Archive for October, 2007

Most Magical Aztec, Inca and Mayan Ruins

South and Central America have some fantastic Aztec, Inca and Mayan ruins. One really can feel the history when exploring these ruins. Generally speaking, these ancient cultures peaked before the Spanish conquistadores arrived. The meanings of many of the remnants of these ancient ruins remain a mystery. Where is the most magical?

Great Railway Journeys of South America

For many, travelling by train when on holiday is a romantic, relaxing experience completely different from the hectic trains and tubes of the “Western” world. South America has a fair share of very memorable train journeys, appealing to train buffs in addition to regular travellers. Some of the scenery is truely spectacular.

Wildlife holidays: where’s best?

(Almost) everyone loves animals, and South / Latin America offers some excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. There’s great variety on offer - the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, Brazil and Guyana offer the best options for wildlife holidays in South America……

South America Airpasses Flights Guide

South / Latin America is a huge continent, and flying certain routes is highly preferable to travelling by bus. Airpasses are a way of purchasing internal flights within South America and a discounted cost - they are only available to tourists and are often very good value……

When You Want a Beach Vacation, But There Are No Beaches Nearby

Further to my previous post, the best beaches in South America, certain countries in South America don´t have any decent beaches. When I worked as a Latin America specialist travel consultant, I was often asked advice on where was logical to visit for a beach wind down in conjunction with vacations to countries such as […]

Best Beaches in South America

One thing I´ve noticed on my travels throughout South America is the near complete lack of decent beaches along the entire western coastline. However, the eastern side of the continent is absolutely crammed with stunning beaches, from the Yucatan / Maya Riveria in Mexico all the way to Florianopolis in southern Brazil. Which are […]

Choosing a Gap Year / Volunteer Abroad Organisation

I took a Trekforce gap year abroad (a year out between college and university) myself, and it was one of the best ideas I ever had. It was also one of the best experiences I ever had. That almost 10 years ago, and it seemed much easier to select a gap year organisation […]

Latin America: Hottest Women in the World?

Latin America is, in part, famous for stunning women such as J Lo (Puerta Rican parents), Shakira (Colombia), Gisele (Brazil) and Salma Hayek (Mexico). Venezuela has won more Miss World competitions than any other country, and with good reason. The local men, on the other hand, are often smarmy, macho and pretty unattractive. […]

Best Trekking in Latin America

Trekking Holidays in Latin America - where is best? Where’s the most dramatic scenery for trekking? What are the most memorable treks?

Continental Airlines Frequent Flyer (Onepass) Review

I thought I’d rant about Continental Airlines’ Onepass frequent flyer program as it’s great.  I really had no idea it’s so good - I’m starting to understand some people’s obsession of only flying with their preferred frequent flyer program.