Sports: There are many golf courses, polo matches, horse racing Sundays. The big bullfighting month is February. Barranquilla is the great hunting and fishing center. The best hotel is El Prado ($12-$15 double, European plan). There is deep-sea fishing from November through January; and spin casting and lagoon fishing all year. The Touring Club de Colombia, Apartado Aereo 42-33, Bogot�, offers eight days hunting jaguar in the upper Amazon River basin for $995, including round-trip transportation from Miami (minimum of four). Colombian Safaris Ltd., Apartado Aereo 460, Barranquilla, offers a 14-day special for $1,500 (minimum of two). Colombia is one of the two South American countries with a tourist office in the U.S. (the other is Surinam), at 608 Fifth Avenue, New York 22, N.Y.
Quito, practically on the equator, has a year-round spring because of its altitude (9,200 feet). The spectacular Hotel Quito (from $10.50 to $18 double, European plan) is very close to the Golf and Tennis Club. The hotel has a casino. The Mes�n Andaluz serves excellent Spanish food, and the restaurant of the Colon Hotel is very good. Quito is a good place in which to shop for modern art (try Painter Guild).
Sports: The season at Playas, Ecuador's smartest beach resort, is January through March. The Hotel Humboldt ($12 double, American plan) overlooks the Gulf of Guayaquil. There is swimming from the vast white beaches, and guests have full membership in the Shangri-La Golf and Country Club. Guayaquil, Playas, Salinas and Manta are springboards for excellent deep-sea fishing (April-Dec). The Gal�pagos Islands (650 miles from the coast) are reached by ship from Guayaquil. One must sleep aboard, but there are inns on San Crist�bal for food. The Ecuadorian jungle contains, among other things, 150 varieties of hummingbird, jaguars, ant-eaters, tapirs, pumas and vampires. Safaris can be arranged through local travel agencies.
Only the superb gamefish, the dorado, could lure the sportsman to Paraguay at this time of year (the average maximum temperature is 94�, and it rains hard, too). Dedicated fishermen may write to Sportsman Tourism, Oliva 667, Asunci�n.
Lima's 350-room Gran Hotel Bol�var charges $16.70-$19 for a double room, European plan. Don't accept a room on the streetcar side. The Lima Country Club, a topflight hotel with 150 rooms, tennis courts and swimming pool, is 10 minutes from town. Rates are from $14.75, European plan.
Restaurants: Peru has really good food—the best in South America. Las Trece Monedas recreates the Spanish Colonial atmosphere in an 18th-century mansion (dinner for two, about $12). Peru's favorite fish, the Pacific corvina, is prepared here a la Chiclayana, with onions, tomatoes, herbs. Corvina is also the basis of the famous ceviche (SI, Jan. 25, 1960). Peruvians eat their bay scallops (conchitas) on the half shell like oysters, with a squeeze of lemon. Two typical restaurants are Rosita Rios and Karamanduka, where you eat hot, spicy dishes to a guitar accompaniment. When you tire of the 270 edible fishes found in Peruvian waters, there is always Chinatown. There is barely any wine in Peru: all the grapes are made into pisco, the national drink. Try it straight as a change from the pisco sour.
Shopping: The alpaca rugs and blankets woven by the Peruvian Indians arc beautiful, hard-wearing and cheap (a large blanket costs $20 at El Chasqui after bargaining, and they will ship it home). Ancient Peruvian-Indian pottery, textiles and masks can be found at Roma. Silvania Prints sells linens and cottons with typical Peruvian designs in bright, clear colors. They make rather good beach shirts.
Sports: Just 600 miles north of Lima is the Cabo Blanco Fishing Club, with a year-round season. Every known Pacific game species, except for the wahu and the allison tuna, is there for the taking. Accommodations and meals are $35 a day from November to May, and boats are $125. Safaris start at Iquitos, on the Peruvian Amazon basin, where the Tourist Hotel ($14 double, without meals) has eight air-conditioned rooms and 16 others. Amazon Tours, Jir�n Lima 265, Lima; Amazon Service, Calle Pebas 150, Iquitos and Universal Travels, Jir�n Arica, Lima take care of jungle trips. They promise paiche, a 300-to-400-pound river fish, and alligator; jaguar is not so sure. In Lima itself you can find almost any kind of sport: horse racing and cockfighting on weekends, boxing, soccer, polo, bullfighting. Lima has two excellent 18-hole golf courses and two tennis clubs. The Waikiki and Kontiki Clubs have excellent surf-riding (cards can be arranged). At Pasamayo, about an hour out of Lima, one can ski down the towering dunes (ordinary skis are used). Lima's National Museum of Archeology has the finest collection of Inca and pre-Inca treasures in the world, and no traveler should miss the trip to Machu Picchu.