When Bella and Edward take a honeymoon in the new Twilight movie Breaking Dawn, they choose the idyllic Esme Island. The real location? A hidden cove in the beautiful Paraty area of Brazil. Paraty is a colonial gem and UNESCO World Heritage site located 3 hours drive along the coast from Rio de Janeiro. Around […]
No tour of Chile or of Patagonia is complete without a visit to Torres del Paine National Park. Here are 5 things you need to know about Torres del Paine for your Chile vacation. 1. Why go to Torres del Paine? Torres del Paine is a small but spectacular mountain chain in the south of […]
Discover the snowy peaks, lakes and waterfalls of Ecuador’s little-visited Sangay National Park. Take a look at a map of Ecuador’s National Parks and you will find that a hefty section in the center of the country is taken up by the largely undiscovered Sangay National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage park includes two active […]
Who doesn’t love a penguin? They walk funny, they look like they are wearing tuxedoes and the good news is that you can see thousands of them in South America. Here we describe where to see penguins in South America; from north to south. Galapagos Penguin The little Galapagos Penguins can only be found on […]
Our Central America expert, Lou, spends her free time enjoying the life in the Nicaraguan cowboy area of Chontales. Lou recently visited the nearby Chontales Mountains to find out more about the small community of Santo Domingo. Here she gives us 5 good reasons why she loves it, and why you might want to consider […]
Both are set in stunning settings surrounded by forested peaks. Both are emblems of South America and both are famous for their lively and spirited inhabitants. Why combine Rio and Machu Picchu for your South American vacation? 1. You can’t miss Machu Picchu There is a good reason why Machu Picchu is so popular. The […]
In the current economic climate we are all looking for ways to get more value out of our hard earned cash. South America remains a great value destination in general and is as popular as ever with visitors from all over the world. Read on to learn about ways to help you get great value […]
Buenos Aires and Machu Picchu are two of the highlights of South America. Here we give you the lowdown on combining the Argentine capital with your visit to Machu Picchu: why visit, where else is easily accessible, and how long do you need? Why visit Buenos Aires and Machu Picchu? If you are travelling to […]
With global warming starting to affect the southern ice fields, now is a good time to visit Chile to see the glaciers of Patagonia. The massive Patagonian ice field covers much more of Chile than of Argentina, so it’s no surprise that the lakes and fjords of southern Chile offer a great opportunity to see, […]
Satelite images have this week confirmed that the source of the Amazon is high in the mountains of Peru, in the region of Colca Canyon and the colonial city of Arequipa. In 1971, National Geographic explorer and photographer Loren McIntyre identified the source of the Amazon as a stream on Mt. Mismi, located a two […]
This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.
Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.