Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
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Nov
2017
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Top 7 South America Expedition Cruise trips in 2018

Ever wondered why so many people return home raving about their latest sailing? Taking an expedition cruise has many advantages such as exploring remote destinations – sometimes unreachable by land or air – as well as offering a wide variety of activities onboard and amazing excursions. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not talking about taking one of those ridiculous huge ships that do more harm than good to the places they go – we’re talking...
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Nov
2017
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10 Spanish animal expressions

The close relationship between people and animals throughout history has been so important that it has also seeped into our language. So as in English, the Spanish language inherited an incredible wealth of idioms and colloquial expressions that include animals. And because we love wildlife so much, we’d like to let the cat out of the bag on the animal-related expressions and give you some of our favourite wild Spanish idioms that speak of animals....
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Oct
2017
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Are land-based trips to the Galapagos Islands sustainable?

At a time when travellers pay more and more attention to sustainability, it’s no surprise that concerns about land-based trips to the Galapagos Islands have emerged. It’s true that this sector of tourism has been growing at a much faster rate than the more regulated vessel-based tours, so this is a legitimate worry. Last year alone, over 200,000 visitors came to the Galapagos, so part of the challenge for the Galapagos is to manage the...
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Oct
2017
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Alarna joins the Pura team

We think it is time to introduce you to Alarna Ring, as she joined the team this last summer. Alarna is the new Team Leader, she’s here to oversee and support the sales team to ensure enquiries are being dealt with in the best possible way, keeping our customers happy and experiencing the most amazing holidays. Originally from Shoreham, Alarna is still based in Sussex. Fortunately, her parents always kept her and her brother entertained...
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Oct
2017
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South America celebrates Oktoberfest!

Bavarian brew fiestas reach South America this month. Brazil and Argentina are typically known as lands of samba, tropical fruit & cachaça and tango, beef & malbec respectively. Few know about the polka, wurst, and beer-making tradition that was brought in these two countries by German immigrants in the middle of the 19th century. Of the many places that celebrate Oktoberfest in Latin America, two in particular have gained some authority worldwide. The first one,...
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Sep
2017
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15 Expressions for Día de Muertos

With Mexico honouring its dead for Día de Muertos on November 1 and 2, we’d like to give you an insight to the famous festivity by giving you some great examples of original expressions to help you understand the philosophy behind this unique celebration, and attitudes to death in general. So first thing you should know before we start is that Mexico’s approach to death is quite distinct to that of Europeans. Instead of being...
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28
Sep
2017
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Returning to the Picos de Europa

It has been five years since I went to the Picos de Europa. Five years during which I have constantly hassled my brother, a mountain leader based in the French Alps, to come and see this beauty with me. We finally made it last autumn. Although it was a short five-day trip but that was enough for him to at least see all the places that had blown me the first time I went there....
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Sep
2017
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Latin America’s best food festivals

Salon de Chocolate, Ecuador There are many chocolate festivals around the world, but none deserves mention more than Quito’s. The event was first ‘borrowed’ from France about 20 years ago with the growing interest in the origin/terroir of the cacao, hence the name. Each May, about 15,000 visitors come to enjoy exclusive chocolate tastings from Ecuadorean producers (both large and small) at this mouth-watering event. The climax occurs on the final day when the winners...
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Sep
2017
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Meeting Federico, owner of Bosque de Paz

As I pull up in my 4×4 in Bosque de Paz’s car park, a large, smiley-eyed man comes to greet me; the lodge’s owner, Federico González-Pinto. After some small talk we sit to talk about what he does here up in the hills of Bajos de Toro… Federico explains that he bought the site and Bosque de Paz reserve with a vision. Birds from the north were unable to connect to the southern regions before,...
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Sep
2017
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Community-Based Tourism

With the recent protests against mass tourism in Venice, and other European hotspots, we are reminded more than ever how important it is to preserving the environment and culture of the people and places we visit. So it’s probably the right time to talk about ‘Community-Based Tourism’. In case you are not familiar with the label, it gathers together tourism initiatives that mix ecotourism with social projects where local communities open their doors to small...
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Aug
2017
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Learning Spanish: How to order a coffee in Spain

Coffee is an important part of the Spanish way of life. While some might argue low-quality coffee (torrefacto technique) is frequently used here, they make it taste great. In any case, a new wave of coffee roasting is taking hold in urban areas of Spain. For today’s Spanish lesson, we’ve listed 53 ways of ordering a coffee in Spain, including some of the most representative regional specialities. Please note that while some names might change...
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Aug
2017
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Costa Rica Live – as it happened

Earlier this month the Pura team brought a little piece of Costa Rica to Blenheim Palace. As well as providing tips and advice on travel to Costa Rica at Countryfile Live, we also offered visitors the chance to win a holiday to Costa Rica for four people!Here we tell you the story of this successful four-day event which we organised for the very first time…
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Jul
2017
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Mountain Lodges of Peru

Buying land and building things on it is a fairly surefire recipe for trouble with the locals. Kris Tompkins of the Patagonia Land Trust can tell you all about that. Saying that, even when you’re from the area it’s not easy. So it was for Enrique Umbert when he decided to build a series of remote lodges in the Salkantay valley of the Peruvian Andes. A couple of decades ago, when Enrique visited the region...
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27
Jul
2017
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8 telenovelas to get you started

Melodramatic telenovelas are often thought of as soap operas, in Spanish. However, they are really a genre all of their own. Usually lasting between six months and a year, they are characterised by complex plot lines, usually based on a magnificently dramatic main plot surrounded by a lot of smaller, always highly dramatic, side plots. If we are being unkind, they also have a tendency to flimsy sets, a near total lack of extras, wildly...
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Jul
2017
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12 sayings to show how Spaniards love their food

Because food is an important part of the Spanish identity, it is with no surprise that food-related expressions figure so largely in the Spanish language. Here’s a taste of our favourites: Ser del año de la pera Literally meaning ‘to be from the year of the pear’, this expression is used when people refer to something old fashioned. Dar las uvas In Spain it is a tradition to eat twelve grapes at the stroke of...
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