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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

Ancient Inca roads spanning 6 countries granted World Heritage status

Last month, the Andean road system ‘Qhapaq Ñan’ across Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. It is the first time multiple countries have worked together to register one site on the heritage list. Qhapaq Ñan has been selected for its

July’s Sunvil Supper Club: Ceviche

This is Peru’s most famous dish. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in lime juice and spiced with Aji Amarillo or chilli peppers. 2,000 years ago, ancient Mochica culture had a dish made with fresh fish marinated with fermented banana passion fruit; during

Manú National Park

Manú is a biosphere reserve located in Madre de Dios and Paucartambo in South East Peru. It (recently featured in the BBC documentary “I bought a rainforest”) is considered by UNESCO to be the most biologically diverse place on earth! This huge national park covering over 1.5million

Argentine Tango

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and synonymous with the Argentine tango – did you know the Argentine tango was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO?  A good way to experience this sensual dance is to attend a tango show. Glamorous and

Spotlight on Wildlife: Green Iguana

Green Iguanas are native to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. They are both arboreal and terrestrial, their preferred habitat is shaded trees along rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps. However, they will live in relatively open, arid areas if food resources are sufficient. They also prefer

Salvador and a taste of Africa in Brazil

Salvador may lag behind Rio and the Amazon jungle on many visitors’ Brazil itineraries but as I recently discovered, there are more than enough good reasons to include Brazil’s 16th-century capital in your travel plans. Almost 4 million slaves were brought from Africa to Brazil and for the

Brazil and the forthcoming World Cup 2014

On 7 March 2003, FIFA announced that the world cup would be held in South America for the first time since 1978.  The tournament will run from 12 June to 13 July and there will be 64 matches played across twelve host cities.  Football fans from all

Spotlight on Wildlife: Penguins

Penguins are aquatic flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. Major populations of penguins are found in Argentina and Chile. They spend about half of their lives on land and half in the ocean. They are superbly adapted for life in the water, penguins have