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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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Why visit Colombia? This is the first question that is asked to us 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 Narcos have given the country to attract tourists. He speaks of this new influx of…

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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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Brazil

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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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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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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