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For the love of gold – Exploring Ouro Preto

We’ll all have our fill of Brazil and football this summer, but my first exposure to this obsession was not a happy one. We were on our way to Ouro Preto and thanks to a late flight decided to spend the night in Belo Horizonte, the main

Spotlight on Wildlife: Jaguar

It is every wildlife watcher’s dream to see a jaguar in the wild. However, they are elusive, often silent and well camouflaged, so the chance of actually seeing one is fairly remote. The Jaguar is a big cat and is the only Panthera species found in the

Spotlight on Wildlife: Andean Condor

The Andean Condor is a South American large black vulture home to, as the name suggests, the Andean mountains. Both male and female have a uniform black plumage, except for a frill of white feathers at the base of the neck, and especially in the male, large

7 things that might surprise you about Colombia

Having largely been shunned for many years as a holiday destination, Colombia is steadily becoming recognised as one of the most exciting countries to explore in Latin America. Not only is there an enormous amount to experience and witness, but those who have visited the country rave

The Perfect Coffee?

When you think of the perfect cup of coffee, which country instantly pops into your mind? If it isn’t Colombia, then maybe you should reconsider. Yes of course Brazil can serve up a tasty cup and I am not denying that Ethiopia, considered the birthplace of coffee,

Spotlight on Wildlife: Raccoon

Known as the ‘masked bandit’, this intelligent and fascinating mammal can be found throughout Costa Rica. Although you will most commonly find raccoons in forests, you are also likely to come across them in coastal, mountainous or urban areas. They have a tendency to use burrows already

Spotlight on Wildlife: Elephant seals

Elephant seals are large ocean seals and there are two species. The northern and southern elephant seal, both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but numbers have since recovered. The southern elephant seal is found in Peninsula Valdés in

Spotlight on Wildlife: The American Crocodile

The American Crocodile is the most widespread of the four species of crocodiles from the Americas. They can live up to 70 years and the larger adult males average about 13 feet in length and weigh approximately 180 kg. However, some males can reach lengths of 20 feet and a

Spotlight on Wildlife: Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is a large, red, yellow and blue South American parrot. It is a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called Macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. The Central American scarlet macaw is larger and has blue on

Beyond the Inca Trail – 5 other great South American treks

Tell someone you’re going to do a long-distance walk in South America and the chances are that they’ll instantly picture you on the Inca Trail. The insanely popular 4-5 day trek to Machu Picchu is quite rightly regarded as the most spectacular way to arrive at the