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PRESS RELEASE – We are removing single-use bottled water from our private tours and transfers

June 11, 2018
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11 JUNE 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Latin Routes removes complimentary single-use bottled water from our private transfers & tours. Every client will now receive a Water-to-Go reusable filter bottle. Like many, we were quite naive about the scale of sea pollution caused by single-use plastics, until it was highlighted by David Attenborough, in the recent BBC documentary, Blue Planet 2. Afterwards, the Environmental Audit Committee estimated that over 5.5 billion single-use plastic water bottles are landfilled, littered, or incinerated every year in the UK alone. Since then, we have been looking at ways to reduce our clients consumption of single-use plastics, while they are on holiday with us. In Latin America, often the water that flows from the tap is not up to the same standard as we have in the UK, which often leads our clients to rely on single-use plastic bottled water. However, we have now discovered…

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Wild Brazil: Wetlands of the Pantanal

February 15, 2018
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Stepping out of the jeep at Pousada Rio Mutum after a two-hour transfer from the city of Cuiabá, in the central state of Mato Grosso, I was immediately struck by the incredible remoteness of the lodge. Pousada Rio Mutum sits on the bank of a vast river, and you get the feeling that you are the only people around for miles. That’s not to say you’re alone though – the wildlife for which the Pantanal is known is quite literally on your doorstep. After a warm welcome from the lodge manager, on the way to our bungalow, a pair of huge, electric blue macaws crossed our path with their sights firmly set on some mangos that had fallen from one of the many trees within the grounds of the lodge. Pousada Rio Mutum is the perfect place to discover the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world. The lodge…

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Rosy’s Travels in Argentina

February 14, 2018
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  A few weeks into my big trip, I arrived at Iguazu’s gateway. In the Misiones province of Northern Argentina, the town had a rustic aura. Puerto Iguazu was of simple décor, streets were lined with the basic amenities. A garage, a bakery, a pharmacy and shop, all hosted by friendly locals. With every hospitable greet and helping hand, I admired the Argentinian culture. “Did you go to the falls, tell me, what do you think!?” A passer-by exclaimed with a grin. “Not yet, manana!” I called back with delight, his enthusiasm had instilled my excitement. Following strict instructions from a fellow traveller, I would view the Brazilian side first. A quick transfer later and a ticket in hand, I wandered the border alone. Too far to touch but close enough to marvel, stood miles of falling water. It was an exhilarating sight. I was now eager to get much…

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Crossing the Antarctic Circle

February 13, 2018
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Antarctica

Emma’s Voyage on the Ortelius I was lucky enough to sail to Antarctica in March aboard the M/V Ortelius, on her final voyage of the season to cross the Polar Circle. Carrying just 116 passengers, it is one of the smallest, most expedition-focused ships currently operating in Antarctica, and I couldn’t wait to get on board and familiarise myself with my surroundings for the next 12 days. Embarking from Ushuaia From the initial bag-drop at Ushuaia pier to the final transfer back to the airport, the operation ran smoothly. Knowing that I would be spending the morning of embarkation on an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Latin Routes arranged for my suitcase to be collected from the hotel and delivered to the pier, where the expedition staff were loading luggage onto the ship. When I embarked in the afternoon, my suitcase was ready and waiting in my cabin. Meeting the Passengers…

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Top 10 Things to Do in Medellin – Colombia

January 22, 2018
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Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Medellin offers way more than just good weather. Being the second biggest city in Colombia, this is a place where contrasting factors live harmoniously. Here you will experience the natural frenzy of a cosmopolitan city, just to have it fade away in minutes as you enter refreshing green spaces like Parque Avri. Museums can be found easily throughout the city, and even though Medellin’s history may be a harsh one, that definitely hasn’t made people less approachable; in fact, Medellin is home to some of the friendliest people you will have ever meet, not only in Colombia, but also in the entire world. Some say the bliss point is the perfect blend of salt and sweet; this city, you could say, is exactly that. So, what are the ‘Top 10 Things to Do in Medellin’? Have a look below and make sure you don’t…

