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Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, by Marion Bunnik

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Life is for living, Rio style

Like all people I flew into Rio with lots of preconceived notions and a little bit of apprehension – it was a place to party, had some good beaches but it was also a place where you had to be extra careful of your belongings, in fact if you believe some guidebooks you wouldn’t leave your hotel without an escort. Within 2 days my apprehensions were gone and I was ready to move to Rio de Janeiro – yes I want to live in Rio!
Devil's Nose Train, Ecuador by Emily Fraser

Riding the famous Devil's Nose Train

Known locally as the Nariz del Diablo, the Devil’s Nose train in Ecuador is one of the most iconic rail journeys in South America. A segment of the Trans-Andean railroad, it was one of the most complicated railroads to have been built when construction began way back in 1872.

Top 10 places to visit in Peru

It might be 6 times smaller than Australia, but there are so many incredible places to visit in Peru. What's at the top of your list?
Peruvian weaver by Zoe Francis

15 fascinating facts about Peru

Did you know the Andean Condor found in Peru is the largest flying bird on earth? Or that three-quarters of the world's alpaca population live in Peru. Or even that you can swim with beautiful pink dolphins in the Amazon? Read on to discover more interesting facts...
Zinacantan Locals

The villages of Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula

Words can not begin to describe the joy I get from travelling to Mexico and the colourful and individual villages that can be found south-east of San Cristobal de las Casas.
Belmond Hiram Bingham train

Marion explores South America "In-Style"

South America is a part of the world with many amazing icons and is high on so many bucket lists.

25 Fast Facts about Ecuador

How much do you know about Ecuador? If your answer is ‘not much’ check out this list of fast facts we’ve put together. This small country certainly has a few things up its sleeve that will surprise you!
Monkey in Costa Rica

Costa Rica | Where the wild things are

I’ve just stepped off the plane after spending an incredible two weeks in amazing Costa Rica.

Cuba | My fourth visit and still in love!

When you think about Cuba, images of the Buena Vista Social Club and their music, singing, salsa dancing and old vintage cars all come into your mind! Yes, you can find all these things in Cuba but there is so much more. It’s an exciting country where the Revolutions of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are still alive in the memories of the people and where Raoul is well-respected.