Category: South America

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 […]

6 secret beaches from around the world

6 secret beaches from around the world

If you ever wanted to spend time on stunning beaches away from the usual tourist hotspots, and experience a Robinson Crusoe beach setting, then take a look at some of the world’s beaches which currently remain under the radar. Here’s our list of six little-known beaches from around the world. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam A […]

Easter Island

6 of the best regional sporting events

Sport taps into a universal sense of passion and enthusiasm. With the excitement running up to the Olympic games in Rio de Janiero next year, we looked into some of the more local sporting events that are worth a look – and might otherwise be missed. So here are six of the best regional sporting […]

Amazon Rainforest, Brazil

Top 7 destinations to visit in Brazil after the Olympic Games

The 5th August signalled exactly one year to go until the beginning of the 2016 Olympic Games which are to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Following on from the success of the World Cup in 2014, Brazil is all set to host the other biggest sporting event in the world and if the football […]

6 must-see Plazas in Peru

6 must-see Plazas in Peru

When you look at maps of Peruvian cities, you’ll notice every city includes a Plaza de Armas or a Plaza Mayor. For the Spanish, a city’s Plaza de Armas was the center of administrative, military, and religious power. These plazas aren’t always the largest or most centrally located squares, as many of Peru’s cities have […]

Photograph of the week: Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu

Photograph of the week: Temple of the Three Windows, Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the most amazing archeological discoveries of all time. This picture, taken at the Temple of the Three Windows, required quick reflexes as the clouds suddenly opened up to full sun in the blink of a eye. The spectacular 4,000 metre (13,000 foot) mountains surrounding Machu Picchu only add […]

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