Illustrator Paola Gaviria works out of Cali, Colombia, doing Action Drawing at Lugar a dudas, having spent last year in Amazonia, where she set up a club through which her neighbors could learn more about the arts, themselves and their environment. Another project she is involved is a blog where a group of female artists […]
When I visited San Francisco a few years ago, in the middle of a film festival, on a beautiful morning when Spring was starting to dress us more colorfully and happy. I went to SFMoMA and saw an installation by the artist Ann Hamilton called Indigo Blue. Before going back to the cinema, I took a look into the gift shop. Near the books, I found glasses, author postcards, and a wallet that surprised me. It was part of the Poketo Collection, designed by Alex Noriega, an illustrator from Barcelona. Yesterday, I found his new project, Stuff No One Told Me, a blog with a collection of comics with funny and inspired sentences about our life. Alex Noriega told us more about his work.
Patagonia is more than a land of sheep and magnificent Asado al Palo (Patagonian BBQ). It’s also a land with a significant tradition, with people who love their land, and protect their customs. In Chile, in the Aysen region, two friends are working on a project that reflects how people live daily in a manner similar to that from more than a century ago.
El Bolson is a beautiful village located in a fertil valley at The Comarca Andina, near Bariloche in Argentina. Close to national parks and Los Andes is a perfect place to stay and then start a trekking trough lakes, rivers and the mountains. In the town you can enjoy good music, handicraft market in Plaza Pagano, delicious local ice-creams and the view of Piltry Mountain.
El Bolson is a beautiful village located in a fertile valley at the Comarca Andina, near Bariloche, in Argentina. Close to national parks and Los Andes, it’s a perfect place to stay before starting a trek trough lakes, rivers and the mountains. In the town, you can enjoy good music, handicraft market in Plaza Pagano, delicious local ice-creams, and the view of Piltry Mountain.
San Telmo is shining. It’s Sunday morning and Plaza Dorrego and Defensa Street are dressed up with old pictures, paintings, music bands, antiques, and more. Claps identify the arrival of tango dancers and bandstands. All kinds of foods are offered by local and international street sellers, adding taste and smells to the market.
Paraty is a small town in the Costa Verde, midway between Rio and Sao Paulo. The city has a beautiful historic center, very well preserved colonial buildings, and stoned streets — testimony to the golden Portuguese time, when the gold from Minas Gerais was transported to the port of Paraty. In “exchange”, stones arrived via the Portuguese ships. At the east side of the historic center are two beaches and the fort, which are the main attractions. Jabaquara beach is calm and has a lot of kiosks where you can drink Cachaza, the liquor produced in the zone. Just 45 minutes from Paraty is Trindade, a place to chill out, with endless sunshine and great beaches. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
A quiet life, good prices and an amazing view of Rio. The sunset is wonderful, and in the afternoon, people meet at the bars on the sidewalk to the rhythm of local samba bands. Icarai beach is beautiful but polluted (though splendid beaches can be found on the Atlantic side of Niteroi). Yet, every Sunday morning, Icarai is full of people walking, running, dancing and drinking Agua de Coco (or coconut milk). [photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
If you’re going to Santiago, Chile, in January, and you’re a theatre, dance and performing arts lover, you should check out Santiago a Mil, one of the most important festivals in Latin America. It gathers artists from all over the world. 2010 is an especially emotive year because it’s the Bicentenary of the nation. Local […]
Santa Cruz Department in East Bolivia is a perfect place to eat weird food. Carne de Monte (wild animal meat) like Tatu (armadillo), Taitetu (wild pig), Urina (deer) and Surubi (river catfish) are offered in local restaurants on the side of the highway to Cochabamba near Yapacani. One of the most disgusting foods is the Jalea de Pata, the liquid of a boiled cow hoof with sugar. Bolivian people seem to love it.
Callejón de Conchucos was the place where the Chavin culture (1000-400 BC) built their most important religious temple, a ceremonial site where they also studied astronomy so they would know when to plant and harvest their fields. Chavin culture is one of the oldest and most important of the Andes region. You can find in […]
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take the locals’ road to Machu Picchu. It involves a couple of hours on a local bus through the jungle, a taxi to a hydroelectric power plant, and several kilometers walking on train tracks. During this trip, you visit Santa María and Santa Teresa villages, and besides saving a few bucks, you also get a really nice view of the river, the mountains and the jungle. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
On the coastal side of Trujillo in Perú, you can find the old abandoned city of the Chimú (900-1400 AC) culture, an impressive site of just twenty square kilometer. It’s a dusty place, which is being rebuilt and looks like a Hollywood stage surrounded by enormous ancient walls. If you’re lucky, you can see some reminders of the original Chimú sculptures. You can take a tour of the city or go by yourself in a local bus. I recommend the latter, because it’s a very atypical experience that you won’t forget easily. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
One of the deepest canyons in the world is located six hours away from Arequipa. This amazing Peruvian landscape offers you old villages, terrace cropping, condor birds, and a surprising oasis near the Colca river. The best tour option is three days trekking downwards and then climbing more than 1,200 meters in three hours from 2,100 feet over sea level. Or you can always do it by yourself without taking a tour. Just ask the locals for information. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
Traveling through the north of Chile, I found a cool place to stay for a couple of months: San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world. With no more than three thousand local population, which increases to six thousand with foreign workers and tourists, this old Atacamenian village mixes five star hotels with small backpackers, trekking excursions, volcano climbing and trucks, with which to cross the amazing alti-planic landscape, looking for archaeological pre-Inca locations and geological formations that give us astonishing colors and unique formations.