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Five unreal places in South America you have to visit

From trees of green and blooming red roses, to the colours of the rainbow and crying babies, it didn’t take much more than nature’s bounty to convince Louis Armstrong that we live in a wonderful world. Nowhere is that more obvious than in the colourful cone-shaped continent

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

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

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

Spotlight on wildlife: Alpaca

An alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid. Other camelids include vicuñas, llamas and guanacos. The alpaca descends from the vicuña, having been domesticated for approximately 7,000 years in the Peruvian Highlands. It lives in herds that graze in the Andes between 3,500 m and

Spotlight on Wildlife: Andean Condor

The Andean Condor is a South American large black vulture home to, as the name suggests, the Andean mountains. Both male and female have a uniform black plumage, except for a frill of white feathers at the base of the neck, and especially in the male, large

10 reasons to visit Bolivia on your South America trip

For those looking for a South American adventure away from the crowds along Rio’s beaches or the much visited Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, Bolivia offers a wealth of natural and cultural attractions. A trip around Bolivia offers the chance to see some of the world’s most