Visit Iberá Marshes When You Go To Iguazu Falls

by Paul Cardwell on November 21, 2013

Gauchos working at Ibera Reserve

Gauchos working at Iberá Reserve

Most people rush to see the spectacular Iguazu Falls in the very north of Argentina, and then fly 1-2 days later south to Buenos Aires or further. But they miss one of the jewels of the north, the Iberá Marshes. Those who see it return enthralled. Need convincing? This article by Canadian photographer Tommie Sue Montgomery describes her trip there with stunningly beautiful photos. [click to continue…]

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Beware Hawks on Costa Rican Beaches!

by Paul Cardwell on November 13, 2013

It can be dangerous lying on the beach! One moment all was quiet, sunny and the waves were lapping gently at my feet, the next moment a screeching shadow passed close overhead and landed on a branch further down the beach. And the shadow, by now clearly a hawk of some kind, kept screeching and shifting its weight nervously from one claw to another.

osprey costa rica
Osprey with catch on the beach

 

Surprisingly I could tiptoe quite close and see what was going on. The bird, an osprey, had a remarkably large fish in its claws and was grabbing a bite when it wasn’t checking that intruders weren’t about to pounce.

So do bear in mind, next time you sun yourself on a Costa Rican beach, that nature also likes to be there…..

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Simon Bolivar – something for everybody

October 31, 2013

This weekend whilst mountain biking I listened to another of the excellent BBC podcasts by Melvyn Bragg, in the series “In Our Time”. This one was about Simon Bolivar, and as usual Bragg assembled several academics to discuss the background, role, achievements and legacy of the Liberator. It can be listened to by downloading here from the [...]

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Photos by Kristjan and Asdis Baldursdottir

August 29, 2013

A selection of photos taken by Kristjan and Asdis Baldursdottir during his South America tour covering South America countries!.

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The Best Latin America Books We’ve Read

August 27, 2013

This is our own personal choice of books covering one or more countries, from history to novels. We will be adding more books from time to time. It is an extended version of a previous blog post on the best Latin American books.

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Photos of Peru (2)

August 21, 2013

Some more photos of Peru taken by us during tours we made of the country.

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Photos of Peru (1)

August 21, 2013

Some photos of Peru we’ve taken during tours of the country. We finally upload now!

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Photos of Chile (1)

August 21, 2013

Some photos of Chile taken by us during tours of the country.

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Photos by Colin Whitehead (Peru)

August 16, 2013

Photos taken by Colin Whitehead during a Peru tour.

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How I Arranged Our Perfect Trip to Machu Picchu

August 13, 2013

Colin Whitehead recently took a Peru trip with us to Machu Picchu while on a cruise around South America. Although living in South Africa, he was joined in his travels by two friends, Barb and Sheila, both living in Canada. We were intrigued and asked Colin how he arranged it. Here is his story!

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