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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 358th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

On Oct. 12, about 1,500 people were evacuated from Machu Picchu, Peru, after a mudslide covered a section of the railway line to the mountaintop Incan ruins. No one was hurt, and buses were employed to take the people down.

Snow melting on a nearby peak caused a chunk of Veronica Peak to break off, burying the tracks with seven meters of mud and rocks. Rail service was restored in a few...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 357th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

As ITN subscriber Calvin Parker of Upland, California, lamented in the July ’05 issue, page 85, Avis would not rent him a car in Belize because he was over 65. He has sent a follow-up letter explaining that he found an agency in Belize City that would rent to him but he ended up feeling cheated.

He wrote, “Upon my returning the car, the owner and a clerk examined it looking for damage....

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 356th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In this issue of ITN you’ll find letters from travelers who answered our questions about “money matters overseas,” specifically, how they deal with cash, credit cards, travelers’ checks, etc., and go about making purchases for goods and services while traveling. More information and advice on the subject is in a feature on page 55 as well as in Dr. Wagenaar’s “Discerning Traveler” column on page...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 355th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who until now have been able to cross borders between the U.S. and certain destinations without passports soon will need passports to do so, due to requirements of the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

As of Dec. 31, 2005, passports will be required of all people traveling between the United States and the Caribbean, Bermuda or Central or South...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 354th issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

In the June issue I mentioned that police in Malaysia had arrested criminals who possessed a machine that, using info gathered tapping into banks’ phone lines, could forge credit cards. I added that four credit card companies did not reply to ITN when we asked how travelers might avoid becoming victims and what to do if they did fall prey.

Seeing that, ITN subscriber Janet Nelson of Ashland...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 353rd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

UNESCO officials have recommended that the number of visitors to Machu Picchu be cut in half, and they are considering placing the site on its “at risk” list.

Threats to the 500-year-old stone ruins in the Peruvian Andes include erosion of its pathways by all the foot traffic; walls being weakened due to people sitting on them, and stone structures being eaten away by salt deposits left by...

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 352nd issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“As a longtime subscriber, I must write every so often to tell you how much I enjoy the magazine.” So wrote Ann White of Concord, California, continuing, “I have contributed pictures and small articles throughout the years and am enclosing some names of my traveling friends each to receive a complimentary copy. Keep up the good work and writing. The crossword in each issue is lots of fun!”

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Dear Globetrotter: Welcome to the 351st issue of your monthly overseas travel magazine.

“. . . this publication is a gold mine of information from the well traveled that could otherwise take hours to find.” That’s what E’Louise Ondash wrote in her January 20th “Hit the Road” column in North San Diego County’s The Coast News.

She continued: “. . . it does a great job as a person-to-person forum (‘Two seniors considering a trip to the North Pole. How do we get there?’) and...

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