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Fidel at 90: reflections on Cuba

Fidel Castro was ninety on 13 August. As Cuba and the United States begin to normalise relations after decades of antipathy and distrust, we thought we’d take a look back with a brief history of the largest and most fascinating island in the Caribbean, sometimes described as “socialism under the sun”.   The rise of Havana […]

Rio 2016: Giving Brazilians something to celebrate at last

So it has started at last, giving Brazilians something to celebrate after a turbulent period. Over 11,000 athletes are attending the games, from 205 countries (including 9 Independent Olympic Athletes) representing 42 different sporting disciplines. They are competing in a total of 306 events at 37 venues (32 in Rio de Janeiro, the “Marvellous City”, plus 5 football host cities: […]

New Belmond Andean Explorer Train – from May 2017

We have now received outline details of the new Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train service which will be starting in May 2017. The luxury new train will travel from Cuzco up to Lake Titicaca and on to Arequipa in a two-night journey. There will also be a weekly one-night service between Cuzco and Puno. The new service will […]

Water tunnel discovered at Palenque: a route to the underworld for ancient ruler

Archaeologists at the Mayan site of Palenque, Mexico, appear to have discovered an underground water tunnel leading from a funeral chamber of Pakal, the ancient ruler. The complex of Palenque is arguably the most beautiful of all the pre-Colombian structures in Latin America. The asymmetrical Palace at the centre  was probably used as an astronomical observatory as […]

World Travel Awards 2016

The 2016 World Travel Awards for Latin America took place on 1 July in Lima, Peru. Ambergris Caye, Belize, won the leading destination for Central America and Mexico whilst Ecuador has been recognised as the leading destination for South America. Amongst other categories, some of our favourite destinations, hotels and luxury journeys were recognised: Mexico […]

New Luxury Amazon Cruise Ship

Aqua Expeditions, which operates luxury cruises on the world’s greatest rivers, the Amazon and the Mekong, have announced the addition of a new 20-suite cruise ship for 2017. This will be their third vessel in the Peruvian Amazon offering departures of three, four or seven nights from Iquitos. The new ship  will resemble the company’s award-winning Aqua Mekong, […]

Belmond announces new luxury sleeper train in Peru

Belmond today announced the launch of a luxury sleeper train, Belmond Andean Explorer, in Peru. The new train, which is expected to start in May 2017, will travel the Peruvian Andes from Cuzco up to Lake Titicaca and on to Arequipa. The new service will replace the current train which runs between Cuzco and Puno four times […]

Newsletter – Revealing Peru

British Airways launched a new direct flight between Gatwick and Lima on 4 May. This is the first direct service to Peru for over thirty years. In this newsletter we focus on the key highlights of Peru, including Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the Amazon rainforest and the train […]

British Airways to fly direct to Chile

British Airways has announced that they will start a regular direct service between London Heathrow and Santiago, Chile, in January 2017. It will be the airline’s longest flight, taking 14 hours and 40 minutes, shortening the journey time to Santiago considerably. The new service will start on 3 January 2017 and will operate four times a […]

Zika Virus – update

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have recently updated their advice for travellers, particularly in relation to pregnant women or those planning pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women or those planning pregnancy postpone non-essential travel to areas with active ZIKV transmission. This is in the light of information published by the World Health Organisation and the […]

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