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The Galapagos Islands are legendary for their population of curious, approachable wildlife, and South Plaza island — one of the smallest in the chain — is a great place to see many of the Galapagos' endemic creatures.

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Ruins are an integral part of the culture of Latin America. It's hard to take a trip to Latin America and not see some type of ruins. Some of the world's most famous ruins can be found in here, including the Inca ruins in and around Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza in Mexico. However, there is more to the ruins of Latin America. Below you'll find three ruins in Latin America that you may not be so familiar with, but are worth a visit on your next trip.

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Lonesome George, the giant tortoise that became perhaps the best-known resident of Galapagos Islands passed away this past Sunday in his pen at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Scientists estimate that he was around 100 years old.

According to Galapagos National Park officials, Fausto Llerena, George’s keeper for 40 years, found him dead in his corral. With George’s passing, the Pinta Island subspecies of giant tortoise is now considered extinct.

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The wilderness and wildlife of Latin America are attractions in and of themselves. The animals you dream about seeing as a kid, but can often only see in a zoo, are viewable in their natural habitat in Latin America.

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How do you bring back memories of your big trip? Probably photos and maybe video? This is typically considered the primary means for remembering an adventure, no matter what the destination is. However, Latin America is such an extraordinary destination that you can bring back memories that go beyond just a photo album or video clips. Today we feature four distinct ways to bring your Latin America trip back home with you.

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Choosing a tour can be a challenging undertaking. Where should you go? Which tour should you take? How long do you travel for? These are just some of the questions you'll want to answer when planning your trip. To help you choose the right tour and make the most of your next trip, here is a list of essential tips to keep in mind.

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Costa Rica is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world, and the 2012 Happy Planet Index (HPI) recently named the Central American nation the happiest country on the planet. To determine the ranking of 151 nations, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) in the U.K. analyzes countries based on their average life expectancies, ecological footprints and experienced well-being.

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Welcome to Lake Nicaragua. When it comes to Latin America, you probably think raging rivers and large ocean bodies like the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. However, while both of these oceans are an important part of the coastline of Nicaragua, Lake Nicaragua exists as the country's largest lake and one of the most unique lakes in Central America.

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Southern Nicaragua's Mombacho Volcano is unmistakeable. Wherever you seem to turn, there it is hovering over the landscape. Whether it's walking the streets of Granada, taking a panoramic photograph from the top of Iglesia de la Merced, or boating around Lake Granada, Mombacho captures your attention. And that with Mombacho not even being one of Nicaragua's tallest volcanoes, at just below 4,500 feet. However, for the outdoor adventurist, Mombacho has a lot to offer.

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