Tag: Wildlife (page 2 of 3)

Peninsula Valdes

April 29, 2014
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Argentina, News

The perfect destination for wildlife fanatics, amateur photographers and people who just love the great outdoors – Peninsula Valdes has some of the best wildlife-spotting opportunities in South America! The Area  Home to a unique ecosystem that provides a habitat for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful creatures,Peninsula Valdes is a place like no other. With rocky cliffs, beaches and 400km of stunning coastline to explore, you’ll never be short of something to do or see in this amazing area. Nearby, shallow lagoons, coastal sand dunes and even small islands await your exploration. The nearest town is Puerto Madryn, a 1.5 hour drive from Trelew airport. Due to Peninsula Valdes’ coastal location, driving is often the best way to reach the town. Puerto Madryn itself is a cosy town will a range of shops and restaurants, providing an excellent base from which to explore the area. If you’re keen to get as close…

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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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Eco Week

December 2, 2013
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Brazil, News

Although it might not seem like it right now, with icy temperatures, numb fingers and your breath fogging in front of you, but global warming is a serious issue. So, this week Latin Routes is investigating some of the more eco-friendly destinations available to you. You might not think a trip to the rainforests of the Amazon would be the most ecologically conscientious trip to take, but there are now a number of ‘eco-lodges’ that are both self-sufficient and have almost no carbon footprint. However, this doesn’t constitute a reduction in luxury – in fact, some of the lodges we sell are the most luxurious available. In a spectacular Jungle setting, the Cristalino Jungle Lodge is a secluded haven almost entirely isolated from the rest of society. A bird watching paradise (with over 600 species in the area), the hotel has a private reserve stretching almost 29,000 acres which has a myriad of interesting and rare…

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Kayaking in South America

September 28, 2013
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Brazil, Chile, News

Kayaking can be great fun, good exercise and, especially when in some areas of Patagonia, exceptionally beautiful. Antares Patagonia run kayaking trips in the striking Torres Del Paine, following one of three routes. You can take the Colonist Route, which begins by paddling into the Eberhard fjiord and stopping at Estancia Consuelo to refuel. You are afforded 6 hours in the absolutely stunning fjord and then return to Puerto Natales. Another option from Antares Patagonia is their ‘Drifting in Patagonia’ kayaking route. This is a two day expedition which starts by paddling across part of Rio Serrano, arrives at a spectacular waterfall, and finishes the first day camping under the stars. The second day involves paddling through part of the Torres Del Paine national park, spotting some local wildlife and finally arriving at Puerto Toro where you’ll spend your second night. The final day will comprise of navigating in and amongst the icebergs of the Serrano glacier before packing…

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Humpback Whale in Antarctica

September 13, 2013
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Antarctica, News, Wildlife Week

A beautiful humpback whale surfacing in the Antarctic. Would you look to see this kind of wildlife in person? Contact Us! Keep up with Latin Routes on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and this very WordPress Blog!

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The Antarctic

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Antarctica, News, Wildlife Week

Today is the last day of Latin Routes Wildlife Week! We’ve certainly learned a lot and we hope you have too. For our final destination, we are exploring one of the most fascinating places on earth, the Antarctic. The Antarctic is host to some of the most extreme conditions on Earth, and the evolutionary selection pressures on the species that reside there has resulted in some of the most fascinating adaptions and ecosystems in the world today. 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…

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Blue-and-Yellow Macaw in the Amazon Rainforest

September 12, 2013
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Argentina, Brazil, News, Wildlife Week

The beautiful Blue-and-Yellow Macaw is indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest. Would you like to see one up close? Contact Us to discuss your holiday to Brazil. Tomorrow is the last day of Latin Routes’ Wildlife Week, and we’re looking at the Antarctic – keep yourself updated via Latin Routes’ Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and this WordPress blog.

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Patagonia, Argentina

September 11, 2013
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Argentina, Chile, News, Wildlife Week

A young South American Seawolf pup in Patagonia. Thinking about visiting Patagonia? Feel free to Contact Us It’s Wildlife Week at Latin Routes! Keep yourself updated via our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and WordPress pages.

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Patagonian Wildlife

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Patagonia is most widely known for its spectacular Torres Del Paine – three peaks of rock jutting out of the earth – which form one of the most spectacular vistas in the world. However, it is also a fantastic spot for spotting some rare animals. The Condor and the Puma are two animals native to Patagonia, along with the Huemul and Guanaco. Tours can be organised specifically to track certain wildlife, which can be exceptionally rewarding if you are a wildlife enthusiast, photographer or are just looking for an unforgettable experience. The Andean Condor is notable for a number of reasons – it has one of the largest wingspans of any bird (at 3.2 metres), surpassed only by a few species of Pelican and the Great Albatross. It is also one of the heaviest birds of prey at approximately 11kg, making it an impressive sight soaring above the Torres Del…

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Peninsula Valdes

September 10, 2013
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Argentina, News, Wildlife Week

Peninsula Valdes is a peninsula off the East coast of Argentina. Approximately 3,500km2 in size, it is not only home to some unique wildlife, but is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is an important nature reserve. Although Peninsula Valdes is stunningly beautiful, the wildlife is certainly the main attraction. Whales, sea lions and Magellanic penguins all house themselves in and around the peninsula. Taking a boat out from the peninsula is an unforgettable experience and, if you’re a photographer, it affords you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap some otherwise elusive wildlife. The whales found in Peninsula Valdes are often Southern Right Whales, which can be up to 15 metres long and can weigh upwards of 45 tonnes! Even with their massive size, however, these animals are known to be playful and are often seen cavorting (diving in and out of the water). Southern Right Whales are unique in that they occasionally…

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