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Mar
2017
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18 facts about Semana Santa

As we’re approaching Easter, here are eighteen things you need to know about Semana Santa in Spain and Latin America: 1 – Semana Santa commemorates the Passion of Christ in the Catholic tradition. 2 – It takes place the week directly before Easter. 3 – It is considered the major celebration in Spain and most Latin American countries. 4 – Each ‘paso’ (religious float carried on shoulders) can weigh over 1,000 kilograms. 5 – It takes about 40-50 men, called...
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13
Mar
2017
16

Sierra Subbetica: The heart of Andalucia

Spanish tourist board straplines are usually dreadful things. Jaén’s ‘El Paraíso Interior’ stands out a recent one we delight in at the office. ‘The interior paradise’ doesn’t really say much about a city, it really belongs on a macrobiotic yoghurt pot but I digress… Andalusia’s Sierra Subbetica local tourist board goes for less hyperbole with its ‘Centro de Andalucia’. On the plus side, it is accurate – within an hour of the sierra you can...
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2
Mar
2017
42

My first time in Catalonia

I flew over to Catalonia for a slice of Spanish life in early February; the beauty of this particular trip being that I was able to see something of bustling Barcelona for two days, before zipping off in my teeny Toyota Yaris to the tranquil countryside, within the province of Girona, for another two days. Having not visited this region of Spain before, I was looking forward to experiencing something undeniably different from that of...
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15
Feb
2017
67

The 5 Golden Rules for visiting National Parks

The recent dramatic wildfires in Chile serve to remind us how fragile the environment is and the importance of leaving as light a footprint as possible. Of course, each country and National Park has its own regulations (all have their own distinctions and therefore their own rules), so the first thing you need to do is head to the National Park Office/visitor centre and ask about the rules. In most national parks you’ll need to...
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3
Feb
2017
80

A view from south of the border

Relations between Mexico and the United States have, through the twists and turns of history, always verged on “Love me, love me not”. Mexico lost almost half of its territory following the Texas Revolution and Mexican-American Wars of the 19th century. Until that point, most of the western side of the USA was Mexico: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. This is a loss which has been very difficult...
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1
Feb
2017
80

Chile Wildfires – Updates

Several years of drought combined with an extended period of extreme heat and dry weather have helped to fuel wildfires which are now considered to be the worst in the history of Chile. The historic wildfires that have prompted President Michelle Bachelet to declare ‘state of emergency’ last week, deploying troops and asking for international help, are mainly spread in central Chile (from Santiago to the Maule Valley). With more than 900,000 acres of forests...
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30
Jan
2017
80

The Osa Peninsula 

Osa is an incredible place. This small peninsula on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica accounts for just 3% of the country’s landmass but 50% of its species diversity. Which means that you’ll find 2.5% of all of the world’s biodiversity on Osa. That’s really quite an extraordinary statistic. With this pedigree, I had high hopes for my visit in December. Having more than a week set aside to explore was a rare luxury...
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27
Jan
2017
55

6 ways to commemorate Guernica

April 26th, 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of Guernica, events will be taking place throughout the year to remember the Civil War bombing of this small Spanish Basque town by the Luftwaffe allied to General Franco. Here we tell you six ways to commemorate the horrors of the bombing. Go to an exhibition The Reina Sofía museum in Madrid is hosting the exhibition The Path to Guernica, from April 4 to September 4 this year....
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20
Jan
2017
44

The Four Seasons in the Picos de Europa

The different geological folds and glaciations over the time in the Cantabrian Mountains have shaped a tortuous and stunning landscape. From the rocky crests to the gorges, valleys, vast glacial lakes and leafy forests, Spain’s first National Park is a wonderful setting for hiking, rock-climbing, bird-watching, and scenic drives almost all year round. Virtually deserted in winter, the area bursts with visitors in July/August. Spring and Autumn are quieter though and just as likely to be sunny as in Summer – without...
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15
Jan
2017
38

Last-minute Easter Trips

It’s never too late to talk to us about a trip so if you’re still wondering where to go this Easter, whether for a family adventure or walking and culture getaway, here we list our favourite places to go. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Easter is one of our favourite times of year in the Galapagos as the dry season comes to an end but you have nice sunny weather and warm seas. In terms of wildlife,...
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22
Dec
2016
103

The Year Ahead

It’s our 18th birthday in September. And it does feel like a coming of age as we enter 2017 with the confidence of our experience and the humility to keep learning. We have always believed that our specialism is our strength, allowing us to invest in getting to know our destinations ever better. By doing so, we are able to create genuinely different, properly tailored holidays. The pride we take in getting it right is...
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21
Dec
2016
46

Top 6 Family Trips this Summer

Whether you’ve got toddlers, teens or even tweens, summer is the perfect time to reconnect with your family, to recreate favourite childhood memories and make news ones together. Here we share our favourite family summer trips to help you plan your own holiday! Spain Looking for moderate temperatures and uncrowded beaches? Why not travel to northern Spain!? Our Picos Family Explorer takes you to beautiful northern Spain, cycle along the coast, swim off a sandy beach in...
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20
Dec
2016
90

2016 Photo Highlights

As we always like to do at the end of the year, here we share our best images from the trips the Pura Aventura team has taken this year. Enjoy the journey! David kicked off the Pura team’s travels in January with a quick trip to Cerler, our favourite skiing resort in the Spanish Pyrenees. Spending his time on uncrowded pistes and in cosy stonework restaurants, he was delighted by how relaxed this charming Pyrenean...
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14
Dec
2016
62

Roscón de Reyes recipe

While our children believe that Santa Claus leaves presents in stockings or pillow-cases hanging over the fireplace on December 24th. Although some presents might slip in earlier, in the main, Spanish children expect their presents to be brought by the Three Kings on ‘Dia de los Reyes’, on January 6th (Epiphany). Celebrating when the Wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus, there are no mince pies for Santa but instead gifts for the Wise...
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30
Nov
2016
99

Returning to Patagonia after 13 years

When a destination imprints on you it can almost be a little scary to go back there. What if it’s changed beyond recognition? What if it’s become so much of an attraction to others, the sense of solitude and connection with nature is lost forever? So when the opportunity came up to go back to Patagonia, I was nervous and excited all at once. I first visited 13 years ago and it was also my...
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