Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
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Jan
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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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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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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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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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Nov
2017
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Top 7 South America Expedition Cruise trips in 2018

Ever wondered why so many people return home raving about their latest sailing? Taking an expedition cruise has many advantages such as exploring remote destinations – sometimes unreachable by land or air – as well as offering a wide variety of activities onboard and amazing excursions. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not talking about taking one of those ridiculous huge ships that do more harm than good to the places they go – we’re talking...
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Nov
2017
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10 Spanish animal expressions

The close relationship between people and animals throughout history has been so important that it has also seeped into our language. So as in English, the Spanish language inherited an incredible wealth of idioms and colloquial expressions that include animals. And because we love wildlife so much, we’d like to let the cat out of the bag on the animal-related expressions and give you some of our favourite wild Spanish idioms that speak of animals....
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Oct
2017
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Are land-based trips to the Galapagos Islands sustainable?

At a time when travellers pay more and more attention to sustainability, it’s no surprise that concerns about land-based trips to the Galapagos Islands have emerged. It’s true that this sector of tourism has been growing at a much faster rate than the more regulated vessel-based tours, so this is a legitimate worry. Last year alone, over 200,000 visitors came to the Galapagos, so part of the challenge for the Galapagos is to manage the...
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Oct
2017
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Alarna joins the Pura team

We think it is time to introduce you to Alarna Ring, as she joined the team this last summer. Alarna is the new Team Leader, she’s here to oversee and support the sales team to ensure enquiries are being dealt with in the best possible way, keeping our customers happy and experiencing the most amazing holidays. Originally from Shoreham, Alarna is still based in Sussex. Fortunately, her parents always kept her and her brother entertained...
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3
Oct
2017
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South America celebrates Oktoberfest!

Bavarian brew fiestas reach South America this month. Brazil and Argentina are typically known as lands of samba, tropical fruit & cachaça and tango, beef & malbec respectively. Few know about the polka, wurst, and beer-making tradition that was brought in these two countries by German immigrants in the middle of the 19th century. Of the many places that celebrate Oktoberfest in Latin America, two in particular have gained some authority worldwide. The first one,...
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Sep
2017
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15 Expressions for Día de Muertos

With Mexico honouring its dead for Día de Muertos on November 1 and 2, we’d like to give you an insight to the famous festivity by giving you some great examples of original expressions to help you understand the philosophy behind this unique celebration, and attitudes to death in general. So first thing you should know before we start is that Mexico’s approach to death is quite distinct to that of Europeans. Instead of being...
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28
Sep
2017
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Returning to the Picos de Europa

It has been five years since I went to the Picos de Europa. Five years during which I have constantly hassled my brother, a mountain leader based in the French Alps, to come and see this beauty with me. We finally made it last autumn. Although it was a short five-day trip but that was enough for him to at least see all the places that had blown me the first time I went there....
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Sep
2017
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Latin America’s best food festivals

Salon de Chocolate, Ecuador There are many chocolate festivals around the world, but none deserves mention more than Quito’s. The event was first ‘borrowed’ from France about 20 years ago with the growing interest in the origin/terroir of the cacao, hence the name. Each May, about 15,000 visitors come to enjoy exclusive chocolate tastings from Ecuadorean producers (both large and small) at this mouth-watering event. The climax occurs on the final day when the winners...
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Sep
2017
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Meeting Federico, owner of Bosque de Paz

As I pull up in my 4×4 in Bosque de Paz’s car park, a large, smiley-eyed man comes to greet me; the lodge’s owner, Federico González-Pinto. After some small talk we sit to talk about what he does here up in the hills of Bajos de Toro… Federico explains that he bought the site and Bosque de Paz reserve with a vision. Birds from the north were unable to connect to the southern regions before,...
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