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The Wildlife of Deepest Darkest Peru
The Wildlife of Deepest Darkest Peru
Peru’s most famous national is, without doubt, Paddington Bear, whose origins in deepest, darkest Peru (and love of marmalade sandwiches) are familiar to us all. But what of the real wildlife of Peru? What kind of creatures actually live in the Amazon Basin, Colca Canyon, Lake...
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Whale watching hotspots
Whales are the world’s largest mammals, extraordinary creatures which can weigh up to 200 tonnes and reach an incredible 30 m in length. It might amaze you to learn that they were once land-based animals: their evolutionary journey took them into the seas and oceans around 40 ...
Breakfast with a Giraffe
Breakfast with a Giraffe
Never mind The Tiger Who Came to Tea: what about the giraffe who came to breakfast? When you stay at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, characters familiar from the page of a children’s book come to life, walk across the lawns, and stick their heads through the windows to steal your cr...
The world’s best railway journeys
The world’s best railway journeys
The Railway Children. Murder on the Orient Express. Even Paddington Bear - there’s good reason that railway journeys have inspired generations of writers, and that an epic adventure by train makes it high onto many people’s bucket lists. We can think of no better way to trave...
Plentiful penguins in precious places
Plentiful penguins in precious places
Did you know that 20 January is Penguin Awareness Day? This unofficial holiday is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate one of the world’s most popular birds and, at the same time, to reflect on the conservation challenges they face. Of the 18 penguin species, the International...
Best island getaways for 2019
Best island getaways for 2019
What is it about islands which captures the imagination? It isn’t just tropical islands fringed with palm trees which enthrall us, but also rocky outcrops busy with birds, biodiverse archipelagos, and even islands cut off from the land by rivers. Perhaps it is the watery surro...
Highlights of Costa Rica
Highlights of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is geographically compact - comparable in size to Denmark - but its biodiversity is jaw dropping and the variety of landscapes will take your breath away. This natural paradise is rich with jungles and beaches, volcanoes and rivers, and as it is all so accessible, i...
5 Things to know about Borneo
5 Things to know about Borneo
Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam… there are so many fabulous destinations fighting for attention in Southeast Asia that Borneo often gets overlooked. If you want a destination that is extraordinarily rich in wildlife however, and offers everything from white sand beaches to dense r...
Where to see the Northern Lights
Where to see the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most magical natural phenomena. This natural light display, caused by ionisation in the atmosphere, actually occurs in both of the poles, though the spectacle in the Arctic — the Aurora Borealis — tends to have the best balance of acc...
Fiesta time! When to visit Chile
Fiesta time! When to visit Chile
Everyone has heard of the Rio Carnival, which takes place each year just before Lent, but such festivities are by no means a Brazilian speciality: from the Day of the Dead in Mexico to the Inti Raymi in Peru, all of Latin America has a rich history of cultural celebrations! ...
Brazil's best lodges for birding
Brazil's best lodges for birding
When writers proposed the concept for Rio, the animation studios must have been laughing. Who would watch a cartoon about tropical birds and their bid for freedom in Brazil? But the resulting film was a hit, grossing nearly half a billion dollars worldwide and getting nominate...
Exploring Ecuador's Andean Highlands
Exploring Ecuador's Andean Highlands
The Andean Mountains of South America is the longest continental mountain range in the world. They traverse seven countries in spiny ridges, and in Ecuador they form La Sierra - the highlands - one of the country’s four distinct geographical zones. The Andean Highlands is t...