Spain and Latin America Tips & Travel Stories | Pura Aventura
24
Aug
2018
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Why the Queulat National Park is so special to Pura

Why do we love the Queulat National Park? Perhaps it’s that first drive in along lonely tree-lined roads which awakens our sense of adventure. Maybe it’s the prospect of foamy rivers, rickety wooden bridges and the exotic flora of the misty Valdivian temperate rainforests. It could be the memory of watching the mountain-top glacier as it spills down the vertiginous cliff face into the milky lagoon far below. Or the details which reveal themselves when...
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23
Aug
2018
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6 hikes in the Pyrenees to make you want to lace up your walking boots

Pura co-founder and guide Diego Martín shares his favourite day hikes in the Pyrenees, blending glorious nature with enriching culture on walks to suit all abilities. Being a native of the Picos de Europa, a national park of high pastures, spring meadows and limestone cliffs to the west of the Pyrenees, Diego is particularly at home high on a mountain, in a shady forest or following a winding trail. He has worn through a good number of walking boots in pursuit...
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15
Aug
2018
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Discover the hidden corners of the Sacred Valley on Pura’s alternative Inca Trail

Want to explore some of the Sacred Valley’s hidden corners away from the crowds? Like the idea of reaching Machu Picchu on foot but put off by the camping? Pura’s alternative Inca Trail provides a very different experience for our active and inquisitive travellers. In a region of so many wonderful walking opportunities, your options for hiking in the Sacred Valley do not begin and end with the Classic Inca Trail. By thoughtfully combining some...
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9
Aug
2018
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Overtourism: should we all put away our walking boots and just go to Disneyland?

As Pura co-founder Thomas Power joins an expert panel to discuss overtourism at BBC Countryfile Live, we take a deeper look at its consequences and look for ways your travels can positively impact even the most vulnerable of places.  Imperfect though it may be, overtourism is a word I suspect we’re all going to be hearing a lot about. It’s a word you may or may not be familiar with, but the chances are you have experienced this very...
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31
Jul
2018
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What a wonderful day in the Picos de Europa

Our two newest team members, Luisina and Laura, travelled together in June to the Picos de Europa to see for themselves why Pura clients love these little-known Spanish mountains.   Before joining the team at Pura Aventura, I have been reading about the majestic Picos de Europa. But honestly, I had never heard of them before getting into the Pura website! Lost at the back of my mind were comments made by Spanish friends, talking...
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21
Jul
2018
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Cooking & Nature – Portugal’s emotional hotel

I’ll freely admit I had my doubts about this place when I first heard the name. ‘Cooking & Nature – an Emotional Hotel.’ It sounded like somewhere which couldn’t decide what it wanted to be, and conjured up various images of bizarre crossover activity: outdoors yoga in cooking aprons perhaps. When I saw that ‘each room has its own individual design,’ I feared the worst. Clearly someone was trying too hard, and I pictured a...
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15
Jul
2018
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Top 5 off the beaten track adventures in Argentina

Besides the most famous destinations like Buenos Aires or Iguazu Falls, Argentina is home to many lesser-known treasures that are just waiting to be explored.  From north to south and from east to west, leave the classic tourist destinations behind and travel a little further into some of the more remote regions to get a feel of authentic Argentina.  Here are five of our favourite off the beaten path adventures you should keep in mind...
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28
Jun
2018
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7 Adventures to have this Winter

An adventure is much more than just a trip, it’s a journey undertaken for purpose of exploration. It’s a way to experience the world in a new way and challenge yourself, break out of your shell, or conquer your fears. This is our pick of seven adventures in South America and Spain to consider during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter. We hope it inspires you… Camping out in Antarctica Yes, you read that right. Should you...
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19
Jun
2018
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Pura Aventura hosts a Peru and Galápagos evening

On Thursday June 14th, Pura Aventura hosted an evening for our clients in Belgrave Square, London. The event focused on the people and the wildlife of Peru and the Galápagos Islands, and how to protect and benefit these destinations via sensitive and intelligent tourism. We were delighted to have a packed theatre and to see that our clients enjoyed a party as much as ever: our chosen venue had a lovely garden so guests were...
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18
Jun
2018
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Luisina joins the Pura team

Time to introduce you to Luisina Caro, as she joined the team in April. Luisina is our newest travel specialist, and is here to help design the best trip for you. Originally from Argentina, Luisina’s path to our Brighton office has had many stopovers. Indeed, Luisina has a very lively story. She grew up in a small village in the north of Cordoba province, in the heart of Argentina, and intended to study medicine, but...
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10
Jun
2018
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Our Selection of Spanish Family Ski Resorts for 2019

The Pyrenees constitute a huge area with endless possibilities for winter sports. The Spanish side, is maybe less known but it boasts sixteen resorts offering skiers everything they could require: amazing slopes, an attractive array of après ski activities and services. For those who already know the Spanish Pyrenees, they will certainly stick with the most known and obviously overcrowded resorts that are Formigal and Baqueria/Beret. But we thought you might like to know about...
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6
Jun
2018
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Spain’s Medieval Markets

Would you like to travel back in time? Then Spain’s medieval markets are the place for you. Especially common during the Summer, every year many Spanish towns and villages reenact part of their history and culture during medieval shows, craft and food markets. Local people attempt to recreate the atmosphere, festivities, and delicacies that were once popular during the Middle Ages. From theatrical shows to street performance (falconry, live puppeteers, dances, parades…), firework displays, and...
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31
May
2018
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5 alternatives to avoid the crowds in Spain

Avoiding the crowds in Spain could sound like an impossible task. It really isn’t. Spain has so much to offer away from the beaten track that we decided to share five of our favourite alternatives to the most coveted spots around the country. From uncrowded beaches to little-known mountain ranges, we hope you enjoy our beautiful selection… The Picos instead of the Pyrenees With delicious wine and food, diverse cultures, and some of the most...
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30
May
2018
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What’s the Peruvian indigenous diet?

Modern Peruvian cuisine is the result of a nearly 500-year old melting pot of Spanish (and other European), African, Japanese and Chinese immigration, and native Quechua culture. It is surely this multicultural fusion that makes it one of today’s most fashionable and sought-after cuisines. Superstar Spanish chef Ferrán Adrià has commented: “Peruvian cuisine has a lot of tradition and a great variety of products. What is traditional for Peruvians may be modern for us; the...
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22
May
2018
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Laura joins the Pura team

The last couple of months have been exciting in the Pura office. As we’re expanding the team, we welcomed Luisina and Laura in Sales and Operations respectively. I am delighted to start by introducing you to Laura Burton, our new executive, who has joined Sarah and Greta in the Operations team. Her role here at Pura is to make sure that your holidays happen exactly as planned, by doing availability checks and booking with our...
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