Category: Colombia

Our Routes in Colombia

Felipe on his ride into Cocora Valley
July 21, 2023
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Colombia, Our Routes

..with Senior Marketing Manager, Felipe Francisco In the next installment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, we dive into Colombia with thoughts from Senior Marketing Manager, Felipe Francisco, who recently enjoyed a special trip across this dazzlingly varied country. YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Bogota, Coffee Region, Medellin, Cartagena, Minca and Tayrona National Park. HOW DID YOU GET THERE?   Flight to Bogota via Madrid with Iberia and a mix of domestic flights and driving in Colombia. FIRST TIME OR REPEAT TRIP?   First time – after years and years dreaming about exploring Colombia, I finally made it! FAVOURITE LOCATION?   Colombia is one of the most exciting destinations in Latin America, there is so much to see and do, the people are amazing, and the food is superb! It’s hard to pick favourites as the entire country is impressive but I was especially surprised by Medellin – I can…

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A Day In The Life Of…A Chocolate Maker

Jose
May 4, 2023
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A Day In The Life Of, Colombia

Colombian Chocolate aficionado José Luis Pérez is a host at Casa Rivera del Cacao. Here he discusses the child-like magic of his small natural paradise in the foothills of the Andes, Córdoba, Quindío – the perfect place to explore the gastronomic applications of Colombian biodiversity and where several of the best cocoas in the world are grown and produced. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what attracted you to work in this role?  I fell passionately in love with cacao and chocolate. Its history, biology, and all the agricultural process around it. Cacao is something that is very dear to our hearts as humans, but most of us don’t know much about it. When I started to discover all that surrounds chocolate I didn’t want to be anywhere else. How does a typical day start for you?  A lot of the experience in our property revolves around…

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Best Times To Go: The Weather Windows of Latin America

January 23, 2023
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Amazon, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Latin America, Patagonia, Peru

All four seasons (sometimes in one day!) can play their part in shaping your experience throughout Latin America, so let’s delve deeper into the rolling peak and shoulder seasons that dominate the sky, land, and sea on your next trip to this stunning big outdoors continent. Argentina High Season: November – February & July The Patagonia region in southern Argentina hits a peak from December to February with the best weather for pursuing outdoor activities. If you’re looking for a Christmas / mid-winter getaway, the beaches from late December through January are popular times along the Argentine coastline as well. For skiers, July is the best time to hit the big resorts of Mendoza and picturesque areas like Bariloche. Shoulder Seasons: September – November & March – May Buenos Aires enjoys ideal temperatures in shoulder seasons, and it’s also a good shout for seeing Patagonia with the beautiful Lake District…

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The Ancient Civilisations of South America

Statue of inca Atahualpa in the mall of the Incas Cajamarca Peru
September 5, 2022
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Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Latin America, Peru

People from Asia arrived in the Americas at least 15,000 years ago, but by the European arrival in the 15th century, many South American civilisations had either disappeared or would later fall to new empires. There were still many, however, which were vast and thriving, constructing incredible monuments that we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy today. Read on to find out more about these societies’ fascinating histories below. The Caral-Supe Civilisation The Caral Supe are the oldest known advanced civilisation in the American continents discovered to date, dating back to 3000-2500 BC. Nearly twenty separate villages have been identified in north Peru, with a centre in the urban community at Caral. The city of Caral included enormous earthy platform mounds, which for centuries were considered just to be low lying hills, until more modern archeological techniques uncovered their true origins. Nazca Civilisation The people of the Nazca…

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Our Park Zen Top Ten

Los Kuernos over Lake Pehoe
August 31, 2022
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Amazon, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands, Latin America, Peru, Uncategorized

Imagine a continent with over 300 national parks to choose from, ranging from rugged rocky peaks to palm tree-lined beach forests! To help narrow such an astounding choice down, we have handpicked ten of the most incredible national parks in South America to help you get started. Argentina Tierra del Fuego National Park This 245-square-mile park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Argentina’s only coastal national park. Just outside the park’s border you’ll discover Puente Quemado (“the burned bridge”) and Macarena Waterfall, plus the Pipo River, which flows into the park and runs alongside the peat bog, giving the Laguna Negra (black lagoon) its colour and name. Inside the park, sits the sixty-five-mile-long Lake Fagnano which offers views of Andes Mountains. Los Glaciares National Park At a whopping 2,800 square miles, this is the largest national park in the country and another one on UNESCO’s list. As the park…

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The Longest Mountain Range On Earth

August 12, 2022
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Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Latin America, Peru

At 4,500 miles long spanning the west coast of South America and bisecting seven countries – Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina – the Andes is the longest chain of mountains in the world and includes many of the highest peaks in the Western and Southern Hemispheres. Formations Formed around 45-50 million years ago, the process that created them had already begun 140 million years ago when the largest dinosaurs that ever lived were roaming these lands. This process has continued to this date and causes earthquakes and volcanic activity in the region, and as a result of the subduction of the Nazca and Antarctic Plates beneath the South America Plate, many active volcanoes are located in the Andes Mountain Range. The highest volcano in the world, the Ojos del Salado, is located in the Andes on the Chile-Argentina border. Mount Aconcagua in Argentina is the highest peak at 22,481ft, with…

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Our Routes in Colombia

August 8, 2022
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Colombia, Our Routes, Uncategorized

…with Product Manager, Cat We are delighted to be launching a new and revealing Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America. Our debut blog begins with a feature on Product Manager Catrin Davies, who recently enjoyed a special trip to Colombia and couldn’t wait to tell us all about it! YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Bogota, Coffee Region, Cartagena, Isla Baru. HOW DID YOU GET THERE?   Avianca direct from London, on a new Dreamliner plane. All flights within Colombia were also with Avianca.    FIRST TIME OR REPEAT TRIP?               First time…but definitely not the last!  FAVOURITE LOCATION?   That’s a hard question as everywhere was so different. I loved the unique scenery in the Coffee Region and the serene white sand beaches of Isla Baru, but really I think Cartagena captured so much of the country’s spirit for me. Colombia is one of the…

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Top 5 Architectural Masterpieces of South America

Las Lajas Sanctuary
June 30, 2022
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Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Latin America, Peru

In a continent filled with a variety of magnificent man-made structures spanning the centuries, we’ve put together our five favourite examples to give them the spotlight they deserve! Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia Our Lady of Las Lajas is a Roman Catholic Basilica church in Colombia built in the state of Nariño, on the border with Ecuador. Its stunning Gothic Revival construct sits over a 160-foot-tall bridge over the Guáitara River which connects the church to the other side of the canyon. Bahá’íTemple of South America, Chile The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. This unique project represents the last of eight continental temples commissioned by the religious Bahá’í Community – each meant to embody “technological innovation and architectural excellence”. Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil Located in Largo de São Sebastião in downtown Manaus, this theatre was born from the riches of…

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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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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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