Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
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Apr
2018
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Our top 6 Rioja wineries

The winelands of La Rioja hardly need an introduction. Most people have tasted or at least heard about the wines from the most famous of the Spanish producing regions. Having said that, we wanted to take time to highlight our top wineries located in this beautiful corner of Spain – from vintages aged in medieval caves through to wines produced in the most avant-garde installations. But before that, we were proud to learn that La...
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30
Mar
2018
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15 animal-related expressions in Portuguese

Learning a new language allows you to pick up lots of fun cultural titbits, including unexpected meanings of common idioms. The Portuguese language is filled with animal-related idioms which, translated literally, sound amusing to English speakers. Below are some of our favourite everyday ‘wild’ idiomatic expressions used in Portugal and Brazil that we’re sure you’ll enjoy! Comprar gato por lebre Translation: To buy a cat thinking it was a rabbit. Meaning: This is a very...
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21
Mar
2018
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Overtourism – should we all stop travelling? 

This article was written by Joanna Simmons of ResponsibleTravel.com In 2017, overtourism – the phenomenon of too many people, visiting the same place at the same time – hit the headlines. You’ve probably seen the pictures: historic cities with streets choked by visitors, streams of passengers pouring off cruise ships, ancient sites photographed by hundreds of people squished onto a viewing platform. It’s a lose-lose situation, which degrades the visitor’s experience, pressurises the local infrastructure and...
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2
Mar
2018
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7 Expressions for Semana Santa

As one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish-speaking world, Semana Santa (Holy Week, leading up to Easter) is a wonderful time to travel if you want to immerse yourself into your chosen country’s most fundamental and colourful traditions. To be celebrated between 25 March and 1 April this year, Easter is a one-of-a-kind display of tradition, music, culture, theatre and religion. Defined by its stunning processions, sadly many confuse the pointed hoods and...
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26
Feb
2018
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The 5 best Galápagos boats

Before we start, an important thing to bear in mind is that every boat in the Galápagos has its own dedicated itinerary, delivered by the Galápagos Islands National Park authority. Therefore, not all boats go to the same parts of the Galápagos. There are good itineraries and there are weak ones. As a rule of thumb, we say that the more time you spend in populated areas – in particular Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz,...
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Feb
2018
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Barefoot bliss on Nicaragua’s islands

This is an edited version by Louise Roddon of her article published in The Times. I have just stepped into the Book of Genesis. Or so it feels on this velvet-black evening on Isla San Fernando. I’m off-grid in Nicaragua and as I walk, my torch picks out all sorts of fabulous creatures — toads as plump as small hens, lolloping into the reeds, leaf-cutter ants with cargo hoisted like small green sailing masts. A bat...
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22
Jan
2018
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10 Spanish Expressions for Valentine’s Day

As some of you will be celebrating San Valentín (sahn bah-lehn-TEEN) on February 14th, we thought it was time to share some of the best Spanish love proverbs we know. No matter whether or not you and your media-naranja (literally: half orange, meaning better half, or soulmate) like this celebration, it is a good opportunity for us to highlight what Spaniards think about love. These sayings tell us a lot about the relationship Spanish have...
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22
Jan
2018
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Top 10 family adventures in Northern Spain

From the mountains to the coasts, the beautiful landscapes of Northern Spain are not only ideal for hiking. Here is our guide to the very best outdoor adventures you can enjoy with your family this Spring. Please, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom if you think we have missed any… Via Ferrata in Ordesa As one of the most unusual and spectacular mountain landscapes in Spain, Ordesa National Park tops our list...
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Jan
2018
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Costa Rica Holiday Feedback

Pacific Uncovered, November 2017. James & Carole Anderson, winners of our competition with Times + .   We arrived in Costa Rica after a long flight but felt ready to go, all we had to do was meet our contact at the airport and be taken to our hotel for an overnight stay before setting off on our holiday. The next morning, our hire car was delivered and we realised that although the text was...
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3
Jan
2018
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7 resolutions in Spanish for 2018

Another year has just begun. As soon as the bells ring midnight on December 31, many people reflect on everything that happened over the last 365 days and make plans on how to improve things…  We all promise ourselves a number of things when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions. The new year offers us an opportunity to make a change for the better. Although, while most people’s resolutions often refer to giving something...
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2
Jan
2018
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Picos de Europa Centenary

I should say straight away that luxury in the Picos is not related to thread count, and that there isn’t a spa in sight: what’s luxurious about a holiday here is the opportunity to disconnect from your everyday and to reconnect with yourself or with each other; to switch off the media and switch on the simple pleasures of walking through gorgeous scenery, staying in village inns, and listening to the sound of cowbells echo...
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1
Jan
2018
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2017 Photo Highlights

As we always like to do at the end of the year, here we share our favourite images from the trips the Pura Aventura team has taken this year. Hope you enjoy the journey! The Pura team’s travels started in early February with Victoria, as she flew over to Catalonia for a slice of Spanish life. Spending some time in bustling Barcelona, before zipping off in her teeny Toyota Yaris to the tranquil countryside, within...
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30
Nov
2017
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8 Merriest Spanish Expressions

As December’s festivities are almost here, it’s time to enter into the ‘espíritu navideño’ (Christmas spirit) and learn some great Spanish Christmas expressions. But before we start, it’s important to highlight that the main difference between a Spanish Christmas and our Anglo-Saxon version is the importance of the Epiphany, on January 6th. In Spain, this is when presents are in fact traditionally given by the three ‘magic’ kings. So as promised, here we share some...
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28
Nov
2017
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Our favourite Latin American ecolodges for 2018

From misty rainforests to the high Andes, Latin America is home to a wide array of incredible lodges and it’s extremely hard to pick our favourites. As we have travelled up and down the length of this beautiful continent, exploring each country for the best accommodation, we have amassed considerable knowledge over the years. Here we have listed our experts’ favourite lodges based on their levels of sustainability, social responsibility, comfort, location and activities nearby....
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Nov
2017
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What is la Chocolatada in Peru?

Christmas hot chocolate or ‘Chocolatada Navideña’ is a unique tradition that involves handing out home-made hot chocolate, Panetón or sweet breads, and small gifts to children in schools, churches, and communities in Peru. Celebrated throughout the country during the month of December, this event is even more popular in the smallest and poorest Andean communities, where the main goal is to bring great joy to the children and their parents. At the end of the...
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