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Small-ship Amazon cruises

  For many visitors to Brazil a chance to venture into the Amazon jungle, if only for a short while, is a highlight of their trip. There are many Amazon cruise options to choose from, on vessels ranging from small luxury boats to full-size hotel cruise ships.

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

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

Highlights of Bogota

When I talk to fellow travel writers about their most memorable recent travels, one place that keeps cropping up is Colombia. After years of suffering a less than rosy reputation Colombia is firmly back on the tourist map and it seems as though it has one thing

Brazil and the forthcoming World Cup 2014

On 7 March 2003, FIFA announced that the world cup would be held in South America for the first time since 1978.  The tournament will run from 12 June to 13 July and there will be 64 matches played across twelve host cities.  Football fans from all

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

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,

For the love of gold – Exploring Ouro Preto

We’ll all have our fill of Brazil and football this summer, but my first exposure to this obsession was not a happy one. We were on our way to Ouro Preto and thanks to a late flight decided to spend the night in Belo Horizonte, the main