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Rolling Stones are coming to Latin America

The Rolling Stones are touring Latin America in early 2016. The group need no introduction. Their music career took off after their first performance at the Marquee Club in London in the early 60s. Over the last 50 years they produced some of the finest rock and roll music in history and their gigs are still just as exciting as they were decades ago. Albums like ‘A Bigger Band’ have gone on to influence music today and they continue to redefine new sounds. Their work has been heavily influenced by blues from the states taking inspiration from artists like Muddy Waters.

Here’s a list of their gig dates:

Wed, 03 Feb 2016, 21:00
Santiago, Chile
Estadio Nacional de Chile

Sun, 07 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Wed, 10 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Sat, 13 Feb 2016, 18:00
Buenos Aires, Argentina
City of la Plata Stadium

Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 21:00
Montevideo, Uruguay
Estadio Centenario

Sun, 06 Mar 2016, 19:00
Lima, Peru
Estadio Monumental

Thu, 10 Mar 2016, 19:00
Bogota, Colombia
Estadio El Campin

Mon, 14 Mar 2016, 20:30
Mexico City, Mexico
Foro Sol

Ticket can be purchased at Viagogo. To start planning your tour of Latin America to see the Rolling Stones get in touch with us today.

The 7 best train rides in Latin America

Compared to most continents, railways in Latin America are few and far between. Most have been left to fall into disrepair or abandoned completely. There is however a resurgence in train travel, particularly in Ecuador where old lines are being repaired and services resumed. Here’s a list of the best train trips you can take in Latin America.

Andean Explorer – Peru

Operated by Belmond (originally the Orient Express), the beautiful Andean Explorer runs between Cuzco and Puno (Lake Titicaca) in Peru three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is arguably the most luxurious train ride in South America – think three course meals and classic 1920s style Pullman carriages. The journey through spectacular scenery best seen from the picture windows in the viewing carriage, takes around ten hours.

Jose Cuevo Express – Mexico

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One of the newest editions to the train travel in Latin America. Owned by the tequila giant Jose Cuevo, this short journey through the UNESCO World Heritage agave fields from Guadalajara to the Tequila Pueblo Magico in Mexico. Each carriage has a bar where you can taste a variety of premium tequilas. The train departs each Saturday throughout the year.

Old Patagonian Express – Argentina

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Flickr: Jorge Gobbi

Known as La Trochita in Spanish, this impressive journey through the rugged scenery of Patagonia is a must. Although this is now used just by tourists, the steam train which still have locomotives from the 1920s gives you an idea of what the longer journeys would have been like all those years ago. The train departs at ten and takes around three hours to complete the round trip from Esquel to Nahuel Pan.

Train Crucero – Ecuador

The Tren Crucero is a magnificent trip beginning in the capital Quito and passing through the Andean highlands to the coastal plains of Guayaquil. In 2013 it one a number of awards including being recognized as the best train trip in the world by Lonely Planet. The full trip takes four days including daily excursions to view Ecuador’s snow-capped mountains, villages and interesting sights such as the Devil’s Nose switchback through the Andes.

Copper Canyon Railway – Mexico

Flickr: Adam Singer

Flickr: Adam Singer

This 400 mile train trip from Chihuahua to Los Mochis runs daily and takes around fifteen hours. Pass through rugged scenery as well as 20 twenty canyons in the Mexican wild west. It is recommended that you split the journey with stops and meet the Tarahumara community that inhabit this northern region of Mexico.

Hiram Bingham – Peru

Perhaps the most famous of train journeys in Latin America, this luxury service runs from just outside Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, the town a few minutes away from the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. It runs every day other than Sundays and takes around three hours leaving you plenty of time in the afternoon to explore Machu Picchu. Named after the American explorer who supposedly discovered the ruins, this vintage style train feels like a mode of transport used from that era. Take some time to enjoy a pisco sour from the bar as you slowly pass the lush Andean scenery.

Panama Canal Railway – Panama

Flickr: Roger W

Flickr: Roger W

Take this historical route from Panama City to Colón, a journey which takes around an hour. Pass through the jungle and along the edge of the famous Panama Canal. The course was finished in 1855 and acquired by the French Panama Canala Company in 1880. In the early 20th century is was purchased along with the canal and continued operating until 1979. It wasn’t until 1998 when Panama privatized the railway that it opened as a tourist attraction in 2001.

To begin planning your train trip through Latin America get in touch today.

Classic Latin America Songs You Should Know [VIDS]

Guantanamera – Celia Cruz

El Condor Pasa – Daniel Alomia Robles

The Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes

La Cucaracha Song

Oye Como Va – Tito Puente

Libertango – Astor Piazzolla

La Bamba – Ritchie Valens

Llorando se Fue

Manteca – Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo

Picante de Pollo Recipe

This spicy chicken recipe from Bolivia is perfect for the long winter evenings. This one pot dish is healthy and quick to prepare.

Serves: 6
Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients

1 chicken, cut into chunks
1.5 kilos of potatoes
250 grams of peas
2 medium onions
2 tbs of chilli powder
1 tbs of paprika
5 spring onions
1 handful of parsley, roughly chopped
½ handful of coriander, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons of oil
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
1 pepper, sliced thinly

Serve with rice

Method

Put a large saucepan of water on to a high heat and add the chicken, coriander, spring onions and salt and boil for around 1 hour. In the meantime boil the potatoes separately. Two minutes before the potatoes have finished add the peas. Once cooked drain. 

