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Top Travel Tips for South America: Under Canvas

Sleeping out under the stars, waking up to stunning sunrises in an impossibly remote location and exploring a pristine natural environment knowing that you are the only person around for miles – we love the feeling of getting close to nature that camping gives.
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Top Travel Tips for South America: Bird's Eye View

Journeying through spectacular and remote landscapes often means slowing down the pace a little so you can absorb the beauty around you, perhaps chat to a member of a local community as you rest and generally take it all in. Whether trekking, by 4wd or on horse-back, these often become very special journeys. But there are times when the sheer scale and drama of what you wish to see can only truly be appreciated from the air.
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Top Travel Tips for South America: Rail Journeys

There is a special something about travelling by train. And we are not talking of packed local trains or high speed commuter routes, we mean those iconic rail journeys that wend their way gracefully through spectacular scenery, perhaps cutting through impossibly mountainous terrain, small local towns or alongside lush river valleys.
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What are the Best Mexico Holidays?

Mexico is a wonderful country that offers so much diversity beyond its standard image of beach holidays, albeit that there are indeed quite spectacular beach destinations and properties here! We would love to help you get under the skin of beautiful Mexico on your own bespoke journey, be it a romantic getaway or a family holiday. We love Mexico for its people, its spectacular landscapes, the food, music, art, history and even unique wildlife encounters and we would love to help you uncover its hidden treasures for yourself.
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Our Top 5 Trekking Holidays

There is something about leaving the cities behind and striking out on foot into remote and undisturbed regions where the roads peter out into steep tracks and forest trails. Taking to the path at your own pace also means you have plenty of time to absorb the stunning landscapes around you or sit down for a cup of tea with local people from remote communities. And you don’t even have to camp or carry your own luggage or tent if you don’t want to – we can arrange your perfect bespoke walking holiday your way.
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Big Cat Tracking in South America

Whilst less well known as a habitat for big cats than Africa, you may be surprised to learn that South and Central America have their fair share of wild cats including some beautiful and graceful species that you may perhaps never have heard of. Spotting these magnificent creatures takes rather more patience and dedication than in other parts of the world such as East Africa, but the reward of sighting such an elusive mammal on a distant river bank or on the brow of a mountain peak is well worth the search.
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Off-Road Adventures

The Dakar Rally completed its seventh event in South America this January, incorporating a route that wound its way through some of the most dramatic landscapes of South America from the Atacama Desert in Chile, to the vast salt flats of Uyuni in Bolivia and the spectacular canyons and cacti fields of the Puna of north-west Argentina.
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Riding Holidays in South America

Horses are an intrinsic part of life in most parts of rural South America with criollo horses bred specifically to deal with rugged terrain and higher altitudes. Whether galloping across wide-open plains, up steep slopes in the Andes or rounding up cattle in local ranches, the local cowboys were virtually born in the saddle and are happy to share not just time riding in their familiar landscapes but an insight into the traditions and culture of ranch life and local communities. Camp out under the stars, ride from ranch to ranch, gallop along deserted beaches or ride to archaeological sites deep in the Andes on a South American riding holiday.
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Colombia in Style

Colombia has, in recent years, become one of Latin America’s hottest new destinations and with very good reason. Its people are so incredibly welcoming, it has everything from Amazon rainforest to wild rugged coastline overlooking the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, gorgeous colonial towns, some of the best coffee in the world and a whole host of fascinating colonial and archaeological treasures to explore. With the welcome news that the country’s airline Avianca has managed to secure landing slots at London’s Heathrow airport, this fascinating and colourful country is even more accessible than ever if you are looking for the perfect luxury holiday to Colombia.
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Our Favourite Belize Family Holidays

Belize makes an excellent choice for a family active adventure with its combination of friendly English-speaking local communities, a wonderful coast overlooking the clear Caribbean Sea and a whole host of activities in the rainforest of the mainland looking out for a huge diversity of wildlife or exploring Mayan pyramids and temples, caves and waterfalls. Whether you want to float down rivers by canoe or snorkel among rays and tropical fish, we can help you plan an amazing family holiday to Belize.
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Latin America Bespoke Holidays

We pride ourselves on creating the most unique and hand-picked holidays to Latin America that are tailored each and every time to exactly what you want to experience when visiting this vibrant and diverse continent. Whether you wish to observe some of its unique and rare wildlife, take a personal adventure on foot or on horseback through dense rainforest or over wild mountain ranges or whether you want to meet some of its inimitable and colourful characters, we aim to make your own dreams come to life, whatever it takes!
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Rustic Luxury in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of Central America’s Gems – not only is it a haven for wildlife lovers, it covers a relatively small area, its people are friendly and engaging and it has a selection of truly wonderful properties in stunning locations, as I rediscovered on my recent visit there. This is truly the perfect destination for a Costa Rica luxury holiday to experience magnificent encounters with tropical birds, monkeys, turtles nesting on protected beaches and marine life such as humpback whales and dolphins.
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The Mysteries of Easter Island

