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Top 10 Things to Do in Medellin

Medellin
May 14, 2020
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Known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’, Medellin offers way more than just good weather. The second biggest city in Colombia is a place where contrasting factors live harmoniously. You’ll experience the natural frenzy of a cosmopolitan city, just to have it fade away in minutes as you marvel at a skyline that reaches for the heavens. Museums are found throughout Medellin, and even though the city’s history may be a harsh one, the people are not; in fact, Medellin is home to some of the friendliest people you will have ever meet, not only in Colombia but 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, with that in mind, there are an array of things to do in Medellin to suit every taste. Here we list our Top 10 Things to Do…

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Why you should stay at Hacienda La Danesa in Ecuador

November 7, 2019
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I had the pleasure of staying at Hacienda La Danesa a stunning rural estate that combines a luxurious boutique hotel and working farm on a recent trip to Ecuador. Just one and a half hours from Guayaquil, the hacienda has everything from horses and cows to cacao and sugar cane. Activities include hiking, biking, beekeeping, horseriding, a bean to bar chocolate experience and more. Its proximity to the gateway to the Galapagos makes it a good option to stop and relax after visiting the enchanted isles, although it would work just as well as an accommodation option before. Arriving at the Hacienda gives you the feeling of being transported back in time. The driveway is lined by tall teak trees. The fields behind are filled with sugar cane, cocoa and grass for the horses. Set in stunning grounds the main house and surrounding guest rooms are a bustle of activity….

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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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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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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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7 Things To Do In Valparaiso

Palacio Astorica, Valparaiso
July 5, 2017
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  Valparaiso is a beautiful, colourful city, that can conquer anyone’s heart. Still, the best description for this corner of the world came from the poet Pablo Neruda, who had a particularly beautiful view of this town – “Valparaiso, how absurd you are… you haven’t combed your hair, you’ve never had time to get dressed, life has always surprised you.” There is indeed a certain chaotic beauty to Valparaiso, one that you will quickly discover on this journey to the 7 best things to do when in Valparaiso. So, let us begin:   La Sebastiana La Sebastiana was Pablo Neruda’s former residence and is now a house-museum that you can visit. Getting there involves a lot of climbing but it is all worth it as each floor of the house provides you with the most heart-stopping views to the harbour. Here you will also be able to see first-hand Neruda’s…

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Exploring in the Land of Volcanoes

October 4, 2016
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The shifting power of the earth is always near the surface in Pucon.  The Villa Rica volcano sparks and rumbles, thermal pools simmer and impossibly blue water laps at the feet of mountains. The Chilean Lake District may be a picture book of sparkling pools and verdant hillsides, but it’s also one of colossal power and strength.  There is mystery here, and not a little wonder. Embrace the spirit of a region filled with natural treasures by staying in luxury, while remaining uniquely in touch with the nature which surrounds you.  Supplied by produce from their own hacienda, Vira Vira Hacienda Hotel effortlessly combines a peaceful retreat with opportunities to get into the great outdoors.  Get up close with the resident ponies, or retreat to the gourmet restaurant where the best of local produce will be lovingly prepared for you. With all the activities of the Lake District right on…

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