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8 Best Beaches In Latin America

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ipanema
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Best city beach.

Sancho Beach, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Fernando de Noronha
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Best for diving.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Gardner Bay
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Best for wildlife.

Anakena Beach, Easter Island, Chile

Anakena
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Best for history.

Tulum Beach, Yucatan, Mexico

Tulum
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Best for archeology.

Punta Norte, Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

Valdes Peninsula
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Best for marine wildlife.

Jericoacoara, Brazil
Jericoacoara
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Best for walking.

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona
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Best for nature.

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Getting up close with whales in Argentina [VID]

This wonderful footage was taken by two of our clients on their trip near to the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina. Continue to the end and you’ll be treated to the site of southern right whales basking under a setting sun.

To start planning your whale watching adventure in Argentina get in touch today.

Courtesy of Phil & Gill Moss

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Choripan with Chimichurri Recipe

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This is one of the most delicious things you can eat in Argentina. A simple concoction of spicy sausage (similar to a Spanish chorizo), crusty bread and chimichurri sauce. If you want to try making it at home this is an excellent recipe.

Serves: 4
Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
4 raw chorizo sausages
4 crusty bread rolls
1 large handful of parsley
5 garlic cloves
1 small handful of fresh oregano
4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
3 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
200 ml of good quality virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Plenty of black pepper

Method
Place on the sausages under the grill (or better still on the bbq) turning often to make sure they don’t burn. Chop up the parsley, garlic and oregano as fine as you can and add to a large mixing bowl. Add the red pepper flakes, vinegar, salt, pepper and oil and mix well. Add more oil to loosen the mixture if necessary.  To assemble, cut the rolls in half, added the grilled chorizo and add lashings of the chimichurri mixture. Enjoy.

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The Best Traditional Cafés in Buenos Aires

The coffeehouses of Buenos Aires have played an important role in Argentine society since the mid-19th century. Although some have unfortunately closed up shop, there are still over 50 of these traditional cafes. Café culture is big in Argentina and many porteños prefer the café notable to the modern.

Arguably the most famous café in Buenos Aires is Café Tortoni. This traditional coffeehouse was founded by a French immigrant in the mid-19th century and was named after the Café Tortoni on the Boulevard des Italiens in Paris. It was once the haunt of the famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges and has recently been named one of the most beautiful cafes in the world.


Café Tortoni, Av de Mayo 825, 1084

Cafe Tortoni


Las Violetas, Av Rivadavia 3899


Confiteria Ideal, Suipacha 384


Bar Plaza Dorrego, Humberto Primo 424 y Defensa


La Biela, Av Pres. Manuel Quintana 596

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Café Margot, Av Boedo 857

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Café de los Angelitos, Av Rivadavia 2100

Cafe de los Angelitos


Clasica y Moderna, Av Callao 892

Clasica y Moderna


El Federal, Carlos Calvo 599

El Federal

To start planning your tour of the coffeehouses of Buenos Aires get in touch with us here.

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Biking the mountains of Peru [VID]

Truly awesome aIn the winter of 2014, three friends set out on a self supported ride, looking for nothing more than a truly genuine experience. The goal: to circumnavigate one of the most wonderful and wicked mountain ranges in the world – the Huayhuash, by bicycle. Huayhuash is the story of genuine adventure and the challenges that come along with it.

To start planning your mountain bike tour of Peru get in touch with us here.

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Our 20 favourite places in Latin America

Latin America is a culturally and geographically diverse place. Here’s 20 places (in no particular order) you absolutely have to visit at least once in your lifetime.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Driving across this alien landscape of white salt crust dotted with cactus-studded black islands is a magical experience not to be missed.

Machu Picchu, Peru

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One of the seven ancient wonders of the world, enough said!

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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The sight of vast pieces of ice carving of this glacier and smashing into the lake below is truly awesome.

Easter Island, Chile

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Lying around 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, this island has more in common with Polynesia than the Chileans who colonised it.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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Quite simply one of the best wildlife spotting regions on planet earth.

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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This small archipelago off Brazil is often overlooked and fantastic for snorkelling and scuba.

