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.
The El Paso Texas Mission Trail, near the El Paso/Juarez border, provides a fascinating glimpse into four centuries of Mexico/U.S. immigration, trade, and cultural exchange.
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.
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.
Easter Island, off the coast of Chile, presents haunting sculptures, called moai, that celebrated ancestors and became a symbol of local pride. The island, called Rapa Nui, saw a collapse of its human culture because the building of these sculptures eventually degraded the environment.
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.
Puerto Vallarta attracts travelers with its Mexico coastal seaside resort accommodations, sunny beaches, Mexican cuisine, and shops selling Mexican art.
Mexico's Los Cabos at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, offer a vacation with resorts, snorkeling, fishing, and shopping. .
Chile wine country touring near Santiago can include a visit to the Maipo Valley, with stops at Vina Concha y Toro and at Vina Undurraga. Cabernet is the specialty, with Carmenere as the exotic wine of the area.
Mexico's Mazatlan offers the traveler ample beaches, lively restaurants, plus a major traffic in art and crafts from throughout Mexico.
In the Sonoran desert of northwest Mexico and Arizona an historical figure named Eusebio Kino has emerged with legendary dimensions
Oaxaca and Huatulco Mexico show the ethnic richness of southern Mexico and a lovely seaside resort environment. See Oaxaca's cultural monuments, its modern arts and crafts, and its rich colonial heritage. Then escape to the Pacific coast resort area of Huatulco.