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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: 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

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

Beyond the Inca Trail – 5 other great South American treks

Tell someone you’re going to do a long-distance walk in South America and the chances are that they’ll instantly picture you on the Inca Trail. The insanely popular 4-5 day trek to Machu Picchu is quite rightly regarded as the most spectacular way to arrive at the

5 highlights of a holiday in Chile

Chile is an unusual country, geographically speaking. 2,700 miles long and on average barely 100 miles wide, almost every Chilean lives both near the sea, at the foot of towering mountains and not far from one or other of their neighbours Argentina and Bolivia. Due to its