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Self-Drive Latin America

September 15, 2021
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Increasingly popular, a self-drive adventure is one of the most convenient and flexible ways to explore the beautiful landscapes of Latin America.  The open roads provide some of the most amazing, scenic vantage points with a wow factor at every turn, and driving in Latin America has never been easier, safer and more accessible. Below we look at some of the key reasons for you to consider a self-drive holiday for your next adventure. Ultimate Flexibility There is perhaps no other holiday type that can offer the same sense of freedom and adventure than what a self-drive adventure can. With full flexibility, you are literally in the driving seat to determine the pace of your tour, to make those impulsive stops, and ultimately discover the nooks and crannies of a destination in your own special way. Accommodation will always be pre-booked, as will any excursions requested and all the vehicle…

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Exploring the biodiversity of Latin America

September 9, 2021
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Amazon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Latin America, Peru

In the broadest terms possible, biodiversity can be defined as ‘life on earth’ and over HALF of the word’s biodiversity can be found in Latin America. Across the borders, you will find some of the most species-rich biomes on the planet and it would be no exaggeration to say that the survival of these ecosystems are pivotal for earth’s survival. Below we look at some of the five most biodiverse countries in Latin America and what makes them so. Brazil Estimated to cover up to one-fifth of Earth’s total biological diversity, it is no surprise that Brazil is considered the most biodiverse country on the planet. Covering 60% of the Amazonian rainforest and supported by the Atlantic Forest, the inland swamp of the Pantanal and a literally uncountable amount of other terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Brazil leads the way in terms of flora and fauna variety count and 700 new…

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Peru – Beyond Machu Picchu

July 28, 2021
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Whilst Machu Picchu remains the most iconic and most significant archaeological destination in Peru and is likely to go unmissed on any first-timer itinerary, it can sometimes overshadow some of Peru’s other remarkable destinations. Below we look at five worthy contenders for you to consider when planning a trip to Peru… The Peruvian Amazon Despite covering more than 60% of the country’s total landmass, the Amazonian rainforest is largely ignored by the majority of those who visit Peru. The reason for this is not entirely clear – accessibility is not a major issue and there is no shortage of accommodation options available in the region. Those who do make it here, therefore, are greeted with pristine rainforest, an abundance of exotic wildlife and opportunities to meet indigenous communities, all away from the masses. The northern region is possibly the easiest way to experience the rainforest, reached via Iquitos. Characterised by…

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Costa Rica for Your Next Adventure

July 13, 2021
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For a relatively small nation, Costa Rica maintains a big reputation. A leader of sustainability, a multi-awarding winning travel destination and a playground for the adventurous, Costa Rica’s accolades are just. Below we look at some of the top reasons why you should consider Costa Rica for your next holiday destination. Leader of Sustainability Since the turn of the century, Costa Rica has trailblazed its way to international recognition for its sustainable concepts and eco-tourism.  A truly pioneering destination, over a quarter of Costa Rican land, is protected, aided by commendable government environmental policies. These practices have proven to pay dividends and the wildlife, flora and fauna and natural resources of Costa Rica are all thriving. Visitors can enjoy complete peace of mind that tourism in the country is managed in a sustainable way and actively encouraged, with high percentages of the proceeds being reinvested in the protection of the…

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Argentina’s Best Natural Wonders

June 28, 2021
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As one of the world’s top 10 largest countries, the diversity of landscapes in Argentina is vast and whilst the big cities and urban regions relay the country’s rhythmic culture, the true beauty of the country lies within its many natural wonders. Below we guide you through some of our favourite Argentinian natural wonders. Iguazu Falls It would simply be impossible to not include Iguazu Falls on this list. The sheer force of water thundering over the basalt cliffs to the backdrop of jungle terrain is a true assault of the senses, and undeniably one of Argentina’s most spectacular sights. Whilst the falls straddle both Brazil and Argentinian borders, the Argentinian side affords a closer experience of the aptly named ‘Devil’s Throat’, best observed from elevated aluminium walkways. Perito Moreno Glacier There are few places on earth that can demonstrate the fragility and the constant movement of our natural world…

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Why Travel On a Group Tour?

