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On the Lares trail to Machu Picchu

July 16, 2019
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Kit from our marketing team shares his experiences of travelling to Machu Picchu on the Lares Adventure with Mountain Lodges of Peru. My mum used to live in Peru with my grandparents in the early 80s, so from an early age, I had grown up on a diet of stories about South America. So it was with great excitement that I told them that Latin Routes were sending me on the Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu! Before the trip began in Cusco, I had assembled a tick list of the exciting sights I wanted to see in Lima, from the famous port of Callao to the pre-Colombian gold museum, not to mention the mouth-watering gastronomic scene that I’d heard so much about. Arriving in Lima in the evening, I was greeted at the airport by my driver and guide, a charming pair that immediately made me feel welcome in this…

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Top 5 Things to See in the Galapagos

June 13, 2019
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Samir, one of our travel specialist team leaders, has returned from a trip to the Galapagos Islands. Here he shares the 5 things he enjoyed most. Highlands & Darwin Research Centre, Santa Cruz Island The Highlands and Darwin Research are located on Santa Cruz Island and are a typical pit stop for cruise going visitors as it is en route to Puerto Ayora from Baltra airport. This was the perfect start to my Galapagos adventure and got my taste buds salivating. As the bus worked its way along the only road from the north side of the island, the desert-like terrain slowly transitioned into lush green vegetation. I was entering the home of a local resident that I had been waiting to encounter for a very long time – the giant tortoise! The water saturated Highlands provide the perfect conditions for the giant tortoise and their insatiable appetite. This can…

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Latin Routes announces renewed partnership with Water-to-Go and commits to the LATA sustainability Charter.

June 12, 2019
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Latin Routes, an award-winning leading operator in the Latin America holiday market, is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Water-to-Go. Following a successful first year trial, the Latin America specialist reassured its commitment to reduce single-use bottled water from private transfers & tours and will continue to offer every client a Water-to-Go reusable filter bottle. In Latin America, often the water that flows from the tap is not up to UK standards, which often leads visitors to rely on single-use plastic bottled water. By offering Water-to-Go reusable bottles Latin Routes reassures its commitment to make its operations as sustainable as possible. The renewal of the contract was agreed today at the Experience Latin America trade show in London, where Latin Routes was also delighted to announce its commitment to the LATA Sustainability Charter. The Charter aims to increase environmental awareness, to propel eco-tourism to the top of…

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Hidden gems of Uruguay

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Wine! While not as well known as Chile and Argentina for wine production, Uruguay is South America’s 4th largest producer – which considering its size is pretty impressive!  And it is certainly something that any traveller there can experience for themselves. One of the most stunning places to get your Tannat fix is Bodega Garzon – in Maldonado and just an hour from Punta del Este.  One of the most advanced vineyards in South America, they have cutting edge technology and an enormous valley to experiment with different grape varieties and microclimates.  Take a tour and see every step from vine to barrel, with enthusiastic experts and of course several glasses to taste.  And definitely don’t miss the restaurant, with a specialist open-fire method developed with Francis Mallmann, a great focus on local products and an expert wine pairing for each course lunch here is a great Uruguayan experience. Another…

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Costa Rican Adventures

May 17, 2019
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After a hop, a skip and jump over the Atlantic myself and my fellow travellers touched down over the sunnier waters of Costa Rica excited to explore the country afoot. We were greeted at the airport by our charming guide, who’s knowledge and expertise throughout were invaluable. The next morning, we were whisked off on our journey. Travelling through fields of local produce and stunning scenery, we stopped for a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of Gallo Pinto (beans and rice). This was a  delicious start and something we would become quite accustomed with during our time. Once fed and watered we continued our journey to the mystery of Tortuguero National Park. As we neared our destination, we boarded a motorized canoe. Blasting through the waters of the Tortuguero River we could see the jungle whizzing by. Pachira Lodge was the perfect base, the isolation alone allowing us to really immerse…

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Why visit Colombia?

