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24 hours in Santiago

Santiago is fast becoming Latin America’s coolest capital. With world-class shopping, some of the best eateries on the continent, beautiful colonial architecture, we can see why. It’s well worth a few days of exploration, but if you find yourself with only 24 hours in the Chile’s largest city, here’s a handy guide.

9 p.m.

You’ve arrived off a long flight. You’re going to need somewhere comfortable for your first night in the city. The cosy and intimate Hotel Orly has got you covered. Located in the trendy district of Providencia, the spacious rooms and welcoming staff are what you need. Close to the best sights in the city make it a great base for exploring.

8 a.m.

After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to start discovering what Santiago has to offer. First thing’s first, breakfast. Head down to Daniel’s Bakery and grab one of the seats upstairs which offers spectacular views over the Andes Mountains. They have an extensive menu, but you can’t go wrong with any of their delicious in-house baked pastries or breads. For something more substantial, try their creamy eggs benedict.

10 a.m.

Like much of Latin America, the Spanish left their mark on the city with their architecture. Now that you’re full, it’s time to work off a few of those calories with a walk along Calle 21 de Mayo to the historic centre. This district is one of the most scenic in the city. Don’t miss the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de la Moneda and the Metropolitana Cathedral, all show off the centuries old history of Santiago. It’s also a wonderful place to sit and have a coffee while people watching.

1 p.m.

There is no better way to experience the life of the local people than a visit to the food market. Santiago’s huge Mercado Central is particularly beautiful. Built from wrought iron by a Scottish firm in the late 19th century with vaulted ceilings. A walk around the market reveals everything from fresh fish to local produce. You can’t visit the market without eating something. It’s famous for its seafood. Pick one of the less touristy eateries around the edge. They serve fine Chilean stews and grilled fishy treats.

3 p.m.

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The best place to while away the afternoon is at the Parque Metropolitano de Santiago. This is one of the largest parks on the continent, with over 700 hectares to explore. You’ll need at least a few hours here. In the summer months, visit one of the two open-air pools for a refreshing dip. Or take the 20-minute Santiago Cable Car up to the summit of San Cristobal Hill. You can also ride the 1920’s funicular, now a National Monument, up to the National Zoo. Here, you can see over 150 species of wildlife. If time permits, a walk through the beautiful Botanical Gardens never disappoints.

8 p.m.

Freshen-up back at the hotel. Kick-off the evening with a glass of excellent Chilean Malbec or two at the rooftop Tramonto Bar & Terrace, at the Noi Hotel. Here, you enjoy the twinkling lights of the city and the Andes Mountains as the backdrop accompanied by an excellent playlist or a live band.

10 p.m.

Treat yourself to a seafood feast at the Aqui Esta Coco in Providencia. Interestingly, it’s one of the city’s only sustainable restaurants and was built almost entirely from recycled materials. Expect things like octopus carpaccio, steamed king crab legs from Patagonia, fried fish, oysters, and clams with cheese on the menu. It’s not particularly cheap, but it’s well worth splurging.

12 a.m.

Chileans enjoy their late-night partying which can often run well into the following day. Finish the night at Ky, an Asian-themed bar which features opulent décor and excellent music selection. Ther is an impressive wine and cocktail menu. Try the Mirotini, a mix of Grand Marnier and Pisco with passion fruit. Arrive back for a comfortable night at the Hotel Orly.

Ready to start planning your adventure to Santiago or the rest of Chile? Call one of our travel experts on +44 (0) 207 407 1478, email us here, or look through at our suggested Chile tours.

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Bucket list worthy things to do in the Antarctic

While a trip to the Antarctic sits high in most travellers’ bucket lists, there is more to do than look at icebergs and spot penguins. Leave from Ushuaia, in southern Argentina, on an adventurous cruise. There are many extra things to do, from sea kayaking to helicopter rides. You can’t expect to do all these on one cruise. If any take your fancy, be sure to ask your Antarctic expert what is available before you book.

Sea kayaking through Antarctic waterways

Imagine boarding sea kayaks and floating along the waterways in the Antarctic peninsula. Paddle calm waters, beside icebergs, from which little Gentoo penguins jump off as you pass. You may also spot leopard seals basking on little ice floes. Most vessels have a limited number of kayaks, so it’s worth booking ahead to take part in this activity.

