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jan 25 2016

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Mosquito sign

With health alerts about the Zika virus popping up in travel destinations all over the world, it's normal to feel skittish about visiting the affected countries. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus and travel:

What countries have seen Zika virus outbreaks?

So far, 22 areas are experiencing a Zika virus outbreak—some of them tropical vacation destinations: Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Suriname, Venezuela, and Africa's Cape Verde. It is expected to spread.

How severe is the Zika virus? What happens when you're infected?

sep 08 2015

12 Delicious Foods to Try in Colombia

Bandeja paisa, Colombian food

Try some bandeja paisa next time you're craving Colombian food.

(Courtesy Nicole Tarazona/Flickr)

This article was written by Karen Attman on behalf of Viator.com.

oct 25 2013

South America's Greatest Adventures

Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Discover the beauty of Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian side.

(Courtesy Andreas Ambarchian)

Article by Andreas Ambarchian, a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sports. This article was written on behalf of South American Vacations, providers of adventure tours in South America.

dec 07 2012

A Gourmet Meal for $20

A remote backpackers' lodge in Colombia offers what may be the world's best meal for under $20.


There's no fancy silverware, no tablecloth, and no dress code. In fact, most diners, fresh from a hike, show up at this low-key lodge's dining room in flip-flops and shorts. Based on the setting, you might not guess that you're about to eat one of the most complex meals in all of Colombia, or, more importantly, that Chef Joseph Romero was sous chef at Spain's now-closed El Bulli, often called the world's best restaurant. But the real question on diners' minds, as they start their 10-course tasting menu with an appetizer like free-range hen salad with coconut biscuits and kefir is, "How can this all possibly cost $20?"

nov 20 2008

Video: Q&A on Cartagena, with our writer who recently went there

Senior editor Liz Ozaist visited Cartagena earlier this year. She went partly out of curiosity for a place called "the next Buenos Aires," and partly as a personal journey related to her late father. Read her story, "From Cartagena, With Love." Then watch the five-minute interview (which aired on CNN Live! today):

sep 30 2008

It's BBQ Heaven at this weekend's Mid-Missouri's Roots 'N Blues

Taj Mahal performs at the 2007 festival in downtown Columbia, Mo. (L.G. Patterson)

The streets of Columbia, Mo., will be smokin' this weekend for the second annual Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival, which kicks off Friday night. The free event celebrates the region's roots with two days of nonstop music and meat.

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