April 12, 2019
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Thomas, one of our Travel Specialists, has returned from a recent trip to Colombia where he found himself faced by a question… Why visit Colombia? I am asked as we board the bus from Bogota airport to our hotel. I’ve rarely arrived somewhere to be asked as a welcome to think about why I am there as a tourist in the first place. Our guide, Pedro, perched over a seat and grasping his microphone as we swerve through traffic, hypothesises: What draws travellers to Colombia? Why is its popularity growing constantly? How much is Narcos responsible for the peak in interest? Here I retreat, conscious of how irksome it must be for Colombians when naive Westerners profane wanting to ‘walk in Pablo Escobar’s steps’. But far from vilifying Narcos as a negative portrayal of a country through its dark history, Pedro talk of embracing the opportunity that such programmes as…

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Off the beaten track wildlife in Costa Rica

March 18, 2019
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Owen shares his experiences from Costa Rica’s famous wildlife trail. For me, the principal attraction of Costa Rica was the sheer variety of wildlife and eco-systems packed into such a tiny country. This short trip was focused on three main areas Tortuguero, San Gerardo and the Osa Peninsula, all very different from each other, but united in their abundance of wildlife including jaguars, tapirs, hummingbirds, quetzals and sea turtles. After a night in the Central Valley to rest after the 10-hour flight from London, I was up early the first morning heading north to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. After a couple of hours on the bus and a typical Tico breakfast of rice and beans, it was time to leave the roads behind and speed along the rivers and canals into Tortuguero. Soon after boarding the boat, I was able to begin spotting wildlife along the densely…

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Charlie’s top 5 things to do in Fortaleza

November 30, 2018
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Charlie Mason shares his experiences from the beautiful beachside city of Fortaleza, in North East Brazil. Fortaleza is the capital of the state Ceara, located in the northeast of Brazil. Known as the land of the sun (Terra do sol in Portuguese), it offers year-round sunshine for those looking to explore one of Brazils largest cities. Whether you are looking to enjoy a vibrant beachside city or looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax by a beautiful beach, Fortaleza has it all to offer, with a lot fewer international tourists than other large cities such as Rio and Sao Paulo. Another great thing about Fortaleza is how accessible it is due to regular International flights direct from Europe, making it a great place to begin or end your Brazilian adventure. Relax in Praia do Futuro Fortaleza may be one of the largest cities in Brazil, however…

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Helen and Lydia’s Amazon Adventure at Juma Lodge

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After more than 14 hours of flying to Manaus, we had finally reached the heart of the Amazon! However, our journey had just begun, as Lydia and I were met at the airport for our 30-minute transfer to the port, then we swapped to travel by boat to cross the famous ‘Meeting of the Waters’; the stunning natural phenomenon where the waters which make up the Amazon river meet. After another road transfer, we boarded our final mode of transport to reach Juma Lodge – an incredible hour-long boat journey which sped through flooded canopies, then wide expanses of the Amazon where we could hardly make out the other bank of the river! We arrived at Juma, a remote and idyllic lodge set on stilts and made up of walkways and individual bungalows. Friendly monkeys roam along the walkways, while caimans sunbathe in the river beneath your feet and iguanas…

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A frosty morning on Cape Horn

November 23, 2018
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Our marketing manager, Kit, has returned from a sublime trip to Patagonia, here he shares his experience of landing on Cape Horn. Bleary-eyed and half asleep, I rushed to put on my warm socks, waterproofs and lifejacket and headed for the stern of the Ventus Australis where the zodiacs were boarding. Opening the door from the warmth and comfort of the ship I was hit square in the face by the crisp morning air. Hanging the metal tag from my lifejacket on the board (a clever system to keep track of who was off the ship), I sat down on the Zodiac’s black rubber tubing, grinning from ear to ear at my fellow travellers. It wasn’t long before we were skimming across the still waters of the Drake Passage towards a wooden staircase perched on the side of a distant cliff. Landing on the small beach at the foot of…

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