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Baños de Agua Santa is hailed as Ecuador’s outdoor adventure capital

According to the National Geographic, here are some of the things to do in the shadow of Tungurahua, one of South America’s most active volcanoes:

  1. Swing at the End of the World
  2. Bathe in hot springs
  3. Outside adventure: Mountain bike, Zipline, Rappel, Rafting, Bungee
  4. Hike to Devil’s Cauldron

 

Watch: Peru’s incredible sights in 6 minutes

Travel to the heart of Lima, the top of Machu Picchu, and deep into the Sacred Valley. Rhythms of Peru takes you to some of Peru’s most iconic places, but also far off the tourist path..

Via National Geographic on YouTube

The museum fire that consumed Brazil’s treasures

The tragedy that engulfed the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night, turning up to 20 million of its holdings into dust, is an urgent reminder of the need for better safekeeping measures at museums around the world. To put what happened in perspective: It’s as if the entire collection of the British Museum disappeared, twice over, in the blink of an eye.

The fire ignited for unknown reasons. But many Brazilians are blaming their government and some have taken to the streets in protest. After years of declining federal funds, the museum staff had requested urgent maintenance funds from the country’s National Development Bank. In June, the money was disbursed but not in time to install the planned update to the museum’s fire equipment, which lacked a sprinkler system.

Right after the fire erupted, haunting images of panic-stricken museum workers with arms full of museum objects started to circulate on social media and in news outlets. One video showed some of them carrying jars of preserved specimens outside, as firefighters raced back in to save what they could.

More at the NY Times

Also at the BBC

Does this explain why Brazilians are always late?

According to this article, thanks to an unhurried ‘life’s a beach’ attitude, Brazilians neither expect nor appreciate punctuality. – BBC Travel

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