I recently watched a repeat of last years' fascinating BBC4 documentary about the remote and tiny Pacific island of Easter Island which reminded me of the extraordinary diversity of territories and spectacular landscapes that encompass Chilean territories, from the driest desert in the world in Atacama in the north to vast sparkling blue ice fields of Patagonia and to this remote Polynesian island located far out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, famous for its distinctive and massive rock sculptures.
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Private Galapagos Yacht Holidays

Imagine cruising from one volcanic island to another in the magical Galapagos Islands, an absolute haven for wildlife lovers, on your own private yacht charter with your dedicated naturalist guide who will share their knowledge with you of the fascinating and unique species you will encounter, from fur seals, to frigate birds, flightless cormorants, waved albatross, land and marine iguanas and even penguins at this Equatorial latitude!
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Peru: The perfect destination for Family Holidays

Where better to start your exploration of the vibrant South American continent with your family than the beautiful and diverse country of Peru. With a fantastic infrastructure, a huge range of delightful accommodation to stay in and an incredible contrast of destinations and activities as well as relatively easy access, Peru makes for a wonderful first time destination for travellers to South America.
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Wild Brazil – The Pantanal on Horseback in the planning!

I’m just in the throws of planning an amazing trip to the Pantanal in Brazil and have been researching the different lodges and comparing and contrasting the experiences on offer in the North and the South of the region.
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BBC 2 Series, 'Wild Brazil'

All eyes are on Brazil. In World Cup year, you’d expect as much, and with the Olympics to follow in 2016, the country will be centre stage for a long time after the final whistle blows on July’s carnival of football.
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Tracking Birds & Mammals in Argentina’s North-East

Arriving in the vast wetlands of NorthEast Argentina’s Corrientes province was a thrilling start to a stay in this little known region, skimming over the marshes by small plane as a bemused Brocket deer looked up askance at the interruption to its tranquil day.
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Stylish Camping

The thought of sleeping under canvas, cosying up by a campfire under starry skies and gazing over a deserted landscape out at an uninterrupted horizon at sunrise is a romantic ideal for many of us.
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World Cup ‘Futebol’!

The FIFA World Cup is coming to Brazil in 2014, which will be met with unbridled enthusiasm amongst many fans, bringing the biggest tournament of the ‘beautiful game’ to a country that is perhaps one of the most passionate in the world about the sport.
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Where are the great places to hang out in South America?

Cities are always evolving. The district that was a no-go area a few years ago may be the hip place to be seen this year. Discovering the latest places to go usually means that there is a great energy about staying there and there are fun places to go and mingle with locals as everyone is heading to that quarter and its new vibe. Knowing where the great places to hang out in are all well and good but is there anywhere decent to stay?
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The best Cattle round-ups in South America

At rugged ranches throughout South America, the gauchos ride hard rounding up cattle and maintaining the herd across wide-ranging plains around the foothills of the Andes and across the Patagonian steppe. If you are an experienced rider, pit your skills against these traditional cowboys, all of who ride as if they were born in the saddle.
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The Lost Kingdoms of South America

This fascinating series of documentaries was first shown in January 2013 on BBC4 and is presented by the engaging Dr Jago Cooper who looks into some of South America’s forgotten civilisations and the legacy of once mighty empires that extended over huge areas at the height of their success.
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Trekking in South America

South America’s most famous trek is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, now heavily regulated with limited numbers of permits due to its enduring popularity – and it is a stunningly beautiful as well as challenging four day trek, albeit one that attracts many people along its route with numbers now being strictly limited each day.
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Where are the best Homestays in Latin America?

While Cuba’s Home stays are hard to beat in our book for an under-the-skin experience, offering a privileged window into everyday life, there are other places in Latin America where Home stays are also possible.
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Great Cuba tour by Vintage Car

Cuba has to be one of the most enticing and unique, not to mention one of the largest, of the Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Its Spanish speaking population and ubiquitous rhythms of mambo, rumba and salsa give it a thoroughly Latin feel but it’s the fascinating mix of cultural influences, history, politics, architecture and music that have created a truly beguiling destination.
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Heli-skiing in the Andes of Argentina & Chile

For those of us that love the slopes, the fresh mountain air and that early morning downhill run through untouched powder, skiing (and snowboarding of course) is a passion and an addiction that is hard to ignore.
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Exploring Mendoza’s Vineyards by 2CV

Argentina, along with its neighbour Chile, has long been known for its wonderful beef. What better way to accompany some of the best steak in the world than with a beautiful deep rich red wine.
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Bird watching in Costa Rica: An alternative luxury safari holiday

What does the word safari mean to you? Africa? The "Big Five"? Grassy plains and dramatic sunsets? While these are common associations with the notion of going "on safari", the chances are that Costa Rica in Central America didn't spring to mind.
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What to expect from a holiday in Patagonia

Patagonia is an incredible destination, the home of towering peaks, blue-white glaciers, tranquil lakes, soaring condors and the romantic and solitary figure of the gaucho. Visitors to this part of South America cannot fail to fall in love with its rugged landscapes and charming inhabitants, be they human or animal.
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