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Caroline’s Cookbook: Empanadas

August 15, 2014
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It’s that time again! Who else is hungry? This week I will be teaching you about the good old South American empanada (and its closest relatives). The Lowdown In Argentina the empanada is a firm favourite for filling a rumbling belly, adults and kids alike. The typically savoury snack (if you need a visual, it resembles a small Cornish pasty) dates back centuries and was originally brought over from Galicia, Northwest Spain where it was invented as a portable lunch for workmen. I have to say that a visit to Argentina is not complete until you have tried a locally baked (or deep fried) empanada with any of the various fillings. The flavoursome pastries are most commonly stuffed with either ham and cheese, spinach and ricotta, minced beef or shredded chicken and accompanied by chopped onion and a mixture of spices. A plate of warm empanadas is ideal shared as…

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Brazil: World Cup 2014 Hosts

June 10, 2014
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With the excitement of the World Cup approaching, and fans all over the world crossing their fingers, all eyes are on the host nation Brazil to provide something spectacular – we’re sure they won’t disappoint! With this in mind, let’s have a look at some of the most exciting and beautiful places that Brazil has to offer, as well as some things to look out for during the World Cup itself. Manaus  England’s first match will be played in the incredible Arena Amazonia in the bustling city of Manaus, known widely as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Due to its location within the rainforest itself, it is most accessible by boat or by plane. Preserving the indigenous culture of the original settlers is of great importance to the people of Manaus, and when visiting you can see why – the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding area is undoubtedly something worth…

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Mendoza: Where to Stay

May 23, 2014
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Mendoza is renowned as one the most beautiful areas in Argentina – the stunning backdrop of the Andes frames the multitude of vineyards and bodegas that dot the countryside, ready for you to explore! This week we’ll be having a look at where the best places to stay are in this fantastic region. Cavas Wine Lodge  Nestled in a 35-acre vineyard in the wine region of Mendoza,Cavas Wine Lodge is one of the more luxurious hotels available in Mendoza. Featuring just 14 rooms, this hotel is as exclusive as it is comfortable. With freestanding adobe-walled apartments set in and amongst the vineyards, each rooms is carefully constructed to suit your needs. Tastefully furnished with a luxurious finish, each cream-coloured bedroom offers a stone-finished bathroom. In addition to this, each room opens out onto its own patio with stunning views out over the Andes. A private plunge pools awaits you, perfect for…

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The Iguazu Falls: Hotel Highlights

March 27, 2014
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Argentina, Brazil, News

Spending the day investigating the outstanding beauty of the Iguazu Falls is certainly a fantastic experience, but its location in the heart of the Iguazu National Park means that finding a place to stay should be tricky, right? Think again! Here are some of the hotel highlights of the area. Das Cataratas This is surely one of the most show-stopping and luxurious hotels in all of South America. Das Cataratas is a beautiful Portuguese Colonial residence located incredibly close to the Iguazu Falls themselves, on the Brazilian side of the border. With 193 beautiful, well-equipped rooms, fantastic facilities and a stunning outdoor pool, this hotel is designed to afford you the ultimate relaxation experience. Featuring a state-of-the-art Spa with a wide range of treatments, a plethora of exciting outdoor experiences and some incredible wildlife inhabiting the surrounding jungle, your holiday to Brazil will surely be an unforgettable one. The hotel’s unique location is a standout feature – guests staying at Das…

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The Iguazu Falls

March 24, 2014
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Located on the border of Argentina, Brazil and neighbouring Paraguay, this astonishing piece of natural beauty is surely a candidate for the eighth wonder of the natural world. The Area There are a number of different ways to get a good look at the falls themselves. If you’re looking for a full day out then the Argentinian side holds a real treat – with over 5km of walkways to explore, guides on offer and a viewing platform that extends over the falls, this is a great opportunity to take in the sights from as many angles as possible. The Brazilian side offers a different perspective – a single viewing platform offers a picture-perfect panorama of the falls as a whole, and with 4km of waterfall to be seen, this is no mean feat. Stretched in a horseshoe shape across the Iguazu River, 275 separate waterfalls make up this astonishing vista. From the smallest waterfalls to the mighty Devil’s Gorge, the Iguazu Falls is one…

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Buenos Aires

March 4, 2014
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One of the most vibrant and exciting cities in South America, Buenos Aires is a bustling hub of activity. Restaurants, bars and hundreds of years of culture blend perfectly together – Buenos Aires will not fail to keep you coming back for more! The City Founded in 1580, Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina, home to over a third of the population! Known for its stunning architecture, thriving markets and rich history, the city is as diverse as it is exciting. Don’t miss the atmosphere at the famous Sunday market in San Telmo, packed with market stalls selling food, drink and a vast array of beautiful hand-crafted goods. Afterwards, why not visit one of the 57 museums dotted around the city, each one housing a different portion of the continent’s rich artistic history. Recoleta Cemetery is another highlight – a network of Gothic tombs housing hundreds of famous Argentines, including the hugely influential…

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Latin Routes Guide to Valentine’s Day (Part 2)

February 13, 2014
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Argentina, Brazil

If our previous suggestions weren’t enough to make you drop everything and book the Valentine’s holiday of a lifetime, then these surely will! With February 14th looming large in the minds of many, Latin Routes are here to clear the air and help you on your way to an unforgettable day. So you’ve decided on a romantic trip for you and your significant other? Well South America is certainly the place to do it. Earlier this week, we had a look at the spectacular views of the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and the peaceful serenity of the Chilean Winelands. However, there are a couple of other places to bear in mind if you really want to impress… Peninsula Valdes, Argentina A wildlife hotspot like no other, Peninsula Valdes is the place to visit if you’re looking for some of the world’s most fascinating and beautiful animals. Although home to a wide variety of species, including the rare Argentinian Grey Fox,…

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The 5 Best Views in South America

August 12, 2013
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The Atacama Desert, Chile The sheer size of this 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. 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, Rio de Janeiro One of the most recognisable pieces of architecture in the world, the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer is certainly one to see before you die. At 38m tall, 28m wide and 635 tonnes it is a formidable structure. On top of that, it is at the Peak of Corcovado Mountain which is elevated at 2,300 ft, meaning there are spectacular panoramic views of Rio itself. This is one…

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Top 5 Latin American things to do in London

August 7, 2013
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Tango This sensual, energetic dance is an integral part of Latin America’s cultural identity and with a growing Latin American population residing in London, it’s now relatively easy to find in and around London. Depending on your age and your prior experience, you can take beginners lessons or hop right into a Milonga if you’re a seasoned Tango veteran. Lessons are available at ‘DanceTango’ in Hammersmith, W6 9DH. Argentine Street Food Borough Market is a bustling, diverse place where there’s something for everyone – fan of Argentina included. Portena on Southwark Street sells authentic Argentine food including Empanadas (small pastries which can be filled with beef, vegetables, egg, onion and more). It has a great reputation and a favourite with the locals. Horse Riding From the rustic farms where riding holds pride of place for the Gauchos to the polished, professional riding of the Argentina polo team, Latin America certainly…

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The Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

August 6, 2013
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Argentina

The beautiful Perito Moreno Glacier

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