Category: South America

4 must-see art galleries in Rio de Janeiro

4 must-see art galleries in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is probably best known for its beautiful sandy beaches and friendly locals. But beneath the parties and the cocktails, a rich art history runs deep within the city.  Here are four must-see art galleries to be found in Brazil’s second largest city and host of the next 2016 Olympics. Museu de Arte […]

Photograph of the week: Lago Grey moonrise

Photograph of the week: Lago Grey moonrise

Paine National Park in Chile is one of the most challenging environments in which to get good shots, with its jagged landscape, oscillating moods and grand vistas. Here, Bruce Percy captures Paine during a rare quiet phase, at night, with the famous winds reduced to a flutter, giving a rare and perfect moonlit mountain reflection […]

Walking wild or walking high - two very different luxury walking holidays

Walking wild or walking high – two very different luxury walking holidays

Sometimes you just have to get out there into the big wide world and feel the earth beneath your feet. An escape into the wild refreshes the spirit and let’s you breathe, think and feel more clearly. All too often though, the process of heading off into some remote area which will give you that […]

In search of the jaguar in Brazil

In search of the jaguar in Brazil

The dry season in the Pantanal is fast approaching making Brazil the perfect destination to view big cats, including the elusive jaguar. For most people when they think about wildlife in Brazil the Amazon will spring to mind however due to the density of the forest it is difficult so see many animals, especially large […]

3 places to mix luxury and adventure in South America

3 places to mix luxury and adventure in South America

Who says luxury is always lazy? Though adventure travel is most commonly associated with roughing it on the road, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 places in South America where you can get an adrenaline rush and also indulge in creature comforts… the best of both worlds! Amazon cruise The Amazon […]

Abseiling down the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

Abseiling down the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

If you have a sense of adventure and have ever wondered about visiting Guyana, perhaps this video will inspire you. Here biologist Steve Backshall – perhaps best known as the presenter of BBC TV’s ‘Deadly 60′ – prepares to abseil down one of the most powerful waterfalls on the planet, the 741 foot Kaieteur Falls […]

5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

5 wild mating rituals from the Galapagos Islands

In evolutionary theory, “survival of the fittest” doesn’t capture the whole picture. As Charles Darwin pointed out, it is not brute strength alone that wins out in evolution but the ability of a species to adapt to change. Courtship matters. Attractiveness to mates is quite important for the passing along of well-adapted genes. The Galapagos […]

5 of the best places to see big cats

5 of the best places to see big cats

If you want to see big cats but aren’t sure where to go to get the best chance of seeing them, here is our pick of some of the best places to go for different cats. Look for lions in Botswana, try for leopards in Zambia, don’t miss cheetahs in the Masai Mara, head for […]

An insider's guide into bar hopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

An insider’s guide into bar hopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has long been celebrated for its natural beauty and as the home to the most spectacular of all Carnival celebrations. As you can imagine, Rio locals (known as Cariocas to their friends) are a lively bunch who like nothing better than to gather with friends at the end of the day, […]

The luxury sport of ice golf

The luxury sport of ice golf

Statistics say that more than 60 million people in the world have tried to play golf. What do you think how many of them tried to play snow golf? That’s right, not too much. Snow golf is much more rare and unusual kind of sport. Here the green grass is white snow, the balls are […]

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

This video shows what is reputedly the first ever speedflight off Machu Picchu, made in November 2012.  It is said to be a  highly technical flight due to its tricky launch, complex rotor and variable winds.  I should also mention that it is strongly NOT recommended that you attempt this yourself… unless of course you […]

The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

France is not going to be happy. Remember our ’5 best wine destinations’ post a few months back?  Well, France – often regarded as one of the best wine producers in the world – was excluded from that TripAdvisor list.  And now they’ve been snubbed again, this time by Wine Enthusiast, who have declared the […]

Peru - the perfect pick for a honeymoon

Peru – the perfect pick for a honeymoon

Picture this: you’re relaxing in a natural health spa, enjoying a luxurious couple massage with your significant other, discussing the ancient temple you just visited with a personal guide, and anticipating tomorrow’s luxury train ride to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. For couples looking to combine elite luxury with light adventure and cultural exploration, […]

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Sea legs. Of all the new sensations during my visit to the Galapagos Islands, that was perhaps the strangest. On about day five of my seven-day catamaran cruise aboard Treasures of Galapagos, I began to notice it. When we made it ashore to a visitor site, I was still swaying, still compensating for the gentle […]

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

Combine two World Wonders with a Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation

With frequent and reliable flights throughout South America, luxury travellers are now taking full advantage of everything that South America has to offer, and combining multiple destinations in one comprehensive vacation. One of the most in demand trips combines the highlights of Ecuador and Peru, to create a once-in-a-life-time Machu Picchu Galapagos vacation. There are […]

Stargazing in Chile

Stargazing in Chile

There’s something magical about a star-filled night sky. You don’t have to be an astronomer, or know the names of the constellations to appreciate it, but one look at the sky over Chile’s Atacama Desert and you’ll want to know more. Some of the world’s best astronomical science is conducted here, thanks to the dry […]

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