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These posts will be about the tours we do.

On Safari – On a Jazz Safari in Cape Town, South Africa

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When you go out on safari in Africa, no two days are the same. You might spot plenty of wildlife, perhaps even the Big Five. Or you might not. Regardless, the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and into an environment you wouldn’t normally find yourself in can be a heap of fun. ...

Ways of Seeing Cape Town

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In Cape Town, as we did in Barcelona, we decided to play at being tourists for a day. Here are a few ways of seeing Cape Town and our verdicts as to which are worthwhile. We’ve resisted sightseeing and ticking off attractions in most of the destinations we’ve visited on our grand tour so far this year, ...

A Street Art Stroll Through Buenos Aires with Graffitimundo

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Everywhere we stroll in Buenos Aires, and in our neighbourhood of Palermo especially, we see vibrant street art enlivening dull walls and drab building facades. Often dazzling, occasionally bewildering, sometimes the art make us smile, sometimes it makes us think. We have grown to love it. Buenos Aires resident Marina Charles also became smitten with ...

Argentine Wine 101 – Yes, There is More Than Malbec!

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Ask a wine expert in Buenos Aires who the best person is to talk to about Argentine wine and they’ll probably recommend an Englishman! We generally seek out locals when we want to learn something that is inherently ‘local’ in a place, but in Buenos Aires one name kept popping up, that of wine consultant, ...

Football in Rio

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“It’s going to be an interesting game tonight,” our guide Luis tells us with a grin, as he scans the score table and list of players he has on a sheet of paper in his hands. This is good news, because if you're going to watch football in Rio you want it to be interesting. We’re ...

Para Ti – For You, a Chance to Make a Difference

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One of the highlights of Marcelo Armstrong’s favela tour for us was a visit to Para Ti, a very special NGO that was started by Italian Franco Urani, a former President of Fiat Brazil in the 1970s, and his wife Giuliana. The couple lived in the neighbourhood around which the favela Vila Canoas grew and ...

Touring Rio’s Favelas

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It’s impossible not to notice Rio’s favelas or shanty towns. You’ll see them tumbling down Rio’s hillsides from your plane, sprawling beside the expressway on the drive in from the airport, peeking between the elegant high-rises of Copacabana, and encroaching into the charming old neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. Perhaps surprisingly, in a city famous for ...

Cruising the Mangroves of the Pacific Coast Costa Rica

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We’d gone wildlife spotting in the Manuel Antonio National Park and bird watching in the forest at El Silencio nature reserve, so the next logical thing to do seemed to be to get on the water and check out the wildlife from a boat, cruising the mangroves of the Pacific Coast Costa Rica. One of ...

Birdwatching in Costa Rica — In Search of the Scarlet Macaws

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Birdwatching in Costa Rica is a must-do experience, even if you're not a twitcher or birder. There's such an abundance of beautiful birds and with good guides they're not hard to see. And that's how we found ourselves on a birdwatching adventure in search of the Scarlet Macaws. Birdwatching in Costa Rica — In Search of ...

A Sweet Spice Tour to Villa Vanilla

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As we stroll across the lush lawns of the Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation, just 10 miles east of Manuel Antonio, we see various spices hanging out to dry and we inhale the heady aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa. Aaahhh. Our lovely local guide leads us into the weathered old wooden house where she presents ...

Manuel Antonio National Park – A Walk in Our Backyard

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One of the first things we do when we arrive at a new destination and move into our ‘home’ is to explore our surrounding neighbourhood. As our latest ‘home away from home’ is in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, it made sense to begin exploring our own backyard, the Manuel Antonio National Park. And what an ...