Tag Archives: Latin America

Minca – Mountain Home of Coffee, Chocolate, Rainstorms and Toucans

Last summer, during our trip to Colombia, my travel buddy and I heard about a small town in the mountains near Santa Marta where you could visit chocolate and coffee plantations, go hiking, bird-watching and swim in waterfalls. Minca, we heard, was the place to spend a few days relaxing away from the heat of the coast, chilling in cute hostels and the popular Lazy Cat Café (where I was defeated by the most delicious vegan burger in Colombia!)

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For the Love of Lima

I last visited Peru a couple of years back and I truly loved the country. I went in the dead of the British winter, which for Peru was the middle of summer. Fortunately, I was staying in Lima and, whilst it was very humid, the temperature did not go over the mid-30s in the city, which is quite typical for that time of year.

Lima itself is something of an eclectic city; a healthy mix of colonial architecture, which proudly shows off the Spanish origins of the city, surrounded by modern tower blocks which give Lima a more modern-day atmosphere. The Spanish architecture is stunning; buildings with the most intricate façades, arched Continue reading

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Mexico at a Glance

Tequila, sombreros, ponchos, burritos, illegal immigrants..? What, with Donald Trump’s recent anti-Mexican rhetoric and his insistence on building a wall, it’s hard not to think Continue reading

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Finding Comfort Food in Santiago de Chile

Anybody’s first experience of living abroad is sure to be filled with a vast variety of unforgettable moments; some incredible, like discovering secret waterfalls in the mountains, others less than desirable, like stabbing pangs of homesickness. My own year spent living in Santiago was peppered with many such moments (amidst all of the wonderful ones, of course). In all of these moments, the things that often pull us through when we are thousands of miles from home are friends and food. Fortunately, in Chile’s capital city, I had plenty of both, so I have compiled a list of my favourite comforting eateries, just in case you find yourself tearful, hungry or hungover and missing an English breakfast in Santiago.

Coquinaria – for a lazy weekend brunch

I think we first discovered this ex-pat haven when my brother and his girlfriend visited and demanded an English breakfast after six months of lomo saltado (Peru’s favourite dish: strips of steak stir-fried with onions, tomatoes and chips, usually served with rice.  It’s heavy on the carbs but mouth-wateringly good). After whiling away the late morning and early afternoon stuffing ourselves with baked beans, fried potatoes, sausages, bacon, toast and eggs benedict, croissants, giant coffees and orange juice, this place became a regular haunt for us, especially following a late night. They offer a variety of cakes, fruit salad, and macaroons as well as local dulce de leche media lunas (croissants filled with ‘manjar’ — ‘food of the gods’, need I say more?) The restaurant has several chains, and also a shop boasting hard-to-find items, such as English tea. It’s a bit fancier (and pricier) than my other picks, but if you’re feeling delicate it’s a wonderful place to treat yourself and pretend for one hung-over Saturday morning that you’re Santiago’s answer to Sex and the City…

Address: Isidora Goyenechea 3000 Local S-101, Las Condes, Santiago

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Inspired by the Olympics? Head to Rio!

If you’ve been inspired by last month’s Olympic Games to visit Rio de Janeiro, now is the perfect time to head to Brazil’s second-largest city. With the atmosphere of the Games still prevalent, a stop in Rio is a must if you’re thinking of heading to Latin America. Here is a selection of this vibrant city’s highlights, which encompass both some famous landmarks as well as lesser-known sights.

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