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Notes from the field – The Sacred Valley, Peru

In this edition of ‘Notes from the field’ we head to the Peruvian region of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley, created by the Urumbamba river, is a vast stretch of land with an abundance of spectacular archaeological remains, Inca terraces and traditional

Barra da Tijuca – a very modern side of Rio

When the Olympic Games open on 5th August 2016, the eyes of the world will be on Rio de Janeiro. Or to be more precise, on Barra da Tijuca, where the Olympic Stadium has been built, along with the majority of the Olympic venues. The modern satellite city,

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

Obelisco of Buenos Aires

On 23 May, Argentina’s most iconic 67-metre tall monument will celebrate its 80th anniversary. It was erected in a record time of just 31 days with 157 workers and it commemorates four key events in the city’s history. The first and second foundings; the first raising of

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

Cape Horn: A most memorable travel experience

There are a number of landmarks around the world, that most people have heard of. They owe their reputation to their vastness, like the Amazon, or Sahara Desert; their height, Mount Everest or just their location such as the Capes of Good Hope or Cape Horn. The

The Queen’s 90th Birthday: A Royal Visit

As the Queen turns 90, we look back on the Sunvil destinations which she has visited during her 63 year reign. The Queen is not only our longest reigning sovereign but she must also be one of the best-travelled people in the world, having visited over 100

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

The Atacama Desert

Chile is long and narrow. It is, in fact, 2,670 miles long – about the same distance as London to Tehran in Iran – but only 217 miles wide at its maximum. It almost reaches into Antarctica in the south and, in the north, is arid desert.