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British Birdwatching Fair, Rutland: Come and see us

The British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water has come around once again. Do come and talk to us at the Birding in Central America stand, Marquee 2, Stand 78, to discuss birdwatching itineraries in Central and South America, the Falklands, Antarctica and beyond. We’ll be at the show until Sunday, 21st August. Other dates for your diary […]

Balloon flights over the Atacama Desert

We now offer trips in a hot air balloon over the Atacama desert in Northern Chile. There are two levels of service: Classic and Premium. The Classic Service welcomes 16 passengers per flight, divided into compartments of four, and after landing will indulge in a celebratory glass or two of champagne.   Take off with […]

Earthquake in Peru: FCO Travel Advice

The FCO have updated their travel advice for Peru following an earthquake in the Colca valley region. Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Summary Following a 5.3 Richter earthquake in Arequipa on 14 August, transport and tour services within the Colca area have been partially disrupted until further notice. Please monitor local media closely and follow local authorities’ advice. […]

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 […]

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