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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

Focus on Ecuador: 5 travellers share their experiences

This week we take a closer look at the many attractions on offer to those who travel to Ecuador. While most visitors to the country still use it as a stopping point before heading out to the Galapagos Islands, an increasing number are discovering just how much

The unique wonders of the Galapagos Islands

Few places in the world (if indeed any) can boast such a unique diversity of animals and plants as can be found on the Galapagos islands. These 19 tiny volcanic islands have been created within the last 4 million years, making them some of the newest bits

Ecuadorian Escapades

  Casa Aliso  I recently travelled to Ecuador to inspect a number of boats in the Galapagos (600 miles off the coast of Ecuador) and also stay at a couple of jungle lodges in the Amazon Basin. My trip started in Quito which is my