Brave the polar plunge

Dine out for months with tales of swimming in the sub-zero waters of the Antarctic. It might sound insane to throw yourself into cold ocean, it is safe and very refreshing with the help of expert guides. Are you brave enough to take the polar plunge? If not, wait until you visit a place where volcanic activity warms up the water (see Deception Island below).

Camp on the white continent

Become one of the few brave explorers to camp on the ice shelf of the Antarctic. Not every cruise offers this, so check before booking. You’ll leave from the boat onto the ice in the late afternoon. Reach a campsite which will have already been set up for you. Whilst you enjoy a hot drink in your cosy tent, you’ll enjoy complete silence broken only by the call of penguins.

Board zodiacs to spot wildlife

All expedition tour activities involve inflatable zodiac tours. Speed around the icy bays, whilst the guide spots seals, waddling penguins and magnificent whales. You’ll often be able to disembark on the white continent to get up close to some of the fascinating wildlife. Sometimes whales or orcas arrive to take a look at you.

Send a letter from Port Lockroy

Did you know that you can send a letter or postcard from the Antarctic? If you visit Port Lockroy, you can get stamps and postmarked envelopes. The resident staff are on hand to explain about the British research. There is a small historical museum to browse. Other nationalities bases also sell stamps, like the Ukrainian one.

Take a helicopter to an emperor penguin rookery

Those with (very) deep pockets can join one of the exclusive helicopter flights to Snow Hill to see the huge rookery of emperor penguins. The 4,000-strong colony of breeding penguins are a magnificent sight, as are the aerial views of the icy wilderness from the helicopter. This is only available from one of our expedition cruises, so get in touch to book a place!

Cruise through the Lemaire Channel

One of the most beautiful places in the Antarctic Peninsula is the Lemaire Channel. It’s one of the top places for photographers who line up on deck. Characterized by steep cliffs flanking the iceberg-filled waterway, it’s truly spectacular. If the weather is calm the reflections are stunning. Not to be missed.

Cross the Drake Passage

To reach the white continent involves a 48-hour crossing of the Drake Passage. It can often be choppy, or calm as a lake. The excitement builds as you spot your first iceberg as the Antarctic approaches. For some passengers it is the most exciting part. You can watch the many seabirds from the deck, or listen to the fascinating lectures presented by expert polar guides. There are cruises which fly over this stretch of ocean from Chile, but these are for those short on time and deep of pocket.

Watch fluking whales

There are few places in the world quite as magical as the Antarctic when you see a huge whale gently fluke out of the water. Many species can be seen in these waters both baleen and toothed whales. You are likely to have several sightings during an expedition cruise, though nothing beats seeing one close from the zodiac boats.

Soak in Deception Island’s hot springs

Flickr: Robert Nunn

Believe it or not, Deception Island in the Antarctic has natural hot springs. Strip down and jump into the steamy waters which looks over the calm bay around the island. Most people just swim right out into the sea, but it’s also possible to dig down into the soil and create your own natural jacuzzi pool. The perfect way to finish your Antarctic expedition.

To start planning your cruise in the Antarctic, call one of our travel experts on +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or email us here.

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Brazilian coconut egg custard recipe

One of the easiest and most delicious Brazilian desserts, Quindim is popular across the country and makes a fine ending to a heavy meal. Like Spanish flan, the dessert is essentially an egg custard made from yolks, sugar and vanilla with added coconut for that tropical touch. Perfect for a dinner party, make well in advance and leave in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serves: 4

Ingredients

12 egg yolks
250g granulated sugar
250ml water
100g shredded coconut
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence

Method

First, preheat the oven to 180°C. Put a small saucepan over a low heat and melt the butter. Take a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients including the melted butter. Mix well until fully combined. Take four ramakins and grease the inside with a little extra melted butter or a touch of oil. Pour the mixture equally into each. They will rise slightly, so it should take up around a third to three quarters of the ramakins. Put a baking tray with deep sides and fill with water until around a third full. Add the ramakins in. They should be almost fully submerged in the water. Place the water bath in the oven for around 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy.

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Wildlife spotlight on the Andean condor

The mighty Andean condor is iconic in Latin America and tops most bird and wildlife lovers’ list of species to see. Here’s some interesting facts about these magnificent birds.

They are the largest flying bird in the world

Andean condors are the largest flying bird in the world with a wingspan of up to 10-feet. When they are fully mature, they can reach over a metre tall and weigh up to 15 kilos. With that size and weight, it’s not surprising that they need such large wings. That said, if they fly in ideal wind conditions, they can often reach more than 5,000 metres, circling on the morning thermals.

