Category: South America

Brazil's top 5 beach hotels

Brazil’s top 5 beach hotels

Brazil is easily the best destination in South America for beaches and with over 5000 miles of stunning coastline, it is easy to see why. There really is something to please everyone amongst Brazil’s beaches. Whether you want to relax on a secluded beach, off the beaten track, catch some waves kite surfing, dive in […]

Photograph of the week: Machu Picchu

Photograph of the week: Machu Picchu

This 15th Century Inca site is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and it’s truly breathtaking place. Most of the travelers say that this is the most memorable sight they have been to. Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Incan Empire and also one of the most […]

6 of the best hotels in the Galapagos Islands

6 of the best hotels in the Galapagos Islands

Somewhere near the top of most people’s bucket list, the legendary Galapagos Islands is one of the most diverse and fantastic natural paradises on the planet. Formed more than five million years ago as a result of volcanic activity, the archipelago is the quintessence of nature in its most primitive and pure state. On its islands and […]

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

5 must-see birds in the Galapagos

Bird watchers who want a luxury vacation should set their sights on the Galápagos Islands. To fully appreciate these islands’ remote beauty, arrive on a luxurious cruiser. You can find beautifully appointed tour boats that provide ample space on deck for bird watching (as well as sunbathing, swimming in the built-in swimming pool, and sampling […]

7 ways to spend a day in Buenos Aires

7 ways to spend a day in Buenos Aires

As an immense airport hub for flight connections, Buenos Aires allows layover travelers to get a taste of the vibrant, tango-crazed metropolis in South America. Aptly nicknamed “Paris of the South,” Buenos Aires is a Euro-flavored city where stylish residents eat well, party late and warmly embrace newcomers. Buenos Aires shouldn’t be a place you […]

6 of the best hotels in Quito, Ecuador

6 of the best hotels in Quito, Ecuador

For the third year in a row, Quito has won the “Oscar” of the tourism awards. Competing in the World Travel Awards with other attractive destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Lima, Bogota, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, the Ecuadorian capital was declared the “Destination Leader of South America” for 2015. Having also been […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]

Top 5 adventurous holidays

Top 5 adventurous holidays

For those looking for something a bit different to your typical beach holidays, we have compiled our favourite adventurous holidays, perfect for those wanting to experience something unique. From an exploration of the South eastern nation of Burma, the depths of the vast Antarctica to an epic rail journey across several countries and a trek […]

5 of the best hacienda/hotels in the Ecuadorian Andes

5 of the best hacienda/hotels in the Ecuadorian Andes

In the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Ecuadorian highlands you can discover the rustic charm of Andean haciendas filled with Spanish colonial history and natural splendor. Yet, a closer look will reveal that these one-time mountain hacienda/hotels have been converted into stylish boutique hideaways. These chic oases retain their wood and brick rooms, working fireplaces, antique […]

5 Andean markets that will take you back in time

5 Andean markets that will take you back in time

If you want a souvenir of your trip to the Andes, don’t settle for a last-minute purchase at the duty-free shop. Ever since the Spanish imposed their city-planning styles on Andean communities, the central square has served as a gathering place where people can peddle their wares and catch up with their neighbors. Marketplaces in […]

Brazil's top 5 celebrations

Brazil’s top 5 celebrations

World famous for its colourful carnivals and fabulous parties, Brazil is already preparing for the celebrations of 2016. Visitors to this diverse and fascinating country can expect flamboyant outfits bedecked with glitter and sequins, extravagant make up and endless parades of beautifully crafted floats. With carnivals taking place all over the country it can be […]

The ghats in Varanasi, India

Top 6 riverside towns

London isn’t the only city famed for its river, with the Thames flowing past attractions like the Houses of Parliament and the Eye. All around the world there are cities and towns with locals whose lives revolve around the waters – from Varanasi where the sacred Ganges is a pilgrimage site, to architecturally splendid bridges in Prague where […]

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

5 of the best Ecuadorian eco-lodge experiences

The very notion of luxury travel is being re-worked. Old-fashioned, ostentatious “luxury” hotels are clearly outmoded, as today’s high-end travelers are searching for experiential adventure. They are looking to “get inside” a destination – connecting with the indigenous culture, sampling the local food, and appreciating local designs. These modern-day explorers pursue not just vacations, but […]

4 mythological destinations in Latin America

4 mythological destinations in Latin America

Visitors come to Latin America looking for incredible scenery. Long before globetrotting travelers came to snap photographs, the following destinations all inspired local legends. When you visit, you will share in the awe that the indigenous people felt for the unknowable depths of the nearby lakes, valleys, and volcanoes. Lake Titicaca, Peru Visitors will find […]

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

The top 5 must-see places in Peru

To determine the must-see places in Peru, we spoke to leading Peruvian tour operators, Machu Travel Peru. The company is committed to the highest levels of service as borne out by their reviews on Tripadvisor (an impressive 369 reviews stating ‘excellent’ out of 384 reviews). Machu Travel Peru also takes pride in giving back to […]

5 unique, lesser-known destinations

5 unique, lesser-known destinations

The worst part of being a tourist visiting the worlds most popular attractions is all the other tourists. Long lines, crowded spaces, having to stand on a friend or relative to prevent people from obscuring your photographs. The solution then, is to go somewhere quiet and less travelled, but of course you still want to see […]

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