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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 –

The best 7 Festivals in Latin America

1 – Flower Fair in Medellin, Colombia – 1-10 August every year The city of Medellin is adorned with garlands of flowers and colours to mark the annual Flower Fair. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a few days viewing different kinds of parades, competitions, folkloric

Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires

Plaza de Mayo is known by all Argentineans as the focal point for protests and political activism within the country and (since being the scene of the revolution on 25 May 1810, which led to independence), it has been the setting for Argentina’s most politically turbulent moments.

Highlights of Bogota

When I talk to fellow travel writers about their most memorable recent travels, one place that keeps cropping up is Colombia. After years of suffering a less than rosy reputation Colombia is firmly back on the tourist map and it seems as though it has one thing

Renowned traditional Pachamanca dish in rural Peru

I was born in Lima but my parents come from Canta, a province which is only a couple of hours away from Lima by car. My childhood was spent between the busy city of Lima and my grandparent’s house in Yaso, a tiny town in the Chillon