Andean condors are bald

Unlike there Californian cousins, the Andean condors have bald heads which are surrounded by white feathers along the neckline. The males are almost always bigger than the females, which is unusual for this family of avifauna.

They don’t just live in the Andes

Despite the name, Andean condors don’t just live in the Andes Mountains. They are commonly spotting flying around the coastal regions of Latin America, as well as the deserts of Northern Chile and Argentina and along the edge of Peru. Sightings are rare in Colombia and Ecuador, but they have been known to fly over the Amazon occasionally.

They live almost as long as humans

Andean condors have a life expectancy of over 60 years in the wild. In captivity, this can increase to a staggering 75 years, almost the same as a human. One of the only birds in the world to live longer is the Californian Condor in North America.

They don’t build nests for their eggs

Interestingly, unlike most birds which build a nest to protect their eggs, Andean condors lay on cliff ledges. Both parents are required to look after the egg during the incubation period to ensure it stays safe. They lay one egg every couple of years, and after hatching 2 months later, the chick stays with the parents for 1 year before flying the nest. It then takes over 5 years for them to reach maturity.

They are vultures

Though they may look graceful, the Andean condor is a scavenger and part of the new-world vulture family of birds. This means that most of their diet is made up of the leftovers of dead animals. They typically target large mammals in the mountains and fish along the coast, swooping in to pick at the carcasses.

They are classified as threatened

Sadly, the Andean condor is classified as threatened by the IUCN and could face extinction in the future. There are many reasons for the decline of these large birds, but like most threatened wildlife, human hunting and loss of habitat are the main culprits. Fortunately, there are efforts by zoos and conservation experts to ensure these amazing creatures are around for future generations.

If you’d like to see Andean condors in the wild, the best place is the enormous Colca Canyon in Peru. To start planning your tour, speak with one of our Latin American experts on +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or email us here.

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The best bars in Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the world’s largest cities. What better way to meet other travellers and locals than at one of the many top bars in city’s lively neighbourhoods. From jazz clubs to rooftop bars, here’s our picks of the best places to grab a cold one or sip on a tequila.

La Casa de las Sirenas

If you want to taste Mexico’s national alcoholic drink, there really is no better a place than La Casa de las Sirenas. The bar, housed in a lovely old 16th century property, stocks more than 250 different tequilas. Remember, while we’re used to knocking back shots of tequila, in Mexico it’s sipped. When night descends, the bar transforms into one of the hippest places to be seen.

Calle Republica de Guatemala No. 32, Cuauhtemoc, Centro Histórico

Aurora

This cosy restaurant features a large outdoor terrace and a surprisingly good cocktail menu. If you are a gin lover, they have a particularly good selection. A wonderful place to while away an evening, away from the bustle of the city.

Santa Catarina, 04010

Jules Basement

Jules Basement have cleverly branded themselves as the first speakeasy in Mexico City. To reach it, you must first walk through an unassuming fridge door which opens into a large space, perfect for the live music they host. Try one of the excellent cocktails while you are there.

Calle Julio Verne 93, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560

Condesa DF

This romantic rooftop bar is situated in La Condesa district. Enjoy cocktails, cold Mexican beers and wines while taking in the breath-taking views from the decked rooftop. Bars don’t get much better than this in Mexico City.

Av. Veracruz 102, Roma Nte., 06700

Zinco Jazz Bar

This jazz club would surely rival any in New York City. Hosting live performances almost every evening, it’s one of the best places to see music in Mexico. Housed in the basement of a former bank in the historic centre, it’s got the décor and atmosphere to match.

Calle Motolinia 20, Centro, 06050 Cuauhtémoc

Wallace Whisky Bar

While Mexico is best known for tequila and mezcal, this cosmopolitan city caters to all tastes. Tickle those taste buds with interesting tapas-style dishes in the trendy Wallace Whisky Bar while you sample some fine whiskies from around the world. They also stock some excellent local craft beers.

Tamaulipas 45, Condesa, 06140 Cuauhtémoc

Bellini

The Bellini holds the title of earth’s largest revolving restaurant, and it doesn’t disappoint. Located on the 45th floor, the restaurant bar offers an extensive list of drinks, great food, and views across one of the world’s largest cities accompanied by soothing piano music.

