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Galapagos evolution highlights: Darwin’s finches

Posted by on September 10th, 2013
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Darwin’s finches are the unlikely poster boys of evolution. Averaging 6 inches in height and employing a dull color scheme which ranges from brown to gray to olive, they are a far cry from the brazen giant tortoises  and the otherworldly marine iguanas. Surely, then, they are one of the true Galapagos evolution highlights, and […]

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Galapagos wildlife cruise: the Galapagos sea lion

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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When discussing my favorite animals in the Galapagos, the Galapagos Sea Lion comes a close second to the Galapagos Green Turtle. The sea lion is not an animal that I ever thought would end up being such a highlight for me in the Galapagos Islands before I went there for the first time, but this […]

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Discover Quito: not just a Galapagos stopover

Posted by on September 3rd, 2013
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Your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos itinerary will invariably include at least one night in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. More than likely you’ll spend two nights there – one before your Galapagos transfer and one after – so it really makes sense to take the time to discover Quito. Discover Quito’s geography Quito is the closest capital […]

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Peru highlights: condors in the Colca Canyon

Posted by on August 27th, 2013
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Your Peruvian itinerary will almost certainly include Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, but this amazingly diverse country has so much more to offer. For breathtaking views, up-close encounters with condors, and an authentic slice of real Andean life, it’s hard to beat the Colca Canyon and its surrounding valleys and villages. Go back in time […]

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Arequipa tourist attractions: Peru’s white city

Posted by on August 22nd, 2013
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Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru and it’s also the country’s third most popular tourist destination, but it’s still overlooked on many itineraries. Even those who do include it in their plans often only overnight here on their way to the Colca Canyon. This is a great pity, because there are numerous Arequipa […]

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An introduction to South American wines

Posted by on August 14th, 2013
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Chile and Argentina are two of the world’s biggest producers and exporters of wine, and their wines are readily available in the US and Europe. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t loads of great wines just waiting to be discovered on your visit to the region. Use this guide to scratch the surface, and unearth […]

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For the best views of Quito, ride the teleferico

Posted by on August 13th, 2013
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If you have some free time in Quito (as I did on my last visit) you may wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride up the teleferico (gondola) to be near the summit of the Pichincha Volcano. From the top you can take in the best views of […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the marine iguana

Posted by on August 7th, 2013
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The Galapagos aren’t your average tropical archipelago; instead they’re a menagerie of animals weird and wonderful, big and small, terrestrial and marine. Perhaps no creature is more ubiquitous, more creepy and more undoubtedly Galapagosian than the marine iguana. On your luxury Galapagos cruise you’ll be sure to see hundreds if not thousands of them, and […]

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10 fascinating Machu Picchu facts

Posted by on July 27th, 2013
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You’ve probably been dreaming about your bespoke Machu Picchu trip for yonks, but – if you’re anything like me – this is probably based on seeing millions of photos and knowing a little about the Incas. Here are ten fascinating Macchu Picchu facts I unearthed. Some are straightforward, others not so much, but they’re all […]

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Luxury Galapagos cruise checklist: the Galapagos Tortoise

Posted by on July 24th, 2013
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If you’re planning a luxury Galapagos cruise, you’re almost certainly doing so because you have an interest in the plants and animals of the islands, and in particular their association with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It goes without saying, then, that you’ll want to know a bit about the animals you’ll encounter on your […]

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