June 16, 2021
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All News, Latin America

Group tour holidays are constantly evolving – long gone is the stigma of coaches full of irritable tourists traversing between tourist traps and full days spent travelling between destinations. Today, group tours are surprisingly flexible, affordable and experience led and Latin Routes group tours have a maximum group size of 16, meaning closer connections can be made as you share the wonderful memories you create. Below we look at five reasons why you should consider a group tour for your next Latin America holiday… Travel with Like-Minded Individuals As exciting as travel is – seeing new places, engaging with new cultures, trying new experiences, we also understand that for some, it can be daunting and a step outside of your comfort zone. Travelling in groups, allows you to share amazing, often life-changing experiences with like-minded people, people with shared interests who are taking the time to explore the same part…

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Five Must-Sees in Guyana

April 14, 2021
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There are few places on Earth like Guyana. With 90% of its natural beauty left untouched, this tiny country on South America’s northern coast is fast becoming one of the continents premier eco-tourism destinations as a growing number of adventurous travellers are drawn to its pristine rainforests and natural sensations. Here we look at five of Guyana’s most treasured sites. Kaieteur Falls Of course we begin with Guyana’s most famous highlight. Whilst images of Kaieteur Falls can certainly impress with its mesmerising beauty until you stand at its base it is impossible to fathom the ambience created when 30,000 gallons of water thunder down a 250-metre cliff. The sheer size of the falls and its audacious power create an almost unnerving sensation as you feel the electrifying mist and hear the unapologetic roar of the force of nature, set to a spectacular backdrop of the ancient jungle. Iwokrama Rainforest Guyana’s…

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Beaches of Latin America

March 18, 2021
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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latin America

Latin America has no shortage of exceptional beaches. From secluded tropical paradises with sweeping golden sand to some of the most world’s most iconic beaches such as the Copacabana. Here we list five of our must-visit beaches, although with coastlines stretching across the Atlantic & Pacific oceans plus the Caribbean Sea, there are so many fantastic beach holiday destinations across this diverse continent… Jericoacoara, Brazil Getting here isn’t easy, but a journey where part of the route needs to be navigated by dune buggies must surely prick up the ears of the more adventurous traveller. Those who do make it to this beach in the northeast of Brazil are well rewarded with some of the continents most spectacular natural diversity. ‘Jeri’, as it is affectionally known as by the friendly locals, is much more than just a picturesque beach town, it is a national park, a mangrove swamp, a vast…

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The Five Best Views in Latin America

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February 18, 2021
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Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Latin America

This post could also be called ‘the five must-see places in Latin America’ as they should be on every traveller’s wishlist not least because they offer up some of the most tremendous vistas in the region. Which of these stunning destinations will you be adding to your bucket list? The Atacama Desert – Chile The sheer size of the Atacama Desert, meteorologically the driest (hot) desert on earth, is astonishing. With miles and miles of salt flats extending in front of you, it’s not hard to believe that some areas of the Atacama have had no recorded instances of rainfall ever. If nothing else, this view will make you appreciate how vast the earth as a whole is – for some, it can be a life-changing experience. Christ the Redeemer – Brazil Arguably one of the most recognisable pieces of architecture in the world, the huge statue of Christ the…

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Focus on: The Amazon Rainforest

January 28, 2021
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Amazon, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

Stretching over 2 million square miles, entering nine different countries and holding over half of the world’s rainforest, the Amazon is the largest and most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Stretching from its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Peruvian, Colombian and Bolivian borders, the area is best explored via a cruise along the length of the Amazon River. This is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, and will surely be the highlight of your holiday to Brazil. The Area The main gateway to the Amazon is the bustling city of Manaus. This is an ideal base for your exploration of the surrounding area, and a great place to start your trip and/or cruise. While this city is an experience in itself, the real treat lies deeper into the rainforest – either join one of the many Amazon River Cruises available or stay in a fantastic Eco Lodge…

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