Sambo Creek, Honduras. The friendly town, the fresh salt air, gentle breezes, and the Caribbean Sea spreading to the horizon make it easy to understand why he came home.

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Dolce (Sweet) Michoacán, Mexico

Gaspachos are fruit cups topped with crumbled white cheese and hot sauce.

Mexican sweets are usually made with healthful ingredients like fruits, honey, nuts, and corn and no where will you find a richer and sweeter experience than in Morelia, the capital of the state of Michoacán.

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The Volcano’s Miracle, Michoacán, Mexico

People leave photos, notes, and other offerings on the alter they consider "el milagro," the miracle.

Angahuan is the gateway to the Paricutín Volcano, a monolith that buried two villages more than six decades ago.

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