Tag: Wildlife

The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile: Feathered Friends

September 4, 2014
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In the previous two parts of ‘The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile’ we looked at the country’s fascinating land mammals such as the elusive Puma as well as under water creatures such as whales and dolphins. That leaves us with another kind of animal that we haven’t yet covered. Up in Chile‘s vast skies, looking down over the longest stretching mountain range in the world and the deep blue waters of the Pacific coastline, the animals are as varied up here as they are on the ground or in the sea below. Now, when talking about Chile’s bird life, a special mention must be given to the Lauca National Park, located high up in the Andes and close to the border with Bolivia. The huge ecosystem that exists here in the Altiplano, the High Andean Plateau, has one of the highest altitudes in the world, but despite the plummeting night time…

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The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile: Land Animals

August 12, 2014
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After Brazil, Chile has the largest area of protected conservation land in South America. Most of this protected land falls in the rugged and highly untouched expanse of Patagonia. From top to bottom there are a total of 36 National Parks in Chile, all with something a little different to the other, from magnificent volcanic landscapes of Hornopiren to the temperate ‘enchanted’ rainforests and hanging glaciers further South in Queulat. Once inside these parks you can’t help but marvel at the never-ending mountain ranges and beautiful natural wonders that nature has created. It is here that nature has the power to make you feel tiny and insignificant. An important place for wildlife in Chile is the recently rehabilitated Valle Chacabuco, part of which was once a working sheep farm or estancia. Today Chacabuco’s much greener pastures are home to many of the animals that you will find described below. Interestingly,…

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The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile: Oceans and Rivers

July 31, 2014
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Chilean wildlife; a huge, magnificent and surprising collection of animals inhabiting one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Chile is a land of extremes; from the driest desert in the world to the cold archipelago at ‘the end of the earth’ and even an isolated pacific island in between. With so much bio-diversity, it’s easy to see how Chile became the place where Charles Darwin made some of his most vital observations, those that would influence his theories on natural selection. Volcanoes and mountains line the interior border with neighbouring Argentina and are home to some very resilient and well adapted land mammals, while birds of all shapes, colours and sizes fill the skies thrilling any visiting bird-watcher. Chile is, in short, a nature lover’s paradise. Today the focus is on fish, mammals and amphibians that exist in the fresh water…

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One to watch: Penguin Post Office on BBC

July 25, 2014
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Thursday night the BBC aired its latest episode from the brilliant series Natural World and here at Latin Routes it did a great job of reminding us why we love the Antarctic so much. The fascinating hour long programme, Penguin Post Office, was filmed over a 6 month period on the Island of Goudier in the Antarctic Peninsular. The show follows a colony of over 4000 Gentoo Penguins that live just outside the island’s only Post Office in Port Lockroy. The Gentoo is one of 17 species of penguins that breed in the Antarctic and sub Antarctic islands… that’s a lot of penguins! The film crew documented the colony’s story throughout the 6 month stay, showing us how comical, mischievous and resilient the little Gentoos can be. I wanted to know more about the filming of the show so I started reading the Penguin Post Office blog (https://penguinpostoffice.blogspot.co.uk/), which I found…

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A Snapshot of South East Brazil: Florianopolis

July 1, 2014
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An incredibly beautiful region with close links to nature, Southeast Brazil is known both as an area to relax in, but also has no shortage of nightlife to keep you occupied in the evening. A great idea if you’re looking to escape the trials and tribulations of city life without sacrificing the small luxuries associated with it. The Area The majority of the beaches in the Southeast region of Brazil are based around the beautiful city of Florianopolis, a unique city situated mainly on an island but linked to the mainland by a network of bridges. This city has a lively feel and is well-known as a party town, but also has areas that cater for those looking for peace and quiet, as well as over 40 secluded, sandy beaches for all to enjoy. Florianopolis is also known as one of the best places for surfing in the whole of Brazil, with consistently good…