Montecito 38 Piso 45, Torre WTC Cd. de México, Col. Nápoles

Miralto

Literally translating to ‘high view’, this rooftop bar is a favourite amongst locals and tourists. It’s central position in Zócalo means it is easy to reach and the views over this enormous city from the 41st floor are astonishing. They also do some excellent international cuisine.

Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000

La Unica

Not only does La Unica serve up some incredible Mexican fare, the restaurant bar has one of the best selections of wine in the city. Sip on reds and whites paired with dishes created from fresh local produce as well as seafood. It may not be cheap, but it’s worth the extra. They also have a mean cocktail menu to kick off the evening.

Anatole France 98, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, 11550

Puebla 109

This exclusive bar restaurant, housed in an early 20th century building, is popular with the city’s elite. Dine on mouthwatering Mexican cuisine washed back with some inspired cocktails. If you want an evening of sophistication in Mexico City, this is the place to come.

Esquina, Puebla, Roma, Cuauhtémoc, 06700

Articbar

Cool down at the first ice bar in Mexico. No need to bring a coat with you, the bar has warm clothing, so you won’t freeze in the -26˚C. Shoot a vodka in an ice glass and then make your way over to the dance floor for a below freezing boogie. It’s as unique as it sounds and well worth an evening to visit.

Av Nuevo León 73, Condesa, 06140

Area Bar

Located on top of the Hotel Habita, by day, the rooftop Area Bar serves as a relaxing spot complete with pool. By night, it transforms into one of the city’s most trendy night spots with live music and excellent cocktails.

Av. Pdte. Masaryk 201, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560

Hostría La Bota

Situated in the historical centre, this lively bar is popular with locals who descend every evening to sip on cold Mexican beers and cocktails. They regularly host live music, particularly on weekends. Be sure to get there early or you might not get a seat. For such a centrally located bar, the drinks are surprisingly good value.

Peatonal San Jerónimo 40, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06050

Want to visit the bars of Mexico City? Call one of our Mexico travel experts on +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or email us here.

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9 amazing places to visit in Bolivia

Bolivia remains one of the most isolated and misunderstood countries in Latin America. Completely landlocked and characterized by the towering Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest, Bolivia’s landscape is as diverse as its people. From islands that dot Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, to the vast expanse of white salt -flats, Bolivia offers a wealth of unique natural wonders and experiences that would surely satisfy most travellers.

Explore Madidi, one of the most biodiverse places on earth

Flickr: Joe Lazarus

Madidi National Park won’t disappoint nature lovers. Spanning thousands of square miles of mountain and rainforest, the park is home to more than 11% of the world’s entire bird species. As you wander through the park, you’ll be treated to the sight of monkeys, giant otters playfully swimming down the rivers and if you are lucky, you may even spot an elusive jaguar. You won’t regret adding this one to your Bolivian itinerary.

Wander past the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos

There are six 18th century Jesuit Mission towns dotting the area, and while their counterparts in other countries have been left to fall into disrepair, in Bolivia they area rather well preserved. The biggest and most interesting is the town of San Jose de Chiquitos which boasts some spectacular colonial architecture. Before you visit, watch the Robert de Nero film, “The Mission” to learn about their historical importance.

Bicycle down the Yungas Road

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Often cited as the world’s most dangerous road, the Yungas Road (more commonly referred to as Death Road) winds its way down 15,000 feet to the town of Coroico. Riding down this steep gravel road flanked by a cliff on one side and a sheer vertical drop off the other will certainly get your heart-pumping. Just be careful of the lorries which steam around the bends on their way up to the city.

Go down the Cerro Rico mines in Potosi

Literally translating to “Rich Mountain”, Cerro Rico once brought much wealth into the small city of Potosi. Controlled by the greedy Spanish Conquistadors, they plundered all the silver from the mountain leaving only tin which is still mined in much the same way today. Be sure to take a tour of the mine so you can see the conditions of the workers. The nearby Casa Nacional de Moneda is also fascinating and worth an afternoon of exploration.

Watch the colourful Oruro Carnival

Carnival is an important festival all over Latin America, but there are some particularly good places to see the event in action. Oruro comes alive each year in February which thousands of dancers dressed up in colourful garb as well as accompanying musicians. It’s an amazing sight to see.

Cross Lake Titicaca

One of the highest navigable bodies of water in the world, Lake Titicaca straddles both Bolivia and Peru. It is considered to be the birth-place of the Inca and pre-Columbian cultures. The pretty shorefront town of Copacabana is well worth a little time to explore, as is Sun and Moon Island which have some fascinating historical attractions.

