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Costa Rica Travel Advice

Costa Rica is located in Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It encapsulates dense jungles, rugged beaches, active volcanoes and eerie cloud-forests. It is home to 5% of the world’s total biodiversity – including 8,000 species of orchid and more than 800 species of birds. 25%

Costa Rican Weather – All you need to know

Despite its modest size, Costa Rica enjoys a wide variety of weather throughout the year.  With a climate with sharp contrasts between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts as well as in the interior, it’s worth taking into account the type of Costa Rica weather you’re likely to

Animal Magic in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are like no other place. Some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland, these isolated volcanic islands were famously the inspiration for Darwin’s theories of evolution. For many nature lovers the Galapagos are a must-see destination, and with native birds and reptiles having lived for

Birds of Latin America – Colouring Page

Birdwatching in Latin America is an activity that even the most half-hearted nature lover is guaranteed to enjoy. Birds in this part of the world are renowned for their bright colours and elaborate plumage, and a sighting of some of the region’s beautiful birds is likely to

Volcano adventures from San Jose in Costa Rica

While the Costa Rican capital San Jose may be one of Central America’s more cosmopolitan cities, it’s typically not a place where visitors tend to stick around. That’s not to say it’s without its charms, but with so many exciting natural attractions within a country that’s roughly

Re-interpreting the myths of Medellin

By Flora Baker Twenty years ago, tourists didn’t travel to Colombia. There were a number of reasons why: the threat of guerrilla warfare, the internal violence precipitated by drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the burgeoning cocaine trade. Even now Colombia is dogged with stereotypical stories of how

Searching out the street lifestyle in Cartagena

When I first arrived in Cartagena I was well aware of the UNESCO-level beauty that I’d find in its maze of narrow streets and protective high walls. This coastal Colombian city once stood as the Spaniards’ main gateway into and out of South America – which meant

More than the Inca Trail – lesser-trodden paths in Peru’s Sacred Valley

For many visitors to Peru the main purpose of their trip is to hike the Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu. While this is without doubt one of the world’s great treks, it’s certainly not the only option for a memorable long-distance adventure in the Peruvian

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour is a popular cocktail originating from South America. The ingredients are usually Pisco (a type of brandy), lemon juice, egg white, Angostura bitters and sugar syrup. Both Peru and Chile claim the Pisco Sour as their national drink, and each claims ownership of both Pisco

The Pantanal – Brazil’s top wildlife region

‘Pantanal’ comes from the Portuguese word ‘pântano’, meaning wetland, bog, swamp, or marsh, but in fact the Pantanal is a mixture of different ecosystems. Spanning 210,000 square kilometres (81,000 square miles; almost the size of Britain), the Pantanal is the largest tropical wetland in the world –