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Celebrating Carnival in South America

Looking at the extravagant parades and customs on show at the Rio carnival, it’s easy to forget that the tradition of celebrating this annual feast is even vaguely related to religion. The best clue as to its roots is in its moveable date, timed as it is according to

Rio’s giant floating Christmas tree

Rio de Janeiro isn’t a city known for doing things on a small scale, and the Christmas tree in the Lago Rodrigo de Freitas is no exception. Not content with having a tree measuring around 85 metres in height and weighing close to 500 tonnes, the Bradesco Seguros Christmas

Out to sea in a jangada – a traditional Brazilian fishing boat

Visit the North East of Brazil and you’ll have the opportunity to sail in a jangada – a traditional fishing boat which has been used in the region for hundreds of years. In fact, for what appears to be a simple vessel, the jangada has a remarkable

A Colourful Kite Festival in Guatemala

Across Latin America, the Day of the Dead (November 1) is marked in a variety of ways, ranging from the sombre to the festive, from the mournful to the bizarre. While the day is an important one in the Roman Catholic calendar, the festivities often have little

The Osa Peninsula Expedition – Costa Rica July 2015

Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE On our recent expedition to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, our 12 strong team were engaged in a number of tasks to assist the Corcovado National Park. This is said to be the last unspoiled tropical rain forest in Central America and it is

Highlights of San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations for those wanting memorable encounters with nature. Whether it’s erupting volcanoes, hatching sea turtles or the brightly coloured birds in the rainforest, the small Central American nation offers plenty of exciting options to experience the natural world. Most

Highlights of Ecuador and The Galapagos

I recently travelled to Ecuador to sample some of the delights that the country has to offer. I flew with Avianca who have a daily direct flight from London Heathrow to Bogotá with convenient onwards connections to Quito and I thought they offered an excellent service. My trip started with

Wildlife Wonders of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned as an excellent destination for wildlife lovers. With an abundance of colourful and unusual creatures on land and water, as well as some of the world’s most progressive conservation policies, the small Central American nation offers a chance to see many memorable species

Posada Amazonas, Southern Amazon Basin

As part of my recent trip to Peru, I was lucky enough to spend a few days visiting the Peruvian Amazon Basin. The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest which covers over 60% of the country (including the Peruvian Amazon Basin) is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse places

March’s Sunvil Supper Club: Huevos Rancheros

This is a traditional Mexican country breakfast that was served to farm workers at dawn. It comprises of eggs with chillies, tomatoes and peppers in corn tortillas. As the popularity of the dish spread beyond Mexico, many variations of the dish have been made. To download your