Category: South America

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Top 5 mammals to see on your Amazon adventure

One of the magnificent wonders of our natural world is the Amazon rainforest. Spanning nine countries in total, the immense scale and interconnected networks of distinct ecosystems supports a dazzling array of creatures. Due to its position close to the equator and at the base of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon in Ecuador maintains more […]

6 terrific reasons to take your time in Quito

6 terrific reasons to take your time in Quito

Quito has attracted drama, excitement, extraordinary beauty and a tantalising touch of danger since the dawn of human history. The little city, high up on a plateau that stretches along the eastern flanks of the Pichincha volcano, in the valley of Ecuador’s Guayllabamba River, does not lend itself to rushing. The air is thin (it […]

5 qualities of an Ecuadorian Amazon eco-lodge

5 qualities of an Ecuadorian Amazon eco-lodge

Some destinations are simply amazing, offering us unique and sublime moments. An eco-lodge in the Amazonian jungle is one of these. Situated in the Ecuadorian rainforest, you can discover a vastly different world, one that provides you the chance to truly experience the jungle but without sacrificing the comforts and security to which you’re accustomed. […]

Top 8 sites to see in Brazil

Top 8 sites to see in Brazil

Brazil is home to the Christ Redeemer statue, over 50% of the nation’s rainforests, and one of the most celebrated carnival festivals in the world. There are exquisite and amazing experiences to be had in this South American nation. Brazil is a pleasant mix of gorgeous landscapes, expanding cities, and breathtaking beaches. Here’s a breakdown […]

9 places to swim with penguins in Galapagos

9 places to swim with penguins in Galapagos

The Galapagos penguin is one of the smallest and rarest of the 20 species of penguins alive today.   Only knee high, it’s also the only penguin that lives in the northern hemisphere (some of them live just a tad above the equatorial line in Galapagos).   Its ancestors likely drifted up on the cool Humboldt current, […]

The best luxury alternatives to cruises in the Galapagos Islands

The best luxury alternatives to cruises in the Galapagos Islands

Many people dream of a holiday to the Galapagos Islands, a magical collection of islands rich in wildlife and out-of-this-world landscapes. However, for some, the thought of spending days at sea on a yacht is not appealing for a number of reasons. Perhaps you suffer from sea sickness, or don’t like the thought of sleeping […]

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

We love places where history thumps through the streets like a heartbeat, but some of the world’s greatest cities are even greater thanks to contemporary influences. Here’s our collection of our favourites that manage to perfectly marry the very old and the very, very new. Brooklyn & Manhattan, New York In the city that never […]

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

May is a wonderful time of year to get out and explore the countryside. The weather is getting sunnier (for much of the northern hemisphere, at least) and yet most places are not yet overrun by tourism. With many families staying at home (whilst school and university examinations are in full swing), it’s a great […]

Top 5 wilderness and splendid isolation holidays

Top 5 wilderness and splendid isolation holidays

It’s not that you’re not sociable, you just want to get away from it all. Us too. For those off-the-grid moments that we all crave, here’s our pick of the five best remote places for when silence is golden. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Colombia, Canada An intimate retreat in the picture-postcard backwaters of Clayoquot Sound in […]

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The mysterious bush dog: a rare canine species in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve

At one of the most bio diverse places on earth, Yasuní National Park and Biosphere Reserve, you have a unique opportunity to become one of the few people in the entire world who have seen the enigmatic “Bush Dog”! Increasingly rare, this adorable wild dog is one of the many endangered species we are pleased […]

5 of the greatest manta ray diving sites in the Americas

5 of the greatest manta ray diving sites in the Americas

Those people who have dived alongside a giant manta ray — witnessing its gentle, elegant and avian-like motions — describe this creature’s actions as the closest thing to flying. A few years ago, contacts with these mysterious creatures were practically unknown on the coasts of Asian countries. In fact, these fish were about to disappear […]

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5 stunning examples of Galapagos beauty

The beauty of the Galapagos Islands is not something that can be explained- only experienced. The archipelago has 1336 km. of coastline, varying from floury white beaches to rocky cliffs, contrasted by crystalline waters. Moving further inland, Galapagos landscapes offer striking volcanic formations, arid deserts and rich sub-tropical forests, which are inhabited by some of […]

5 best beach breaks in Bahia, Brazil

5 best beach breaks in Bahia, Brazil

Brazil’s northern state of Bahia has seen an enormous increase in popularity amongst international tourists seeking a secluded, luxury beach retreat. For many years, the golden sands and crystal blue waters of this sun-soaked Brazilian paradise were neglected by visitors from abroad; the international tourists favouring the glossy resorts surrounding Rio de Janeiro. No longer […]

Galapagos: the 7 top-rated visitor sites

Galapagos: the 7 top-rated visitor sites

We asked 12 naturalist guides with a combined 231 years of guiding experience in Galapagos to rate each visitor site on a scale of 1-100 against 5 distinct criteria: i) overall diversity and abundance of animal and plant species; ii) chances of seeing iconic Galapagos species; iii) landscape beauty iv) beach quality and v) snorkel […]

5 best snorkeling sites in Galapagos

5 best snorkeling sites in Galapagos

Underwater Galapagos offers even greater wildlife viewing than on land.   The Galapagos Marine Reserve is among the largest in the world, covering an area equivalent to the size of Greece.  In 2001, the Galapagos World Heritage site, formerly applied only to the land portion of the archipelago, was expanded to include the newly created reserve.  […]

14 of the best cities to visit this April

14 of the best cities to visit this April

April can be a fantastic time of year to get away and enjoy a city break. For many of our readers, it’s a time when temperatures are just starting to pick up a little, when destinations are beginning to open their doors more to tourists, and yet it isn’t a peak time to travel… meaning […]

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