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5 facts about Easter Island

April 27, 2020
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Chile

The isolated Rapa Nui – or Easter Island, as it is perhaps better known – is an island located deep in the South Pacific, and one that is simply teeming with outstanding nature, surprising secrets and a remarkable history that make it oh so worth a visit. Here are 5 interesting facts about this mystifying corner of the world. It was the first Pacific island to be registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.. The enormous stone statues that call Easter Island home remain – to this day – as one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Estimated to have been built somewhere between the 10th and 16th centuries, no-one knows exactly why, when or how these incredible statues were built, nor the details behind the mysterious rise and fall of a clearly advanced and prosperous civilization. The entire island was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995. It is home to…

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Let Chile come to you…

April 21, 2020
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Chile

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, you can still discover the joys of Latin America from the comfort of your home. Each week we’ll be posting inspiration from a different destination in Latin America, sharing movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest, and, this weeks destination is the vast, varied and utterly stunning – Chile. Stretching almost half the length of South America, Chile is home to both the driest desert in the world and to endless, spectacular glacier fields. A land of diverse landscapes, its a country framed by the epic Andes mountain range and the dramatic Pacific coastline, and it has something to offer every taste and budget. Delve deeper into Chile’s wonders with our favourite inspiring read, film and recipe below.  Watch:#IDreamOfChile video from Chile Tourist Board Now is a time to pause, but those landscapes you’ve been longing to visit will still be here, more beautiful than ever, waiting…

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Latin America from the comfort of your home

April 15, 2020
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News

Although we are unable to travel at the moment, you can still discover the joys of Latin America from the comfort of your home, with movies, music, books and recipes to pique your interest in this diverse region of the world. Our team have chosen some of their favourite Latin American ‘things’. We hope they inspire you! Watch: The Motorcycle Diaries This famous biopic is about Che Guevara’s journey around Latin America, and follows him, with his friend in tow, along an ambitious route through Argentina, the Andes, Chile, the Peruvian Amazon and and Machu Picchu. Gael García Berna plays Guevara in this brilliant movie about the revolutionary’s early life. Read: Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) Mixing myths, dreams and reality, this novel immediately became a best seller, amazing its readers with a new form of expression that critics called realismo magico (magical realism). Its Colombian author,…

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Feel the rhythm! Our favourite carnivals across Latin America

February 25, 2020
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All News, Rio Carnival

Latin America hosts some of the most vibrant, colourful and exciting carnivals in the world, showcasing amazing costumes, delicious food, traditional dance and of course, Latin America’s famously lively and infectious enjoyment of life, so it’s no wonder the festivities draw visitors from all around the world, every year. Rio’s incredible carnival, which is drawing to a close this week, is undoubtedly the most famous, but in a continent as lively as this you can rest assured there are plenty of other opportunities to experience the unparalleled buzz of a Latin America fiesta! Here a few of our favourite carnivals across Latin America… Rio Carnival, Brazil Considered the biggest carnival in the world, this is the ultimate way to party in Rio! Ready to join in the fun next year? Speak to our Travel Specialists to feel the rhythm in Rio for yourself in 2021, with one of our Tailor-Made Holidays…

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Top 5 reasons to visit Latin America

January 30, 2020
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Latin America

Latin America is a fascinating continent with a truly mind-boggling number of places to visit and experiences to enjoy. From the natural wonders of Iguazu Falls to the mysteries of the ancient Inca civilisation, there is something to thrill every type of traveller. Here are our top five reasons to visit Latin America. Wonderful Wildlife Wildlife is everywhere in Latin America, and there are outstanding options for getting up close and personal – from spotting jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal to following in the footsteps of Darwin and getting to know the local giant tortoises in the Galapagos. Delectable Dishes Ceviche, Aberdeen Angus beef, Empanadas … and that’s just a sample of the great local cuisine to be found across Latin America, not to mention the famed wines and punchy cocktails! Beautiful Beaches Brazil is synonymous with the word beaches, from the most well-known (Copacabana and Ipanema) to the pretty…

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Off the beaten track: Wildlife in Costa Rica

March 18, 2019
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Costa Rica

A Latin Routes Travel Specialist shares their experiences from Costa Rica’s famous wildlife trail. The principal attraction of Costa Rica was the sheer variety of wildlife and eco-systems packed into such a tiny country. This short trip was focused on three main areas Tortuguero, San Gerardo and the Osa Peninsula, all very different from each other, but united in their abundance of wildlife including jaguars, tapirs, hummingbirds, quetzals and sea turtles. After a night in the Central Valley to rest after the 10-hour flight from London, it was an early rise on the first morning heading north to Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. After a couple of hours on the bus and a typical Tico breakfast of rice and beans, it was time to leave the roads behind and speed along the rivers and canals into Tortuguero. Soon after boarding the boat, the amazing wildlife began popping up…

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Top 5 Latin American things to do in London

August 7, 2013
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Argentina, News

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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Latin American Exhibition at the David Roberts Art Foundation

August 5, 2013
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Argentina, News

Latin Routes own Chris Camps went down to the Latin American Art Exhibition at the David Roberts Foundation This exhibition was buried deep in the heart of Camden, down a side alley off Camden High Street. However, aside from its mildly insalubrious location, stepping into the gallery was like stepping into a whole other world. Whitewashed walls and silence, punctuated by a wide variety of pieces from prominent Argentine, Chilean and Mexican artists, greet you as you enter. Although the exhibition itself isn’t huge (just four rooms), the diversity on show is something that really stands out. From TVs displaying men and women reading philosophical writings aloud, to a room consisting of just a pool table, you certainly need a good hour so you can return to things that struck you earlier. Just past the entrance, you enter the ‘Acclimation Room’, featuring works from artists such as Sergio de Camargo,…

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