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A guide to shopping in Peru

Posted by on June 6th, 2013

Peru is a fantastic place to buy traditional arts and crafts, but the quality on offer varies enormously. Make sure you don’t buy a fake alpaca sweater (or a real Inca relic!) by following our guide to the best of Peru. Alpaca wool Just like quinoa was the food of the gods, alpaca wool was… Read Full Post

A guide to shopping in Santiago

Posted by on June 5th, 2013

Downtown Santiago is about as globalized as it comes in South America, and international brand names abound. Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll also find that there is plenty to buy that is distinctly Chilean. Shopping in Santiago is a very rewarding experience. Lapis lazuli Chile and Afghanistan are only countries in the world with… Read Full Post

Hiking Machu Picchu Mountain

Posted by on June 3rd, 2013

Most photos of Machu Picchu include the rhino horn-shaped peak of Huayna Picchu, making this peak almost as iconic as the archeological zone itself. Maybe this is why many visitors to Machu Picchu eagerly queue every morning to be one of the 400 people who are permitted to ascend the 8,920 ft. peak per day. … Read Full Post

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 Full 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 Full 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 Columbus’ arrival in the new world; the ugly truth about Spanish exploitation of the Indians. The irony of the… Read Full 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 Full 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 Full 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 Full 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 Full Post