This compilation of travel narratives provides an alternative to the glossy, tourist brochure-type analysis of Latin America. Packed with tales of travels from Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego, this guide provides firsthand feedback on places to visit, things to do, and where to stay as well as insight into local cultures and customs. While the essays acquaint readers with well-known hot spots such as Igazu Falls and the Galapagos Islands, their primary focus is on sites well off the trodden gringo trail. Complementing the text are the results from the VivaTravelGuides.com best-of survey drawn from the collective wisdom of thousands of visitors to the website - the best places to skinny dip, the most spectacular hikes, and awe-inspiring sunsets, among others. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific country and features maps designating recommended routes, tips, and practical information on departure points for alternate adventures.