Admire the magnificent Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku lies south east of Lake Titicaca and represents one of the most important pre-Inca civilizations on the continent. The site thrived during the 8th century and it is estimated to have had between 15,000 – 30,000 inhabitants. While only a small part has been excavated, you can still see one of Bolivia’s greatest architectural achievements. It’s easily combined with a day or overnight trip to Lake Titicaca.

Drive across the vast salt flats of Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni is one of the most amazing natural wonders in Latin America. This 4,000-square-mile salt flat was formed from a prehistoric lake. At its centre is an island teeming with giant cacti. The best way to explore the salt flats is by a guided 4×4 tour which takes you from one end to the other. When it rains, the reflection of the sky in the water-logged salt is simply spectacular. You can even stay in a hotel built entirely out of salt.

Explore the City of Four Names

Flickr: Mundo Sussa

Sucre, is a 500-year-old Spanish former colonial town also known as La Plata, Chuquisaca and Charcas. Just a wander around the city will bring its history to life. Here, you can see Bolivia’s National Library, La Casa de la Libertad and many other relics from its rich historical past. It is also the constitutional capital of the country.

Want to explore Bolivia? Speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or email us here to start planning your trip today.

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A guide to Uruguayan Food

The culinary delights of Uruguay have enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. Like Argentina, the Uruguayan diet is meat-heavy making it a little tricky for vegetarians, but a paradise for carnivores. Here’s our rundown of the best things to eat during your visit.

Asado

Let’s start with the most famous and most popular. The asado is essentially a barbecue, but unlike any you’ve known back at home. Huge cuts of beef, pork and lamb along with sausages and offal are slow cooked over huge charcoal parrillas. Best washed down with plenty of Uruguayan red. Visiting Uruguay without trying an asado is unthinkable.

Asado con cuero

Similar to a normal asado, the only variation being the whole animal, skin and all, is cooked over the flames. Typically, a cow or sheep, the body is spread eagle and then slow cooked for hours. The sheer space required to cook this means you’re more likely to find it in the countryside than the city.

Choripán

Choripán is a favourite of ours. This spicy chorizo sausage is cooked over charcoal and usually served in a bread with lashings of chimichurri sauce. Often one of the first things to come off an asado barbecue.

Empanada

There is nothing quite as iconic as the empanada. Almost every Latin American country has their own variety and Uruguay is no different. Typically filled with minced beef and cheese, these crispy baked pastry morsels are delicious. Just remember to order more than one! For something a little different, try the empanadas Gallegas, a fishy version packed with tuna and peppers.

Morcilla dulce

Black pudding, boiled pork blood sausage, tends to divide people. Some love the earthy flavour and texture, others can’t stand the stuff. In Uruguay, their morcilla comes with added raisins and nuts to give it a slightly sweeter taste than other versions.

Milanesa

A popular dish all over Latin America with roots firmly in Italy. Beef or chicken is flattened before being breaded and fried until golden brown. For something more luxurious, go for a milanesa rellena which includes melted cheese and ham.

Ñoquis

Flickr: Vince Alongi

Also known as gnocchi, this potato based pasta from Italy has long been eaten on the 29th of every month in Uruguay when the average worker gets paid. You can’t beat a bowl of homemade gnocchi which sometimes has a coin or note placed below it which is supposed to attract prosperity.

Pancho

Flickr: Rix Arg

Take a frankfurter and place between a bun called a pan de viena. Add plenty of condiments, and you’ve got the South American version of a hot dog. Great at the end of a heavy night to help soak up the booze.

Pizza por metro

Flickr: Simon Law

Literally meaning ‘pizza by the metre’, here it’s sold in rectangles not circles. Usually cooked in a big wood fired clay oven, you choose the ingredients you want it topped with.

Dulce de Leche

While not a dessert itself, it’s used in any manner of ways from spreading on toast to eating with your morning medialunas pastries. You won’t go far in Uruguay without seeing sweet, caramel-like dulce de leche.

Alfajores

Like Argentina, Uruguay have somewhat of an obsession with these short bread biscuits filled with sticky dulce de leche. We can see why. They are as delicious as they sound and best eaten with a strong black coffee.

Churros

These long star-shaped cylinders of fried dough covered in icing sugar have their origins in Spain, but they are just as popular in Uruguay. Look out for vendors setting up on street corners in the early evening and buy them as soon as they’ve come out the fryer.

