Travel companies are always affected by world events. In recent years the banking crisis, the ash cloud from the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, the Arab Spring and the Zika virus have all had an impact on travel. In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 atrocities there was a global downturn in travel.
By Manuela de Mendonca
In this week’s blog, Manuela celebrates Christmas in Medellin with fireworks and travels down to the ‘white city’ of Popayán for the New Year.
The Amazon river runs for some 4,000 miles (6,400 km) across South America and has over a thousand tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1,000 miles. It discharges about 55 million gallons of water into the Atlantic every second. The Amazon Rainforest is home to at least 10% of the planet’s biodiversity, 16,000 types […]
Manuela de Mendonça is a 23 year old geographer, currently backpacking through Latin America. In this week’s blog she signs up for Spanish classes and finds she has become the darling of hostel employees.
The image of Colombia in the public mind has changed dramatically in the UK over the past 5 years. A picture of staggering mountain ranges, lush beaches and a culture rich with compassion has emerged from a country previously known solely for its contribution to the narco trade. I met several people who’d just left as I made my way through Panama and their faces lit up when I told them my next destination. If I thought the people were lovely in Panama, Colombians were sweeter; if I’d thought Costa Rica was beautiful, Colombia would blow me away.
By Manuela de Mendonca, 3 December 2018
Poverty rubs shoulders with prosperity in Panama City’s old town, the Casco Viejo, where this week I visited the Fonda La Sexta cafe set up by the Calicanto Foundation, an organisation helping disadvantaged and vulnerable women with a menu by Mario Castrellón, Panama’s answer to Jamie Oliver.
The death of Fidel Castro was announced in Havana last night in a late night television address by his younger brother, Raul Castro, who took over as President of Cuba in 2008. Castro was the son of a wealthy sugar farmer and entered the University of Havana in 1945 to study law. He joined the Cuban People’s Party in 1947 and became an activist […]
Vietnam has all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday in 2017, with 2,000 miles of tropical coastline including Ha Long Bay, beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains with indigenous local peoples, ancient riverside towns, friendly markets, colonial influences and wonderful cuisine. Vietnam is one of the safest countries and has one of the most robust economies in the developing world. It is a country […]
Safety first. A report has arrived in our email inbox ranking countries according to their safety and risk. Amongst the safest countries are Vietnam, Laos, Hungary, Switzerland, New Zealand, Fiji, Barbados, Gambia and Iceland. Countries judged to have a high risk of terrorism include France, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, and Lebanon. Vietnam certainly has all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday, […]
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