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Jul
2017
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Luis, the bird expert

Luis is from the town of Tortuguero and works at Manatus Lodge as the hotel’s guide. A Tortuguero native, Luis has kind eyes and a small frame, from which a pair of binoculars seem to permanently be strapped. Boating down the river, he sits at the front of the boat, his eyes scanning the green rainforest bordering the water before him. He lights up at the sight of something, snatches his binoculars and peers to the right. He...
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29
Jun
2017
57

Onçafari Project

Caiman Lodge in the heart of Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands is one of the most significant and largest conservation projects in the country. As part of its work, it is home to the Jaguar protection and monitoring group, Onçafari. I was lucky enough to stay at Caiman in May, and to spend time with the jaguar team. They have done incredible work, including the world’s first successful re-wilding of two orphan jaguars. They are hoping to...
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29
Jun
2017
54

Kris Tompkins

On December 2015, the world lost one of its most ambitious conservationists when Doug Tompkins passed away following a kayak accident at Chile’s Lago General Carrera. Fortunately, during his 25 years of tenacious activism he wasn’t alone as Kris, his wife, has been at his side from scratch on the conservation battle… Originally from California, Kris’s life has always revolved around a passion for the outdoors. After working 20 years as CEO of Patagonia, Inc....
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19
Jun
2017
42

Travel moments in Costa Rica

Walking out of the airport in San José, you suddenly realise you are in the tropics as the warm, humid air hits you. Things don’t sink in sometimes until we are in the moment, living it. That smell of hot wet tarmac took me back a decade and brought a tear to my eye – reminiscent of the smells and feelings of living in the Dominican Republic when I was fifteen. Throughout the past two...
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1
Jun
2017
47

La Ruta de Pepín

The moment you step onto Asturian land, time slows down. You find yourself surrounded by scattered sleepy villages, leafy forests, wildflower-covered valleys and of course the dramatic Picos de Europa mountains. However, it is not just the beautiful landscapes that make the region famous. Asturias produces around 85% of Spain’s cider and consumes more per capita than anywhere else in the world. It has about 6000 cider houses, which produce more than 60 million litres...
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24
May
2017
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Huilo Huilo’s fairytale lodges

Working in travel for over a decade I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some pretty plush hotels around the globe. And of course I like 400-thread count sheets or a bathtub I can do lengths in as much as the next chap. But I can honestly say that it’s not the swanky Sofitels or the ritzy Marriotts that linger longest in my memory. Those that do are often much simpler. The mountain station in...
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26
Apr
2017
39

The Invincible Armada

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the Royal Maritime Museum in Greenwich by a couple of clients (thanks again Andrew & Kim!). The reason was to have a look at the archives to find out what we could about the story behind Drake Bay on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Being able to look at hand painted atlases and coastal drawings from the 17th century was treat enough but being...
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25
Apr
2017
41

Travel App – Esplorio

British Airways ran a tech incubator called Hangar 51 in the early part of this year, taking five start ups and hothousing them. BA clearly take the project seriously as the 100 or so people who were at the ‘Demo Day’ in late March included most of the top 10 most influential people in the organisation, including Willie Walsh and Alex Cruz. I snuck in under a catering trolley. One idea stood out as being...
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24
Apr
2017
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Spanish-speaking idioms you should know

Some people worry that by learning Spanish in one country, they won’t be able to understand the dialect of another. Whilst this isn’t totally true, the reality is that each Spanish-speaking country/region has its own unique idioms and style that won’t be immediately understood by outsiders. To help you avoid confusion, here are some of the most useful expressions used in everyday life. (This list will often be updated) Regatear [ray-gah-tay-ahr] Shopping in Latin American...
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21
Apr
2017
47

Becoming Spiderwoman on the Calluqueo Glacier 

Jimmy patiently straps crampons onto each of us. There are only four of us but it takes an inordinate amount of time to ensure the fit is secure. It’s a complicated business, reams of ribbon-like, leather straps to hold the metal toes and heels in place. Finally we’re ready and I take my first ever, crampon-clad steps. To begin with it feels odd, like I’m walking in someone else’s shoes. “When you’re ascending, kick your...
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6
Apr
2017
0

Where to go in February

Find out our pick of the best sights in February. CHILE & BOLIVIA: salt flats & flowering deserts If it ever rains in Chile’s Atacama Desert, it will probably happen in February. On these rare occasions, flowers appear overnight and you are treated to the spectacle of a ‘coloured desert,’ with the usually dry-as-a-bone, surreal landscapes carpeted in a riot of pretty flowers. The February rains are more predictable across the border in Bolivia, when...
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6
Apr
2017
0

Where to go in January

Find out our pick of the best sights in January. COSTA RICA: sunshine & wildlife January is one of the best (and consequently most popular) months to travel to Costa Rica; the weather is relatively dry in much of the country, and everything is still green. With early January being the peak holiday season, aim to travel in the second half of the month when it is a little less busy, but with ideal conditions...
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6
Apr
2017
0

Where to go in December

Find out our pick of the best sights in December. CHILE: guanacos & glaciers  Chile’s Carretera Austral is fantastic at this time of year. The weather should be as stable as it ever gets in Patagonia, with long days to explore the glaciers, forests, lakes, mountains and villages of this least known area of the country. The rivers are full from the meltwaters of the glaciers so rafting the Baker River should be great fun,...
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6
Apr
2017
0

Where to go in November

Find out our pick of the best sights in November. ANTARCTICA: ice & feathers While the more ‘obvious’ time to visit Antarctica is in January-February for the most wildlife activity, November is an amazing time to go if the landscapes are what draws you the most. The icebergs are yet to melt down, the snowy mountains are pristine, as are the penguin rookeries. To say nothing of the penguins themselves – later in the season they...
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6
Apr
2017
0

Where to go in October

Find out our pick of the best sights in October. SPAIN: Autumn colours & flavours In the north, the landscapes of the Pyrenees and the Picos are full of autumn colours, a glorious backdrop for your mountain adventures. The harvest season continues in La Rioja and the colour of the vineyards is stunning throughout the month. This is the peak season for walking down in Andalucía, with sunny warm days which aren’t too hot. The...
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