By Richard Newton
For more than a month each year, the Colombian city of Medellin glows with Alumbrados Navideños, a spectacular light and water show National Geographic listed as one of the top Christmas lights shows in the world. And you don’t need to be out in the cold to enjoy it as December is mid-summer in Medellin.
If taking amazing family pictures is a top priority while visiting Patagonia, Chile, consider this your shot list. Sure, you can literally point and click in any direction and walk away with a stunning image to take home — one that still doesn’t do the region justice — but why not take the guesswork out of it and leave your family trip to the professionals?
We say Peru, you say Machu Picchu, right? While reaching this 15th-century Inca structure built high in the Andes Mountains is definitely a bucket list item, the country also offers a host of other epic outdoor adventures. What’s more, Peru is incredibly easy to get to from either U.S. coast (about seven hours from New York and nine from Los Angeles), and East Coasters have the added benefit of being on the same time zone, eliminating any pesky jet lag that would keep you from hitting the ground running once you arrive. The Nuevo Sol, the currency, is favorable right now for Americans, and, while the official language is Spanish, most residents can also communicate in English.
By Gregory D. McCluney