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Welcome to our blog on all things Latin America. Here you will find articles by our specialists on food, culture, top tips and more. Keep up to date with the latest news and travel trends.

Busy street in Thailand
24 Sep

The At Risk Tourism Index: These are the tourist destinations most at risk from going extinct

All over the world there are countless sights to see that fill you with a sense of wonder, while simultaneously forcing you to stand back and realise how small humanity is in the grand scheme of things. However, recent years have forced society to confront its obsession with seeing the world, with an increase in climate change and human activities such as deforestation causing a number of these sites to disappear completely. It’s one of those catch-22 situations wherein travellers are desperate to visit places they know will probably disappear in a few years, but they’re also...

Rio de Jainero
29 Jul

The most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world, according to Instagram

Thousands, if not millions of travellers are visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world every single day. That’s because these are notable for being iconic sites of cultural, historical, religious, and natural interest. It’s the crème de la crème of where to go if you’re an avid traveller. UNESCO stands for United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and it was born out of the horrors of WWII, with the aim to spread peace, and as a precaution to protect areas form future conflict – especially given how many incredible sites were lost during those wars. In...

29 Apr

Illustrations: If History’s Most Famous Explorers Had Instagram

Since the beginning of time humanity has strived to discover what is unknown, and mysterious. In modern day, a lot of that discovery takes place on other planets, or in the deep dark depth of the oceans on Earth, but years ago large portions of our own planet was left undiscovered and unknown. As a result, countless men – and, importantly, women – have stepped up to fearlessly travel the globe and discover more about the place we all call home. A lot of the most famous discoveries have taken place...

16 Jan

Travel Morality Index: The Top Countries for Ethical Travellers

Recent years have shown that the world is expanding, and with it comes an overwhelming sense of what is morally right and ethical. Seeing how different countries live, breath, and survive highlights the immoralities within our own societies, and the dangers tourism and travel is posing towards the environment, and those involved in the tourism industries – such as local workers. Travellers have an enormous power. So many countries rely on tourism as one of their main sources of income, and travellers have the ability to boycott places and events in...

sunset on pacific coast of costa rica
31 Oct

LGBT Honeymoon Ranking: The Best Honeymoon Destinations for LGBT Newlyweds

  Planning a honeymoon is a massive decision for anyone, with so many factors to consider to ensure you have the perfect newlywed escape. However, for LGBT couples there is often an additional factor to consider. While it shouldn’t have to be the case, it remains an issue that LGBT equality and rights are not always respected in every country around the world, which can dramatically rule out certain destinations as a honeymoon choice for many couples. With this in mind, we have compiled our LGBT Honeymoon Ranking to create an exhaustive,...

Celebs Main Image
1 Aug

Could These Celebs Afford To Save The Planet?

Here at The Latin America Travel Company exploring and appreciating the world around us is at the heart of everything we do. We are fortunate to have experienced first-hand so much beauty and wonder in the world, but in the modern day it is impossible to watch television, browse the internet or read a newspaper without being very aware of some of the major issues facing our wonderful planet. From social crises to environmental threats and serious diseases, our people, wildlife and environment face many obstacles which it would appear are...

Galapagos penguin postcard
17 Apr

Where to See Penguins in their Natural Habitats

Where to See Penguins in their Natural Habitats April 25th is World Penguin Day, the perfect time to celebrate one of the world’s most wonderful animals. Here at Latin America Travel Company we love penguins, particularly as many penguin species are native to Latin and Central America. Seeing penguins while on holiday is an amazing travel experience that is at the top of many bucket lists. However, if you want to experience viewing penguins in real life it is important that you do this in an ethical manner. The best way to...

2 May

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain?

What is Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain? Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain are two mountains on opposite sides of the Machu Picchu archeological site which are possible to hike to enjoy panoramic views from the top. Huayna Picchu is the tall peak you see in most photos of Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain is located at the opposite end of the site. Permits are required for each option and have to be booked in advance as spaces are limited. Our short guide below compares each option so you...

1 May

Photographing Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca in Peru is famous for being the highest navigable lake in the world, located at the dizzying heights of over 3800 metres above sea level. The lake is one of Peru's most popular destinations and is home to a variety of indigenous cultures. The Uros people are perhaps the most intriguing as they live actually on the lake on a network of floating islands made of the totora reeds that grow around the lake. The traditional boats the Uros people use to get around are also constructed using...

27 Apr

Gallo Pinto, Costa Rica’s national dish

What is Gallo Pinto? Gallo Pinto literally translates as ‘spotted rooster’ but is the name given to Costa Rica’s ubiquitous national dish of rice and beans. The name most likely originates from the speckled appearance of the black beans against the white rice. Gallo Pinto is traditionally a breakfast dish but can be eaten throughout the day or as a side dish. In Costa Rica there is a local saying that goes mas tico que el gallo pinto which literally translates as ‘more Costa Rican than spotted rooster’ (referring to the...

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