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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

Autumn escapes

This week may have seen the return of some brighter weather but, there is a distinctive chill in the air which tells us that autumn is on its way. As we start to pull out our jumpers and coats in the UK, we look south towards the

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour is a popular cocktail originating from South America. The ingredients are usually Pisco (a type of brandy), lemon juice, egg white, Angostura bitters and sugar syrup. Both Peru and Chile claim the Pisco Sour as their national drink, and each claims ownership of both Pisco

July’s Sunvil Supper Club: Ceviche

This is Peru’s most famous dish. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish marinated in lime juice and spiced with Aji Amarillo or chilli peppers. 2,000 years ago, ancient Mochica culture had a dish made with fresh fish marinated with fermented banana passion fruit; during

Argentine Tango

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and synonymous with the Argentine tango – did you know the Argentine tango was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO?  A good way to experience this sensual dance is to attend a tango show. Glamorous and

Spotlight on Wildlife: Green Iguana

Green Iguanas are native to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. They are both arboreal and terrestrial, their preferred habitat is shaded trees along rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps. However, they will live in relatively open, arid areas if food resources are sufficient. They also prefer

Spotlight on Wildlife: Elephant seals

Elephant seals are large ocean seals and there are two species. The northern and southern elephant seal, both were hunted to the brink of extinction by the end of the 19th century, but numbers have since recovered. The southern elephant seal is found in Peninsula Valdés in

Spotlight on Wildlife: Scarlet Macaw

The Scarlet Macaw is a large, red, yellow and blue South American parrot. It is a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called Macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. The Central American scarlet macaw is larger and has blue on

Spotlight on Wildlife: Armadillos

Armadillos are small to medium-sized mammals with a leathery armoured shell.  The Spanish word armadillo means ‘little armoured one’.  They are the only living mammals that wear such shells.  Closely related to anteaters and sloths they generally have a pointy or shovel-shaped snout and small eyes.  They