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Discover South America

Discover South America

The Americas are one of the most varied, interesting, exciting and cultural continents on the planet. On the one hand you’ve got the North American history and culture that we all know and love, and then you’ve got South America. From Brazil, to Colombia, to Chile and Peru, you’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of different tastes and settings.

With virtually every biome and environment imaginable, and every kind of trip catered for, South America is perhaps one of the less travelled, but none the less, amazing places in the world to check out. If you like cities, culture and nightlife, you’ve got Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and San Paulo, all with a spectacular mixture of heritages, cuisines and sights.

If you’re more into your nature, then you’ve got the biblical sights of Argentina’s glaciers and mountains, or Brazil’s Amazonian Jungles, as well as all the wildlife and flora that come with. Here’s some great destinations and countries that you absolutely have to enjoy while you’re out there.

Colombia

While Colombia might have once had something of a bad rep, it’s become much more well-travelled and tourist-friendly over the last thirty years. This is a place that was previously mainly enjoyed and explored by just the singularly bold backpackers, but is now much more open to everyone. Colombia boasts stunning and pristine Caribbean beaches, with golden sands and crystal clear waters stretching away as far as the eye can see, for those who enjoy the archaic and sacred, ancient hidden ruins abound, and for everyone else you’ve got the spectacular and vibrant cities, veritable centres of culture waiting to be discovered.

With Leticia’s spectacular Amazonian jungles, ancient and beautiful walled cities like Cartagena and the nightlife hubs of Cali, everyone is going to find something in Colombia. With a colourful and fascinating history of indigenous peoples, ancient civilisations, Medieval Spanish colonisation and more, Colombia is one for the history buffs too, with an inviting array of museums and galleries to attest to its past.

Brazil

Being that Brazil is South America’s largest nation, you might have high expectations and hopes for a holiday set within its borders, and you’re not going to be disappointed. With a stunning and sometimes overwhelming array of options and destinations, Brazil has literally got everything you might hope to see and experience in South America.

From cruises into the Amazon Jungle, to white sand beaches, to spectacular, happening and vibrant cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, there’s literally no end to the sights and experiences to witness and absorb. The cities buzz with culture, in the form of museums, festivals and art galleries, all attesting to Brazil’s rich and interesting history. More into your clubbing? You’re going to find everything you need in Brazilian nightclubs, discovering Latin rhythms and learning to party like a Brazilian native.

Argentina

If you like your cities diverse and fascinating, Argentina is the place for you. With a potent French, Italian and Spanish influence, the cities reflect these European influences in their architecture, their cuisines, and their culture.

With the beautiful and spectacular Iguazu Falls, to the stunning lakes, mountains and glaciers to be found, Argentina has a lot more to offer than just Buenos Aires, although that’s a perfect place to start your South American adventure.

A Weekend Break in Paris

A Weekend Break in Paris

For a short weekend city break it doesn’t get much better than the beautiful city of Paris. With more than enough to explore and only a short hop from the UK, you really can’t go wrong.

Getting there:

Getting to and from Paris is straight forward and convenient. Although low cost airlines are the more popular method of travel (with flights taking just under an hour from most London airports) it is worth considering the Eurostar. It will take you to the heart of Paris in just over two hours from St Pancras International. For the more adventurous traveler you can of course drive yourself to Paris (with the aid of the Eurotunnel or using the ferry). It might take longer; with average journey times around 6 hours from London, but it is by far the best option for someone on a budget. And once you are there you will find secure Paris parking close to most of the major metro stations and tourist attractions with monitored and patrolled car parks widely on offer.

Where to stay and what to see:

As you can imagine the options for accommodation are near enough limitless in Paris, with every area bringing its own atmosphere and ambiance. It will be impossible to discover all that Paris has to offer in one weekend alone so the best advice is to plan what you want to see beforehand. Once you have a rough idea of the must-see attractions you want to visit, you can book your accommodation in the surrounding areas.

The Latin Quarter on the left bank of the river Seine is the best place to jump right into the heart of French culture. Home of the La Sorbonne University, you will find plenty of cafes, libraries and other meeting areas. This is a spirited, tourist friendly area with plenty of places to eat, drink and immerse yourself in the French way of life.

If you want a more remote, romantic break, Montmartre is just the place for you. Built on a hill, this is the highest point of the city. Guarded by the Sacre Coeur basilica, the views are spectacular. It’s no wonder artist like Picasso favoured this area. Close by is Tertre square where you can still watch artist paint and draw.

For those looking to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Le Marais on the north bank has just what you need. The carefully preserved historic centre serves as a launching pad for young fashion designers, many of them going on to become internationally famous.

If you are after beauty and architecture (including the Arc de Triumph monument), Champs Elysees is where you want to stay. This area might be a bit pricier than other areas but is definitely worth it. You will struggle to beat the glitz and glamour of Champs Elysees.

These are just some of the places to visit in Paris, merely the tip of the iceberg! We will leave the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Moulin Rouge for your next weekend mini-break to Paris.

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