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Coca leaves on the Inca Trail in Peru

The Good/Bad Coca Leaf in Peru

If people make a plant product into candy, chocolates, and tea, can it really be all that bad? Well, if you’re U.S. Customs, yes, but for people in the Andes, the coca leaf is life. If you don’t process it into
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International Budget Airline Routes From the USA

Although you wouldn’t know it from all the bad airline service news, this is actually a good time to be flying internationally on a budget if you’re American. Fuel prices are still reasonable, the U.S. dollar is strong, and fewer travelers
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Argentina Drops Its Reciprocity Visa Fee

Argentina took another big step forward last month in attracting more American travelers. I’ve complained on multiple occasions about how Argentina was shooting itself in the gaucho-booted foot by charging Americans $160 each to enter the country. Then on March 6
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Poof – Argentina’s Black Market is Gone

Before this week, if you traveled to Argentina on vacation, you needed to come with a briefcase full of U.S. dollars to truly get the best bang for your buck. That all ended yesterday as the new government lifted currency controls
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How Much Does It Cost to Go to Machu Picchu?

One of the seven wonders of the world and by most accounts the most popular tourist destination in South America for foreigners, Machu Picchu is on the list of almost every first-time visitor to Peru. If you look at Peru’s advertising