South America

See Quito like a local

09/10/2019 by .

Andy Mossack explores Quito in the company of a local to uncover the beating heart of Ecuador’s sky-high capital.

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Hiking and Cycling in Colombia

11/03/2019 by .

Who would have thought it? I’m cycling around the centre of Medellin in Colombia, until recently one of the world’s most dangerous cities, with over 6,000 killings recorded in 1991.

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Holbox International Gastronomy Festival. Mexico

14/12/2016 by .

Holbox is a tiny island, off the Northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, but every year, for three days, it stages the Holbox International Gastronomy Festival.

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Exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso

11/10/2016 by .

The magic of Mato Grosso is because it is home to the sprawling Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands  and lofty ancient Chapada dos Guimaraes. Isabel Conway goes exploring Brazil’s Mato Grosso region.

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Rio de Janeiro. There’s more to Rio than beach

25/02/2016 by .

“Rio de Janeiro is a magical place to be” many people told me.  I remembered this as I crossed the road from the eminent Copacabana Palace Hotel and lay on the legendary shoreline, enjoying the sun and glancing up the hill towards the iconic outstretched figure of “Christ the Redeemer”.

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Brazil. It’s not just about football.

13/06/2014 by .

Mention Brazil to the bloke down the pub, in the creative department of Saatchi, or anywhere you care to mention and you’ll almost always get the same answer – ‘Great looking women, fantastic footie and the music’s not bad either’. And they wouldn’t be wrong. They wouldn’t be right either, because Brazil is everything you imagine and nothing you expect. It is a contradiction of modern capitalism and third world poverty. And it is a land of outrageous beauty and stupefying potential. But at its heart, lies a pulsating energy that simply refuses to go away.

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Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Peru’s Undiscovered Sacred Valley

20/11/2013 by .

The Incas may have vanished from Machu Picchu half a millenium ago, but their descendants are everywhere in the Peruvian Andes.

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Lima – Peru’s Gateway is Now Gourmet Central

20/11/2013 by .

In a sprawling foodfest the size of a small city, surrounded by every kind of strange food from giant squid on skewers to rainforest fruits, we found ourselves queuing for…. the ultimate pork bun.

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The Iguazu Falls. Staring down the Devil’s Throat.

13/10/2013This entry was posted in Argentina, Brazil, Paraná, South America and tagged , on by .

Standing on a cat walk over two hundred feet up looking straight down The Devil’s Throat at the Iguazu Falls is enough to render even the most battle hardened person completely and utterly speechless.

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Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel, Riviera Maya

22/08/2013This entry was posted in Hotel Reviews, Mayakoba, Mexico, South America and tagged , , , on by .

If anyone could bring a touch of class to an area whose rep has been damaged by overbuilding and too many package tourists, it’s Fairmont Mayakoba Hotel,. The company which now owns the Savoy, magnificently restored to its art deco glory days, has shown, in its Mayakoba resort on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, that it can also do eco-resorts.

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