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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

National Parks of Costa Rica

Not only is Costa Rica blessed with outstanding natural beauty, but for many years now this small Central American nation has led the way in implementing conservation policies which have protected its rainforests and its incredibly diverse flora and fauna. It is established as a destination for

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