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Chile is pure wonderment in a myriad of ways

December 27, 2017
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I had been living in Rio for just about 6 months when I landed in Santiago and it was like a breath of fresh air. Having become accustomed to a very Brazilian way of life where there was noise and bronzing bodies everywhere I turned, Chile’s capital is by comparison calming and modern with wide open streets and the easy atmosphere of a place that is entirely comfortable in its own skin. With a cosmopolitan make up, I had amazing Asian food and just spent a few days wandering around the old colonial squares and travelling up the funicular to the top of San Cristobal hill to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Andes in the distance.     After a few days of finding my Chilean feet I jumped on a bus to Valparaiso, a beaten-up port town about an hour and a half away. Rough around the edges,…

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South America – Brazil

November 22, 2017
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Rosy Lee is one of our travel specialists. In her latest blog, she shares some of her experiences from her time in Brazil. Frantically waving my parents goodbye, I stood clutching a tattered pillow. I gripped tightly my one-way to Rio, the dream about to come true. I was terrified. Finding solace in this piece of upholstery, I vowed we’d cross continents together. Tear filled eyes welcomed the kind words of a stranger, “It will be your biggest adventure”. I couldn’t have picked a better place to start. A metropolis, brimming with energy and bursting with colour. A city with rhythm and vibrancy from dusk to dawn. I was drained of fear upon arrival, the explorer in me ignited. Before long, I joined locals each evening on Ipanema to marvel at the sky. A shimmering orange descended on gaping rocks, it signalled the time for fiesta. Swarming into town, cariocas…

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Best Places to Visit in South America

August 4, 2017
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Argentina, Chile, Galapagos, Peru, Rio Carnival, Wildlife Week

As a Continent of wonders, South America is the place where the most incredible adventures can happen. If you haven’t been to this exquisite part of the world yet, hold on tight because what we are about to reveal will start a new life addiction – Latin America! Here are 10 reasons why you will be love-struck: Number 10: Perito Moreno Glacier The Perito Moreno Glacier is in the Los Glaciares National Park, in southwest Santa Cruz, Argentina. It’s considered to be one of the most important Argentinian Patagonian attractions and with good reason. It is 30 km long and one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes. Other than that, it’s just another wonder of the world, and one of the reasons why (after this post) you will be booking a flight to South America! You can learn more about the…

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Guide to the Andes

July 7, 2017
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  The Andes Mountains. Home to rainforests and deserts, glaciers and volcanoes, ancient civilisations and modern capital cities. The longest mountain range in the world stretches across seven South American nations and offers visitors unrivalled landscapes, world-class trekking, award-winning vineyards, glistening salt flats, and a chance to experience Andean culture. Covering an astonishing 3.371 million km², it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down a specific destination or area of the Andes to explore. We’ve put together a guide to the Andes, broken down into some of our favourite destinations. Where will you explore next?   Where to go in the Andes? Peru   Home to Machu Picchu, Peru has arguably the most popular and well-known tourist attraction in the Andes. Whether trekking the Inca Trail, or travelling by train from the stunning capital of Cusco, this is one destination you definitely won’t want to miss. While Machu Picchu is…

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Touching the Sky in Torres del Paine

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Chile

When you’re almost at the end of the earth, there’s no knowing what you might find.  The raw, untamed beauty of Patagonia reveals treasure after treasure to those who venture through her, and Torres del Paine National Park is certainly one worth travelling for.  One of the world’s premier hiking destinations, acre upon acre of protected landscape stretches out to wonder and amaze you; from glacial lakes to undulating, grassy plains, to soaring, snowcapped mountains. The Singular Patagonia hotel offers a gateway like no other into this spectacularly beautiful region.  Base yourself in a luxurious and elegant setting so that you’re ready to explore, and, alongside their expert guides, take the trip of a lifetime to see the torres themselves.  Three delicately coloured granite peaks which reach majestically into the Chilean sky, the towers are the namesake of the entire park and unquestionably the jewel in its crown. Special offer:…

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