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Animal Magic in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are like no other place. Some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland, these isolated volcanic islands were famously the inspiration for Darwin’s theories of evolution. For many nature lovers the Galapagos are a must-see destination, and with native birds and reptiles having lived for

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

April’s Sunvil Supper Club: Lentil stew with rice, beef & plantain

Lentil stew with rice, beef and fried plantain is a traditional Ecuadorian dish. It is a simple, nourishing, homey meal that is very popular. Typical Ecuadorian cuisine contains rice, potatoes and beans. The nation is also well-known for its variety of dishes made with bananas or plantains,

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

Make Holidays Greener: 10 more green holiday ideas from Sunvil

The Travel Foundation has designated July 2013 as ‘Make Holidays Greener Month’ and the specific theme is ‘Link to what  is local’.  With this is mind we are creating an Insider Guide to Greener Holidays, where you can view a selection of holiday ideas that are not only

Spotlight on Wildlife: Hummingbirds

All of the world’s 330 species of hummingbirds live exclusively in the Americas, predominantly in the tropics.  They are among the smallest of birds –  indeed the smallest bird species is the 5cm Bee hummingbird.  Over 50 species of hummingbird have been recorded in Costa Rica and

Make Holidays Greener: 10 green holiday ideas from Sunvil

The Travel Foundation has designated July 2013 as ‘Make Holidays Greener Month’ and the specific theme is ‘Link to what  is local’. With this is mind we are creating an Insider Guide to Greener Holidays, where you can view a selection of holiday ideas that are not

Ecuador by train: the Avenue of the Volcanoes

When the Quito to Latacunga railway line opened in 2008, it was quickly added to the list of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. Passing close to several active volcanoes and circling the mountains in a series of dramatic switchbacks, the route became very popular with

In pictures: the wonders of the Galapagos islands

The Galapagos Islands, around 500 miles off the west coast of Ecuador, are rightly regarded as a wonderful place to observe at close quarters some of the world’s most unusual species. Not only are the majority of the species found here unique to the islands but the