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Colombia: A Vibrant Country on the Cusp of a Revolution in Arts and Tech

Colombia Photo via Heiko Meyer, Redux Pictures

Around the glass-walled pool at the envy rooftop bar, ripped boys and glossy-legged girls with straightened hair and skyscraper heels pick cocktails from a glowing menu. This is Medellín, cultural capital of the new Colombia—flush with oil money, cleaned up and ready to party (as seen on TV). But I am here for more than a caipiroska (a vodka-laden variation on the caipirinha). I want to know whether Medellín’s new image as innovation central goes deeper than the lip gloss.

Nicaragua is Open and Ready for Adventurers and Business

Gentle splashes of fresh water sprinkle over the bow, reviving us as we breeze through islets—more like dollops of jungle spooned from a batter of rainforest than beachy outcroppings. Egrets soar past our path and skid into landing, loons drag their knuckles on the placid waves, and somewhere beneath, bull sharks silently drift along, having adapted to the lack of salt water over thousands of years. My husband and I are on a small skiff traveling through an archipelago of 365 atolls off the coast of Granada, formed from the last reaches of an eruption thought to have happened thousands of years ago, when nearby Mombacho Volcano blew its top near the northwestern tip of Lake Nicaragua.

The Best Eats in Phoenix Get Major Love from The Food Network

Pizzeria Bianco Phoenix

The Food Network has given some serious love to Phoenix lately. If you’re a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Food or Iron Chef, you’ll want to add these restaurants to your must-visit list next time you’re in Phoenix.

Two Sea-Loving 
Brave Hearts 
Put Themselves on Ice for Environment


On July 15, expert adventurers Cameron Webb, 37, and Matt McFadyen, 31, will journey to the Arctic Circle in a 17.5-foot rowboat.

Joyce Maynard Leaves Her Heart in Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

The first time I travelled to Lake Atitlan I was not quite 20-years-old. It was 1973, and up to then, my experience of travel was visiting my grandparents in the prairies of Canada. I was trying to get over a broken heart—an experience that inspired a certain boldness.

Top Ten Things to See and Do in Phoenix, Arizona

Visit Phoenix

Phoenix’s perpetual sunshine might tempt you to spend all your free time sipping frozen beverages next to a swimming pool. Don’t give in. Exploring the Sonoran Desert’s horizons will broaden yours.

Local Author Joyce Maynard's Guide to Guatemala's Lake Atitlan

Getting There 

Fly into Guatemala City. The airport’s clean, modern, easy to navigate. Don’t change your money there if you can help it. The kiosks here give the worst exchange rate in the country. Bring US dollars to change, or use your ATM card to get cash.


A word on safety here: Follow basic precautions. Lock up your possessions when you leave your hotel room, keep your passport in a hotel safe, and don’t display flashy, expensive gear. Don’t walk alone at night or loiter in remote areas in daytime without a guide.


Getting to the Lake

7x7's May 2013 Travel Issue Launch at La Mar

7x7 unveiled our newest issue—dedicated to the most intriguing Latin American destinations for San Francisco's travelers—on a gorgeous day at La Mar Cebecheria Peruana on the Embarcadero.

Bay Area Spots Perfect for a Spring Picnic

Montara State Beach

Spring is officially here.

Diamond Dolphins: A Night for the Dolphins

A bevy of celebrities and guests gathered for a red carpet event at the Olympia Luxe Mansion in Los Angeles, benefiting Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Oceanic Preservation Society.

Host BeverlyJ Public Relations brought together a host of actors, directors, producers, musicians and publicists who came to support the charities in their efforts to stop the heartbreaking annual slaughter and captivity of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Sea Shepherd's California Chapter was on hand to meet and greet guests, and to relay information regarding the dolphin crisis.

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