Category: South America

Top 3 luxury hotels in Cusco

Top 3 luxury hotels in Cusco

Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacular sites in the worlds, so it is only fitting that your trip to the ancient Incan citadel should compare in class. Luckily, the city of Cusco, where many visitors base themselves before and after their Machu Picchu tours, is flush in 5-star accommodations. Here are some recommendations to help you […]

Photograph of the week: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

Photograph of the week: Playa Vik Jose Ignacio

This week’s image is of the pool at Playa Vik Jose Ignacio. It is a 75-foot cantilevered pool of Uruguayan black absolute nero granite with a fibre optic lit celestial map of the southern hemisphere that sits amidst the Lapacho, stretching out beyond the limit of the terrace and cantilevering 32 feet over the beach […]

Top luxury hotels for holidays in Brazil

Top luxury hotels for holidays in Brazil

From stunning country haciendas to slick city hotels, Brazil today has a huge range of luxury hotels for you to enjoy on your Brazil holidays, whether you want to enjoy style and luxury throughout your holiday, or whether you’re just looking to upgrade for one particular night. The undoubted highlights of Brazil for most visitors […]

Recipe of the week: King Crab Risotto

Recipe of the week: King Crab Risotto

Ingredients: Crab shredded pulp 200 gr. “Arborio” Rice  130 gr. Minced garlic 20 gr. Chopped onion 80 gr. Olive oil 20 cc Butter  20 gr. White Wine 60 cc Zest of one lime Vegetable Broth  (Amount Needed) Emulsifield: Cubed Butter 50 gr Mascapone Cheese 50 gr. To decorate: Crab Legs 40 gr. Sliced fried “Mandioca” […]

Why the focus is shifting to Brazil

Why the focus is shifting to Brazil

The world’s attention will be shifting to Brazil over the next few years because it is due to host the world’s two biggest events, the Football World Cup in 2014, followed by the Olympic Games in 2016. I am not sure that any country has ever won the rights to host the two largest events […]

The world's most beautiful city

The world’s most beautiful city

The world’s most beautiful city was discovered on 1st January 1502 by the Portuguese fleet led by Pedro Alvares Cabral. Thinking that the impressive entrance was the mouth of an enormous river, they called it the River of January, but it is, in fact, a massive bay, Guanabara Bay. When you are distracted by the […]

From buccaneering pirates and smugglers to a boutique hotel industry?

From buccaneering pirates and smugglers to a boutique hotel industry?

Piracy and smuggling has long been a pastime of the local Raizal population of Colombia’s Old Providence Island. In the 17th Century the infamous Welsh buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan used this remote island in the Western Caribbean as a base to raid the Spanish empire, sacking cities such as Cartagena and Panama City in the […]

Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Interview with Helen Howitt, Co-Founder of Sheepskin

Helen Howitt is co-founder, with her partner Adam, of Sheepskin, a small collection of unique holiday properties located in inspiring landscapes throughout the UK. Prior to forming Sheepskin, they both worked in international product development. They left corporate life to pursue a love of travel and a passion for discovering beautiful and unusual places. Some […]

5 of the most wonderful sites for bungee jumping

5 of the most wonderful sites for bungee jumping

Most people go on holiday for rest. However, there is a group of tourists who do not seek rest, but thrills on their holiday. This type of person seeks a large injection of adrenalin, of which bungee jumping provides probably the biggest dosage of any sporting activity. Bungee jumping is the kind of activity that […]

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Interview with Mery Calderon, President of Kuoda Travel

Mery Calderon is the founder and President of Kuoda Travel, a tour operator that pioneered private luxury travel in Peru. Born and educated in Cusco, she is an expert in the Andean region and has shown countless guests the majesty of Machu Picchu and the warmth of Peruvian culture. After growing up in her mother’s […]

Rio's top 5 fine dining restaurants

Rio’s top 5 fine dining restaurants

The Hotel Cipriani Restaurant, Copacabana Palace, Avenida Atlantica Back in the 1920s, when Brazil was a favoured retreat for Hollywood stars and European royalty, there was only one place to stay for the jet-set holidaying in Rio: the Copacabana Palace. This beautiful Art Deco hotel, while now dwarfed by newer buildings, still stands out on […]

3 of the best luxury Amazon cruises

3 of the best luxury Amazon cruises

When you think of the Amazon, you picture exotic forest and wild animals. But what are the next images that come to mind? No electricity, no warm water? Lots of heat, dirt and bugs? How can you avoid all these discomforts and travel in style in such an extraordinary destination? Three words: luxury Amazon cruises. […]

The magic of the Iguacu Falls

The magic of the Iguacu Falls

Are you are looking to visit somewhere special in the world? Somewhere that takes your breath away, and leaves you speechless? Somewhere where God has intervened to present nature at her most fearsome and beautiful? Somewhere to remind man that although he can build castles and palaces, on the earth and in space, he can […]

3 great reasons to visit Colombia

3 great reasons to visit Colombia

Colombia has recently sprung onto to the tourist circuit, surprising, delighting and surpassing the expectations of all who visit there. The country has a wealth of natural beauty, including lengthy Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, jungle, rainforests, mountain ranges and many other unique awe-inspiring ecosystems that are home to a plethora of endemic wildlife. The central Andean […]

Interview with Philip Hamilton-Grierson, Marketing Director at Cox & Kings

Interview with Philip Hamilton-Grierson, Marketing Director at Cox & Kings

Philip has worked at Cox & Kings since 1993. Having travelled extensively in South America, Africa and Europe, both before and after University (Edinburgh), he had caught a severe case of the travel bug and he joined the company as a Latin America tour consultant. He was only supposed to be there as a two-week […]

Interview with Emyr Thomas, Founder and Director of Bon Vivant

Interview with Emyr Thomas, Founder and Director of Bon Vivant

Emyr Thomas is the Founder and Director of Bon Vivant, a concierge and lifestyle management service based in London with global coverage. Bon Vivant is aimed at people with insufficient time to manage their lives who want to regain control of their time, access an insider’s knowledge and expertise, and enjoy exclusive treatment andcomplimentary benefits. […]

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