Arroz con leche

Delicious, creamy rice pudding. What’s not to  like?.

Bizcochos

Usually served for breakfast, these little pastries of different sizes and shapes are eaten in the morning with strong black coffee. They can come as either sweet or savoury, both of which are delicious.

Grappamiel

The national drink of Uruguay, grappamiel is made from distilled spirit mixed with honey. It’s strong, so be careful when you’re drinking it.

Mate

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Like the gauchos in Argentina, the yerba herbal drink of mate is consumed in the sort of quantities British drink tea. Many Uruguayan’s can be seen headed to work carrying a thermos flask of hot water and mate cups.

Want to try the food of Uruguay? Start planning your trip to the country today by calling one of our experts on +44 (0) 207 1478 or email us here.

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8 treks in Argentina you simply cannot miss

Argentina ranges from tropics to frozen steppes. It’s a mecca for outdoorsy types who descend each summer to hike along spectacular trails, from towering snow-capped granite peaks of Patagonia to the dry deserts in the north. With such a choice, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s our handy guide to the 8 best treks in the country.

Mount Fitz Roy

Flickr: Chris Ford

Mount Fitz Roy is Argentina’s answer to the Torres del Paine National Park. If you’re going to do just one trek, make it one of the trails which departs from El Chalten and winds around the Los Glaciers National Park. There’s something for all abilities here, with trips ranging from easy half-day hikes to challenging five-day camping adventures. There are few places in the world where you can walk in such awe-inspiring scenery. Think large granite peaks punctuated by turquoise mountain lakes and pristine glaciers.

Huemul Circuit

This one’s a toughie. The 45-mile takes at least 4 days and you’ll need to bring your own GPS and camping equipment, as well as harnesses to get across several river crossings. It’s well worth the effort though to see the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields. If you’re looking for a relaxed trek, this isn’t for you. If you want to push yourself and experience some of the most spectacular scenery in Latin America, lace up your boots.

Paso de las Nubes

Flickr: Sean Munson

Literally translating to ‘Path Through the Clouds’, this spectacular trek traverses a 14-mile route from the town of Pampa Linda through the forests and over Mount Tranador on the border with Chile. It’s a challenging trek which takes two days, so you’ll need to overnight in a refugio or bring camping equipment with you. One the second day, you’ll descend to the beautiful Laguna Frias where you can take a return boat journey.

Iguazu Falls

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There’s a reason why Iguazu Falls is part of Argentina’s well-trodden tourist path. The falls are truly awe-inspiring and there’s no better way to experience them than walking along the wooden boardwalks, getting so close you can feel the spray on your face. The upper and lower circuits are distinctly different, so try to do both if you have the time and be sure to visit the Devil’s Throat which brings you nearest to this natural wonder.

Refugio Frey Hike

Flickr: McKay Savage

The Frey Hike is popular all summer due to the ski gondolas which takes hikers to the top of the mountain. Departing from here, you can either take a tough but shorter route clambering over boulders, or a longer but easier walk through forests. Along the way, you can overnight at the Refugio Frey which has comfortable beds and facilities or pitch your own tent. For reasons unknown, this trek is not as popular as the others, but those who take it on enjoy gorgeous scenery and uncrowded trails.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Flickr: Alex Berger

Short but sweet, to complete the Perito Moreno Glacier trek you’ll need to don crampons and cross over the lake by boat. From here, your guide will take you over the top of one of Latin America’s most beautiful glaciers. The trek lasts around an hour or two and at the end, you can enjoy a well-deserved glass of whisky served with ice carved off the glacier.

El Bolsón

While most travellers stick to Bariloche, those in the know head to the charming little town of El Bolsón. Here, you’ll find 13 mountain refuges dotting the wild landscape and linking a series of paths that work their way across valleys, around lakes and through lush forests. You can choose from a short one-nighter or a long hike that could last more than a week. With challenging hikes to shorter walks, everyone can enjoy the hiking around El Bolsón.

Quebrada de Humahuaca

The desert northern region of Argentina is home to some of the country’s most colourful natural wonders. Be sure to visit The Hill of Seven Colours just a short distance from Purmamarca. There are plenty of hikes through the Quebrada de Humahuaca, best with the help of a local guide. The scenery, friendly locals and year-round good weather in Northern Argentina make it one of the most popular places to hike.

Want to hike through Argentina? Speak to one of our experts at +44 (0) 207 407 1478 or email us here to start planning your journey today.

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