Category: South America

6 of the finest luxury hotels in Cusco, Peru

6 of the finest luxury hotels in Cusco, Peru

The great Andean city of Cusco is an important stop on any trip to Peru, for the chance to marvel at ancient archaeological sites, beautifully kept colonial architecture, and vibrant markets piled high with colorful fruit and fabrics. There’s a wonderful range of places to stay here, so we decided to round up the best […]

The top 5 luxury hotels in Peru's Sacred Valley

The top 5 luxury hotels in Peru’s Sacred Valley

When travelling to Peru, it is almost inevitable that you will fly into Cusco and visit the iconic site of Machu Picchu. A few days exploring the charming city of Cusco is recommended before heading towards the ancient citadel. In order to get there, one must travel through a region known as the Sacred Valley. […]

Luxury - the new trend in Galapagos

Luxury – the new trend in Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are probably the most pristine and coveted destination for nature lovers on our planet. This famous Archipelago consists of 13 major islands and over 100 islets and is located 1000 kilometers (600 miles) from the coast of Ecuador, a small and beautiful Andean country in South America. Because of the remote location […]

10 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

10 of the quirkiest hotels in the world

Travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor has unveiled 10 of the world’s quirkiest hotels, ranked according to the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings from the past year. For travelers who want to look beyond the conventional hotel room, TripAdvisor revealed these highly-rated weird and wonderful hotels around the globe. “Booking a stay […]

5 adventurous activities to enjoy on the Ecuadorian mainland

5 adventurous activities to enjoy on the Ecuadorian mainland

Did you know that, aside from the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is a wonderland for adventure activities and wildlife safaris, on the mainland too? Instead of hopping straight from Quito to the Galapagos, why not stay longer on the mainland and explore all that this compact country has to offer for active types – read on […]

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#1 for every birdwatcher’s bucket list

Why do so many avid birders agree that Ecuador is the best spot in the Amazon for birdwatching? Thanks to the geographic positioning of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Equator, a unique variety of habitats support more bird species here per square mile than anywhere else. The Tropical Andes and Amazon are […]

The most charming haciendas in Ecuador

The most charming haciendas in Ecuador

The small country of Ecuador is often overlooked by travellers considering a holiday to Latin America, however, this tiny gem packs a punch when it comes to old world charm, stunning vistas, delicious food and a rich culture. From the deep Amazon, to the towering Cotopaxi volcano and the outstanding Galapagos Islands, there is plenty […]

7 reasons for choosing a small yacht to cruise the Galapagos

7 reasons for choosing a small yacht to cruise the Galapagos

In all my years of experience working in the tour and travel industry, there is one question that I repeatedly receive from travelers wanting to come to the Galapagos. Is it better to cruise Galapagos in a bigger or a smaller vessel? My answer is always the same. It depends on your needs and interests! […]

15 reasons to visit the Galápagos Islands

15 reasons to visit the Galápagos Islands

The Galapagos are 16 volcanic islands and hundreds of islets in the middle of the Pacific Ocean straddling the equator 950 km from the South American coast. Our five day cruise was on La Pinta, a ship accommodating just 48 guests accompanied by 4 experienced Naturalist Guides hosting excursions during the day and presentations on […]

6 remarkable facts you may not know about Easter Island

6 remarkable facts you may not know about Easter Island

Easter Island or Rapa Nui as the locals call it, requires a long journey and only one plane can fly there at a time, but it is one of the most remarkable places to visit and has an equally incredible story to match. 1. It is the most remote island in the world It is […]

6 of the best luxury hotels in Bogota, Colombia

6 of the best luxury hotels in Bogota, Colombia

The capital city of Colombia is a city in which visitors can find a long list of things to do, excellent restaurants and interesting sites. The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) is a particular highlight, along with the many markets which sell a wonderful selection of locally crafted goods. It is easy to use Bogota […]

5 wellness retreats to find your zen

5 wellness retreats to find your zen

These days hotels need to do more than just pamper you, today with wellness and self-care becoming increasingly important to luxury travellers when aboard, hotels need to be equipped to enrich and maintain a well and healthy lifestyle. These are our favourite hotels where wellness is ingrained in their ethos, hotels that you come away […]

Who’s afraid of sharks?  Galapagos shark encounters you won't forget

Who’s afraid of sharks?  Galapagos shark encounters you won’t forget

“The Galapagos islands?”, a prospective visitor muses…  “Ah yes, the land of Giant tortoises, iguanas and Darwin’s famous finches…” are likely the most common associations made.   But lesser known, yet almost equally common wildlife encounters while in the islands will be with sharks. “Sharks?!? I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that!” is the usual response […]

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

5 considerations for hiking the Inca Trail

At the top of the bucket lists of thousands of travelers around the world is hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is a historical route as it was part of the road system of the Inca Empire; it once linked the city of Cusco (the former capital of the Empire) to the mythical […]

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A tribe protecting wildlife in the Amazon

In Ecuador, the giant river otter´s conservation status is categorized as Critically Endangered after decades of indiscriminate hunting. One of the most prized treasures we protect is this otter that in Añangu has a safe refuge with enough fish to stay and reproduce.  In the Amazon basin, near Coca city, the presence of this and […]

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

5 of the most amazing al fresco dining experiences around the world

When the weather is fine there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying your surroundings: the only added extra you need is some delicious local food. Here we’ve rounded up our favourite outdoor dining experiences on the planet. Asado de Cordero, Patagonia One of the highlights of visiting Las Torres del Paine National Park is […]

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