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Stargazing in the Atacama Desert in Chile

The Atacama Desert is home to some of the clearest and darkest skies in the world. With over 80% of days offering cloudless skies and nothing to produce light pollution for many miles around, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s largest space laboratories have invested

Esteros del Ibera Wetlands (‘Bright Water’ in the local Guarani language)

During my recent trip to Argentina, I was lucky enough to visit the Esteros del Ibera wetlands in the northeast of the country (Corrientes Province). Covering an area of approximately 20,000 km2 the wetlands are made up of swamps, bogs, lagoons and natural water courses that are

Notes from the field – Brazil, Argentina & Uruguay Trip

In this edition of ‘Notes from the field’, our Latin-America expert Will went on an inspiring trip through Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and shares his experience with us. Visits to these regions are often combined as they are all close together with Argentina to the west, Brazil

Five unreal places in South America you have to visit

From trees of green and blooming red roses, to the colours of the rainbow and crying babies, it didn’t take much more than nature’s bounty to convince Louis Armstrong that we live in a wonderful world. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the colourful cone-shaped continent

Notes from the field – The Sacred Valley, Peru

In this edition of ‘Notes from the field’ we head to the Peruvian region of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley, created by the Urumbamba river, is a vast stretch of land with an abundance of spectacular archaeological remains, Inca terraces and traditional

Barra da Tijuca – a very modern side of Rio

When the Olympic Games open on 5th August 2016, the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro. Or to be more precise, on Barra da Tijuca, where the Olympic Stadium has been built, along with the majority of the Olympic venues. The modern satellite city,

Esteros del Iberá – Argentina’s secret natural wonder

The Esteros del Iberá (Iberá Marsh) is the world’s second largest freshwater wetland, and the largest protected area in Argentina. In effect it’s a giant shallow basin holding millions of gallons of water from the region’s rivers, streams and bogs, and this delicate environment provides a perfect

A tented safari camp – in the Galapagos Islands

A holiday in the Galapagos Islands offers a unique opportunity for visitors to come face-to-face with animals and plants which exist nowhere else on Earth. The majority of those coming to explore the islands will stay on a boat, but in recent years the options for land-based

April 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Panamanian Stew (Sancocho)

Sancocho is the National dish of Panama and probably the most popular soup (virtually a stew) in Central America. It originates from the Azuero peninsula, and is made with chicken, vegetables, tomatoes, coriander, ñame and Yuca. Like many Latin America dishes, it can vary slightly from region

Petropolis and a breath of fresh air

Grand 19th-century mansions and a gothic cathedral are not the first images you’re likely to associate with a Brazilian town, but when you arrive in Petropolis, barely an hour from the beaches of Rio (depending on your luck with the traffic), it feels rather like having dropped