Mexico's deliberate decision a few decades ago to establish a major west coast resort investment at Ixtapa makes fortunate use of the nearby fishing village of Zihuatanejo.
The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, offer encounters with wildlife and a walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who formulated his theory of evolution after experiences here.
In the Sonoran desert of northwest Mexico and Arizona an historical figure named Eusebio Kino has emerged with legendary dimensions
Many potential travelers yearn to see and understand what a tropical rain forest is all about. Small nature-oriented cruise ships offer a way to visit the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica's west coast, including Curu, Corcovado, Manuel Antono, and Cano Island.
A Brazil ecotour can include a visit to the Atlantic rain forest near Rio, the bird-rich Pantanal wetlands to the west, and the Amazon River around Manaus in the north. A traveler will also become acquainted with the ocean-side pleaures of Rio de Janeiro.
Mexico's Riviera Maya tourism region on the east coast now attracts 3.6 million international visitors per year to its Maya ruins, such as Tulum, to its eco-archaeological parks, such as Xcaret, and to its luxury all-inclusive resorts, such as Hacienda Tres Rios and Grand Velas.
The attractions of Mexico City, for a traveler, flourish and continue to improve, despite occasional setbacks, such as the rare earthquake of 1985 or the endemic urban winter pollution of the late 1990s.
Mexico's Mazatlan offers the traveler ample beaches, lively restaurants, plus a major traffic in art and crafts from throughout Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta attracts travelers with its Mexico coastal seaside resort accommodations, sunny beaches, Mexican cuisine, and shops selling Mexican art.
The brevity and individuality of my own life, compared to the long continuum of life and the remarkable diversity of life forms, was a mystery particularly poignant as I sailed in a small yacht through the Galapagos.
In Brazil I experienced firsthand the loss of species as I visited the Atlantic Rain Forest outside of Rio. Many species there have gone irretrievably extinct. I also happened to see up close a live jaguar in the wild, which was a thrill.
Our universal and unquenchable desire for love and romance has a profound effect on each of our lives. Listen as William Dougan narrates Chapter 5 “Mexico: The Tentativeness of Love" from the audiobook release of my travel literary book Travels in an American Imagination: The Spiritual Geography of Our Time.