Category: South America

Inti Raymi

The second largest festival in South America, Inti Raymi, begins tomorrow in Cusco, Peru. It’s an ancient Inca festival of the sun and the week-long celebrations start at the Cusco fortress, Sacsayhuamán. The event will attract hundreds of thousands of Peruvians who will come to see free concerts, dance displays and more.

Top 10 summer resorts

Top 10 summer resorts

The excellent Luxist blog has run a feature entitled “Top Ten Summer Resorts” in preparation for the forthcoming summer and have given us their pick of the best: 1. Soneva Gili, Maldives 2. North Island, Seychelles 3. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 4. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco 5. Ashford Castle, Ireland 6. King Pacific Lodge, […]

Enraged guest at five-star resort in Chile

Enraged guest at five-star resort in Chile

From Ananova: A couple are suing a five star resort after its swimming pool allegedly turned a woman’s hair green. Carolina Carreno and Francisco Vargas were on their honeymoon at a top resort in Quinta Region, Chile. Carolina’s waist-length blonde hair turned green after the went for a swim on the first night, reports La […]

W Hotels heading for South America

W Hotels has  revealed plans to open its  fifth international property and its first  in South America. The 205-room W Santiago will be located across from Plaza Peru, on Avenida Isidoro Goyenechea in Santiago, Chile, and is expected to open in 2008. The development is a joint venture between the Territoria Group and Starwood Hotels […]

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]

Honeymoon at Copacabana Palace

Honeymoon at Copacabana Palace

Enjoy 4 nights at one of the most luxurious hotels in Rio at special honeymoon rates starting from $520 a night. The famous Copacabana Palace is a South American landmark, celebrated as a haven for relaxation, fine living and international glamour. The offer includes flowers and Champagne on arrival, a Brazilian buffet breakfast, a romantic […]

The Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

The Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires

The Alvear Palace Hotel stands in the heart of the Recoleta of Buenos Aires, a refined quarter with ample parks, wide avenues and elegant architecture. The best restaurants, coffee stores, antique shops and boutiques of Argentina’s capital city are found in this area, as well as some of the most important museums and cultural centers. […]

New rooms at Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina

New rooms at Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, Argentina

Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, & Golf Spa, is making progress with the construction of 42 new rooms with stunning views of Moreno Lake and Mount Tronador. The work began a year ago and is expected to finish in March 2007. Construction is taking place outside the main hotel building so service continues as normal.

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

For the next four days, until the last day of the month, one million people will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centrepiece is the Sambadromo parade, when neighbourhood groups compete for the title of best samba school; flashy floats and fancy costumes will no doubt feature prominently. The Masquerade Ball is almost as […]

Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

HSBC, your local bank, never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge.   Or so the adverts say.   If you haven’t seen this series of HSBC ads before, take a look for a little light travel entertainment. This fun TV ad highlights the differences of a certain hand signal within South America.

Fazenda de Lagoa, Brazil

Fazenda de Lagoa, Brazil

The 14-bungalow beach hotel by the name of Fazenda de Lagoa has just been opened by Rio-born artist Mucki Skowronski. Each  bungalow is approximately 450 sq. feet and all rooms have decks with hammocks, gauze-netted beds and  air-conditioning. There is also a Brazilian restaurant and spa.

Top 10 World's Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Luxury Travel Magazine  has unveiled what they regard to the be the Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways. The hotels that make the list are sublime escapes in pristine surroundings offering unparalleled seclusion for romance. The top ten are: Villa Le Scale, Capri, Italy Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado Hosteria Las […]

Colombia's Hilton Cartagena 25th anniversary

Colombia’s Hilton Cartagena 25th anniversary

Celebrating its  25th anniversary with a $2 million makeover, the Hilton Cartagena in Colombia is offering special discounts  to guests. The silver anniversary offer includes a 25% (25, get it?)  discount on room rates,  as well as 25%  discount on hotel dining, not to mention a commemorative souvenir. It  is valid until 31st May 2006. […]

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel

Looking for quality in Montevideo?   Then look no further than the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel. As well as being home to Montevideo’s only luxury spa, the hotel offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and topnotch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. It is also conveniently  situated  in the […]

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Near Cuzco, Peru

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Near Cuzco, Peru

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, operated by Inkaterra, a leading organization in environmental and cultural conservation achieved through sustainable tourism, is a rustic boutique hotel in the heart of the Machu Picchu’s Historic Sanctuary. The 83 guest houses that make up the hotel are  nestled in one or two-storey whitewash cottages reached by attractive stone pathways. […]

Queen Mary 2 protest

Queen Mary 2 protest

Some passengers on the Queen Mary 2 are threatening a sit-in when the cruise ship reaches port in Brazil to protest a last-minute change in itinerary. The world’s largest and most expensive ocean liner left New York on 15th January 2006 and was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on 22nd February 2006. Carrying more […]