Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
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May
2018
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Laura joins the Pura team

The last couple of months have been exciting in the Pura office. As we’re expanding the team, we welcomed Luisina and Laura in Sales and Operations respectively. I am delighted to start by introducing you to Laura Burton, our new executive, who has joined Sarah and Greta in the Operations team. Her role here at Pura is to make sure that your holidays happen exactly as planned, by doing availability checks and booking with our...
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3
May
2018
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The Weavers of Chinchero

  To make sense of some of these photos, it might help to have a description of the process involved in producing a traditional woven fabric here in the Peruvian Andes. The process is that the wool (sheep, llama or alpaca for the nicest pieces) is coloured using natural dyes. These are plants in many cases, for the reds they are cochineal which are harvested from cacti where they live in their millions. Once coloured,...
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2
May
2018
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Costa Rica, a first-hand view

This feedback was written by Rozanne Chapman.   Our small group of friends and family has had the most incredible and unforgettable time in Costa Rica, experiencing the diversity of the country, from the Central Highlands, to the Rain and Cloud Forests, Caribbean and Pacific coasts.   We have had a mix of seeing amazing animals with all of our different tour guides, which included many howler, capuchin, spider and squirrel monkeys, sloths, snakes, iguanas...
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2
May
2018
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Top 5 least visited national parks in Latin America

With national parks such as Iguassu and Manuel Antonio facing overcrowding, we took a look at 5 gorgeous but little-known parks in Latin America where you’re more likely to see a macaw flying over the treetops or an elusive jaguar crossing a river than another human. Hope you enjoy them! Please, leave us a comment if you have been to any of these and tell us your experience. Cajas, Ecuador Sometimes compared to the Lake...
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29
Apr
2018
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Our 7 favourite boutique hotels in Portugal

With Portugal seeing an upsurge of boutique hotel openings, our co-founder Diego Martín travelled from the vineyard-dotted slopes of the Douro Valley in the north to the sun-strewn Alentejo in the south, all with the delightful job of unearthing the loveliest places to stay. Here are his best picks: Flores Village, Porto Portugal’s second largest city and latest trendy destination has seen dozens of hotels popping up lately. Amongst them, Flores Village is the perfect...
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3
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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15
Feb
2018
21

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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18
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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