Guyana

Guyana might be one of my favorite countries in South America. Why? When I visited in 2016, I found it to be vibrant, had lots of positive energy and was the only country on the continent with a distinct Caribbean flair. Its major exports are gold, bauxite, wood, and apparel made from US imports. Guyana has one of the largest unexplored oil basins in the world. So when the world petroleum prices increase this represents huge opportunity for this tiny country.

After landing at the international airport, I travelled by canoe down the river to a remote Amerindian Village. These descendants of the indigenous peoples are skilled hunters and craftsmen.

Afterwards, I made my way to the capital city, Georgetown, for a walking tour. We started at the Pegasus hotel and made our way to Stabroek market. The highlight of my time in Guyana was playing cards (gambling) with the locals, trying some local foods fruits and just interacting with numerous Guyanans.

Tonga

Jim's Perspectives: This was a fascinating place to visit!  Tongans are the most obese people on the planet and look for any excuse to eat and FEAST.  Interesting that town is called the "Little Banana" (ala Big Apple), although only 100,000 people live here. This is...

Colombia

The northern tip of South America, Colombia, a tropical and isothermal (relatively stable temperatures) country founded in 1810. The population is over 47.12 million (2013) and the capital is Bogotá, the center of South America’s largest network of bicycle routes at...

Panama

Panama's capital city is Panama City, and it’s hot and humid here most of the year. After seceding from its neighboring country Colombia, Panama was established in 1903. The official language is Spanish, but many Panamanians are bilingual speaking a variety of...