Ecuador’s Volcanic Village, Colombia’s Safari Park, and More

Colombia has come a long way from its violent past. (And it could soon go even further, with the conclusion of a recent ceasefire between the government and FARC guerrillas.) Nowhere is this better demonstrated than at Hacienda Nápoles. Formerly the home of infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar, the Hacienda has since been turned into a safari-style theme park for all to enjoy.

A Peaceful and Inexpensive Mountain Setting: Welcome to Boquete

"The future of the U.S. was looking bad,” says Nancy Young of the decisions that led her and her family to find a new life in the highlands of western Panama. “My husband was going to retire on beans, with no benefits…not enough for us to live on. Every winter in Missouri I dreaded getting our electric bill, and in the summer there were a few days you could open your windows to let the air in and not have to use air conditioning, but the air was so dirty that everyone had allergies. We had to make a move.”

Spend Your Strong Dollar in Medieval Southwest France

The Lot is one of the most beautiful and wild areas of France. It’s a land of warm springs, hot dry summers (figure 75 F to 90 F), extensive woodland, imposing limestone cliffs, and attractive medieval villages. History is all around you in the Lot. Eighteenth-century stone shepherd huts still dot many fields here. You’ll find Les Châteaux des Anglais (the castles of the English) carved into the limestone cliffs of this region. These fort-refuges were built during the Hundred Years’ War (1337 to 1453) between France and England.