Travel Tips

A visit to Isla Chiloe in Chile’s Lake District

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

I recently had a chance to visit Chile‘s mythical island in the Lake District called Isla Chiloe. Among other places, I went to see and stay at a new high-end hotel, Refugia, located in a tucked away and picturesque area of the main island of Chiloe, roughly 20 minutes by car from Castro, the island’s […]

Read the whole post »


A guide to shopping in Argentina

Posted by on June 2nd, 2013

Argentina is a shopper’s paradise – if you know where to go. Here we look at three products the country is really famous for, and where to get them. Leather The ubiquitous beef must come from somewhere, and the hides from all those cows definitely don’t go to waste. Leather goods are available throughout the […]

Read the whole post »


Film review: “Even The Rain” (2010)

Posted by on May 4th, 2013

Even the Rain is at once a deeply political message and a gripping tale. It tells the story of a Spanish and Mexican film crew who are trying to make a movie about the truth behind Colmbus’ arrival in the new world; the ugly truth about Spanish exploitation of the Indians. The irony of the […]

Read the whole post »


Four key ingredients of Andean cuisine

Posted by on May 1st, 2013

The Andean region is characterised by high altitudes, low rainfall and bitter winters. Not only does this make it hard to grow crops, but it also results in a hungry populace. Here we look at four cornerstones of the Andean diet, with a particular focus on Peru and Bolivia. Potatoes The potato was first cultivated […]

Read the whole post »


Day Trips from Buenos Aires: Tigre, the Paraná Delta and the Tren de la Costa

Posted by on April 30th, 2013

Buenos Aires is a huge city, and many tourists only end up seeing the central districts of San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and La Boca. Fascinating though these neighbourhoods are, sometimes I feel the need to escape the city and I take the slow train up to Tigre. Tigre is located 17 miles north of the […]

Read the whole post »


Understanding South America through its History of War

Posted by on April 14th, 2013

It pays to know at least a little bit about the history of a place before you visit it, and wars are a good place to start. They shape fortunes and borders but they also form memories and national grudges. Here are three post-independence wars in South America that are still important today. Falklands War […]

Read the whole post »


New Hotels in Puerto Natales

Posted by on April 3rd, 2013

One of our most popular itineraries, the Highlights of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, includes a one night stay in the charming fishing village of Puerto Natales. Over the last few years Puerto Natales has seen a boom in boutique, all-inclusive hotels that cater to travelers on their way to the nearby Torres del Paine National […]

Read the whole post »


Poor Niagra! Visiting Iguazu Falls

Posted by on April 1st, 2013

When Eleanor Roosevelt visited Iguzau Falls she is reputed to have exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” and it’s easy to see why. Gravity and immense quantities of water are always irresistible allies, but at the Iguazu River on the Brazilian and Argentine border they achieve a sublime chemistry which is unrivalled anywhere on the planet. Although they […]

Read the whole post »


Day Trips from Mendoza, Argentina

Posted by on March 15th, 2013

I lived in Mendoza for two years and I went on countless day and overnight trips. Here are three of my favourites. Aconcagua / Alta Montaña circuit Mendoza is located on a desert plain, 2300ft above sea level. Aconcagua, which at 22,841ft is the highest peak on the continent, is only two hours away by […]

Read the whole post »


Where to Visit Pre-Inca Ruins in Peru

Posted by on March 1st, 2013

On my first visit to Peru my girlfriend made me promise that we wouldn’t do any high-altitude touring. We’d been living in La Paz, Bolivia for the six months prior to the trip, and she had been apuñada (suffering from altitude sickness) for much of that time. Obviously this meant that we missed out on Machu […]

Read the whole post »