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Rio De Janeiro

June 3, 2014
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In a unique location at the foot of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, overlooked by the majestic sight of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro is not just the host of the 2014 World Cup, it is also a centre for Brazilian culture – a thriving city with thousands of wonderful and unique things to experience. What are you waiting for! The Area  With lush green mountains on one side and crystal clear blue waters on the other, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most fascinating and culturally diverse places in the world. An economic powerhouse in Brazil, its rich history has led to it being one of the most visited places on the planet. Featuring some of Brazil’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks (including the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer) as seen in countless photos, films and TV shows. Past the spectacular surface is an even more fascinating cultural underbelly….

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Chilean Lake District

May 27, 2014
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This week we’re focusing on one of the lesser-known regions of Chile – the Chilean Lake District. A stunning haven of outstanding natural beauty, this region has it all – mountains, volcanoes, pristine blue lakes and dense green forests. With a photo opportunity around every corner, the Chilean Lake District will certainly not disappoint! The Area  This region features around twelve major lakes located in and amongst rivers, waterfalls, forests and thermal springs, all framed by the towering Andes Mountains. Seven of these lakes feature along a single road, known by its popular name ‘Road of the Seven Lakes’ (who would have guessed). This 107km road stretches between San Martin de Los Andes and Villa La Angostura, providing views over 7 of the main lakes in the district, including the beautiful Espondido andCorrentoso lakes. The area is perfect if you’re looking to explore independently – hiring a car and visiting the multitude of highlights…

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Antarctic Cruising With Latin Routes

May 16, 2014
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After exploring some of the fantastic wildlife-spotting opportunities available in this incredible continent, today we’re looking at a specific cruise that Latin Routes can offer you. With the 2014/15 season starting in November, now is certainly the time to book. Latin Routes can also offer some great discounts – contact us here to find out more. Antarctic Fly and Cruise  This 8 day cruise is perfect for those looking to avoid sailing across the notorious Drake’s passage, or if you’re just looking for a slightly shorter trip, as you fly straight from Chile to Antarctica Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, on the North bank of the Strait of Magellan. Transfer to a local hotel for an informative briefing about your trip. Stay for your welcome dinner, offering an opportunity to meet your travelling companions. Day 2: Board your plane and relax – the flight is just 2 hours to King George…

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Antarctic Wildlife

May 13, 2014
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One of the last true wildernesses left on the face of the Earth, Antarctica is truly a destination like no other. Unique wildlife, vast tundras and some of the most spectacular sights you’ll ever see – you are sure not to be disappointed! Today we’ll be having a look at what will be one of the standout features of your Antarctic cruise – the native wildlife. The Emperor Pengiun  Famed for its harsh conditions, sprawling tundra and inhospitable landscape, the Antarctic is the home of a wide range of species, each of which is as interesting as the next. Remembering that polar bears only exist at the North Pole, the Antarctic’s most well-known resident is probably the Emperor Penguin. This beautiful animal resides exclusively in the Antarctic and has some very specialist adaptions – such as the ability to hold its breath for up to 18 minutes and the ability not only to slow its metabolism down to…

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Where To Stay In Peninsula Valdes

May 1, 2014
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Last week we had a look at some of the wonders of Peninsula Valdes in Argentina. A wildlife hotspot featuring whales, seals and penguins, this destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. However, knowing the right place to stay is also extremely important, so here are some of the best hotels on the island. Don’t forget to Contact A Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more information about your holiday to Argentina! Estancia Rincon Chico  This beautiful luxury hotel is located right in the heart of thePeninsula Valdes National Park, giving you access to an astonishing 10km stretch of coastline owned by the hotel itself. This coastline is home to elephant seals and sea lions, which use the beach to breed each year – hundreds of them dotting the beach is certainly an amazing sight. The hotel itself is colonial in style with lots of wood and oak giving you an all-encompassing sense of opulence and luxury. With…

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