Torres del Paine, Chile

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The snow capped mountains and lakes of the Torres del Paine National Park is best explored by foot.

Cartagena, Colombia

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It’s colourful, fun and exciting with wonderfully friendly people all overlooking the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

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Vast rolling sand dunes punctuated by hundreds of turquoise lagoons.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

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Probably the most famous pre-Columbian ruins in Latin America, built by the Maya people.

San Blas, Panama

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The pristine Archipelago includes picture-perfect coral islands with white sand and coconut trees surrounded by a sapphire sea..

Lake Titicaca, Peru & Bolivia

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The highest navigable lake in the world, with its deep blue waters and interesting locals and history sandwiched between Bolivia and Peru.

Valdes Peninsula, Argentina

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Unmissable wildlife encounters, from colonies of sea lions, penguins and seals to orcas that come to feed near the shore.

Atacama Desert, Chile

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The north of Chile is an arid but beautiful landscape, with fascinating wildlife that is protected in a series of national parks.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

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Watch the smoky, active volcano and natural fireworks of lava tumbling down its slopes from the hot springs of Tabacon.

Iguazu, Argentina and Brazil

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One of the seven natural wonders of the world and not something to be missed lightly. Hear the thunder and feel the spray of water from the Devil’s throat walkway.

Amazon, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

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Meet indigenous tribes in their home which boast more plant and animal species than any other ecosystem, and is the heart of our planet.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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British novelist Aldous Huxley once called this lake ‘’the most beautiful in the world’’. Few can disagree.

Chan Chan, Peru

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Often overlooked, Chan Chan is the  largest Pre-Columbian city in South America.

Pantanal, Brazil

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A vast wetland and wildlife haven where caiman nonchalantly cross the road and myriad birds, monkeys, armadillos and jaguars can be seen.

Want to visit any of these? Contact us here.

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8 Landscapes In The Galapagos You Never New Exsisted

1. The red beaches of Rabida Island

The island of Rabida (also known as Jervis) has bright red beaches created by eroded iron-rich cinder from the cliffs to the west. Young pelicans can be seen waddling along the coastline or plunge diving into the sea.

2. The blowhole of Española

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Along the rocky trails on Española Island you will arrive at a good vantage point at the cliffpoint where you can contemplate the power of the sea whilst watching the vapour shoot 25m though a blowhole.

3. The Pehoehoe lava flows on Sullivan Bay

The bizarre waves of black basaltic rock on Sullivan Bay is truly an awesome site. Although this looks ancient, it’s actually very young in geological terms at only a hundred years old or so.

4. Giant prickly pears on Santa Fe

The Opuntia, a cacti more commonly referred to as the prickly pear grows in huge numbers of the island of Santa Fe and can be seen during the trail hike. Although they bear fruit, it’s unfortunately not as pleasant as real pears.

5. The Devil’s Crown off Floreana

Devil's Crown, Floreana, Galapagos

The Devil’s Crown is a sunken cinder cone filled by the sea so the water is shallow inside but deep outside. Corals abound with reef fishes such as the parrotfish.

6. The vast caldera on Sierra Negra Volcano

This is a place not to be missed. This active volcano’s crater is second only in size to the Ngorongoro volcano in Africa.

7. The scalesia trees on Santa Cruz

Related to the daisy family, these giant versions grow up to twenty metres tall. They can be found in great numbers in the Highlands of Santa Cruz.

8. The lava tunnels on Santa Cruz

Lava Tube, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

There a few different lava tunnels to visit on Santa Cruz Islands, the most impressive being at Primicias Farm. You can also see giant Galapagos tortoises nearby which is equally as impressive.

Would you like to visit any of these places? Start planning your Galapagos holiday today.

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Preserving Lonesome George [VID]

This fascinating documentary takes you through the taxidermy process of Lomesome George, the last known Pinta Island Tortoise, at the American Museum of Natural History. Lomesome George has always been an icon of conservation around the world since finding him alone on Pinta Island in the Galapagos Islands in the early 70s. He was thought to be over 100 years old at the time of his death in 2012.

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