In a frying pan add a little oil and fry the onions gently. Once these have been soft add the chilli, paprika, salt and parsley and cook for a few more minutes. Take two ladles of the chicken stock and add to the san. Simmer for around 15 minutes. Add the peas, chicken and potatoes and cook for another five minutes. Add the coriander right at the end and serve with rice and the sliced peppers.

Take a real white Christmas in Antarctica

We’ve got two upcoming Antarctic expeditions with some fantastic discounts. Cabins are limited so get in touch if you would like to hold a cabin.

Falkland Islands – South Georgia – Antarctic Peninsula

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Dates: 16 Dec, 2015 – 3 Jan, 2016
Duration: 18 nights
Ship: m/v Ortelius
Embark: Ushuaia
Disembark: Ushuaia

All (sub-)Antarctic highlights in one voyage. Meet at least six penguin species during this Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula expedition.

Prices per person:

Quadruple Porthole
WAS €9300 NOW €7920

Triple Porthole
WAS €10950 NOW €10150

Twin Porthole

WAS €11950 NOW €11150

Twin Window

WAS €12700 NOW €11750

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

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Dates: 19 Dec – 28 Dec, 2015
Duration: 9 nights
Ship: m/v Plancius
Embark: Ushuaia
Disembark: Ushuaia

‘Tis the season . . . to be in Antarctica. Enjoy the ultimate White Christmas on our Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands cruise. Explore the Peninsula and top this off with a visit to the South Shetland Islands.

Prices per person:

Twin Porthole
WAS €6500 NOW €5300

Superior
WAS €7900 NOW €7250

White Christmas Expedition Family Special

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Dates: 17 Dec – 27 Dec, 2016
Duration: 11 nights
Ship: m/v Akademik Sergey Vavilov
Embark: Ushuaia
Disembark: Ushuaia

Dreaming of a white Christmas in the Antarctic? Why not treat the family to an 11 day Christmas special to the Antarctic where snow is guaranteed! The trip is especially designed for families with children and teenagers including photography sessions, Young Explorers club children’s meals and presentations and soft adventure excursions.
Along the way you will see humpback whales, weddell seals, multiple species of penguins and seabirds and the pristine backdrop of the Antarctic. A family getaway you will never forget.

Prices per person:

Triple
$10,095
$1,000 free travel credit if booked before 1st December 2015

Twin
$12,095
$1,000 free travel credit if booked before 1st December 2015

Call now on +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or get in touch via email to hold a cabin.

50% off selected Galapagos cruise departues

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Galapagos, now’s the time to visit. We’ve got a massive 2 for 1 offer for selected departures this year on board three different luxury ships.

La Pinta

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Yacht La Pinta offers the ultimate in luxury, pleasure & comfort for 48 guests. It promises a complete immersion in the Galapagos environment, wildlife encounters accompanied by expert guides, delicious cuisine and plenty of comfort on board.

Departure dates

20 November – North Itinerary – 5 days  BOOK NOW
27 November – West Itinerary – 8 days  BOOK NOW
30 November – North Itinerary – 5 days  BOOK NOW
04 December – West Itinerary – 8 days  BOOK NOW
11 December – East Itinerary – 5 days   BOOK NOW
14 December – North Itinerary – 5 days  BOOK NOW
18 December – West Itinerary – 8 days  BOOK NOW

Santa Cruz II

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Santa Cruz is a good choice for those who prefer to cruise the Galápagos Islands on a larger ship offering more stability, space and a range of facilities. The ship was exclusively built for exploring the Galapagos and is air-conditioned throughout. The first class facilities include a cosy restaurant, lounge, library and sun-deck with bar, Jacuzzi and loungers.

Departure dates

25 November – West Itinerary – 6 days  BOOK NOW
30 November – North Itinerary – 5 days  BOOK NOW
05 December – East Itinerary – 5 days   BOOK NOW
09 December – West Itinerary – 6 days   BOOK NOW
14 December – North Itinerary – 5 days  BOOK NOW

Isabela

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The Isabela II is one of the most comfortable and luxurious yachts that cruises the Galapagos and offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the Islands.There are 20 outside view cabins plus an owner’s suite. The yacht is fully air-conditioned; all cabins are spacious, most with two lower berths and all with private bathrooms. Its three public decks offer the amenities of a larger vessel, including bar-saloon, dining room and spacious sun deck with own bar.

Departure dates

20 November – South Itinerary – 5 days   BOOK NOW
30 November – Central Itinerary – 5 days BOOK NOW
04 December – South Itinerary – 5 days   BOOK NOW
08 December – North Itinerary – 7 days    BOOK NOW
14 December – Central Itinerary – 5 days BOOK NOW
18 December – South Itinerary – 5 days   BOOK NOW

Cabins are limited. Call us on 0207 407 1478 or contact us by email to hold your place.

Terms: the offer is only available on these selected dates and must be booked by 10 December 2015. Travel with a companion and pay for just one person. It does not include Galapagos domestic flights, entrance fee, Ingala card or any services on the mainland.

 

New Species of Tortoise Found on the Galapagos

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Until recently it was thought that the giant tortoise was the same species on Santa Cruz island, but after testing, scientists now believe that it is two distinct species. The new species of tortoise, of which there is a population of 250 that live on the eastern side of Santa Cruz, has been named Chelonoidis donfaustoi. It’s actually closer genetically to species on other islands then the others on Santa Cruz. Over the years there have been different species discovered on the archipelago, but none for over a century.

To start arranging your cruise in the Galapagos get in touch.

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