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Our Routes in Peru

July 5, 2023
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Our Routes, Peru

…with Nicole, Georgia, and Milly For the latest installment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, we have a bumper edition to share with you all! Three budding explorers from our team – Travel Specialist Nicole, Business Development Executive Georgia, and Operations Team Leader Milly – enjoyed an incredible trip across Peru during the spring. Read on to hear about their shared experiences in this epic country. YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Peru; Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Puno for Lake Titicaca, and Aquas Calientes for Machu Picchu. HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR WAY FROM PLACE TO PLACE? Nicole: We flew from Lima to Arequipa, then drove for half a day to Colca Valley from Arequipa, making many stops on the journey for site seeing. We first stopped off to get Coca leaves and various other local treatments for altitude sickness. When…

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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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Our Routes in Ecuador

Charlie Giant Tortoise
April 5, 2023
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Ecuador, Galapagos, Galapagos Islands

…with Latin Team Leader, Charlie For the newest installment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, Team Leader and Travel Specialist Charlie Mason shares with us the highlights of his marvellous multi-centre trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands. YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Quito, Galapagos, and the Amazon. HOW DID YOU GET THERE?   I flew into Quito via Houston with United Airlines. And then flew on to the Galapagos and Coca (Amazon). FIRST TIME OR REPEAT TRIP?   Repeat, this was my second time in Ecuador and Galapagos. Last time I did a land-based stay in Galapagos whereas this time on a cruise. I also visited Mindo cloud forest, Cotopaxi, and Antisana Volcano as day trips which are places I didn’t manage to visit on my first trip. I Have also visited Amazon in Bolivia so it was good to see the…

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Our Routes in Brazil

February 22, 2023
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Brazil, Our Routes

…with Co-Director Martin and Senior Product Executive, Sarah For the latest installment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, our co-founder and director Martin Johnson and wife, Senior Product Executive Sarah Johnson, share with us the highlights of their whistle-stop tour of Sao Paolo and the beauty of Bahia in Brazil. YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Sao Paulo and Bahia (Santo Andre and Trancoso). HOW DID YOU GET THERE?   We flew LATAM to Sao Paulo and then onwards to Porto Seguro. FIRST TIME OR REPEAT TRIP?   First time in these areas. FAVOURITE LOCATION? Trancoso was really beautiful and we loved the Quadrado. The beach at the Fasano Trancoso was spectacular. MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT?   A walk along the beach from Estrela D’Água in Santo Andre and getting caught in a rainstorm. We managed to find a great little local bar and spent the afternoon there watching…

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The Really Wild Life Of The Galapagos

February 13, 2023
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Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Uncategorized

Nestled in the Pacific Ocean over 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador lays the archipelago which gave Charles Darwin his revolutionary theory on evolution: the legendary Galápagos Islands. Having evolved in unique ways over thousands of years, its isolated wildlife is known amongst biologists and adventurous travellers as some of the most diverse on the planet. Let’s take a look at some of the wild endemic delights to be found in and around this amazing chain of islands. Giant Tortoise The name Galápagos is derived from an old Spanish word referring to the tortoise’s saddle-like shape, and they have become internationally known as the symbol of the islands since, with an estimated 20,000 living there now across fifteen different sub-species. They can grow over 4ft long and weigh over 40 stone, living on average to 150 years old. There is even a tortoise gifted in the 19th century to the…

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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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Latin America At The 2022 World Cup!

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November 17, 2022
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Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Latin America, World Cup 2022

Some of our favourite Latin Routes destinations – Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador and Costa Rica – are competing in this year’s winter World Cup, which starts this weekend when the Ecuadorians kick off the footballing festivities on Sunday against Qatar! We take a look at each country’s rich sporting history and some of the fútbol related things you can experience when visiting these football-mad nations. Legacy of Champions Fútbol – or futebol as it’s known in Brazil – represents one of the most popular cultural institutions in Latin America. Whether played in a 100,000-capacity stadium or in the streets of the barrio, it’s a sport that brings together millions of obsessed fans across the continent. This level of enthusiasm has often been transferred to their national team’s World Cup success rate over the eras, with Argentina (2), Uruguay (2), and Brazil (5) lifting the cup nine times in total combined. 20th-century legends such…

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Our Routes in Chile

Felipe and the three peaks
October 21, 2022
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Chile, Food and Wine, Latin America, Our Routes, Patagonia

…with Senior Marketing Manager, Felipe For the latest installment of Our Routes series dedicated to sharing travel experiences from our experts all over Latin America, Senior Marketing Manager Felipe Francisco shared with us memories from his tremendous Chilean journey. YOUR MAIN DESTINATIONS?    Santiago, Punta Arenas and Patagonia. HOW DID YOU GET THERE?   Direct flight from London Heathrow to Santiago with BA, followed by domestic flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas with Latam. FIRST TIME OR REPEAT TRIP?   Repeat. I backpacked across Chile for 1 month when I was 19 years old. This time around I managed to visit Patagonia, one of my lifelong travel dreams. FAVOURITE LOCATION? Patagonia, Patagonia, Patagonia! It’s hard to put down in words how amazing Patagonia is. It’s by far one of the most dramatic, and beautiful scenery in the world! I particularly enjoyed my stay with Las Torres, who offer beautiful lodging ranging from luxurious hotels to glamping…

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Cultivating A Greener Chile

Solar Energy Panels in the Atacama Desert night sky
October 9, 2022
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Chile, Latin America

The good news for greener holidaying is that Chile, one of the most striking Latin American destinations, can now lay claim to being the renewable energy champion of the continent. This forward-thinking country has made great strides with its energy transition as it seeks to decarbonise the entire country by the middle of the century, in addition to efforts to protect its incredible landscapes and biodiversity. National Park Conservation Douglas Tompkins bought and donated an area roughly the size of Cyprus to Chile and Argentina for conservation, an act which inspired the Chilean president to create five new national parks, placing millions of acres of land under strict environmental protection and adding to a chain of 17 different parks that stretch south through the Chilean wilderness. He dreamed of a place both hikers and wildlife alike could enjoy, and today that dream has come true. The Chilean section of Patagonia…

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The Wild Elevations of Monte Roraima

Sandstone ridges of Mount Roraima
September 16, 2022
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Brazil, Guyana, Latin America

Rising up majestically into the sky across Venezuelan, Brazilian, and Guyanan borders, the so-called “Floating Island” is so unique that scientists are still trying to understand its intricate ecosystem. Shroud of Cloud Standing 9,220 ft tall at its peak with an average cliffside elevation of 1,300 ft, these cloud-shrouded cliff edges appear to drop sharply into oblivion, giving the whole plateau an otherworldly feel about them. It’s not surprising then that kind of vista makes for a popular choice with intrepid adventurers seeking Indiana Jones-style landscapes. A Rock In The Ocean Also known as ‘tepuis’, strange geological formations like this are among the oldest plateaus in the world. Tepuis like Mount Roraima form differently from traditional mountains which generally forge when two continental plates collide. Here though, sand settled and became rock at the bottom of ancient oceans a colossal 1.5-2 billion years ago – bearing in mind Mount Everest only formed about 60 million…

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